Ashgabat The General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) participated in the 7th Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA VII) held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, on November 14-15, under the theme of Deepening Connectivity and Expanding Trade through Investment in Infrastructure and Improving Synergy.
The gathering was attended by 35 countries, including 16 OIC member states as well as 30 international and regional organizations. The representative of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Group also attended the event.
The RECCA VII conference was inaugurated by Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers and Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov, Second Vice President of Afghanistan Sarvar Danish, and Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani. UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Mohammed Anwar Gargash, Georgian Vice Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze, Indian Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar also delivered statements during the opening ceremony.
The two-day conference reviewed the current status of the ongoing projects namely, the Turkmenistan�Afghanistan�Pakistan�India Pipeline (TAPI); the 1000 Electricity Transmission and Trade Project for Central Asia and South Asia (CASA-1000); Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan 500-kV Line (TAP-500); Afghanistan Rail Network; Regional Trade; Customs and Border Management Corporation; Digital Silk Road; Regional Agro-Food Industry Development; among others. The meeting called upon all partners to actively expedite the implementation of the said projects as well as other new projects.
The Lapis-Lazuli Transit, Trade and Transport Route (also known as the Lapis Lazuli Corridor) Agreement was signed by the participating countries on the sidelines of the RECCA VII, namely Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey. This project will make a notable contribution to building an integrated transit and transport system among the contracting parties and beyond, by expanding economic and cultural links between Asia and Europe.
Source: International Islamic News Agency