The meeting of the CIS Economic Council in Ashgabat
On the 13th of September 2019, the 83rd session of the Economic Council of the Commonwealth of Independent States was held in Ashgabat.
The high-ranking delegations of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and the CIS Executive Committee arrived to the Turkmen capital to participate to this event. As is known, the sessions of the CIS Economic Council are attended by the participants of the countries on the level of the deputies of the heads of governments of the CIS member states.
The session of the CIS Economic Council has started with the meeting of the heads of the delegations in the narrow format. During the meeting, the participants discussed the results of joint work aimed at the attainment of higher levels of economic cooperation, noted the priority spheres of collaboration for the future, as well as considered the proposals and projects of the documents of economic and social nature.
Then the meeting in extended format took place.The discussions on the project of the Declaration on Strategic Economic Cooperation between the member states of the Commonwealth initiated by the President of Turkmenistan composed an important part of the meeting. The adoption of such document is expected to promote strengthening of intergovernmental ties and development of effective dialogue in the CIS format.
During the session, the participants viewed the implementation process of previously attained agreements, including the issues of financial provision and execution of the single budget of the CIS bodies.The parties noted the effectiveness of holding the consultations in the area of economic and social policies of the CIS member states, as well as exchanged views on the enhancement of coordination of the CIS interstate and intergovernmental structures’ activities in the area of social-economic cooperation.
The outcomes of the activities of the Commission on the Economic Issues functioning on the permanent basis under theCIS Economic Council were also considered.In the framework of the session, 24 documents were signed.
Then theChairman of the CIS Executive Committee - Executive Secretary S.Lebedev held a press-conference on the results of the 83rd session of the CIS Economic Council.S.Lebedev noted the high organizational level of the current meeting and successful realization of the talks. Then the “question and answer” session took place.
Inter-Agency Coordination Council Discusses Current Epidemic Situation and Preparation for COVID Vaccination Stage in Georgia
Current epidemic situation, new confirmed strain of COVID-19, intensive testing and preparation for the vaccination stage were discussed by the Inter-Agency Coordination Council led by Giorgi Gakharia, Prime Minister of Georgia at its regular meeting held today at the Government Administration.
Detailed discussions were held at the Council Meeting on the current epidemic situation in the country. It was noted that volume testing was small in recent days. Detection of new cases was also minor and thus 2 316 confirmations today are related to people contracting the virus prior to the last 3 days.
New strain of COVID-19 was also discussed. One case has been confirmed so far in Georgia. It was noted that its clinical performance is similar to the previously known strain, though community transfer rate of this one is relatively faster and more caution is required on the grounds of information available at this stage.
Performance of the intensive testing as a process was also discussed by the Council, including the additional steps taken for the extension of scope and coverage of systemic target groups to make sure that the process becomes more effective.
Steps made by the Specialized Task Force established with the instructions of the Prime Minister of Georgia for the uninterrupted flow of COVID vaccination process in the country have been discussed at the meeting today as well. It was noted that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and overseas diplomatic missions of Georgia are engaged in the negotiations held on behalf of the State with international partners and pharmaceutical companies to make sure that first dozes of the COVID vaccine reach the country as early as possible.
It was once again noted that effective enforcement of the imposed restrictions is required, along with all the recommendations that need to be adhered. They include the social distancing and uniform wearing of face masks.
Since the detection of the first case of COVID-19 in Georgia, 232 079 individuals have been proven positive through lab testing, out of which 222 787 individuals recovered and 2 646 died.
Currently 377 individuals are placed in quarantine, 763 - at clinical hotels and 4 012 - at hospitals under medical supervision.
The Inter-Agency Coordination Council led by the Prime Minister of Georgia actively engages the Parliament of Georgia chaired by MP Archil Talakvadze and Administration of the President of Georgia.
Meeting of the "Turkmenistan-USA" Business Council
On December 16, 2020, a regular meeting of the "Turkmenistan-USA" Business Council was held online, at which key aspects of trade-economic cooperation were discussed.
The meeting was attended by members of the Government, heads of key ministries and departments of Turkmenistan, senior representative of the US State Department Jonathan Henick, Executive Director of the Council Eric Stewart and heads of American companies-members of the Council, in particular, “John Deere”, “Case New Holland”, “Westport Trading Ltd", "Caterpillar", "Oxbow", "S2Global", "Visa,” “Boeing" and others.
During the meeting, the need to diversify the economic partnership between Turkmenistan and the United States was emphasized, in which investment, technological and financial directions occupy a special place.
In his speech, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R. Meredov expressed the commitment of the Government of Turkmenistan to expand trade-economic cooperation with the United States. He noted the long-term positive contribution of American companies to various sectors of the Turkmen economy.
The importance of the "Turkmenistan - USA" Business Council in the development of mutually beneficial relations between the two countries was emphasized. Established in 2008 at the initiative of President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, the Business Council has become an effective mechanism for establishing and strengthening relations between business structures of Turkmenistan and the United States.
Meetings of the Council are held annually in Ashgabat or in one of the US cities. The Business Council has repeatedly organized major business forums and exhibitions, during which the products of leading American manufacturers were demonstrated, including the presentation of plans for cooperation between American companies and their Turkmen partners. In the early years, about 60 American companies participated in such forums. At the subsequent stages, more than 100 American business structures took part in these events.
As part of today's meeting, separate online meetings were held between the leadership of leading American companies and members of the Government, heads of the agricultural complex and the banking system of Turkmenistan.
Заседание Делового совета «Туркменистан–США»
16 декабря 2020 года в онлайн режиме прошло очередное заседание Делового совета «Туркменистан–США», на котором обсуждались ключевые аспекты торгово-экономического сотрудничества.
Во встрече приняли участие члены Правительства, руководители ключевых министров и ведомств Туркменистана, высокопоставленный представитель Госдепа США Джонатан Хеник, исполнительный директор Совета Эрик Стюарт и руководители американских компаний-членов Совета, в частности «John Deere», «Case New Holland», «Westport Trading Ltd.», «Caterpillar», «Oxbow», «S2Global», «Visa», «Boeing» и других.
В ходе заседания подчёркнута необходимость диверсификации экономического партнёрства между Туркменистаном и США, в котором инвестиционное, технологическое и финансовое направление занимают особое место.
В своем выступлении Министр иностранных дел Туркменистана Р.Мередов выразил приверженность Правительства Туркменистана расширению торгово-экономического взаимодействия с Соединёнными Штатами. Он отметил многолетний позитивный вклад американских компаний в различные отрасли туркменской экономики.
Подчеркнута значимость Делового совета «Туркменистан - США» в развитии взаимовыгодных связей между двумя странами. Созданный в 2008 году по инициативе Президента Туркменистана Гурбангулы Бердымухамедова, Деловой совет стал действенным механизмом налаживания и укрепления отношений между предпринимательскими структурами Туркменистана и США.
Заседания Совета проводятся ежегодно в Ашхабаде или в одном из городов США. Деловой совет неоднократно выступал организатором крупных бизнес-форумов и выставок, в ходе которых демонстрировалась продукция ведущих американских производителей, включая презентации планов сотрудничества между американскими компаниями и их туркменскими партнёрами. В первые годы в таких форумах участвовало около 60 американских компаний. На последующих этапах в этих мероприятиях принимали участие более 100 американских бизнес-структур.
В рамках сегодняшнего заседания состоялись отдельные онлайн-встречи между руководством ведущих американских компаний и членами Правительства, главами сельскохозяйственного комплекса и банковской системы Туркменистана.
Meeting of the Steering Committee for the implementation of the Framework Program for Cooperation in the Field of Sustainable Development between Turkmenistan and the UN for 2021-2025
On December 16, 2020, the first meeting of the Steering Committee for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework between the Government of Turkmenistan and the United Nations for 2021-2025 was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan.
The meeting was attended by the heads and employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Finance and Economy of Turkmenistan, as well as representatives of more than 30 relevant ministries and departments of the country. The meeting was attended by the UN Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan, as well as the heads of the UN structural divisions in Ashgabat.
At the opening of the meeting, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R. Meredov noted the high level of multifaceted cooperation between Turkmenistan and the UN. In particular, the Minister expressed confidence in that through joint efforts it will be possible to attain vast results in line with the present objectives and partnership spirit, as well as the long-term interests of Turkmenistan and the UN in the process of provision of sustainable development and stable progress. In this context, the importance of joint systemic works on the basis of medium-term and long-term programs and plans was highlighted.
As known, in March of this year, a new Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework between the Government of Turkmenistan and the United Nations for 2021-2025 was signed. Speaking at today’s session, UN Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan E.Panova underlined the special attention and commitment of the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to the development of strategic partnership with the UN on a wide range. She expressed gratitude to the Government of Turkmenistan for assistance in the implementation of joint programs and projects aimed at the wellbeing of not only the people of Turkmenistan, but of the whole world.
At the meeting, the parties discussed the main achievements in the implementation of the current Cooperation Framework Program. Presentations were made by representatives of UNICEF, WHO, UNDP, UNFPA in Turkmenistan on the results of joint activities.
Then an exchange of views took place on the implementation of the Cooperation Framework for the coming period. Particular emphasis was placed on the development of a "road map" for its implementation. The participants were familiarized with the presentation of the mechanisms of management and implementation of this Program, the strategy for its financing, as well as the plan for monitoring and evaluating the activities.
The meeting participants agreed to consider in the first quarter of 2021 the UN Country Team's Joint Resource Mobilization Strategies, as well as recommendations and proposals for financing the Cooperation Framework Program and mobilizing resources for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the national level.
Upon completion of the meeting, the Protocol of the first meeting of the Steering Committee was signed which reflects the practical measures for the implementation of the given Framework Programme.
MEETING AT THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF TURKMENISTAN
On December 14, 2020, a meeting was held in the premises of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, which was attended by the heads and senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassadors - heads of diplomatic missions and missions to international organizations, heads of consular offices of Turkmenistan abroad.
During the meeting, a wide range of issues related to the implementation of the instructions of the President of Turkmenistan, given to the diplomatic corps of the country during an expanded meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers of the country, held on December 11 this year, was discussed.
Turkmen diplomats also considered ways of practical implementation of the ideas and initiatives of the Head of State put forward by him at the International Conference "Policy of Neutrality and its Importance in Ensuring International Peace, Security and Sustainable Development", dedicated to the 25th anniversary of permanent Neutrality of Turkmenistan, which took place on December 12, 2020 in Ashgabat.
СОВЕЩАНИЕ В МИД ТУРКМЕНИСТАНА
14 декабря 2020 года в здании Министерства иностранных дел Туркменистана состоялось совещание, в котором приняли участие руководители и ответственные сотрудники внешнеполитического ведомства, послы – главы зарубежных дипломатических представительств и миссий при международных организациях, руководители консульских учреждений Туркменистана.
В ходе совещания был обсужден широкий круг вопросов, связанных с выполнением поручений Президента Туркменистана, данных дипломатическому корпусу страны в ходе расширенного заседания Кабинета Министров страны, состоявшегося 11 декабря текущего года.
Туркменские дипломаты также рассмотрели пути практической реализации идей и инициатив Главы государства, выдвинутых им на Международной конференции «Политика нейтралитета и её значение в обеспечении международного мира, безопасности и устойчивого развития», посвящённой 25-летнему юбилею постоянного нейтралитета Туркменистана, которая состоялась 12 декабря 2020 года в Ашхабаде.
The 16th Central Asia - EU Ministerial Meeting was held
On the 17th of November 2020, the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov took part in the work of the 16th Central Asia - EU Ministerial Meeting that was held through videoconferencing.
The leadership of the external policy agencies of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Tajikistan, the Republic of Uzbekistan, as well as the European Union’s (EU) High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission and European Commissioner for International Partnerships participated to the session.
During the meeting, the participants discussed a number of key issues of political, economic and humanitarian scope taking into account the interests of both regions and expressed adherence to the partnership, aimed at the maintenance of peace, security, universal human rights and sustainable development, in full accordance with the international law.
The cooperation on overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic and its socio-economic impacts were especially discussed. In this regard, the assistance of the EU to the countries of Central Asia was emphasized.
Speaking at the session, the Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan stressed the efficiency of partnership between the countries of the CA, EU and the World Health Organization. It was stated that the relevant regional programme financed by the EU is aimed at strengthening the resilience of healthcare systems of the CA countries for the near-term outlook. In this regard, R.Meredov called for expanding the cooperation between the CA countries, EU and the United Nations.
The position of Turkmenistan in regard to the implementation of the EU Strategy on Central Asia was also voiced. The Head of MFA of Turkmenistan proposed to specify the actions on practical implementation of the given Strategy including the development of the Roadmap of Cooperation for 2021. The healthcare, sustainable energy, transport connectivity and environmental protection issues were named among the priority vectors of cooperation.
The participants highlighted the importance of progress reached in the area of the supremacy of law, gender equality and universal human rights. The regional cooperation matters in such areas as border and water management, trade facilitation and economic integration were discussed, especially in the period of COVID-19 pandemic where the EU is rendering significant financial and technical support.
The parties agreed to continue cooperation on directions posing mutual interest and exchanged views in regard to prospects of collaboration in the format “Central Asia – European Union”.