Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana described Azerbaijan’s hosting the Summit of the UN Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia (SPECA) on this institution’s 25th anniversary as a landmark event, and offered her congratulations on this occasion to the Republic of Azerbaijan as a host and chairman.
The head of state pointed out that Azerbaijan was a UNESCAP member in 1992, adding the country enjoys high-level political relations with the majority of its members.
President Ilham Aliyev noted that UNESCAP is a vital platform for cooperation in transport, digitalization, energy and other areas of mutual interest, touched upon the possibility of future cooperation between the regions of UNESCAP and SPECA and highlighted cooperation in the transport sector.
The head of state provided information about development concept of the Middle Corridor as well as transport corridors connecting Caspian and Black Seas, which are realized together with the regional countries, and underlined the need for digitalization of transportation and application of single tariff and standards.
They touched upon the issue of joining Trans-Asian Railway Network Agreement of the UNESCAP, the Intergovernmental Agreement on Dry Ports and other intergovernmental agreements.
They exchanged their views on expansion of relations between Azerbaijan and UNESCAP and Azerbaijan’s hosting respective meetings of this institution.