The National Assembly of Pakistan will host the first ever General Conference of the Parliamentary Assembly of Economic Cooperation Organisation (PAECO) to be held in Islamabad from 10th to 13th of February 2013 (Sunday till Wednesday), Pakistani International News reported.
The speakers and PARLIAMENTARIANS from the ECO Parliaments will attend the event on the invitation of National Assembly Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza.
Mirza is the pioneer of PAECO as she initiated proposal of establishing the Assembly and the vision behind its creation was to complement efforts of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) for increased cooperation among ECO Parliaments.
Proceeding the proposal, the National Assembly hosted the first meeting of ECO Parliamentarians in Islamabad from September 4-5 2012 where Charter of the Assembly was drafted and agreed for formal signature by the Speakers of the ECO Parliaments in a regular conference being held in Islamabad.
The first General Conference of PAECO is a part of the said process. The Parliamentary Forum, which the Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan envisioned, would serve as a milestone towards realizing the potential power of the ECO - the belief for assisting its agenda was a driving force behind the idea.
The NA Speaker addressed the suggestion to the ECO Parliaments including Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
Since these member countries have a lot in common, besides being geographically close and economically resourceful, the Assembly of the ECO Parliaments, therefore, will enhance the prospects of close parliamentary cooperation through people-to-people contact and coordination among their Parliaments.
Besides deliberative agenda, the Speakers of the ECO countries Parliaments will ratify the Charter by putting their signatures to formalize its launching.
The Assembly, whose formation derives its strength from the sincere efforts of the Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan, was taken well by her counterparts in the ECO Parliaments as it will serve common interest of the region.
The Forum provides the sole machinery for regular consultation and exchange of ideas and information among member countries.
This will also help further the practical ideal of fellowship and understanding.
All Parliaments of ECO are entitled to become member of the Assembly without election or any other formality.
As per Charter of the Assembly, there is provision of electing the chairperson and vice-chairperson of the Assembly, who preside at its meetings.
The document offers a convention by which the chairperson should come from the branch in the Parliament acting as host to the conference while the vice-chairperson to be appointed from the branch whose Parliament will be host to the next conference.
In this way, members will feel that their Forum will continue to be truly representative. Fortunately, Speaker Dr. Fehmida Mirza will have the singular privilege being elected as the first-ever Chairperson of the new Parliamentary Assembly of ECO.
The permanent Secretariat of the Parliamentary Assembly of Economic Cooperation Organization (PAECO) will be situated in Islamabad.
The Assembly will have annual conferences and other regular gatherings as and when required. Its Charter is elaborative on its multidimensional activities.