Delegation of the Mejlis of the Milli Gengesh, a bicameral parliament of Turkmenistan, via video link on Tuesday took part in the second general conference of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), held in Pakistan’s capital of Islamabad in a hybrid format, the official media of Turkmenistan reports.
The main topic of the two-day forum, which brought together the heads and representatives of the parliaments of the ECO countries, is " Promoting Parliamentary Partnership for Regional Integration."
The agenda of the conference included discussions on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in the region during the COVID-19 pandemic, and on the prospects for further cooperation.
The forum participants also considered such issues as the role of women in promoting the regional agenda, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on sustainable development, the role of parliaments in stimulating trade and promoting tourism in ECO countries.
The speeches touched upon the issues of parliamentary support for regional cooperation in various areas.
In March of this year, the chairmanship of the ECO passed from Turkey to Turkmenistan. During his speech at the 14th ECO Summit, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said the creation of transport corridors and logistics centers has acquired particular relevance and called for focusing on combined transit-transport corridors along the East-West route, from the Asia-Pacific region to the European part of the continent and towards the Middle East.