Azerbaijan, Baku / corr Trend I.Khalilova / Azerbaijan offered to increase the efficiency of the activities of UN Special Program for economy of Central Asia (SPECA), Mahmoud Mammadguligev, the Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister, said on 20 November, who participated in the meeting of SPECA Board of Managers in Berlin last week.
He also proposed to focus on coordination with the regional economic and financial organizations.
"The major attention was paid to cooperation with the European Union and it became more actual after the adoption of the EU's new strategy on Central Asia," Mammadguliyev said.
SPECA program stipulates for countries of Asia, Afghanistan and Azerbaijan.
Before the meeting of the Board of Managers SPECA Germany also hosted a meeting of the working group on trade, where Azerbaijan initiated rendering assistance to countries entering the World Trade Organization (WTO). Along with Azerbaijan, 6 SPECA member-countries are on the stage of entering to the WTO.
'This proposal by Azerbaijan was adopted and Azerbaijan can receive assistance not only from UN but also SPECA member-countries," Mammadguliyev said. Presently, the governments of Germany and the United States render active assistance on this direction.
In 2006 a meeting of SPECA was held in Baku where Azerbaijan was offered two projects - one on support in entrance to WTO and establishment of a regional training center in Baku.