Gulf Cooperation Council to be involved in EuraCA

By: Aynur Jafarova

Gulf Cooperation Council will be involved in the Eurasian Connectivity Alliance (EuraCA), Azerbaijani Ministry of Communications and High Technologies said on May 20.

This decision was made at the 20th Conference of the Gulf Cooperation Council in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, which was held on May 20-21.

“The member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council may participate in these projects, and it also would be beneficial for everyone,” Minister Ali Abbasov said.

The Gulf Cooperation Council earlier expressed intention to consider the possibility to join the EuraCA as an interested party representing the Gulf regions.

The conference, attended by government officials working in ICT field from the Gulf countries, including representatives of international organizations and research institutions of, was aimed at identifying of new areas for development of cooperation and sharing of know-how in e-government, e-services and exchange of other advanced ICT solutions.

Preparation of the business component of the Trans-Eurasian Information Super Highway (TASIM) project is carried out in the framework of the EuraCA.

TASIM involves countries such as Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkey, and China. Azerbaijan is represented in the TASIM project by the Center for International Relations and Calculations under the Ministry of Communications and High Technologies.

The TASIM project envisions the creation of a major transit link from Frankfurt to Hong Kong. The line will connect the major centers of information exchange in Europe and Asia together, stretching through China, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey, and Germany. A reserve North transit line will traverse the territory of Russia, Ukraine, and Poland.

A Memorandum of Understanding on the establishment of the TASIM consortium was signed within the framework of the 19th international exhibition and conference BakuTel-2013 which was held in December in Baku.

In September 2013, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution supporting Azerbaijan’s initiative on establishment of EuraCA and construction of TASIM.

TASIM will be implemented in two stages. The project is expected to come on stream at the cost of $100 million. The length of TASIM will amount to 11,000 kilometers and its initial network bandwidth will reach 2 Tbit/s.


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