Visit of Mr. Asaf Hajiyev, PABSEC Secretary General, to Mr. Andriy Parubiy PABSEC President and Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Kiev, 20 September 2017

Visit of Mr. Asaf Hajiyev, PABSEC Secretary General, to Mr. Andriy Parubiy PABSEC President and Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine,  Kiev, 20 September 2017

Mr. Asaf Hajiyev, PABSEC Secretary General, paid a visit in Kiev, on 20 September 2017, to Mr. Andriy Parubiy, PABSEC President and Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

During the meeting with the PABSEC Secretary General, Mr. Parubiy highly appreciated the work of the PABSEC International Secretariat and recalled that this year, the 50th anniversary session of the PABSEC General Assembly will take place in Kiev. He noted that the items on the Agenda of the General Assembly are "important and very interesting" because the Black Sea Region is located at the crossroads of the main transport routes, and therefore, "it is necessary to actively develop the cooperation in all directions - both along the line east-west, and along the line north-south."  Mr. Parubiy stressed that such a cooperation should be actively fostered not only in the Black Sea Region, but also in the Baltic countries, the Scandinavian states and other countries.

On this occasion, Mr. Hajiyev informed Mr. Parubiy about the current PABSEC activities and its future plans, and presented the ongoing activities with other international organizations. In this regard, he informed about the Memorandum of Understanding between the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation and the Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference, which has been recently signed, during the 26th Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference, held in Hamburg, on 3-5 September 2017.

Mr. Hajiyev informed Mr. Parubiy about his visit to Mr. Mikhail Myasnikovich, Chairman of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus, with whom he discussed the possibilities of organizing the Business Forum between the business community of the BSEC Member Countries and the Republic of Belarus, and also about the Silk Road Conference which will be held in Minsk, in 2018. Mr. Hajiyev briefly informed about the preparation of the Declaration of the PABSEC on the 25thAnniversary of the Assembly and about other events to be organised in 2018.

The PABSEC President also informed about the reforms that took place in Ukraine, underlying that Ukraine pays serious attention to the security problems and to the cooperation in the BSEC Region. Mr. Parubiy reassured that the Parliament of Ukraine will contribute significantly to the promotion of the inter-parliamentary cooperation and of the dialogue in the BSEC Region.

The Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada also stressed that Ukraine is interested in the "Silk Road Project" passing from China through the territory of Ukraine. In this regard, he suggested to organize a Joint Conference entitled "The Black Sea and the Silk Road" that will be organized by the relevant committees of the Verkhovna Rada and the PABSEC. Mr. Parubiy underlined that the involvement of the Speakers of the BSEC Member State Parliaments in such a Conference will allow the project to be ssucessfully promoted.

Mrs. Lyudmila Denisova, PABSEC Vice-President and Head of the PABSEC Ukrainian Delegation also participated in the meeting. 

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