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Thirteenth Annual IGC Meeting, Yerevan, 2018

The Republic of Armenia took over the presidency in the Intergovernmental Commission TRACECA

On 06 March 2018, in Yerevan, Republic of Armenia there were held the Thirteenth Annual Meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission (IGC) TRACECA where Ukraine handed over the presidency in the IGC TRACECA to the Republic of Armenia. 

The Meeting was attended by the official Governments’ representatives of the Parties to the “Basic Multilateral Agreement on International Transport for Development of the Europe-the Caucasus-Asia Corridor” (MLA), Permanent Representatives (National Secretaries) of the Permanent Secretariat (PS) of the IGC TRACECA in the MLA member states, observer in the Intergovernmental Commission - the Republic of Lithuania, representatives of Turkmenistan as a participant of the TRACECA programme, representative of Afghanistan - the candidate country for the accession into TRACECA, the representative of international organizations and TRACECA partners.

The member-states of the Meeting considered the issues of development of the international transport corridor TRACECA: the implementation of the Strategy of the IGC TRACECA for development of the corridor by the MLA states-participants for the period of presidency of Ukraine (2016-2017) in the IGC TRACECA, the Concept of Development of International Road Traffic along the Corridor.

Within the framework of the agenda of the IGC meeting, the following documents had been adopted by the IGC TRACECA for the development of the corridor: Action Plan 2018-2021 for implementation of the Strategy of the IGC TRACECA for development of the international transport corridor “Europe-the Caucasus-Asia”, Roadmap for the development of international transport within the corridor Europe-the Caucasus-Asia for the 5-year period, focused on multimodal transport, Plan of Actions for increase of competitiveness and attractiveness of TRACECA road routes and further development of international road traffic.

The participants of the meeting discussed the progress of implementation by the MLA Parties of the priority actions within the realization of activities of the TRACECA Regional Action Strategy on Maritime Safety and Security and Environmental Protection for the period up to 2021.

On the decision of the Thirteenth Annual Meeting of the IGC TRACECA and support of the member-countries, the Third Investment Forum was decided to held in Bucharest in 2019. The exact date of the Forum will be announcing in due time. 

The Agenda of the Meeting also included discussion of the drafts of the Memorandums of Understanding between the PS and the CAREC Institute, the Crans-Montana Forum and the UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States. It was agreed to finalize the drafts of Memorandums and to prepare them for signing during next IGC. 

The Intergovernmental Commission TRACECA extended the terms of the office of Mr. Mircea Ciopraga (the active Secretary General, representative of Romania) as Secretary General of the PS IGC TRACECA for one more Presidency period.

Within the framework of the IGC Agenda, taking into account the consent of all TRACECA member-states, the Intergovernmental Commission TRACECA in Yerevan has granted the observer status to the Hellenic Republic. It should be noted that Hellenic Republic expressed its willingness to obtain the status of observer in the IGC in the letter of the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure and Communications of Greece as of 29 June 2016.  

The photos of the Meeting of the Permanent Secretariat of the IGC TRACECA, held on 05 March 2018 and Thirteenth Annual Meeting of the IGC TRACECA, held on 06 March 2018 in Yerevan, Republic of Armenia, Agenda and List of participants of the Meeting are also available online for downloading. 

At the moment, TRACECA comprises transport system of 13 member-states, united by the idea of developing the international transport corridor Europe-the Caucasus-Asia. Besides, Lithuania obtained status of observer in the IGC TRACECA in 2009.