The 4th Meeting of Ministers in charge of Economy of the BSEC Member States, Istanbul, 11 May 2017
Mr. Asaf Hajiyev, PABSEC Secretary General, participated in the 4th Meeting of the Ministers in charge of Economy of the BSEC Member States, in Istanbul, on 11 May 2017.
Mr. Nihat Zeybekci, Minister of Economy of the Republic of Turkey and Ambassador Michael B. Christides, Secretary General of the BSEC PERMIS addressed the gathering at the Opening Ceremony.
The meeting was attended by: Mr. Stepan Kubiv, First Vice Prime-Minister and Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine, Mr. Rasim Ljajic, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications of the Republic of Serbia, Mr. Niyazi Safarov, Deputy Minister of Economy of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr. Giorgi Cherkezishvili, Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, Mr. Sterica Fudulea, Secretary of State for Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship of Romania, Mr. Ilias Xanthakos, Secretary General of the Ministry of Economy of the Hellenic Republic, Mr. Ihsan Ugur Delikanli, President of the Black Sea and Development Bank (BSTDB), the Permanent Representatives and the Trade Representatives of the BSEC Member States, and the Diplomatic Corps.
This event was chaired by Mr. Nihat Zeybekci, Minister of Economy of the Republic of Turkey, and during it, the Heads of Delegations delivered their statements. Appreciating the BSEC activities in the past 25 years, the participants emphasized the importance of undertaking efforts aimed at trade facilitation for increasing intra-regional trade of the BSEC Member States. They supported the efforts to enhance cooperation of the BSEC with other international organizations and institutions in the field of trade and economic development and encouraged their respective national institutions to develop new projects of common interest for the BSEC Member States.
The Istanbul Joint Declaration of the Ministers in charge of Economy of the BSEC Member States was adopted at the end of the Meeting. The participants also adopted the Report of the Meeting to be presented to the 36th Meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the BSEC Member States, to be held in Istanbul, on 29 June 2017.
In the framework of this meeting, the BSEC Business Forum took place.