15 and 16 June 2009

The 7th annual meeting of the TRACECA Intergovernmental Commission held on the shore of Lake Issyk-Kul in the Cultural Center «Rukh Ordo» named after Aytmatov on June 15 and 16, 2009. Let us remind that the TRACECA program includes countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Romania, Tajikistan, Turkey, Uzbekistan, and Ukraine.

The meeting was attended by official governments representatives of the «Basic  Multilateral Agreement on International Transport for the Development of the Corridor Europe-Caucasus-Asia», Permanent Representatives (National Secretaries) of the Permanent Secretariat of the TRACECA in the participating countries, European Commission representatives, international organizations and financial institutions.

The meeting considered such issues as the development of the TRACECA international transport corridor for the period of the Republic of Kazakhstan chairmanship in the TRACECA, the implementation of the 2008 Action Plan for the realization of the TRACECA's  strategy for the development of the international transport corridor «Europe-Caucasus- Asia «for the period until 2015, the issues of increasing the competitiveness of the TRACECA corridor and  involvement of additional freight flows, further prospects for the development of TRACECA,  issues of reforming TRACECA structures in the context of South-Eastern axis to expand the Trans-European transport networks in the EU neighboring countries and countries of Central Asia. The accession of new states to TRACECA - the Islamic Republic of Iran as a full member of the TRACECA, and the Republic of Lithuania as an observer in the TRACECA took place during the meeting.

The procedure of  transferring the chairmanship from the Republic of Kazakhstan in the TRACECA to the Kyrgyz Republic was also held, and  the election of the new Secretary General of TRACECA by the member countries of the MLA took place. As the result of the 7th Annual Meeting of the TRACECA the Final Resolutions were signed and the Issyk-Kul Declaration was adopted.