COOPERATION COUNCIL OF TURKIC SPEAKING STATES
The Agreement on the Establishment of the Cooperation Council of the Turkic Speaking States (further – CCTS or Turkic Council) was signed on the initiative of President of the Republic of Kazakhstan N. Nazarbayev on October 3, 2009 in Nakhchivan (Azerbaijan) at the 9th Summit of the Heads of the Turkic Speaking States.
The member states of the CCTS are Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkey. Hungary has the observer status at the CCTS. The responsibility for monitoring implementation of the CCTS summit decisions, preparation and holding of meetings at the highest, high and expert levels is conferred to the Secretariat of the Organization with its headquarters located in Istanbul (Turkey).
The CCTS Secretary General is B. Amreyev, the representative of Kazakhstan (from September 3, 2018).
Within the CCTS the Council of Heads of States, the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs, the Senior Officials Committee, the Council of Elders, and meetings of heads and experts of state agencies in the sphere of economy, investment, customs, transportation, education, tourism, information and other fields are held annually.
The First Summit of the CCTS took place on October 21, 2011 in Almaty (Kazakhstan) on Economic Cooperation of the Turkic Speaking States.
The Second Summit of the CCTS took place on August 23, 2012 in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) on Cooperation in Cultural and Humanitarian Sphere.
The Third Summit of the CCTS took place on August 16, 2013 in Gabala (Azerbaijan) on Cooperation in the Sphere of Transport and Communication.
The Fourth Summit of the CCTS took place on June 5, 2014 in Bodrum (Turkey) on Cooperation in the Tourism Sphere.
The Fifth Summit of the CCTS took place on September 11, 2015 in Astana (Kazakhstan) on Cooperation in the Sphere of Information”.
The Sixth Summit of the CCTS took place on September 3, 2018 in Cholpon-Ata (Kyrgyzstan) on Cooperation in National Sports and Youth.
The following organizations are functioning under the aegis of the Turkic Council:
International Organization of Turkic Culture (TURKSOY) with headquarters in Ankara (Turkey). The organization was established on July 12, 1993 with the purpose of revival of cultural and humanitarian ties among Turkic nations.
Parliamentary Assembly of Turkic Speaking Countries (TurkPA) with headquarters in Baku (Azerbaijan). The Assembly was established on November 21, 2008 on the initiative of Kazakhstan`s President N. Nazarbayev to develop inter-parliamentary cooperation between Turkic speaking states.
International Turkic Academy with headquarters in Astana (Kazakhstan). The Academy was established on May 25, 2010 on the initiative of Kazakhstan`s President N. Nazarbayev to set up a specialized international research center, tasked with conducting researches on the Turkic world.
Turkic Culture and Heritage Foundation with headquarters in Baku (Azerbaijan). The Foundation was established on August 23, 2012 with the purpose of promoting projects for restoration, development and popularization of the Turkic culture and heritage of Turkic people.
The Council of Elders, set up in 2011 under the initiative of President of Kazakhstan N. Nazarbayev, has been functioning within the Turkic Council as a consultative and advisory body. The main objectives and functions of the Council are to work out proposals and recommendations for enhancing cooperation among CCTS member states, as well as preserving and developing cultural and historical heritage, languages, traditions and spiritual values of Turkic nations. Ex-senator of the Kazakh Parlament A. Akhmetov is a member of the Council as a Kazakh representative.