A proposal was put forward to establish a Business Cooperation Council of the Caspian countries
International business, financial institutions are attentive and interested in the Caspian region, understand its potential and geo-economic value, President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov noted at the IV Caspian Summit, which brought together leaders of coastal states in Ashgabat on Wednesday.
There is every opportunity to provide good conditions for entrepreneurship, free it from obsolete barriers and obstacles and make the Caspian attractive for serious and long-term investments, the Turkmen leader believes. Speaking about the transport significance of the Caspian Sea, the head of state expressed the opinion that it is possible to set an ambitious but realistic goal of turning it into an integral part of the revival of the Great Silk Road.
Serdar Berdimuhamedov also touched upon the issue of industrial cooperation between the Caspian countries, which have vast natural resources, industrial and technological potential. Their unification, creation of partnership production lines, integration corridors is a hot topic of cooperation. And private business is called upon to play an important role in this. In this regard, a proposal was put forward to establish the Business Cooperation Council of the Caspian countries as an independent platform, that is, without state interference.
Kazakhstan has ratified the agreement on the maritime state border with Turkmenistan on the Caspian Sea
The law on ratification of the agreement with Turkmenistan on the delimitation of the Turkmen-Kazakh state border on the Caspian Sea and the delimitation of adjacent fishing zones was signed on Wednesday by the President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. The agreement between the countries was signed in Ashgabat in October 2021, the press service of the head of Kazakhstan reports.
The document regulates the demarcation according to the principle of the median line – this method is followed in modern international maritime law to divide the spaces between States with opposite or adjacent coasts. The ratification of the treaty will create favorable conditions for the realization of sovereign rights to subsurface use and fishing of aquatic biological resources, and will also expand good-neighborly relations between the parties.
In addition, the agreement will complete the process of delimitation of the state border of Kazakhstan on the southern borders and will become the first document in history legally fixing the state borders on the Caspian Sea between coastal states, the press service said.
Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov discussed the organization of the meeting of the heads of parliaments of the Caspian countries
Chairman of the upper chamber of the Turkmen parliament Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov discussed the organization of a meeting of the heads of parliaments of the Caspian region with the head of the State Duma of Russia Vyacheslav Volodin, according to the website of the State Duma of the Russian Federation.
The head of the Halk Maslahaty of Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan, who is on a working visit to Moscow, accepted the invitation of the Chairman of the State Duma to participate in a meeting at which the parties will consider key issues of interregional cooperation, and noted the need to specify the formats of work between the Caspian countries.
It is expected that the meeting of the heads of parliaments of the Caspian region will be held in Baku in 2023.
Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, in turn, invited Vyacheslav Volodin to take part in the groundbreaking ceremony of the new Turkmen-Russian University in Ashgabat in 2023.
"We would be happy to lay the foundation of a new university together with you next year. Here we need your help in studying legal issues, as well as what faculties, directions, specialties are needed," the chairman of the upper chamber of the Turkmen parliament said. Vyacheslav Volodin accepted the invitation, the website of the State Duma reports.
The possibility of desalination and water supply from the Caspian Sea to Ashgabat will be studied in Turkmenistan
President Serdar Berdimuhamedov instructed to study the possibilities of building desalination plants and supplying water from the Caspian Sea to Ashgabat.
The task was given to Deputy Prime Minister Annageldy Yazmyradov during a working meeting on the state of affairs in the agricultural sector and water issues, which the head of state held via videoconference on Wednesday.
The President also instructed to establish a government commission headed by Yazmyradov and including in its composition the leadership of the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection, the State Committee of Water Management, the Supreme Control Chamber, scientific institutions, regional administrations, etc.
Serdar Berdimuhamedov pointed out the need to check the channels of the Amu Darya, the Karakum River and other rivers for their condition and fullness in order to eliminate the factors interfering with this, to clean and concreting channels and watercourses.
A MEETING OF THE JOINT WORKING GROUP ON THE DEVELOPMENT AND APPROVAL OF AN AGREEMENT ON THE DOSTLUK FIELD IN THE CASPIAN SEA WAS HELD
Today, on January 27, the fourth meeting of the Joint Working Group was held to develop and approve an agreement between the Government of Turkmenistan and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan on joint exploration, elaboration and development of hydrocarbon resources of the Dostluk field in the Caspian Sea.
Members of the Working Group from the Turkmen and Azerbaijani sides attended the meeting that was held online.
During the meeting, the co-chairs of the Working Group made speeches, relevant information from the leaders of the Expert Groups was heard, and the draft protocol of the 4th meeting of the Joint Working Group was discussed.
The speakers noted with satisfaction the progress achieved in the joint work of the parties. As part of today's discussions, the parties also reached an understanding on the soonest agreement on the relevant annexes of the Joint Agreement.
Expert groups were instructed to intensify work on the preparation and approval of draft relevant documents affecting the interests of a potential contractor-investor.
Following the result of the meeting, the Protocol was signed.
MEJLIS OF TURKMENISTAN ADOPTED THE RESOLUTIONS ON JOINING A NUMBER OF INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTS
On August 22, 2020, the tenth meeting of the Mejlis of Turkmenistan of sixth convocation took place in the format of a videoconference.
The heads of profile ministries and departments of the country, as well as the representatives of the mass media participated to the session. During the session, the drafts Resolutions of the Mejlis of Turkmenistan on adopting a number of laws and joining various important international legal documents, including the modernization of the legislative base of the country were considered.
In the framework of the meeting, the draft Resolutions of the Mejlis of Turkmenistan “On Ratification of the Amendment to the 2016 Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer,” “On Joining the 1999 Agreement on the Protection of Afro-Eurasian Migratory Wetland Birds,” “On Joining the 1983 Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals,” “On Ratification of the Protocol on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context to the 2018 Framework Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Caspian Sea,” “On Ratification of the 1975 European Agreement on Main International Traffic Arteries, on Ratification of the 1985 European Agreement on Main International Railway Lines,” “On Ratification of the 1991 European Agreement on Important International Combined Transport Lines and Related Installations,” “On Ratification of the European Agreement supplementing the 1968 Convention on Road Traffic,” “On Ratification of the European Agreement supplementing the 1968 Convention on Road Signs and Signals,” “On Ratification of the Protocol on Road Markings to the European Agreement supplementing the 1968 Convention on Road Signs and Signals,” “On Joining to the 2013 Marrakech Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled,” “On Joining to the 1961 International Convention for the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organizations” have been considered.
The drafts Resolutions on joining the international legal documents submitted for consideration at the successive session of the Mejlis of sixth convocation were unanimously approved and adopted.