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 During the Ministers’ Summit held within the framework of the 14th Azerbaijan International Telecommunication and Information Technologies Exhibition and Conference in November 2008, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology of the Republic of Azerbaijan put forward the initiative to launch a project on building of the Trans-Eurasian Information Super Highway (TASIM).

A special Baku Declaration to create the Transnational Eurasian Information Super Highway was adopted at the Baku Regional Ministerial Meeting on the Transnational- Eurasian Information Super Highway (TASIM) held on November 11, 2008 in cooperation with the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the UN Secretariat and with participation of representatives of Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Egypt, Estonia, Georgia, India, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Slovenia, Ukraine and USA), as well as by the executives of the GAID (UN Global Alliance for the ICT and Development), RCC (Regional Communication Commonwealth) and TAE; the Declaration was also forwarded to Bulgaria, China, Pakistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan that did not participate in the Meeting. It was suggested to establish the Task Force of seven experts representing Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, Kazakhstan, GAID, RCC and TAE to coordinate the initiative and appoint GOA as a party responsible for the Task Force meetings. The Declaration also asked GOA to prepare the Terms of Reference and Action Plan of the Task Force and request the UN General Assembly for discussing and supporting this initiative.

On December 21, 2009 the UN general Assembly unanimously adopted resolution (A/Res/64/186) entitled “Building connectivity through Trans-Eurasian Information Super Highway” calls for the implementation of the “Trans-Eurasian Information Super Highway” project. The project aims to lay transnational fiber-optic line covering the countries of Eurasia from Western Europe to Eastern Asia. The line will combine the major centers of information exchange in Europe and Asia. The transit line will stretch through China, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey to Germany, likewise Reserve North transit line will pass through the territory of Russia, Ukraine and Poland. The resolution, supported by some of 30 countries also recognizes the coordinating role of the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan in advancing the Project.

Furthermore, on December 21, 2012 UN General Assembly adopted second resolution (A/Res/67/194) which renewed political support for the “Trans-Eurasian Information Super Highway” project, initiated by the Government of Azerbaijan. The resolution enjoyed unanimous support of the UN Member states and was cosponsored by Afghanistan, Australia, Belarus, Canada, China, Georgia, India, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of Moldova, Morocco, New Zealand, Pakistan, Russian Federation, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Turkey, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, the U.S. just to name a few.

Recently the new resolution (GA/11404) was adopted during the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly that was held at the UN Headquarters in New York on Wednesday, September 4th 2013 that supports the proposed establishment of the Eurasian Connectivity Alliance with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) as a way to improve the development of regional telecommunications transit routes in the Trans-Eurasian region and invites Governments, the United Nations system, international development institutions and other actors to engage in relevant discussions on the proposed Alliance.

The Project primarily envisages the establishment of the Eurasian Connectivity Alliance (EurACA) for making contribution to the development of telecommunication transit routes in the region and improving the coordination between the governments, private sector, civil society and international development institutions. The establishment of EurACA will lead to better coordination between the governments, private sector, civil society and international development institutions.

Outcomes: Just as a consequence of these processes the establishment of the EurACA includes a number of principles and priorities that envisages the followings:

  • Along with being a unique possibility to eliminate network connectivity problems by increasing privileges provided to citizens and companies the EurACA can create a foundation within the organization resulting in economic development and positive social changes;

  • the EurACA will ensure equality and transparency in the digital era;

  • the EurACA will solve the emerging problems in mutual respect and cooperation;

  • The establishment of the EurACA will play an important role in improving coordination between the governments, private sector, civil society and international development organizations for the development of telecommunications transit routes in the region;

  • The EurACA will combine the major centers of information exchange of Europe and Asia;

  • The EurACA will contribute to create open information society in the region, increase the speed of Internet connection and the development of Internet services;

  • The EurACA will lead to economic development, diversification of the economy and increasedcompetition;

  • The EurACA will facilitate the new cooperation perspectives of representatives of ICT sectorsof member countries;

  • The EurACA will be a platform to demonstrate to the world community the reforms of the ICT sectors that have become success stories;

  • The EurACA will support the dialogue of bodies dealing with various complex international policy issues concerning the ICT;

  • The EurACA will ensure coordination of synergies, and activities, cooperation, effective use of experiencs and resources existing in the member countries to contribute to the implementation of tasks envisaged in the field of ICT;

  • The EurACA will make recommendations on and promote the combining of the major centers of information exchange of Europe and Asia placing emphasis on improvement of coordination between the governments, , private sector, civil society, international development institutions;

  • The EurACA will study and develop relevant proposals on promotion of the best international experience in the field of the ICT to ensure the improvement and more effective implementation of the current ICT legislation, norms and standards;

  • The EurACA willdevelop of recommendations on ICT standards and their implementation;

  • The EurACA willensure exchange of knowledge, information and experience in the field of ICT particularly on administrative, legislative and technical issues;

  • The EurACA will make proposals in elaboration of the drafts of National ICT Policy, Strategy, Programs and plans as well as on providing support on concessional bases by Parties to project ;

  • The EurACA willbe the stage for the adoption and implementation of Annual and long-term ICT plans;

  • The EuraCA willcollaborate with the relevant executive authorities, other relevant local and international organizations when elaborating the National ICT Policy, Strategy, Programs and plans;

  • The EurACA willorganise seminars, conferences, round tables and other events to create introduce and promote the ICT systems;

  • The EurACA will involve independent experts, and specialists, as well asrepresentatives of NGOs, think tanks, media into the discussion of the issues related to the work of the EurACA;

  • Initially the operation of the EurACA may be financed by the GoA and in later phases it may be financed by the TASIM Consortium, Member States and international governmental and non-governmental organizations ;

  • It is proposed to name the EurACA as a UN mandated agency as follows the United Nations Eurasian Connectivity Alliance (UNECA).