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CICA Secretary General takes part in workshop on economic cooperation and integration in Turkic world

Secretary General of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) Ambassador Kairat Sarybay took part in a workshop on economic cooperation and integration in the Turkic world, designed to discuss development priorities and modalities for deepening economic relations among the Turkic countries.

The Conference, chaired by President of the International Turkic Academy (ITA) Shahin Mustafayev, was attended by representatives of economic policy research centers of Turkic countries, as well as representatives of the ITA and the Secretariat of the Organization of Turkic States.

In his speech, the Secretary General stressed the importance and relevance of the CICA Catalogue of Confidence Building Measures, which covers five broad dimensions of interaction, including economic cooperation. “Today about 60% of the total cooperation activity in CICA is focused on economic issues, which are closely related to environmental issues, social development and humanitarian cooperation”, said the Secretary General. Moreover, he also mentioned activities of the CICA Business Council, which is responsible for promoting the development and expansion of economic operations in small and medium enterprises, as well as the CICA Think Tank Forum, which provides information and analytical support for activities within the CICA framework.

As CICA transforms into a full-fledged international organization and moves into a new stage of its development, Kairat Sarybay highlighted the initiative of the Kazakh Chairmanship, voiced by President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev at the Sixth CICA Summit, to establish the Council for Sustainable Connectivity. The initiative aims to strengthen the CICA economic dimension of cooperation by enhancing transport corridors and transit routes in a sustainable manner.

Ambassador Sarybay concluded his remarks by highlighting the journey that the CICA Secretariat and the Member States, including Turkic, have embarked on towards a common goal of regional stability and shared prosperity and expressed his willingness to continue their joint work

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