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       ECO anti-corruption authorities met in Baku
      The “3rd Meeting of Heads of Anti-Corruption Organizations and Ombudsmen of ECO Member States” was organized by the Anti-Corruption Directorate of the Prosecutor General’s Office of Republic of Azerbaijan on 6-7 June 2017 in Baku. It was attended by delegations from all ECO Member States. Representatives of International Association of Prosecutors (IAP), International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA), and International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (IAACA) also attended the Meeting. ECO Secretariat delegation, headed by ECO Deputy Secretary General participated in the Meeting.

      The Meeting was jointly inaugurated by H.E. Mr. Zakir Garalov, Prosecutor General of the Republic of Azerbaijan and Mr. Seyed Jalaledin Alavi Sabzevari, ECO Deputy Secretary General. In the opening session, Mr. Fuad Alasgrov, Assistant to the President of Republic of Azerbaijan also made opening remarks. Conveying to the participants greetings of the President of Republic of Azerbaijan, he expressed his gratitude to the ECO Member States, regional and international organizations and ECO Secretariat for participating in the Meeting. He also highlighted that Republic of Azerbaijan is an active Member of ECO and hosted two ECO Summits and undertook chairmanship of ECO from 2012 to 2017. He also expressed confident that this Meeting would contribute to strengthen the regional cooperation.

      In his opening statement, ECO Deputy Secretary General Mr. Seyed Jalaledin Alavi Sabzevari expressed his deep gratitude and appreciation to the Government of Republic of Azerbaijan, particularly the Prosecutor General’s Office, for graciously hosting this important Meeting and providing warm hospitality and making excellent arrangements for delegations. He further briefed the Meeting about ECO`s profile and recent progress in advancing regional cooperation in formulating ECO regional policies and actions, including those pursued as regards addressing the menace of corruption.

      During 2-day event, participants shared their national experiences in prevention and fight against corruption and discussed ways and means to enhance regional cooperation. They agreed also on a set of actions in this regard.

      The host country also organized visits to the sites of Anti-corruption Directorate and “ASAN Service” where participants became familiar with the established systems and procedures in Republic of Azerbaijan in anti-corruption.

      On the sidelines of the Meeting, ECO delegations made bilateral talks with the General Prosecutor of Republic of Azerbaijan as well as other high level authorities and officials of the host country and participating Member States.

      There were also discussions between ECO Deputy Secretary General and Mr. Martin Kreutner, Executive Secretary of Vienna-based International Anti–corruption Academy (IACA) on the possible joint cooperation.

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