TURKMENISTAN ELECTED TO THE POST OF VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE UNITED NATIONS ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR EUROPE
In the period from 20 to 21 April 2021, a meeting of the 69th session of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) was held in Geneva. The event brought together representatives at the level of ministers and deputy ministers from UNECE member countries to exchange best practices in the field of circular economy and set its course over the next two years.
During the high-level segment on the topic "Encouraging the development of a circulating economy and sustainable use of natural resources in the region of the Economic Commission for Europe", the Minister of Finance and Economy of Turkmenistan M. Serdarov made a speech on behalf of the Turkmen side.
In his speech, Minister M. Serdarov noted that the transition to a circulating economy based on maximizing added value will be possible if control over reserves of natural resources is strengthened and a sustainable balance of renewable resources is observed to preserve and maintain natural capital at an inexhaustible level.
On April 21, 2021, in the afternoon, elections were held for the post of Chairperson and Vice-Chairpersons of the Commission from among the UNECE member states.
By unanimous decision, the following countries were elected as Chairperson and Vice-Chairpersons of the UNECE for the period 2021-2023: Chairman - Republic of Austria; Vice-Chairmen - Swiss Confederation and Turkmenistan.
Transit geography: Turkmenistan invites partners to create cargo corridors
Turkmenistan, due to its geographical location, occupies an important place in the global supply chain. The country intends to use this advantage and create economically profitable transport corridors that contribute to the development of international trade, attract large investments in transport infrastructure to increase transit attractiveness. This was stated by the Director General of the Agency for Transport and Communications under the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan Mammethan Chakyyev.
Speaking at the conference "International Transport and Transit Corridors: Interconnectedness and Development - 2023", he noted that the high interest of participants in this event shows the relevance of a dialogue of this format, which gives grounds to make these meetings a tradition.
Mammethan Chakyyev briefly presented the main aspects of the Program for the development of Transport Diplomacy of Turkmenistan for 2022-2025, which provides for strategically important measures for the comprehensive modernization of the material and technical base of all types of transport, the formation of modern profile infrastructure, further strengthening the country's position as a regional center of international transport and transit corridors.
Turkmenistan cooperates with other countries of the region to develop agreed mechanisms and infrastructure conditions for trade facilitation and e-commerce, strengthening economic ties and increasing trade with partners in the region.
In less than a year after the first forum "International Transport and Transit Corridors: Interconnectedness and development", significant events took place in the country. Among them is the Conference of Ministers of Transport of Landlocked Developing Countries, Turkmenistan's accession to the e-CMR Protocol, a request has been submitted to join the TRACECA and North-South international corridors. New automobile terminals in regional centers, railway bridges were also put into operation, many passenger cars, railway rolling stock were purchased, Airbus cargo planes were purchased, the geography of cargo and passenger routes of the national air carrier, covering Europe and Asia, expanded.
Today's challenges and changes in the global economy require from us not only modernization, but also innovative solutions. Therefore, the creation of new transport corridors and infrastructures based on digital technologies and environmentally friendly solutions can become a driver of economic growth in our country and the entire region. Said Chakyyev.
The transport conference, which opened on Wednesday, is attended by high-ranking representatives of the Government of Turkmenistan, heads of national and international transport companies, industrial zones, companies in the field of e-commerce, management of logistics organizations and major international financial institutions.
Speakers and moderators at the forum sessions are authoritative figures, well-known diplomats and experts from all over the world. They speak out on the most relevant topics related to the transport and logistics sector, its digitalization, noting the role of public-private partnership, science and education in the development of digital trade and logistics.
Many participants brought with them concrete investment proposals and promising partnership projects, which were discussed during separate bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the forum, which was distinguished by high business activity.
MEETING OF THE PRESIDENT OF TURKMENISTAN WITH THE HEAD OF THE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF FOOTBALL ASSOCIATIONS
On May 4, 2023, at the Olympic Stadium, located in the capital's Olympic Village, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov met with President of the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) Gianni Infantino.
Greeting the guest on the ancient and hospitable Turkmen land, the head of state first of all congratulated him on his re-election as the President of the International Federation of Football Associations and wished him new success in the development of football around the world.
President Serdar Berdimuhamedov stressed that he keeps the warmest memories of their meeting last December in Doha (State of Qatar), where one of the matches of the World Cup was held, at which an invitation to visit Turkmenistan was accepted.
Expressing gratitude for the invitation to visit Turkmenistan and the time allotted for a personal meeting, the head of FIFA sincerely thanked President Serdar Berdimuhamedov for the warm welcome and the opportunity to see the achievements of modern Turkmenistan with his own eyes.
Speaking about the main milestones in the development of domestic football, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov noted that the Football Federation of Turkmenistan was established in 1992. In the same year, games of the National Major League of Turkmenistan and tournaments for the Cup of Turkmenistan begin to be held. In 1994, the Football Federation of Turkmenistan became a member of FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation.
As noted, the Football Federation of Turkmenistan pays great attention to the development of children's football. As a result, since 2000, with the active participation of the Football Federation of Turkmenistan and UNICEF, together with FIFA, Grassroots football festivals have been held on a regular basis from March to November, in which football players of various ages take part.
Every year, the Football Federation of Turkmenistan, together with FIFA, holds international seminars in our country to improve the skills of football and mini-football referees, as a result of which referees who have successfully passed the tests receive the status of an international class referee.
During the meeting, the guest presented the head of Turkmenistan with a symbolic gift - a personalized T-shirt, an official ball and a FIFA pennant.
Thanking the Turkmen side for the willingness and desire to further intensify cooperation in the field of sports, the President of the International Federation of Football Associations highly appreciated the large-scale work carried out in the country to popularize the mass physical culture and health improvement movement and elite sports.
Turkmenistan is represented at the regional meeting on trade facilitation in Central Asia
The Turkmen delegation took part in the 9th regional meeting of the National Committees on Trade Facilitation in Central Asia in Tashkent. This is reported by the website of the State Customs Service of Turkmenistan.
The central theme of the event, organized within the framework of the project of the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), was the discussion of trade facilitation issues. In particular, initiatives to digitalize trade procedures and improve access to information for the private sector were considered.
In this regard, representatives of the World Trade Center familiarized the participants with the work of Trading Portal, which was recently established in Turkmenistan.
Representatives of the State Customs Service of Turkmenistan together with experts of the International Union of Road Transport and employees of the State Customs Committee under the Ministry of Finance and Economy of Uzbekistan also visited the customs post "Yallama" on the Uzbek-Kazakh border.
Turkmenistan and the IMF discussed new areas of technical cooperation
The Minister of Finance and Economy of Turkmenistan Serdar Jorayev held a meeting with the Director of the Regional Center for the Development of the Potential of Countries for the Caucasus, Central Asia and Mongolia at the IMF, Norbert Funke, who arrived in Ashgabat at the head of the delegation of the Center.
The parties discussed new directions of further technical cooperation, which is designed to promote transformations in the field of finance in Turkmenistan and increase the potential of the national economy.
As reported, since 2021, representatives of the Ministry of Finance and Economy of Turkmenistan have participated in more than two dozen trainings of the Center, which were devoted to various issues. The participation was both online and in the traditional format.
Funke expressed satisfaction with the development of the Center's cooperation with Turkmenistan and informed about the availability of opportunities for expanding the range of technical cooperation. In this regard, the participants of the meeting exchanged relevant proposals.
The head of the Center noted that in addition to regional consultations, there is an opportunity to organize bilateral contacts, within the framework of which specialists will provide technical support to Turkmen colleagues on public finance management, revenue management and administration.
In general, the parties noted with satisfaction the existence of significant potential for further expansion of cooperation.
Foreign transport companies seek to strengthen cooperation with Turkmenistan
The exhibition "International Transport and Transit Corridors: Interconnection and Development - 2023" (ITTC—2023) continues in Ashgabat, attended by representatives of more than 80 institutions and companies.
The solid composition of the participants of the show demonstrates the growing interest of the international community and large companies in cooperation with Turkmenistan in the transport sector.
The exhibition presents specialized transport institutions of Turkmenistan — agencies "Turkmendenizyollary", "Turkmenavtoulaglary", "Turkmendemiryollary", "Turkmenhovayollary", as well as dozens of Turkmen transport companies.
Well—known foreign air carriers, such as Fly Dubai and Turkish Airlines, railway companies — Russian Railways Holding, Kazakhstan Railways, as well as well-known manufacturers of equipment and components - Boeing, CRRC Ziyang Co., Ltd., Toyota, Michelin, Hankook, etc. showed interest in the forum.
In addition to the companies represented at the exhibition, hundreds of delegates of the ITTC-2023 conference attend the show, which will begin work at the CCI in the afternoon. One of the forum participants — Chairman of the Board of the Iranian transport and logistics company Behine Tarabar Azhur Mustafa Akdam shared his impressions of the exhibition with a representative of ORIENT:
— The exhibition is organized perfectly. We also have high hopes for the conference, which will be a great place to establish new contacts and effective communication. First of all, our company is interested in realizing our common transport and transit potential, including within the framework of the North—South corridor. There are great prospects in the development of railway transportation. We hope for further strengthening of cooperation," Akdam said.
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