THE PRESIDENT OF TURKMENISTAN TOOK PART IN THE 14TH SUMMIT OF THE ECONOMIC COOPERATION ORGANIZATION

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Friday, 05 March 2021 14:04

On the 4th of March 2021, the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov participated to the 14th Summit of the Economic Cooperation Organization which was held via videoconferencing. It is vital to note that the chairmanship in ECO in 2021 has passed to Turkmenistan.

The heads of states and governments of ECO Member States, as well as the chiefs of international organizations, particularly the Energy Charter and the Turkic Council participated to the Summit with the theme of “Regional Economic Cooperation in the Aftermath of Covid-19”.

Speaking at the Summit, the President of Turkmenistan voiced the priority vectors of cooperation in the framework of the chairmanship of the country in the Organization and underlined that the state intends to actively promote the work of ECO with the focus on the development of trade-economic, cultural and humanitarian ties.  It was stated that the unfolding of the transport-transit, energy, industrial and communication potential of ECO is in the center of Turkmenistan’s strategy in its capacity as the chairing country.   

During the Summit, a constructive exchange of views took place on numerous projects of the Organization that are being implemented.  The participants appraised the current state of economic cooperation which is impacted by the global pandemic and considered the opportunities of reestablishing and expanding full partnership.   

The participants of the Summit congratulated the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov with assuming the chairmanship in the Economic Cooperation Organization and welcomed the vision of Turkmenistan on intensifying the work of ECO.  The next, 15th Summit of ECO is planned to take place in Turkmenistan.

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    At the 15th Summit of the Economic Cooperation Organization, held on November 28, 2021, the Heads of State and Government of the participating countries reflected their vision of the ECO's work and highlighted the unique geo-economic role of the ECO, which has a positive effect on regional cooperation.

    In his speech, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted the essence of interaction between the ECO Member States, united geographically, historically, as well as traditional customs and values. “Our peoples here have centuries-old traditions, valuable experience has been accumulated, which requires its revival, use and enrichment, taking into account modern realities,” President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted.

    He made a special emphasis on the further intensification of trade and economic relations between the countries of this format, which is aimed at increasing the volume and diversification of trade. “In this regard, I consider it expedient to think about creating, on the principles of public-private partnership, specialized ECO business platforms, each of which, in its own direction, could purposefully work in the interests of developing and expanding trade relations between our countries,” the Head of Turkmenistan emphasized.

    The idea of creating effective mechanisms to ensure stable and dynamic growth of trade and investment partnerships has been put forward. In this regard, the expediency of establishing various forms of cooperation in such segments as the production of industrial goods, agriculture, and the service sector was emphasized. In this context, the Head of state highlighted the importance of economic interaction with the use of high, primarily digital technologies, and the widespread use of electronic trading platforms.

    Stating the importance of enhancing cooperation in medicine and health care, the President of Turkmenistan noted the advisability of establishing, within the framework of the ECO, systemic channels for the exchange of experience, methods and best practices in the field of combating dangerous infectious diseases. “Economic cooperation in the ECO space should be accompanied by the expansion of interaction in the cultural and humanitarian sphere,” said President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

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    During his speech at the 15th ECO Summit, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov also touched upon energy issues, highlighted the importance of expanding the transport and communication sphere.

    “Among the priority directions of the ECO, Turkmenistan sees the development of cooperation in the transport and energy spheres,” the Head of state noted. He stressed that at present, these segments of the partnership objectively act as a defining trend in global economic growth.

    In this context, the President of Turkmenistan voiced the need to consolidate joint efforts in this direction and gave examples of the phased implementation of the construction of power transmission lines along the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan route, railways from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan, as well as the advancement of the construction of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline.

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    In this regard, the President of Turkmenistan proposed to study the use of logistics and infrastructure facilities in Turkmenistan itself in order to activate transport and transit communication between the regions of the Caspian basin and the Black Sea with access to the countries of Europe, the Middle East, and the Asia-Pacific region.

    The President of Turkmenistan noted the importance of Afghanistan's participation in these processes, which thus becomes an active subject, a valuable and integral participant in economic partnership. “We see this as a strategic prospect for Afghanistan, its role in regional and global processes, the most important condition for achieving peace, harmony and development on Afghan soil,” added the Head of Turkmenistan.

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    As is known, in 2021, Turkmenistan chairs the Economic Cooperation Organization. The chairmanship of our state was adopted on March 4 of this year at the 14th ECO leaders' Summit, which took place in Turkey online.

    The Heads of state and government of the ECO Member States, in particular Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan, attended today’s Summit.

    Before the start of the main session, a ceremony of joint photographing of the Heads of state and government of the ECO Member States took place.

    Opening the 15th ECO Summit, the President of Turkmenistan warmly greeted the Heads of Delegations and gave the floor to the Chairman of the 14th Summit of the Economic Cooperation Organization, President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

    Then the participants of the ECO meeting elected the President of Turkmenistan as the Chairman of the 15th Summit.

    Speaking at the Summit, the President of Turkmenistan voiced the priority areas of cooperation within the framework of the country's chairmanship in the Organization and stressed that the Turkmen side with good reason considers the holding of this forum as an important event designed to strengthen cooperation of the participating countries in the economic, trade-investment, and cultural-humanitarian spheres.

    Stating the progressive dynamics of the dialogue between Turkmenistan and the ECO, the Head of the Turkmen state also noted the successful development of friendly, good-neighborly relations with each Member State of the Organization separately.

    Speaking during the Forum, the Heads of State and Government of the participating countries, as well as the ECO Secretary General, emphasized that the current Summit has become an effective platform for making decisions on topical and key aspects of regional economic cooperation in the ECO space.

    Today, on the platform of the Organization, all conditions have been created for the further development of multilateral regional cooperation for the socio-economic growth of the member countries, as well as the expansion of effective mutual cooperation in the field of trade, industry, transport and communications, agriculture, energy, health care, education, science and culture.

    As is known, the ECO is currently a respected, authoritative international economic structure that has received recognition in the world and today's meeting is designed to further strengthen the relations of friendship, good-neighborliness and effective mutually beneficial partnership between all Member States, to determine the areas of joint work for the coming period.

    Following the results of the 15th ECO Summit, the Final Document was adopted.

    Then, the ECO awards ceremony took place, during which representatives of the Organization's Member States were awarded a special award from the Economic Cooperation Organization in the categories "science and technology", "economics", "history, culture, literature and fine arts" and "agriculture and the environment".

  • Statement by President Salome Zourabichvili

    I welcome the plan to transfer the former President to the Gori Military Hospital as a place that meets all medical and security standards.

    This decision fully responds to the request of the European Court of Human Rights, to which the former President agreed to end his hunger strike if transferred to a multidisciplinary clinic.

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    The readiness of the opposition to not hold protests in the vicinity of the clinic is important and the right thing to do, as is the decision of some parties to end their parliamentary boycott.

    Today's decisions are steps forward that will ensure the peace of society and the stability of the country.

  • THE HEAD OF TURKMENISTAN DEFINED THE PRIORITIES FOR EFFECTIVE INTERACTION AT THE INTERNATIONAL FORUM IN SEOUL

    Today, on November 18, during his video address to the participants of the International Forum for Northern Economic Cooperation, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov underlined the need of further expansion of mutually beneficial dialogue in promising areas of interest.

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    He also noted great prospects for multilateral activities in the sphere of humanitarian interaction. “The year of 2021 declared by the UN General Assembly on Turkmenistan’s initiative as the Year of Peace and Trust, is coming to an end. This initiative was based on the desire to attract attention of the world community to the need of strengthening of the peace culture and respectful dialogue, eliminating the trust deficit in interstate relations”, said the President of Turkmenistan.

    Expanding human contacts through historical, cultural and educational ties, which were also identified as a priority of the Republic of Korea’s New Northern Economic Policy, is put forward as a solution to a common problem.

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