ISLAMABAD: 13th Economic Cooperation Organisation Summit is being held here at Islamabad. All heads of states are addressing the participants on the event.
Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow's address to ECO Summit
Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow has said ECO is an important for constructive dialogue among member states. He said ECO has set the direction of development of the member states.
He sid ECO has significant potential for expanding partnership particularly in vital issues including security.
He stressed the need for cooperation among member states in energy. He said Turkemnistan's energy strategy is multi-directional.
Turkmenistan President said construction work on Turkemnistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline has been started and implementation of this project is being realised with the participation of ECO member states.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's address to ECO Summit
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called for early completion of reforms in ECO , strengthening of human resource of ECO Secretariat and a evolution of a mechanism for ownership of projects.
He laid stress on cooperation in energy and said his country would support all initiatives aimed at realization of this objective.
The Turkish President also underscored the need for greater cooperation in agriculture, environment and tourism.
He said Turkey is implementing a number of big infrastructure projects that would link the country with neighbouring countries and regions through rail, roads, sea and air. This includes construction of the world's largest airport in Istanbul.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan also urged the need for resolution of political disputes and joint efforts to tackle the menace of terrorism.
Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev's address to ECO Summit
Addressing the Summit, Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev laid special emphasis on mutual cooperation among the ECO countries in the field of infrastructure, connectivity, and transportation for the development and the progress of the region.
He also condemned the growing Islmophobia and made it clear that Islam is a religion of peace and it should not be linked with terrorism.
President Ilham Aliyev thanked Pakistan for its support on the issue of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's address to ECO Summit
In his speech at the 13th ECO Summit , Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said with more understanding among the heads of State and Governments, we would be able to take longer strides in advancing the programmes and activities of the Organization.
He said ECO can play a vital role in building the future of economy of our region and for this to happen, he said the ECO needs restructuring.
He said 21st century is the era of emerging economy of Asia. He said economic activities are transferring from the West to East.
He said we have to connect ECO countries through highways. He said promotion of connectivity will help development and prosperity in Asia.
Hassan Rouhani said Iran is ready to play its role in solidifying the Economic Cooperation Organization.
He said the holding of 13th ECO Summit in Pakistan is a good omen and it will help implement long terms plans of the Organization.
Secretary General Halil Ibrahim's address to ECO Summit
Addressing the Summit, Secretary General Halil Ibrahim congratulated P
rime Minister on his election as Chairman of the Summit and hoped that under his able leadership, the ECO will make further progress.
He said the Summit is of prime importance for ECO to review its performance and for guidance for future endeavours of the Organization.
Highlighting overall profile of the ECO , Halil Ibrahim said the population of ECO region has reached 471 million and its GDP has cross one trillion dollars. He said intra-trade of the region has improved to 8.7 percent in 2015 to 5.3 percent in 2000. He pointed out that ECO continues to implement programmes and plans decided by its decision making bodies. He said trade, transport and energy are the core areas being focused by the Organization.
The ECO Secretary General said special emphasis has been given to Corridors which will provide access to the ECO landlocked countries. He said tourism has been prioritized as priority area in the ECO Vision. He said process is going on to promote tourism activities in the region. He said ECO has signed forty-five MOUs and Agreements with the UN System and other regional and international organizations in different fields.
He said ECO has also developed its external relations with other Organizations like UN and OIC.
President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon's address at ECO Summit
President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon said trade, investment and effective use of energy resources constitute key elements of regional cooperation.
He said ECO member states should pay greater attention to implementation of joint infrastructure projects to facilitate connectivity of transport and energy networks in the region. He said activities of the ECO should help promote socio-economic development, poverty reduction and improvement in living standards in the member states.
The Tajik President also emphasized the need for developing road and sea routes through establishment of transport corridors.
He expressed the confidence that implementation of the high voltage power transmission line CASA-1000, acknowledged to be the first ever energy project between South and Central Asian regions, would help realize the objective of shared progress.
Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan, Sooronbay Jeenbekov's address at ECO Summit
Addressing the Summit, Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan, Sooronbay Jeenbekov said that ECO will make rapid progress to reap benefits of mutual economic cooperation under the leadership of Pakistan.
He laid great emphasis on the cooperation in diverse sectors including trade, transport, agriculture, economy, tourism, science and technology.
Sooronbay Jeenbekov said that collective and joint approach of the ECO member states will make the organization a vibrant platform for mutual cooperation and bring development and prosperity to the region.