Ministerial/Contact Group Meetings
Turkic Council convened three meetings of the Ministers and Heads of the Institutions in charge of Diaspora Affairs of the Turkic Council and four meetings of the Contact Group comprising the experts of the relevant institutions of the Member States so far.The last (third) Meeting of Ministers and Heads of Institutions in Charge of Diaspora Affairs of the Turkic Council was hosted by the Secretary General of the Turkic Council Baghdad Amreyev and the Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey Mehmet Nuri Ersoy on 8 November 2018 in Ankara.
Minister of Social Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan Darhan Kaletayev, Chairman of the State Committee on Diaspora Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan Fuad Muradov, Chairman of Migration Service Authority of the Kyrgyz Republic Bolotbek İbraimzhanov, President of Citizens Foundation of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nurtay Abikayev, Secretary General of TURKSOY Dusen Kaseinov, President of Turks Abroad and Related Communities of the Republic of Turkey (YTB) Abdullah Eren and representatives from various institutions of Turkey attended the meeting.
Parties also exchanged views on the ways to enhance cooperation and coordination among the diaspora institutions of the Member States as well as the diasporas abroad.
The participating Ministers and Heads of Institutions in charge of Diaspora Affairs signed the “Turkic Speaking Diaspora Joint Activity Strategy of the Turkic Council”. The parties also approved the Joint Action Plan that contains the concrete steps to be implemented in 2019.
Parties decided to organize the Second Turkic Council Diaspora Forum in 2019 in Turkey with a large participation of the diaspora representatives of the Member States from across the world. The aim of this forum is to strengthen the spirit of unity among the institutions responsible for diaspora issues and the Turkic Speaking Diasporas, consolidate the ties of our citizens living abroad and create awareness through our common values.
Parties agreed to prepare a joint online diaspora portal under the umbrella of the Turkic Council in order to improve the cooperation and coordination between the Turkic Speaking diasporas. They also decided to start working on the preparation of the Turkic Council Diaspora Atlas, which will provide comprehensive information on the diasporas of Turkic Speaking States.
Memoranda of Understanding for bilateral Diaspora cooperation among the relevant institutions of Turkey, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan was signed on the margins of the meeting.
It was agreed that the Fourth Meeting of Ministers and Heads of Institutions in charge of Diaspora Affairs of the Turkic Council will be held in Turkistan, Kazakhstan in 2019.
TRT Avaz broadcasted live the first part of the meeting. The link of the related video is here below: https://bit.ly/2zKsOoe.