THE 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 October 3, 2009 in Nakhchivan (Azerbaijan) at the 9th Summit of the Heads of the Turkic speaking states by initiative of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan N.Nazarbayev.
Members of the CCTS are Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkey. The Secretariat of organization which is responsible for the monitoring of the implementation of the decisions of the CCTS summits, preparation and holding meetings at the highest and expert levels, as well as the preparation of proposals for initiatives that pursue common Turkic interests was established.
Secretary General of CCTS is R.Hasanov (from September 1, 2014). The headquarters of the Secretariat located in Istanbul.
Within CCTS The Council of Heads of States, The Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs, The Senior Officials Committee, The Council of Elders, and meeting of heads and experts of official bodies in sphere of economy, investment, customs and transportation, meetings of united diaspora heads are held annually.
The I Summit of CCTS took place on October 21, 2011 in Almaty on the subject “Economic cooperation of the Turkic speaking states”. At the Summit Almaty Declaration and Rules of procedure of CCTS headquarters were approved. On the eve of the Summit there was the 1th session of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs, where The Council of Elders' provision and Staff regulations of Secretariat of CCTS were signed.
The II Summit of CCTS took place on August 23, 2012 in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan). The subject of the event was cooperation in cultural and humanitarian sphere. At the Summit the Bishkek Declaration, the Agreement on the financial rules of the Secretariat of CCTS, the Agreement on the establishment of the Turkic Academy and Charter of the Turkic culture and heritage foundation were signed.
The III Summit of CCTS took place on August 16, 2013 in Gabala (Azerbaijan) on the subject “Cooperation in the sphere of transport and communications”. At the Summit the Gabala Declaration and Decision of Heads of State on “Extension of power of the Secretary General H.Akinci for 1 year” was adopted. Summit participants welcomed the initiative of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan N.Nazarbayev about the holding the next Summit on the subject “Cooperation in the tourism sphere” and establishing of working group of CCTS in sphere of tourism.
The IV Summit of CCTS took place on June 5, 2014 in Bodrum (Turkey) under aegis “Cooperation in the tourism sphere”. At the Summit the Bodrum Declaration and Decision of Heads of State on “Appointing of new Secretary General of CCTS and his two deputies” was adopted. The President of the Republic of Kazakhstan N.Nazarbayev initiatied the elaboration of the Program (Concept) of developing of Turkic world and establishment of common Turkic channel.
The IV Summit of CCTS took place on September 11, 2015 in Astana on the subject “Cooperation in sphere of information”. At the Summit Heads of the States adopted Astana Declaration, Decisions on “Appointing of Turkey`s representative O.Kojaman as a deputy of Secretary General of CCTS”, “Appointing of G.Efendieva as president Turkic culture and heritage foundation”.
In order to deepen economic ties within the CCTS, five working groups were established, which activities aimed at improvement of investment climate, diversification of economy, development of transport, support of entrepreneurship and developing of tourism.
From the moment of establishment of CCTS six meetings of ministers in charge of economy were held, last one on December 20-21, 2016 in Baku (Azerbaijan).
Cultural and humanitarian cooperation
First regional center of Diasporas of CCTS has been opened in Kiev (Ukraine) on December 24, 2014 on the basis of Azerbaijani diaspora center. On October 5, 2016 in Kiev “Role of Turkic Council in deepening the cooperation between Turkic diasporas”.
The Council of Elders, created in 2011 under the initiative of the President of Kazakhstan N.Nazarbayev has been functioning in the framework of Turkic Council. The main objects and functions of the Council are preparing of proposals and suggestions in developing cooperation between CCTS countries, as well as preserving and developing cultural and historical heritage, languages, traditions and spiritual values of turkic nations. Ex-senator of Kazakhstan Parlament A.Akhmetov is member of Council as Kazakhstan representative. August 17-18, 2016 11th meeting of Council of Elders were held in Astana.