TURKMEN-AUSTRIAN BUSINESS FORUM WAS HELD IN ASHGABAT
On November 29, 2022, the Turkmen-Austrian business forum was held in Ashgabat. The event was organized by the Chamber of Commercу and Industry of Turkmenistan and the Federal Economic Chamber of the Republic of Austria.
A delegation consisting of heads and representatives of state institutions and companies of Austria specializing in the field of mechanical engineering, education, digital system and electronic software arrived in Turkmenistan to participate in the Forum.
From the Turkmen side, representatives of a number of sectoral ministries and departments, as well as members of the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs took part in the business forum.
The agenda of the meeting included discussion of promising areas of partnership between sectoral departments and business circles of Turkmenistan and Austria, in particular, in the fields of industry, energy, agriculture and transport.
During the talks, ways were analyzed to bring relations to a new level in various areas of the economy and investments, in the field of high technologies, the possibility of expanding trade turnover, and specific plans for joint work were outlined.
Within the framework of the forum, meetings were also held between representatives of ministries and departments, private companies and entrepreneurs of the two countries, on the sidelines of which documents were signed, new ties were established, and issues of further interaction were discussed.
Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili meets Karl Nehammer, Federal Chancellor of the Republic of Austria
Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili met with Karl Nehammer, Federal Chancellor of the Republic of Austria.At the face-to-face meeting held at the Government Administration, the key directions of the bilateral agenda and productive cooperation between the two countries were discussed along with prospects of deeper cooperation.Special emphasis was placed on the importance of the visit of Austria’s Federal Chancellor to Georgia, and it was noted that this visit confirms the strong support of the Republic of Austria for Georgia and demonstrates that Georgia is Austria’s important geostrategic partner.According to the Prime Minister, Georgia and the Republic of Austria enjoy close friendly relations and partnership grounded in common European values and interests. The Head of Government emphasized that, in Georgia, the Republic of Austria has a reliable partner promoting the protection of common European values and interests in the region and beyond for the benefit of peace and stability. The importance of joint effort to overcome the challenges in the region and the world was underlined.At the meeting, the Black Sea submarine electric cable linking the Caucasus Region and Europe was also discussed. The project’s strategic importance was emphasized.The conversation touched on Georgia’s progress toward European integration, and emphasis was placed on the importance of the unwavering political support of the Republic of Austria on the path to EU membership. Irakli Garibashvili thanked Karl Nehammer for supporting Georgia’s European integration, sovereignty, and territorial integrity.At the meeting, a wide array of bilateral relations was discussed, including aspects pertaining to trade and economic cooperation in the directions of tourism and energy. The significance of tapping into the full economic potential existing between the two countries was pointed out.Press Service of the Government Administration
FINAL DOCUMENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE "DIALOGUE IS A GUARANTEE OF PEACE" ADOPTED AS AN OFFICIAL DOCUMENT OF THE 77TH SESSION OF THE UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
The final document of the International Conference "Dialogue is a Guarantee of Peace", held in Ashgabat on December 11, 2022 in the frames of the Ashgabat International Week, was published in the six official languages of the UN (A/77/651) as an official document of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly under paragraph 14 Agenda "Culture of Peace".
The document reflects the fundamental goals and principles of the UN Charter, which include obligations to resolve disputes by peaceful means and methods. In this context, the document emphasizes that inclusive dialogue in its various manifestations plays an important role in strengthening relations and cooperation among UN member states.
The Outcome Document also supports the initiative of the UN Secretary General on the formation of a New Agenda for Building Peace, which is consonant with the initiative of Turkmenistan to promote the philosophy of "Dialogue as a guarantee of peace".
In addition, the published document notes the need to implement global strategies and programs of the UN, in particular, the joint implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The Final Document emphasizes that the policy of neutrality plays an important role in the development of a peaceful dialogue, trusting, friendly and mutually beneficial relations between the countries of the world and contributes to the strengthening of international peace and security at the regional and global levels. At the same time, the importance of preventive diplomacy is emphasized, in particular, the effective activities of the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia in Ashgabat in order to support the efforts of the world community to peacefully resolve conflicts in the interests of maintaining peace, as well as the need to develop and strengthen preventive diplomacy tools.
The Global Initiative “Dialogue is a Guarantee of Peace” promoted by Turkmenistan is aimed at consolidating the efforts of the international community in strengthening the traditions of peaceful and trusting coexistence of the peoples of the world, restoring values and worldviews, defining a culture of peace and trust as an integral factor in international relations.
The conference “Dialogue is a Guarantee of Peace”, which laid the foundation for the launch in 2023 of the Global Campaign for Dialogue as a Guarantee of Peace, has become a clear confirmation that Turkmenistan, being an active member of the world community, is not limited only to putting forward significant initiatives aimed at developing wide international cooperation that meets the fundamental interests of all countries and peoples, but also takes consistent steps towards their practical implementation.
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE "DIALOGUE IS THE GUARANTEE OF PEACE" WAS HELD IN ASHGABAT
On December 11, 2022, at the initiative of President Serdar Berdimuhamedov, the Yyldyz Hotel hosted the International Conference “Dialogue is the Guarantee of Peace”, dedicated to the International Day of Neutrality and the 27th anniversary of Turkmenistan’s permanent neutral status.
The high-level plenary session brought together the Deputy Chairmen of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan, members of the Milli Gengesh, heads of state agencies, turkmen and foreign diplomats - heads and representatives of diplomatic missions of Turkmenistan accredited abroad, as well as diplomatic missions of foreign states and authoritative international organizations operating in our country, including the UN and its specialized structures, representatives of public organizations and the media.
Among the guests of honor of the forum were participants of international and regional events held in the Turkmen capital on the eve of a significant date.
The participants listened with great attention to the Address of the UN Secretary-General António Guterres, which was read out by the UN Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan Dmitry Shlapachenko.
Then the floor was given to numerous delegates of the forum, who thanked for the invitation to take part in the current conference and events on the occasion of the 27th anniversary of the neutrality of Turkmenistan, congratulated the Turkmen people on the great national holiday.
Their vision of the positive role of independent neutral Turkmenistan in strengthening international relations was presented in speeches hybrid format by other foreign participants - heads of authoritative international organizations.
Among them were Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Central Asia, Head of the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia Ms. Natalia Gherman, Secretary General of the Organization of Turkic States Kubanychbek Omuraliev, Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Helga Maria Schmid sent a message, which was read by the head of the OSCE Center in Ashgabat John MacGregor, Secretary General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Zhang Ming, Secretary General of the Economic Cooperation Organization, Ambassador Khusrav Noziri.
At the end of the plenary session, the work of the International Conference "Dialogue is the Guarantee of Peace" continued within the framework of three thematic sessions: "Dialogue as the basis for preventive activities and conflict prevention", "Strengthening food and environmental security through dialogue", "Multilateral cooperation in the information space and the role of information networks in establishing interethnic dialogue”.
Based on the results of the thematic sessions, the Final Document was adopted. At the end of the conference, meetings of its participants with representatives of various state agencies took place.
NEW AMBASSADOR OF THE REPUBLIC OF AUSTRIA ACCREDITED IN TURKMENISTAN
On November 30, 2022, a meeting was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan between the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan V. Hajyiev and the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Austria to Turkmenistan (with residence in Baku) Mr.Thomas Schuller-Gotzburg, who arrived in Ashgabat to present credentials.
In course of the meeting the diplomats expressed the interest of Turkmenistan and Austria in establishing long-term cooperation in various areas of mutual interest. They also discussed the prospects for cooperation at the multilateral level and important issues on the UN agenda of mutual interest.
Emphasizing the important role of the foreign ministries in the development of cooperation between the two countries, the visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Austria to Turkmenistan in 2021 was noted, during which the Program of Cooperation between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs for 2022-2023 was signed.
In frames of the meeting, Ambassador presented copies of his credentials.
In the afternoon, on behalf of President Serdar Berdimuhamedov, the Chairman of the Mejlis of the Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan G.Mammedova received credentials from the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Austria to Turkmenistan (with residence in Baku) Mr.Thomas Schuller-Gotzburg.
The Chairman of the National Parliament congratulated the guest on his appointment to a responsible diplomatic post, wishing him success in strengthening the ties of friendship and cooperation between the two countries.
The parties expressed interest in promoting trade and economic ties. In this regard, the importance of the Turkmen-Austrian business forum held on November 29, as well as the 11th meeting of the Turkmen-Austrian Joint Commission on business development and trade, which is taking place today in Ashgabat, was emphasized.
Cooperation in the cultural and humanitarian field was also discussed. In this context, it was noted that the Austrian-Turkmen Society, established in 2008, promotes various cultural events between the countries.
Thanking the Turkmen side for the wishes on the appointment to a high diplomatic post, the Austrian Ambassador to Turkmenistan assured that he would make every effort to further strengthen the Turkmen-Austrian relations.
THE ELEVENTH MEETING OF THE TURKMEN-AUSTRIAN JOINT COMMISSION WAS HELD IN TURKMENISTAN
On November 30, 2022, the 11th meeting of the Turkmen-Austrian Joint Commission was held in Ashgabat. The meeting was chaired by Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Turkmenistan D.Rejepov from the Turkmen side, and from the Austrian side by Director General for Foreign Economic Relations of the Federal Ministry of Labor and Economy of the Republic of Austria Franz Wessig.
The participants of the meeting heard reports on the implementation of the decisions of the 10th meeting of the Commission, held in Vienna on June 13, 2019. At the same time, issues of a long-term nature have been updated and reflected in course of discussions at the current meeting.
During the meeting, specific topics and projects in the field of construction, infrastructure, energy, environmental protection technologies and consulting were discussed, and readiness was expressed to assist in establishing contacts with interested structures of both countries.
It was noted that Austria has accumulated a lot of experience in the field of alternative energy and the use of clean energy. The Turkmen side expressed interest in exchanging experience with the Austrian side in the above mentioned areas, including studying the Austrian experience in the introduction of renewable energy sources.
The possibilities of expanding transport and logistics links between Turkmenistan and Austria were also discussed and the potential for cooperation between the two countries along the trans-Caspian international transport route, which today is becoming a link between the countries of the Central Asian region and Europe, was emphasized.
The parties noted the importance of cooperation in the development of bilateral relations in such areas as science, culture and education.
It was emphasized that within the framework of the work of the Commission, a Turkmen-Austrian business forum, as well as bilateral meetings were held and documents were signed between representatives of organizations, enterprises and business circles of Turkmenistan and Austria.
As a result of the meeting, the Protocol was signed. The parties agreed to hold the 12th meeting of the Turkmen-Austrian Joint Commission in 2023 in Austria.