The implementation of the Silk Routes Partnership has been the main focus of the Budapest Process in the second half of 2013. In this context, the UK initiated the first follow up project (Bridging Measures) and organised a donor coordination meeting in July where key partners came together to discuss future cooperation frameworks in the Silk Routes Region.

Islamabad, 28-29 October 2013: The 4th Silk Routes Working Group Meeting is to be held jointly with the final intergovernmental conference of the Silk Routes I project. The meeting will take place at the end of October in Islamabad, Pakistan and will be the first meeting of Budapest Process participating countries since the establishment of A Silk Routes Partnership for Migration on 19 April 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey.

Since the establishment of “A Silk Routes Partnership for Migration” on 19 April 2013 at the 5th Budapest Process Ministerial Conference in Istanbul, ICMPD, as the Budapest Process Secretariat, has been supporting participating countries in developing concrete follow-up actions to implement the Istanbul Ministerial Declaration.

Istanbul, 19 April 2013: The Istanbul Ministerial Declaration on a Silk Routes Partnership for Migration was adopted by the participating countries of the Budapest Process at the 5th Budapest Process Ministerial Conference on Friday, 19 April in Istanbul, Turkey. In addition to launching the declaration, the conference marked the 20th anniversary of the Budapest Process.

The Budapest Process recently issued the 'Communication on the Budapest Process Ministerial Conference: A Silk Routes Partnership for Migration' to announce the 5th Ministerial Conference in April 2013.