The Turkic Council has established close relations with the Economic Cooperation Organization since 2012.
At the ECO Summit held on 16th October 2012, in the Summit Declaration, the Heads of State “welcomed the endorsement by the Council the observer status to Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States.[…]”. Observer/Dialogue Partnership status was granted to the Turkic Council for an initial period of 3 years, which is renewed every 3-year periods.
The Turkic Council actively participates ever since in the Regional Planning Council (RPC) and relevant meetings at the level of Ministers upon invitation from the ECO Secretariat. In addition, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the ECO and the Turkic Council was signed on 23rd September 2014 in New York enabling deeper relations between two organizations. Furthermore, the two organizations currently exchange views on a work plan for the materialization of the principles enshrined in the said MoU.
At the 23rd Council of Ministers Meeting of the Economic Cooperation Organization hosted by the Republic of Tajikistan on 16-17 April 2018 in Dushanbe, the Council of Ministers approved the renewal of the observer status of the Turkic Council for the second time to the Economic Cooperation Organization.
It should be noted that the ECO, where all Member States of the Turkic Council are also members, is the only organisation that the Turkic Council has observer status so far.
The two organizations individually work on areas such as economy, transportation, tourism, customs, and education yielding positive results for regional development. There is ample room to work on joint projects in boosting cooperation in the region. In this regard, the current observer status of the Turkic Council to the ECO provides both sides with the opportunity to exchange views on the issues of mutual interest and act together with the view to contributing in regional development.
On the other hand, continuing to participate in the ECO meetings will further enable the Turkic Council to interact with other players in the region, while being instrumental in informing at length the international community of its vision and mission as well as its projects and activities based on the principles of comprehensive and inclusive regional cooperation.
Most recently, Secretary General of the Turkic Council Baghdad Amreyev and President of ECO CCI Azarakhsh Hafizi signed the MoU on cooperation between the Turkic Business Council and ECO CCI on the margins of the 25th Executive Committee Meeting of the ECO CCI. The MoU aims at enhancing cooperation between both organizations and identifying areas of mutual interest with a view to promoting close cooperation, and consultation on matters of common concern in order to contribute to the economic and social development of the Turkic Council and ECO Member States, as well as establishing and maintaining effective, systematic consultation, cooperation, coordination and exchange of useful information between the Parties.