UN Forum for Central Asian Countries to Discuss Strengthening Regional Economic Cooperation and Integration

UN Forum for Central Asian Countries to Discuss Strengthening Regional Economic Cooperation and Integration

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) will convene the 2012 SPECA Economic Forum on "Strengthening Regional Economic Cooperation and Integration in Central Asia by Sharing the Asian Experience” from 27 to 28 November in Bangkok, Thailand.

The objective of the 2012 SPECA Economic Forum is to examine the role of strengthened regional economic cooperation in Central Asia on the backdrop of these new global developments. The Forum will offer an opportunity to SPECA member countries to learn more about the successes and challenges of regional economic cooperation in Asia, in particular the experience of regional and subregional organizations, like ASEAN, SAARC and the Greater Mekong Sub-region. The Forum will also discuss the regional aspects of the Post-2015 Development Agenda and the Rio+20 Output Priorities.

Government and business leaders from Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, together with intergovernmental organizations and financial institutions working in Central Asia will be attending the Forum.

The side event entitled “Review of Work in the SPECA framework in Support of Implementation of the Decisions of the V Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan” will be held in the afternoon of 26 November 2012.

NOTE TO EDITORS

You or your representatives are cordially invited to:

WHAT: Opening session 2012 SPECA Economic Forum

WHO: Mr. Babamyrat Taganov, Deputy Minister of Economy and Development of Turkmenistan

Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Secretary of UNESCAP

Mr. Sven Alkalaj, Executive Secretary of UNECE

WHEN: 9:00-10:30AM, Tuesday, 27 November 2012

WHERE: United Nations Conference Centre, Rajadamnern Nok Ave., Bangkok