Coordination and planning meeting of the UN Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia (SPECA) was held on 17 February under the chairmanship of Deputy Foreign Minister Mr. Ershad Ahmadi at the office of UN in Bangkok.
At the meeting, Mr. Ahmadi spoke on Afghanistan’s achievements during the last 12 years as well as political and economic situation in the country including, presidential and provincial council elections, transition of security responsibilities to the Afghan security forces, peace process, importance of regional economic cooperation for Afghanistan, and Afghanistan’s relations with the regional countries, especially Central Asian countries.
Mr. Ahmadi also assured the (SPECA) of Afghanistan’s preparations in terms of fulfilling these responsibilities for 2014, and added that Afghanistan continues its efforts to successfully carry out (SPECA) programs and develop regional cooperation.
In this meeting the deputy executive of UNESCAP, UNECE representatives and the representative of Turkmenistan were present, it has been agreed that the next Governing Council of SPECA shall be held at the end of 2014 in Afghanistan.
In the 8th session of Governing Council which was held on 22 November 2013 in the republic of Kazakhstan, member states unanimously supported form the nomination of Afghanistan for the chairmanship of SPECA in 2014.
The SPECA was launched by the presidents of Republic of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan in 1998 in Tashkent with a goal to strengthen economic cooperation, addressing the needs and specific priorities of these countries.
The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan joined this programme in 2005 and Azerbaijan in 2002.
This programme operates under the framework of six Project Working Groups (PWG on Transport, Water and Energy, Trade, Statistics, ICT for Development and Gender and Economy).