Trade facilitation in the ECO region
Together with Iran and Pakistan, Turkey formed the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) in 1985. This was expanded to include Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan in 1992. The main stated purpose of the ECO is to foster sustainable socio-economic development, and cooperation projects have been launched in priority areas including energy, trade and transportation.
Recently, efforts have started to sign a Trade Facilitation Agreement for the ECO region. It is expected that formal negotiations on a draft agreement will begin in 2013.
Trade Policy Review, Report by Turkey, World Trade Organization (WTO), Trade Policy Review Body, WT/TPR/S/259/Rev.1, 7 March 2012
Trade Policy Review, Report by Turkey, World Trade Organization (WTO), Trade Policy Review Body, WT/TPR/S/259, 3 February 2012