On August 11, 2020, a special online meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Central Asia + Japan Dialogue had been held.
The meeting, which was held under the auspices of the Japanese Foreign Ministry, was attended by the heads of the foreign affairs agencies of five Central Asian countries.
As part of a constructive conversation, high-ranking diplomats discussed regional cooperation, as well as well-coordinated interaction between the CA countries and Japan, taking into account the spread of the new coronavirus infection on a global scale.
During the speeches, the effectiveness of this format of diversified cooperation, based on the principles of mutual growth, solidarity and comprehensive support in key areas of mutually beneficial partnership, was especially noted.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R.O. Meredov, expressing gratitude to the head of the Japanese Foreign Ministry for the initiative to organize this ministerial online meeting, especially noted the timeliness of the meeting.
Undoubtedly, since the establishment of the Central Asia + Japan Dialogue in 2004, this format of multilateral interaction has developed significantly. The topic of discussions within this format has significantly expanded, which today covers topical issues of ensuring international and regional security, sustainable development, creating favorable conditions for effective trade-economic ties, active exchange in the cultural-humanitarian field.
As the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan noted, in these conditions, when the world community is fighting an urgent struggle against a new infection, this communication format, which unites the states of Central Asia as an important region of the planet and Japan, cannot remain aloof from solving the acute problem faced by humanity. In this context, the current dialogue of the Foreign Ministers provides an opportunity for an exchange of views on the complex situation in the world and ways to overcome it.
Based on the need to develop a global response to the challenges of our time, it is advisable to intensify the process of consolidating the efforts of the countries in countering the pandemic.
In this regard, the Turkmen side also took the initiative to develop, within the framework of the "Central Asia + Japan" Dialogue, a Program document that includes the basic principles of solidarity activities of the participating States in the fight against a new type of infection and specific measures aimed at preventing and treating diseases, caused by it.
The head of the Foreign Ministry of Turkmenistan also expressed special gratitude to the Japanese side for their readiness to provide a grant project in the field of medicine within the framework of the Official Development Assistance Program of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.
As is known, Turkmen doctors highly appreciate the knowledge and experience gained in the course of numerous multilateral and two-way videoconferences with leading Japanese specialists.
Currently, the constant exchange of knowledge and information on the methods of treatment and prevention of infectious diseases, medical technologies, drugs and equipment, personal protective equipment for the full use of the mechanisms of scientific diplomacy is of great importance.
It is known that over the years of partnership within the framework of this format, the participating countries have identified a number of areas of multilateral interaction, including such areas as security, economy and culture. The implementation of joint projects in these areas remains an urgent task for the near future.
During the meeting, the ministers exchanged views on the agenda of the upcoming 8th meeting of the "Central Asia + Japan" Dialogue. In particular, they discussed the possibilities of developing and adopting the Concept of partnership between the states of Central Asia and Japan in the field of security, developing a new Platform for the development of economic partnership, preparation and discussion of the Roadmap on cooperation of the participating states in the field of high technologies, as well as preparation of the Program of cooperation between the participating countries in the socio-cultural sphere.
A meeting within the framework of the Human Rights Dialogue “Turkmenistan - the European Union” was heldFriday, 19 June 2020 10:09
On June 18, 2020, a regular meeting as part of the Human Rights Dialogue “Turkmenistan - European Union” was held in the form of a video conference.
The heads and representatives of relevant ministries and departments of the country, including the Mejlis of Turkmenistan, the Ombudswoman of Turkmenistan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Internal Affairs and others attended the meeting.
The European side at the meeting was represented by the head and representatives of the European Service for Foreign Policy Activities, as well as the Head of the European Union Delegation to Turkmenistan.
During the meeting, issues of expanding cooperation between Turkmenistan and the EU in the field of human rights and international humanitarian law were discussed. An exchange of views took place on such issues as the development of civil society, the rule of law and judicial reform, as well as intensive interaction between the parties to reduce the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the framework of the online meeting, the participants discussed the comprehensive promotion of economic, social and cultural rights of the people in the framework of international and local documents, including the National Plan of Action for Gender Equality for 2015-2020, the National Human Rights Action Plan for 2016-2020, the National Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Human Beings for 2020-2022, the National Plan of Action for the realization of children's rights in Turkmenistan for 2018-2022, as well as the National Strategy of Turkmenistan for the Early Development of the Child for 2020-2025 and others.
Also during the dialogue, the parties expressed views on expanding cooperation between Turkmenistan and the EU in the framework of multilateral forums and international organizations.
The current session of the Human Rights Dialogue “Turkmenistan - European Union” serves yet as another proof of the adherence of the parties to multifaceted bilateral cooperation.
The current reform and remaining challenges in Georgia’s water sector were the focus of the 7th steering committee meeting of the National Policy Dialogue on Integrated Water Resource Management on 5 March.
Delegates from national authorities, local stakeholders, non-governmental organisations and international experts from EU Member States shared practical experiences of the water reform journey and discussed the next steps in ensuring environmentally-sound management of water resources.
The EU Water Directives provided a framework to set up policy objectives for Georgia’s water sector. The National Policy Dialogue supports water reform by strengthening water governance and enhancing stakeholder involvement in the decision-making process.
The meeting discussed the progress made on legal and regulatory reforms, the development of pilot river basin management plans for the Alazani-Lori and Khrami-Debeda basins and emerging needs associated with implementing the EU Association Agreement.
The meeting was facilitated by the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia with support from the European Union through the ‘European Union Water Initiative plus for the Eastern Partnership Countries’ (EUWI+) programme.
During the talks between President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa with the participation of the official delegations of the two countries it was underlined that Turkmenistan and the Kingdom of Bahrain are the dynamically developing states with huge reserves of natural resources and favourable geographic location that opens up wide opportunities for full-scale and mutually beneficial cooperation in the trade and economic sphere.
In this regard it was emphasized the necessity to create a long-term legal base to reflect the prospects of the partnership, the bilateral mechanisms of the efficient cooperation, in particular, the intergovernmental commission on the economic cooperation.
The fuel and energy and processing capacities as well as the favourable geographic location will provide a platform for exchanging experience, implementing the ambitious projects for the delivery of energy resources to the international markets.
At present, the construction of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline is carried out at high paces. The companies in Bahrain were invited to take part in the implementation of this project.
Such sectors of the national economy as agriculture, communications, processing and chemical industries were specified as the priority areas of cooperation. It was also proposed to consider the possibility to export textile products manufactured in Turkmenistan to Bahrain.
The banking system and urban development were also specified among the promising areas of cooperation. The delegation of Bahrain expressed the interest in the rich experience of Turkmenistan in processing agricultural products and the food industry.
Private investors and business organizations of the both countries play a key role in the trade and economic cooperation, the investment activity.
In this regard it was suggested to establish the Turkmenistan-Bahrain Business Council that will promote developing cooperation between the business circles of the two countries on a regular basis.
The possibilities of cooperation in the sphere of tourism were discussed during the meeting. Turkmenistan expressed the interest in studying and using the experience of Bahrain in creating the modern tourism systems and the sphere of services.
Particular attention was paid to the prospects of cooperation in the transport and transit sphere. In this area, Turkmenistan considers Bahrain as an important partner with huge potential for the implementation of the project on the construction of the transport corridor – Central Asia – Middle East.
The Turkmenbashi Sea Port opened on the Turkmen coast of the Caspian Sea in May, 2018 includes the multifunctional multimedia terminal, designed for the transport communication with the markets of the Middle East and the Indian Ocean region.
The Turkmenbashi Sea Port is to be a largest transport hub on the continent towards the East-west and North-South directions. In this regard it was underlined the possibility to develop logistic activities with the ports in Bahrain.
Commissioners Hahn and Gabriel in Belarus to participate in the Eastern Partnership Informal DialogueFriday, 22 June 2018 00:17
Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn and Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel will be in Minsk, Belarus, on 21-22 June to participate in the 10th Eastern Partnership Informal Partnership Dialogue. They will discuss cooperation within the “20 Deliverables for 2020” following the Eastern Partnership Summit in November last year as well as how to step up cooperation in the area of digital economy with the Minsters of Foreign Affairs and Ministers in charge of the digital agenda from the six Eastern Partners -Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. On 21 June, the Commissioners will meet with Minister of Communications and Informatisation of the Republic of Belarus, Sergey Popkov, to discuss ways to cooperate in the digital area and, in particular, in the area of cybersecurity resilience, and thereafter will participate in a plenary session on promoting broadband connectivity and tackling roaming tariffs in the region.
On Friday, Commissioner Hahn together with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, Vladimir Makei, will take part in a plenary session on the state-of-play of the Eastern Partnership and the External Investment Plan. During his visit he will also have bilateral meetings with President of the Republic of Belarus, Aleksander Lukashenko, Mr Makei, Mr Popkov and will meet with civil society representatives from the economy and digital economy sectors. Photos and videos of the visit will be available on EbS.
The first meeting of the EU-Georgia Mobility Partnership Local Cooperation Platform took place on 9 June 2017 in Tbilisi. Representatives of EU Institutions, EU Member States, Georgian authorities and international organisations discussed the mechanisms for dialogue and for monitoring projects under the Joint Declaration on a Mobility Partnership between the European Union and Georgia. The meeting highlighted ongoing projects on legal migration and mobility, fighting irregular migration, reintegration and asylum.
Janos Herman, Ambassador of the European Union to Georgia, tackled the importance of the Mobility Partnership, which remains the key framework for the EU and Georgia in steering migration and mobility issues. He also referred to the need to ensure a reliable structure and mechanisms for the dialogue under the Mobility Partnership and for the monitoring of projects. The latter should ideally involve an online monitoring tool which is also available to the public.
A kick-off meeting launching a new EU-funded project under the Mobility Partnership “High Fidelity – Exercising for Asylum Procedures", a joint initiative of Georgia and Estonia, also took place after the meeting.
The President of Georgia calls to the political parties and the ruling party to have a dialogue for working together on territorial integrity process of Georgia.
“On the background of occupation and annexation, I offered a political dialogue to the political spectrum and non-governmental organizations last year. All the political forces took part in the consultation, except the ruling coalition, which to put it mildly, was incomprehensible for me,”-Giorgi Margvelashvili said.
He once more calls to the political parties and the ruling party to have a dialogue for working together on territorial integrity process of Georgia.
The 25th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Good Neighbourhood and Friendly Co-operation will be celebrated in the Parliamentary Library in Tbilisi on Monday, 20th of June. At 3 pm, the Ambassadors of Poland and Germany to Georgia will open the exhibition “Poles and Germans. Stories of a Dialogue”, which will then be available for the citizens of Tbilisi over the course of three days. The official opening will be held in the presence of representatives of the Georgian government, Georgian institutions and political parties, the diplomatic corps as well as the Polish and German communities in Georgia.
Organisations still have until 15 September to make nominations for the Anna Lindh Foundation’s Euromed Dialogue award. The theme of this year’s 10th edition of the award is ‘Deconstructing stereotypes, reinforcing shared values’.
The aim of the ALF Euro-Med Award is to recognise the achievements of individuals and organisations at the forefront of promoting Intercultural Dialogue in the Euro-Mediterranean region.
The winner will receive a contribution of €5,000 in recognition of their work for Intercultural Dialogue.
Candidates for the Award can be nominated either as an individual or as an organisation and must be based in one of the member countries of the Euro-Med Partnership. Nominating organisations are requested to submit online their nomination proposals for the Award candidates before midnight on 15 September.
The Anna Lindh Foundation for Inter-Cultural Dialogue promotes knowledge, mutual respect and inter-cultural dialogue between the people of the Euro-Mediterranean region, working through a network of more than 3,000 civil society organisations in 43 countries. Its budget is co-funded by the EU (€10 million) and the EU member states (€6 million).
During this month, young people in the Racha region of Georgia have been taking part in a number of youth trainings, organised by the Regions Development Fund in Georgia and conducted under the umbrella of the EU-funded project ‘Civil Society. Dialogue for Progress’.
The aim of the training is to encourage young people actively and effectively to participate in local self-government activities to improve youth policy at local level as well as empowerment of local young people and their organisations.
The project has already conducted trainings on advocacy and lobbying and trainings on effective communication and management. The next training will be devoted to participation of CSOs in policy dialogue, monitoring of policy processes and developing effective PR strategies.
'Civil Society. Dialogue for Progress' aims at supporting civil society organisations in the Eastern Partnership to become stronger players in policy dialogue with their respective national and local authorities, empowering CSOs and strengthening their capacities.