Turkmenistan to Become Transcontinental Bridge for Economic Cooperation

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Wednesday, 02 May 2018 13:41

Speaking at the International Forum “The Great Silk Road: Towards New Frontiers of Development”, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov outlined Turkmenistan’s priorities in international partnership in the field of transport and communication.

Turkmenistan sees the Central Asia as an integral and important link of the Great Silk Road, stressed the head of state. Due to several historical, geopolitical and economic factors this region has played and continues to play a special role not only in continental but also global processes. And it is the Central Asia, what it becomes and which tendencies dominate this region that will largely define the vector of development of the global politics in the foreseeable future.
Throughout centuries these lands were crossed by caravan roads that connected civilizations, and it was on these lands that the natural bridge between the East and the West was created to become the center of intercivilizational dialog. Our aim is to revive this historic predestination of the Central Asia in new conditions and new realities, said the Turkmen leader.
One of the most important activities in reaching these goals is ensuring successful integration of the region into international ties and creating a relevant transport, transit and communication systems. This implies the construction of an extensive, integrated, incorporated transport and communication infrastructure that will cover continental Eurasia and provide access to marine terminals of the Black and Baltic Sea, South and South-Eastern Asia and the Middle East.

This project also involves connecting to the transport infrastructure in southern and eastern directions, creating links to such powerful economic centers as China, India, Pakistan, countries of Asia-Pacific, said the President.

Turkmenistan intends to play the role of a transcontinental economic bridge for cooperation of the European, Asia-Pacific and South-Asian economic systems. Therefore, apart from progressive integration into the global transport system, expansion of the national infrastructure along the key routes and points of connection in the East-West and North-South directions, a set of measures is envisaged to ensure maximum effectiveness of transport routes, decrease the share of transport costs in the value of end products in domestic, transit, export and import traffic.
One of expected outcomes of implementing this strategy is creating a network of intermodal transport and logistics centers. New transport corridors help expand the service market in this sphere. Which in turn requires active marketing and foreign economic policy, optimized tariffs with countries along international transport corridors and a flexible system of tariff preferences, said President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov: Turkmenbashi port opens up new opportunities of cooperation with international and regional structures

Speaking during the International forum “The Great Silk Road: Towards New Frontiers of Development”, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that the new sea port in the strategically important Caspian region provides a large platform for enhancing interregional cooperation, increasing the volumes and improving the quality of transportation, and contributes to establishing the new configuration of the transportation flow.
In addition to the economic and commercial viability of the project, as well as the environmental parameters, it is also of the great geopolitical significance. In this regard, the Turkmen leader expressed belief that the new Turkmenbashi port would have a great positive impact on the political situation in the region and beyond, would promote the cooperation between the Caspian states on a variety of important political issues, would contribute to the stability of the whole system of the continental interstate relations on the principles of trust and balance of interests.
According to the Turkmen leader, it is the multivariate model of traffic flows, the creation of new routes and directions that can ensure the necessary stability and new dynamics to global development, which is especially important against the background of those complex and sometimes crisis phenomena that are observed today in the world economy.
With the commissioning of the new port, the additional prospects for cooperation with international and regional structures are opening up. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said that Turkmenistan was ready to discuss its various aspects and directions with the partners from the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and invited these structures to close interaction.

International Forum on Transport Is Launched in Avaza National Tourist Zone

Representatives of foreign countries, international organizations and major transport and logistics companies were brought together in Turkmenbashi at the International Forum “The Great Silk Road: Towards New Frontiers of Development”.
Members of the Government, representatives from the ministries and sectoral agencies and other relevant authorities participate from the Turkmen side. Among invited guests are the heads of diplomatic missions accredited to Turkmenistan and foreign media professionals.
President of Turkmenistan, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, participated in the plenary session. The agenda of this high-level meeting covers a wide range of issues pertaining to the development of mutually beneficial cooperation in all spheres of transport and logistics, including through the effective harnessing of potential of ports.
This representative forum precedes a milestone event, the opening of the new Turkmenbashi International Seaport that aims to become an important transit and transportation hub of regional and continental significance.

Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov Addresses Forum “The Great Silk Road: Towards New Frontiers of Development”

The President of Turkmenistan, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, addressed the International Forum “The Great Silk Road: Towards New Frontiers of Development” that is being held at the Avaza Congress Hall in Turkmenbashi.
The forum began after the picture-taking ceremony for the participants of this high-level meeting.
In his opening remarks, the President of Turkmenistan expressed profound gratitude to all participants for accepting the invitation to attend the International Forum “The Great Silk Road: Towards New Frontiers of Development” and the opening of the Turkmenbashi International Seaport.
Then President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov continued his welcoming address in Russian, one of the official languages of the UN.
We are truly delighted to see high-level representatives of many countries, ministers, heads of international organizations, prominent diplomats, political and public figures from different corners of the world; such broad participation can quite rightly be viewed as a sign of respect for Turkmenistan, said the head of state.

Speaking about the idea on convening this forum, the Turkmen leader noted that the time has come to give thorough and serious consideration to the significance of reviving the Great Silk Road in this century; to analyze those enormous opportunities it may open up for the development and progress of dozens of countries and hundreds of millions of people in the world.
The Great Silk Road today is more than a traffic route between certain geographic locations. It takes on important political, humanitarian, philosophical dimension. Especially in current conditions, against the backdrop of complex, sometimes painful processes that we are witnessing.
The Great Silk Roads aims to connect the East and the West, Asia and Europe, the peoples of these continents based on the principles of mutual respect, equality, trust, and promote mutual understanding and openness.

Noting that in 2018 Turkmenistan celebrates the slogan “Turkmenistan is the Heart of the Great Silk Road”, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said that throughout many centuries the territory of our country served as a crossroad of Eurasian routes, the meeting point for cultures, civilizations, customs and traditions. And today, at the new phase of our history, we revive timeless values of the Great Silk Road and do this together with our friends and likeminded allies all over the world.
Issues that will be raised at the Forum are of tremendous practical significance in the context of modern trends of universal development. Global challenges affect all countries and regions and seriously influence the political and socio-economic situation. This is especially important for our region that is rapidly advancing towards becoming a key site for world politics, said the President of Turkmenistan.
A brand new dimension, the transport diplomacy, co-founded by our country that initiated a substantive multilateral dialog on the issue within the UN and other international organizations, is better anchored in global cooperation today.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expressed his confidence that the substantive dialog on the role of the Great Silk Road will promote a better understanding between the countries, convergence of positions and development of innovative schemes and models of partnership in the long term.

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