There are six directorates and six sections in the ECO Secretariat staffed by professionals working in the relevant areas of regional economic cooperation. Each directorate is headed by a director while the each section is run by head of section. There are also several programme officers and research officers working in each directorate of the Secretariat.
Trade and Investment
Trade and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) play an important large role in the economic growth of developing countries. Increased exports and inward investment creates wealth which drives economic growth and hence creates jobs in an economy.
Transport and Communications
Directorate for Transport and Communications (T&C) is the leading section within the ECO Secretariat for initiation, coordination and monitoring of the ECO projects and programmes in transport and communications.
Directorate for Energy, Minerals and Environment (EME)
ECO Directorate for Energy, Minerals and Environment (EME) is tasked as responsible Secretariat’s body for initiation, implementation and monitoring of the ECO activities in energy, environment and mining.
Directorate for Agriculture and Industry
Directorate for Agriculture and Industry is the multi-sectoral directorate in the ECO Secretariat responsible for initiation, implementation and monitoring of ECO activities in two important sectors of agriculture and industry.
Directorate for Human Resource and Sustainable Development
Directorate for Human Resources and Sustainable Development (HRSD) deals with the matters relating to human resource development, social development, health, disaster risk reduction, and civil registration. The Directorate is also mandated by the ECO Vision 2025 to help realize the relevant objectives, including those identified under priority area 6 (Social Welfare).
Section of Project Management
Treaty of Izmir (1996) Article IV: “The Summit meetings shall review the objective conditions and progress in implementation of ECO programmes and projects and shall also serve as the highest-level forum for exchange of views on regional and global issues of common interest to the ECO region”.
Section for Administration
The Administration Section of the is responsible for human resource management of, logistical supporting services to the activities of the Organization as well as the maintenance of the premises and properties of the ECO Secretariat.
Section for Coordination & Follow-up
The Follow-up and Coordination Unit (CFU) is the Secretariat’s focal point for preparations for/follow-up to the meetings of the decision making bodies, including COM, CPR and RPC. The CFU important functions are normally upheld through coordination a...
Section for International Relations
ECO has gained recognition by the international community as an important regional grouping in this part of the world. This has been personified in numerous cooperative arrangements between ECO and UN agencies, funds and programmes, as well as with non-UN...
Judicial & Parliamentary Coordination and ECO Advocacy Programme for Afghanistan Section
JPC & EAPA section is entrusted to providing the Member States with necessary services in their efforts to strengthen judicial cooperation. Coordinating the regional cooperation of the law enforcement systems of the Member States. Developing and...
ECO basic documents MoUs/Cooperative arrangements The Legal Advisor provides legal service for the ECO Secretary General and the officials of the Secretariat and the Organization as a whole. He also prepares legal opinions and advice on...
Directorate for Tourism
Introduction Directorate for Tourism is tasked as responsible the ECO Secretariat’s body for initiation, implementation and monitoring of the ECO activities in tourism sector. This unit is the also responsible to pursue the expected outcomes e...
Economic Research and Statistics
Reports Events Preamble The Regional Planning Council of ECO at its 31st Meeting held on 12-21 January 2021, at ECO Secretariat (virtual mode) has recommended the following developments on statistics in 2021: (i) Implementing...