Tuesday, 18 March 2014

UNIDO and Economic Cooperation Organization to work close on quality policies in support of regional economic integration

VIENNA, 18 March 2014 – A technical assistance agreement which aims to achieve good governance and sustainability through quality policy formulation in the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) region was signed today in Vienna.

The agreement with partial funding by ECO will be implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). It was signed by the Secretary-General of ECO, Shamil Aleskerov, and UNIDO Director General, LI Yong.

The start of the cooperation between UNIDO and ECO dates back to 2007, when the two organizations began joint training activities and institutional capacity building in order to strengthen quality infrastructure, and harmonize regional standards, metrology and testing practices.

Based on these earlier activities and respective needs assessments in the Member States, the current cooperation agreement aims to develop a Regional Quality Policy Framework and develop guidance documents for ECO Member States to formulate National Quality Policies.

 “A Regional Quality policy will provide ECO Member States with a framework for the development of quality infrastructure and services to boost not only global and intra-regional trade, but also contribute to the cooperation and enhancement of sustainable economic and social development in the ECO region,” said Secretary-General Aleskerov .        

Director General Li added: “UNIDO is keen to expand its cooperation with ECO, a region that has a lot of potential for industrial and economic development, with trade as an important engine of growth and prosperity.”

ECO Member States include the Islamic State of Afghanistan, Azerbaijan Republic, Islamic Republic of Iran, Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Republic of Tajikistan, Republic of Turkey, Turkmenistan, and Republic of Uzbekistan

For further information, please contact:

Hayri Maraslioglu
ECO Deputy Secretary General
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Toshiyki Miyake
UNIDO Industrial Development Officer
Tel: +43 1 260 26
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UNIDO Trade Capacity-Building Branch
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