ISLAMABAD, Jul 23, 2002 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- A three-day ECO Ministerial Meeting on Agriculture began here on Tuesday to identify ways and means for enhancing regional cooperation and economic development of member states of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO).
Except Turkmenistan, all other member states including Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Pakistan are participating in the meeting.
While inaugurating the meeting, Pakistani Minister for Food, Agriculture and Livestock Khair Muhammad Junejo said that a lot more efforts are required for promoting cooperation and exploiting agriculture sector for economic uplift of ECO countries.
"To have more effective and meaningful cooperation, we need to list the problems at national and regional levels, set priority and then frame integrated approach to deal with each and every situation," he added.
Junejo said, "I strongly believe that all member states are committed to establishing stable and deeper links among them. I also believe that ECO member states attach a high degree of importance to the agriculture sector and understand that there is a need of regional cooperation in this sector."
But the fact remains that there exists adequate opportunities and great possibility of increasing collaboration and cooperation in agriculture among ECO states, he added.
Xinhua, July 23, 2002