Islamabad  - The 28th meeting of Economic Cooperation Organisation Regional Planning Council (ECORPC) will start here today to review progress on the implementation of the ECO-approved programmes/projects and to consider proposals for new programmes and projects for 2018-2019.

According to the agenda of the meeting available with The Nation, the forum will continue for four days, and will discuss preparations for ECO’s Special Conference on Afghanistan and will adopt the draft outcomes of the ministerial segment on Annual Work Programme 2018, calendar of events 2018 and draft ECO Advocacy Policy for Afghanistan.

The ECO had been established in 1985 by Iran, Pakistan and Turkey which was later joined by seven new members; Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

The ECORPC will review the progress on the implementation of the decisions of 27th RPC Meeting (5-8 December, 2017); implementation on the existing ECO programmes of action and projects; status of implementation on the relevant ECO agreements; implementation on the decisions of the relevant ministerial meetings; and implementation of the Calendar of Events in 2017.

The committees will also deliberate and develop the ECO Work Programme for the year to come, as well as the ECO Calendar of Events for 2018.

The committees’ outcomes will be considered and adopted by the Plenary session of the 28th RPC meeting. The meeting will endorse the ECO Calendar of Events for 2018, proposed by the committees and Work Programme 2018.

As per ECO rules, the Calendar of Events 2018 and Work Programme 2018 will be finally approved by the ECO Council of Ministers, on the recommendations by CPR.

In its meeting, the Regional Planning Committee (RPC) will review the progress on the implementation of the ECO-approved programmes/projects and consideration of proposals for new programmes and projects for the year 2018 which is prepared by its eight different committees. The committees include: Trade and Investment, Transport & Communications, Energy, Minerals and Environment, Agriculture, Industry and Tourism Project, Economic Research & Statistics, Human Resources & Sustainable Development, Drugs and Organised Crime Coordination, and ECO Regional Institutions/Specialised Agencies/Affiliated Bodies and International Relations.

On the first day of the RPC meeting five committees including committees on Drugs and Organized Crime Coordination, Agriculture, Industry and Tourism, Transport & Communications, Economic Research & Statistics and Human Resources & Sustainable Development will discuss its future plan of action.