Central Asian Regional Economic Cooperation's (CAREC) meeting was held in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan.

 The meeting was held under the name of Energy Investments Forum 2019 with the participation of energy ministers and senior executives of CAREC member countries.

CAREC was founded in 1997 with the initiative of the Asian Development Bank to improve cooperation between the countries of the region. Today, there are 11 CAREC member countries and so far, some projects have been implemented within the scope of CAREC in areas such as customs, transportation, energy, tourism and efficient use of water resources. Carec to do this year is the presidential Uzbekistan, meeting and forum members carec Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Turkey's energy minister attended.

At the opening ceremony of the forum, Uzbekistan Prime Minister Abdullah Aripov's congratulatory message was read by Uzbekistan Energy Minister Alishar Sultanov. In his congratulatory message, Uzbekistan's Prime Minister Abdullah Aripov pointed out that CAREC has an important role in developing economic co-operation among the countries of the region and that Uzbekistan has a special place in constructive dialogue. Prime Minister Aripov expressed his belief that these meetings, which were held for the first time in Tashkent, will contribute to the deepening of the harmonization process in the region.

As part of the Forum's work, the two sides exchanged ideas on improving the region's energy cooperation. As stated during the talks, it was mentioned that by 2030, the energy used in the region would be used twice as much as the energy used in the region now, in order to ensure the economic development of Central Asia, and therefore, the need for 400 billion USD investment in the energy field in the following years was mentioned.

Many presentations were made about the opportunities offered to investors within the framework of the Forum. During the talks, recommendations and suggestions were made on reforms in the region's energy field. At the end of the meeting, a joint declaration was signed with the participation of the energy ministers of the member countries of the CAREC program. This declaration, which is of historical importance especially for the countries of the region, covers the strategy of cooperation development of Central Asian countries in the field of energy until 2030.