(6 March 2019, Tehran)The 5th Meeting of the Heads of Reference Maritime Organizations of ECO Member States was held on 6th March 2019, in Tehran, at the Secretariat. High-Level Delegations from the ten ECO Member States participated in the event.
As practical steps towards mandatory implementation of decisions of ECO’s Transport Ministers, the meeting considered the project proposal on establishing the complementary networking amongst ECO countries by utilizing their logistics in seaports of coastal countries and in dry ports of landlocked countries (LLCs). Upon the detailed deliberations, the proposal was agreed for implementation purposes. The concept idea of launching the tourism cruise liner in the Caspian Sea was favored by all ECO Member States. The suggested cruise liner was commissioned for a test run to start in the coming summer. The latter was agreed for a dispatch amongst pre-Caspian countries of ECO.
The meeting provided an insightful space for the Member States to exchange thoughts and empirical, practice-based recommendations on near future developments in the maritime cooperation area while, at the same time, it has preserved strong coherence with past achievements. Thus, the meeting decided that the scope of oversight of reference marine organizations of ECO Member States be widened to include port authorities given today’s realities associated with urgency of addressing LLCs’ needs, and also, out of commonalities being pursued along similar international path by Almaty Plan of Action, Vienna Program, and Intergovernmental Agreement on Dry Ports. The meeting started with good thoughts, good words sharing good practices and expertise to then transit towards good deeds.
Next meeting will be organized in Turkmenistan.