The Member States emphasize the importance of policies on ICT considering their economic and social role.
For the past twenty years, the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) has fundamentally changed the practices and procedures of nearly all aspects of business life and governance. The Member States emphasize the importance of policies on ICT considering their economic and social role.
For this reason, as instructed by the Heads of State which is outlined in the Declaration of the 5th Summit the first Meeting of the Turkic Council Ministers in Charge of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) was held on November 29, 2016, in Baku. The meeting was preceded by the First Working Group on ICT hosted by the Ministry of High Technologies and Communications of Azerbaijan. The said Meetings have initiated cooperation in the field of ICT among the Member States. As a result of the said Meeting, parties agreed to initiate cooperation on cyber security, E-government, development of TASIM project and fibre infrastructure and satellite services and convene the meeting of relevant experts.
The Turkic Council Ministerial Meetings on ICT is the highest decision making body in the area of regional cooperation on ICT.
As it was agreed, 2nd meeting of the Turkic Council Working Group on ICT was held on 16 May 2017 in Istanbul, hosted by the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications of Turkey. During the meeting, the 4 sub-working groups, namely Cyber Security, E-government, Development of TASIM project and fibre infrastructure, and Satellite services held their meetings in order to discuss the cooperation in the mentioned areas.
The 3rd Meeting of the Working Group on ICT and the 2nd meeting of the Ministers in charge of ICT were convened on 8-9 November 2017 in Istanbul. During the meeting, the Ministers expressed their readiness for enhancing cooperation between the Member States on subjects such as developing a common secure software and hardware as well as technology transfer.
4th Meeting of the Working Group on ICT and 3rd meeting of the Ministers in charge of ICT were held on 30-31 January 2019 in Almaty. At the meeting, the Member States agreed on the organization of a special Business Forum in charge of ICT with the participation of leading national software/hardware developers designated by the Member States. Also, the Parties decided to consider preparation of a draft quadrilateral Memorandum of Understanding which will pave the way for an agreement on cooperation in the sphere of e-government.
As in the previous Summits, at the 6th Summit of Turkic Council held in 3 September 2018 in Cholpon-Ata, Presidents urged the Member States to continue their efforts to enhance their cooperation and coordination in the field of ICT.
Through these mechanisms, the Member States of Turkic Council are discussing policy approaches critical to cooperation among themselves concerning the issues like innovation, the free flow of data, emerging digital technologies and challenges like cyber-threats.