Third joint meeting of committees on social and cultural issues of TurkPA member parliaments
September 28, 2016

The third joint meeting of committees on social and cultural issues of TURKPA member parliaments was held on 27 September 2016 in Astana under the auspices of the Kazakh chairmanship of TurkPA. The meeting was organized within the framework of the Asian Inter-Parliamentary Forum on science, technology and innovation held in Astana on 26-27 September 2016.

Participants of the meeting, members of the Senate and the Majilis of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan, MPs from Azerbaijan, Turkey as well as representatives of the Turkic Academy, National Museum of Kazakhstan and TurkPA Secretariat exchanged views on the importance of cooperation among Turkic-speaking countries on social issues as well as in the fields of science, innovation and technology.

While welcoming the participants, member of the Majilis of the Parliament Mr Sauytbek Abdrakhmanov noted that TurkPA, which was established in 2008 on the initiative of the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev has turned into a viable tool of strengthening constructive interaction among countries. He emphasized that the joint work of Turkic institutions will strengthen bonds of unity among brotherly peoples.

Deputies of the Majilis of the Parliament of Kazakhstan Beibit Mamraev and Bekbolat Tleukhan focused on the need for an enhanced cooperation of TurkPA member countries, exchange of experience, especially in the social and cultural sphere.

Vice-Chairman of the Standing Committee on Science and Education of Milli Mejlis of Azerbaijan Bakhtiyar Aliyev proposed creation of model laws which play crucial role in harmonizing legislation.

In his speech member of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey Orhan Atalay proposed to establish a joint university. He noted that the priority should be given to specialised universities.

President of the International Turkic Academy Darkhan Kydyrali as well as TurkPA Commission Secretary Emin Hasanov in their speeches gave in-depth information on the activities of their organizations relating to the above issues.