Regional Infrastructure – Confidence Building Measures (RI-CBM) Meeting Held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

On 3rd April 2017, fifth meeting of the Regional Infrastructure Confidence-building Measures (RI-CBM) technical groups within the framework of the Istanbul Process on Afghanistan held in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan supported by OSCE Center in Ashgabat.

Representatives from Azerbaijan, Turkey, Islamic Republic of Iran, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Japan, AIB, Germany, Italy, France, Canada, Iraq, USA, UK, OSCE, India and Pakistan participated.

The regional technical groups for the RI-CBM within the Istanbul Process are currently co-chaired by Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan. The project also includes a number of large-scale regional initiatives, including the construction of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline, the Asian International Railway Corridor and the Lapis Lazuli Trade and Transportation Corridor.

The Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process (HoA) was founded on November 2nd, 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey. The Heart of Asia provides a platform for sincere and results-oriented regional cooperation by placing Afghanistan at its center, in recognition of the fact that a secure and stable Afghanistan is vital to the prosperity of the Heart of Asia region.

This platform was established to address the shared challenges and interests of Afghanistan and its neighbors and regional partners. The Heart of Asia is comprised of 14 participating countries, 17 supporting countries, and 12 supporting regional and international organizations.

Participants exchanged views on issues such as the role of transit corridors for regional integration and regional energy co-operation as a factor of sustainable economic development and stability.

Meanwhile on April 4th 2017, participants also participated on the preparatory meeting of Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan where Mr. Hassan Sorosh the Acting Director of Economic Cooperation Department of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan presented presentation about the preparations of RECCA-VII which will be held in Ashgabat in November 2017.