Tur­kic coun­tries' lead­ers to mull free trade zone

Azer News - - FRONT PAGE - By Aynur Ja­farova

The es­tab­lish­ment of a free trade zone will be in spot­light of the Baku sum­mit of the lead­ers of Tur­kic- speak­ing coun­tries.

The es­tab­lish­ment of a free trade zone will be in spot­light of the Baku sum­mit of the lead­ers of Tur­kic- speak­ing coun­tries.

Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of the Par­lia­men­tary Assem­bly of Tur­kic- speak­ing Coun­tries ( TURKPA) Ramil Hasanov told Trend news agency on Satur­day that the is­sue is on the agenda of the sum­mit.

" If the heads of state adopt a com­mon de­ci­sion on this is­sue, TURKPA will take con­crete steps to le­gal­ize them," Hasanov said.

Is­sues such as lift­ing cus­toms du­ties be­tween mem­ber states of the or­ga­ni­za­tion as well as the pro­ject on cre­at­ing free trade zones were dis­cussed dur­ing the meet­ing of the TURKPA Com­mis­sion on Eco­nomic, Trade and Fi­nan­cial Af­fairs this year.

More­over, Azer­bai­jan's cap­i­tal Baku will host the sum­mit of TURKSOY ded­i­cated to the 20th an­niver­sary of the or­ga­ni­za­tion on Au­gust 15-16 and the next ses­sion of the TURKPA Par­lia­men­tary Assem­bly in 2014.

Es­tab­lished in 2009 in Baku, TURKPA is the par­lia­men­tary union of Tur­kic- speak­ing coun­tries whose pur­pose is to form the mech­a­nism of in­ter- par­lia­men­tary re­la­tions among the Tur­kic coun­tries, pro­mote the con­ver­gence of po­lit­i­cal views, ex­change of in­for­ma­tion, Tur­kic cul­ture, the ex­pan­sion of eco­nomic ties, the im­ple­men­ta­tion of joint projects, and to seek so­lu­tions to the prob­lems fac­ing the Tur­kic world.

The sec­re­tariat of the or­ga­ni­za­tion is based in Baku. The sec­re­tariat is com­prised of the sec­re­tary gen­eral, his deputies from Turkey and Kaza­khstan and a group of ex­perts.

The mem­bers of TURKPA are Azer­bai­jan, Turkey, Kaza­khstan and Kyr­gyzs­tan.

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