Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO)
In 1985, the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) was established by Iran, Pakistan, and Turkey to promote economic, technical, and cultural cooperation among the member states. ECO is the successor organization of Regional Cooperation for Development (RCD) which remained in existence since 1964 up to 1979. In 1992, the Organization was expanded to include seven new members, namely: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
The transport and communications sector, since the early years of ECO, is on the top of the agenda. Key documents in this field are: the Quetta Plan of Action; the Istanbul Declaration (ECO Long Term Perspectives); the Almaty Outline Plan for the Development of Transport Sector in the ECO region; the Ashgabat Declaration of 1997; the Programme of Action for ECO Decade of Transport and Communications; and the Transit Transport Framework Agreement.
- Turkmen, Iranian leaders discuss cooperation prospectsAzernews20 May 2013
- Pakistan-Ukraine to cooperate in iron, steel, energy, heavy technical industriesPakistan Observer18 May 2013
- Turkmenistan plans to build railway near Afghan borderWorld Bulletin16 May 2013
- Iran, Azerbaijan keen to expand bilateral economic relations Fars News Agency15 May 2013
- Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan open their first direct rail linkTravelDailyNews14 May 2013
- Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan presidents to open new railway Radio Free Europe - Radi Liberty10 May 2013
Opinions and Editorials
- Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan railroad: Mood is positiveTrend26 Apr 2013
- Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline could become Asia's energy lifelineTehran Times12 Mar 2013
- Central Asia's ECO wants energy ties, just not on oil, gasAsia Times Online11 Mar 2013
- A new era of energy cooperation in the ECO regionTehran Times5 Mar 2013
- Pakistan-Afghanistan-Turkey trilateral summit in Turkey: Mild affairEurasia Review25 Dec 2012
- ECO summit brings no changeAsia Times Online16 Nov 2012