Regional Commissions Sign MoU with EurAsEC

Reaffirming their commitment to work together to enhance the impact of development activities in Central Asia, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Eurasian Economic Community (EurAsEC), this week signed a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding during the VI Astana Economic Forum.

The MoU is intended to intensify cooperation between the three organisations in a number of areas ranging from sustainable development and environmental protection, rational and efficient use of water and energy resources, development of transport networks and the promotion of transport facilitation, trade policy and trade facilitation, business development, in particular small and medium-sized enterprises, and sustainable investment promotion to information and communication technologies.

In her message, Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and ESCAP Executive Secretary noted that the MoU is aimed at strengthening cooperation between the EurAsEC secretariat and the two regional commissions with common membership in their activities in the region in support of the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals. In particular, Dr. Heyzer emphasised the three secretariats will continue to cooperate in implementation of activities under the framework of the United Nations Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia (SPECA) aimed at strengthening economic integration.
Upon the signing of the new agreement, Mr. Sven Alkalaj, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and ECE Executive Secretary reconfirmed ECE’s interest and strong wish in working together with EurAsEC and ESCAP. The earlier tripartite cooperation agreement he stressed had proved to be beneficial for the three organizations and the updated one an excellent basis for further developing cooperation.

Mr. Tair Mansurov, Secretary-General of EurAsEC said that cooperation with the United Nations regional commissions - ECE and ESCAP - is one of the key priorities of EurAsEC’s international activities. He welcomed the promotion of effective interaction within the framework of the UN Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia (SPECA) and emphasized the importance of further strengthening dialogue, cooperation and coordination between the three organizations.