The Agreement on the establishment of the Cooperation Council of the Turkic Speaking States (further – CCTS or Turkic Council) was signed by the initiative of the 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.
At this moment, the members of the CCTS are Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkey. Hungary has the observer status at the CCTS. The responsibility for the monitoring of the implementation of decisions of the CCTS summits, preparation and holding meetings at the highest and expert levels was conferred to the Secretariat of organization with the headquarters located in Istanbul.
Secretary General of CCTS is B.Amreyev, the representative of Kazakhstan (from September 3, 2018).
Within 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 official bodies in sphere of economy, investment, customs, transportation, education, tourism, information and other spheres are held annually. Currently, on the initiative of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan - Elbasy Nursultan Nazarbayev the Member States are discussing the issue of carrying out the reforms of the Turkic cooperation organizations in order to increase their efficiency, functional flexibility and adaptation to up-to-date requirements.
The I Summit of CCTS took place on October 21, 2011 in Almaty (Kazakhstan) on the subject “Economic cooperation of the Turkic speaking states”.
The II Summit of CCTS took place on August 23, 2012 in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) on the subject “Cooperation in cultural and humanitarian sphere”.
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”.
The IV Summit of CCTS took place on June 5, 2014 in Bodrum (Turkey) on the subject “Cooperation in the tourism sphere”.
The IV Summit of CCTS took place on September 11, 2015 in Astana (Kazakhstan) on the subject “Cooperation in sphere of information”.
The VI Summit of CCTS took place on September 3, 2018 in Cholpon-Ata (Kyrgyzstan) on the subject “Cooperation in national sports and youth”.
The VII Summit of CCTS is planning to be held on October, 2019 in Azerbaijan on the subject “Development of small and medium enterprises”.
The following organizations are functioning under 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 purpose of revival of spiritual bonds between 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 Academywas established on May 25, 2010 on the initiative of Kazakhstan`s President N.Nazarbayev to set up 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 the initiative of the President of Azerbaijan on 23 August 2012 with purpose of promotion of projects for restoration, development and popularization of the Turkic culture and heritage of Turkic people.
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.
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