Participation of Mr. Asaf Hajiyev, PABSEC Secretary General, in the 7th Plenary Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Turkic-Speaking countries (TURKPA), Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, 7-8 December 2017
Mr. Asaf Hajiyev, PABSEC Secretary General, participated in the 7th Plenary Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Turkic-Speaking countries (TURKPA), in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, during 7-8 December 2017.
Mr. Dastanbek Djumabekov, TURKPA Chairman-in-Office and Chairman of the Parliament (JogorkuKenesh) of the Kyrgyz Republic, welcomed the participants at the Opening ceremony. Mr. Ogtay Asadov, Chairman of the Parliament (Milli Mejlis) of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr. Nurlan Nigmatulin, Chairman of the Parliament (Mazhilis) of the Republic of Kazakhstan and Mr. Ismail Kahraman, Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (GNAT), addressed the gathering.
The Plenary Session discussed the “Openness and Transparency of the Parliament: New Technologies in Decision-Making”, as the main topic of the General Debate. The members of the Assembly debated and adopted the Reports and Recommendations of: the Commission on Environment and Natural Resources, the Commission on Social, Cultural and Humanitarian Issues, the Commission on Legal Affairs and International Relations and the Commission on Economic Cooperation. The Assembly also adopted the Budget for the 2018-2019 Financial Year, for the TURKPA Secretariat.
The PABSEC Secretary General informed the participants about the results of the 50th General Assembly, held in Kyiv, and laid emphasis on the Declaration of the Assembly on the Twenty Fifth Anniversary of the Establishment of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation, which represents a very important document for the future of our Organization. Mr. Hajiyev stressed that the PABSEC has intensified contacts with regional and international organizations and extended the cooperation and strengthened the ties with other parliamentary assemblies and international organizations. In this regard, he underlined the fruitful cooperation with the TURKPA, which has an Observer Status to the PABSEC since 2012. Referring to the subject of the General Debate, Mr. Hajiyev informed the participants that the PABSEC has adopted the respective Reports and Recommendations in the field of transparency and accountability of the parliaments (especially in fight against corruption) as well as in the area of the new technologies regarding the development of the information society.
The members of the Assembly elected Mr.Altibey Mamayusufov, from Kyrgyz Republic, for the position of TURKPA Secretary General and three TURKPA Deputy Secretaries General (representatives of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkey). The Assembly also elected new Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen of the TURKPA Commissions.
At the end of the two-day Bishkek Session of the TURKPA, the participants adopted the Joint Declaration (Ala-Archa Declaration).
The Republic of Turkey will host the 8th Plenary Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of Turkic-Speaking Countries, in 2018.