The prime minister led a high-level delegation, which included the minister of transport, the chief of government staff and several officials from the foreign ministry, to Azerbaijan for the EU-sponsored Transport Corridor Europe- Caucasus-Asia (TRACECA) conference in September. The international conference discussed the creation of a road, rail and ferry network linking Europe to Asia via the Caucasus. All in all, 38 countries and 16 international organisations were present at the conference. A multilateral framework agreement and four technical agreements on road and rail transport and on customs procedures were signed. This paves the way for closer economic integration of the region and could be a first step towards leading Armenia out of its regional isolation.