The 28th Meeting of the Regional Planning Council (RPC) of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) was held from 11th to 14th December 2017 at Islamabad-Pakistan. The Meeting was attended by Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz, Pakistan, Turkey, and Turkmenistan. The Turkish Cypriot State and the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States attended the meeting as Observers. The ECO Specialized Agencies, Regional Institutions and Affiliated Bodies were also present during the meeting. The delegation of the ECO Secretariat was led by the ECO Secretary General, Ambassador Halil Ibrahim Akca. The Senior Officials Meeting and the Committee Meetings of the RPC were held from 11th to 13th December 2017. The Senior Officials Meeting was inaugurated by Mr. Ahsan Iqbal, the Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms. He warmly welcomed the delegates and while highlighting the enormous regional potential, he called for adopting collective ECO Regional efforts to address the challenges faced by the region. He emphasized that trade, regional connectivity, infrastructure, development of tourism and energy are the key areas for cooperation. The Secretary General thanked and appreciated Pakistan for hosting the landmark 28th RPC Meeting. He provided a comprehensive overview of activities of ECO during 2017. He said that holding of the 13th ECO Summit and the 22nd COM Summit at Islamabad were the main highlights of the year. During the Senior Officials Segment eight parallel sectoral committees discussed various issues related to Trade & Investment, Transport & Communications, Energy, Minerals & Environment, Agriculture, Industry & Tourism, Projects, Economic Research & Statistics, Human Resources & Sustainable Development, Drugs & Organized Crime Coordination, ECO Bodies and International Relations. Various activities relating to these areas for 2018 were proposed and approved. The Ministerial Segments of the RPC was inaugurated by Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Deputy Chairman, Pakistan’s Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms. In his ope...