“ECO Day 2017” to be celebrated in Islamabad
As per decision by the “ECO Council of Permanent Representatives (CPR)”, the “ECO Day 2017” celebration is planned to be organized on 14 December 2017 in Islamabad, on the sidelines of the 28th meeting of the “ECO Regional Planning Council (RPC)”.
“28th November” each year is commemorated as the “ECO Day” by ECO Secretariat and the Member States, usually at the ECO premises in Tehran. “ECO Day” is celebrated on the date of the adoption of the “Protocol amending the Treaty of Izmir” signed on 28th November 1992. The Protocol was meant to adjust the relevant “Treaty” provisions in the light of expansion of the Organization to 7 more countries, namely, Afghanistan, Republic of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
Although the “ECO Day” is celebrated to mark ECO enlargement from a 3-country to a 10-country organization in early 1990s, the years to be commemorated as “ECO” begins from 1985 when the three founding Members (Iran, Pakistan and Turkey) of “Regional Cooperation for Development (RCD)” decided to rename their organization as “Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO)”. This was later incorporated in the Izmir Treaty through “Protocol amending the Treaty of Izmir” done on 18 June 1990.
Messages on the occasion of ECO Day 2017: