Kazakhstan has ratified the agreement on the maritime state border with Turkmenistan on the Caspian Sea

Published in Economics
Thursday, 03 November 2022 15:26

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 identified the main aspects of joint Turkmen-Russian work

Published in Society
Wednesday, 02 November 2022 13:29

Chairman of the upper house of the Turkmen Parliament Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov identified the main aspects of joint Turkmen-Russian interparliamentary cooperation during a meeting with Chairman of the Federation Council of Russia Valentina Matvienko, TDH reports.

The head of the Halk Maslahaty of Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan called priority areas of cooperation such aspects as strengthening the internal political stability of the two countries, creating a firm legislative barrier to manifestations of extremism and radicalism, attempts to discredit state foundations, resisting attempts to introduce false values and meanings into public consciousness.

In this context, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted the importance of carrying out explanatory work among boys and girls in order to form patriotism and pride in belonging to the country, adding the possibility of using the interparliamentary mechanism of youth interaction.

Turkmenistan was invited to participate in the SCO Council of Heads of Government

Published in Economics
Wednesday, 02 November 2022 13:28

On Tuesday, November 1, the 21st meeting of the Council of Heads of Government (Prime Ministers) of the SCO member states was held in an online format. Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China Li Keqiang chaired this meeting, convened by Beijing, to which heads of government and representatives of member States and observer states, as well as heads of permanent SCO institutions, industrialists' committees, banking consortia, representatives of international institutions and organizations such as UNESCAP were invited.

Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan Khojamurat Geldymuradov took part in the meeting as a guest invited by the Chairman of the meeting.

The meeting stressed the importance of strengthening cooperation in the field of food and energy security, climate change, trade and investment, transport cooperation and the development of transit corridors.

It was noted that at the Samarkand SCO Summit, held in September this year, all parties reached a new consensus on the development of the SCO. The baton of chairmanship in the SCO Council of Heads of Government has passed to Kyrgyzstan

Turkmenistan assumes chairmanship in the Forum "Central Asia - Republic of Korea"

Published in Economics
Wednesday, 26 October 2022 14:47

The head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov took part in the 15th Cooperation Forum "Central Asia - the Republic of Korea", which was held on Tuesday, October 25, in the city of Pusan.

Speaking at the forum, Rashid Meredov noted that "the main task today is the solidarity of the countries of Central Asia and the Republic of Korea in maintaining universal long-term peace and stability," according to the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan.

According to Meredov, in modern conditions "the role of political and diplomatic interaction between our countries is growing, establishing a regular and open exchange of views on issues of mutual interest," the press service of the Foreign Ministry notes.

Meredov drew the attention of the Korean side to the great potential for cooperation in high-tech industries, including telecommunications and space, in water desalination projects.

As a result of the meeting, the Joint Statement of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and the Work Plan of the Secretariat of the Central Asia-Republic of Korea Cooperation Forum for 2023 were adopted.

On the sidelines of the forum, Rashid Meredov met with Pusan Mayor Pak Hyeong-Jun, discussing with him the possibilities of developing relations between the seaports of Turkmenbashi and Pusan, exchanging experience in the field of port management, and in the future - establishing sister city relations between them.

Issues of promoting partnerships in the fields of information and digital technologies, transport and communications, shipbuilding, water and forestry, architecture and urban planning were considered.

Rashid Meredov also met with his South Korean counterpart Pak Jin. The head of the Turkmen Foreign Ministry said that Turkmenistan, with a sense of gratitude and high responsibility, takes over the chairmanship of the Forum and starts preparing for the next, 16th meeting of the Republic of Korea-Central Asia Forum in 2023 in Ashgabat.

The parties expressed confidence that the official visit of Chairman of the Halk Maslakhaty - the Upper House of the Turkmen Parliament Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to the Republic of Korea in November this year will open a new page in the history of bilateral relations.

Ashgabat welcomes delegates of the international oil and gas forum

Published in World
Wednesday, 26 October 2022 14:46

October 26th is the official opening day of the OGT 2022 Conference and Expo, which will run for three days through October 28th, 2022.

At a time when every part of the world is affected by climate change, the subject of efficient energy use and transition to cleaner sources of energy is ever more important. The OGT 2022 is devoted to exactly this subject: to strengthen the regional dialogue on further sustainable development of the energy sector and expand opportunities for attracting foreign direct investment to the oil and gas industry of Turkmenistan.

To achieve the goal of the sustainable development of the energy sector, industry leaders and experts need to be well-informed about the new and more fuel-efficient methods of oil and gas production. They need a platform to share their experiences and expertise with national and international fellows – a need that is availed by the OGT 2022 Conference and Expo.

Similarly, attracting foreign direct investment to the oil and gas industry of Turkmenistan is meant to diversify not only the distribution of the produced oil and gas but also to apply innovative methods of production in the oil and gas sector. The participation and business meetings on the sidelines of the conference will give a chance to potential investors to pitch their proposals for diverse projects in the oil and gas industry, chemical gas utilization, optimization of mature fields, and development of offshore blocks in the Turkmen sector of the Caspian Sea.

Even though the dialog on sustainable development of the energy sector and attracting foreign direct investment are direct goals of the OGT 2022, the agenda of the Conference is not indifferent to the pressing global issue of climate change. Hence, four out of six sessions are wholly dedicated to the future of energy. While the plenary session will discuss the challenges and opportunities in the future of energy, the last three sessions will be wholly dedicated to exchanging ideas and experiences on such topics as “New Era Energy: renewables and hydrogen; environmental aspects of hydrocarbon development; and innovative technologies and know-how in oil and gas science and education.

Last November, in his speech at the 26th session of the UN Climate Conference the President of Turkmenistan, Serdar Berdimuhamedov, noted that “Turkmenistan welcomes the Global Methane Commitment Initiative ….”

Less than a year later, in October the OGT 2022 and its preceding counterpart International Scientific Conference: “Environmental aspects in the production of hydrocarbon resources” in June 2022 substantiate that commitment. Hence, the main speakers on the agenda of the OGT 2022 are key decision-makers such as Mr. Dmitri Shlapachenko, UN Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan and world-recognized experts in methane reduction as Ms. Olga Gassan-zade of Carbon Limits. For instance, along the lines of these two conferences “an initiation study” was conducted between the experts in Norway and Turkmenistan “to identify opportunities for knowledge transfer and capacity building activities.”

The high-level international oil and gas conference has been taking place in Turkmenistan since the late 1990s. The OGT 2022 will be the 27th one. This year it will be accompanied by an Expo of innovative technologies and services of international and national oil and gas companies. Both the Conference and Expo garnered a high-level interest from senior government officials, diplomatic missions, industry leaders, and experts in the oil and gas sector.

Around 40 representatives from more than 30 media entities will participate in the OGT 2022 to report on its progress to audiences not only in Turkmenistan but all over the world. The impressive list of media representatives includes writers and editors of global oil and gas analytics such as Argus Media, S&P Global Commodity Insights, Natural Gas World, China Daily, Interfax, Tass News Agency, and Belorussian News Agency. Till the start of the OGT 2022, dozens of news snippets were published to spread the message of the OGT 2022 to audiences beyond Turkmenistan. For instance, widely read news sites such as China Daily, Natural Gas World, and Central Asia News have posted the press release of the Conference so that people who will not be able to attend the OGT will still be able to learn about its mission and progress.

For the OGT 2022, the organizing committee has arranged round-trip charter flights in the Dubai-Ashgabat-Dubai route to help more than 100 delegates come to Ashgabat at a time when international travel is barely recovering from the Covid-19 break. More than 500 foreign and local delegates of international organizations, diplomatic missions, and international and national companies residing in Turkmenistan will also attend both the Conference and Expo. The delegates represent more than 200 companies from 45 countries. Of those who could not join the OGT 2022 in person, around 100 are expected to tune in online via the Zoom link. In addition, more than 50 energy companies will be represented at the Expo.

In his address at an event analogous to the OGT 2022 – World Gas Conference 2022 in Daegu, Korea – Mr. Ban Ki-moon, the former UN Secretary-General cautioned that “time was running out to address greenhouse emissions” while emphasizing “that natural gas could help drive down greenhouse gas emissions … when coupled with carbon capture and storage [making it] an even cleaner energy source.”

The oil and gas industry is like a double-edged sword, how we produce and use them can have either mitigating or deteriorating effects on the environment. So for the following three days, the OGT 2022 will promote the efficient production and consumption of oil and gas by giving a platform to experts, decision-makers, and industry leaders to present and exchange their ideas, expertise, and experience.

The President of Turkmenistan congratulated the President of the Republic of Austria

Published in Politics
Wednesday, 26 October 2022 14:42

President Serdar Berdimuhamedov sent his sincere congratulations and best wishes to President of the Republic of Austria Alexander Van der Bellen on the occasion of the National Day of the Republic of Austria.

Taking this pleasant opportunity, the head of state expressed his sincere wishes to President Alexander Van der Bellen for good health, happiness and well-being, and for all the people of the Republic of Austria - peace, further progress and prosperity.

Turkmenistan aims to double gas supplies to China

Published in Economics
Friday, 14 October 2022 21:23

Turkmenistan intends to double the export of natural gas to China and bring it to 65 billion cubic meters per year with the laying of the fourth line of the Turkmenistan-China gas pipeline, the Neutral Turkmenistan newspaper reports.

It is noted that agreements have already been reached between Turkmenistan and China on the development of the second stage of the Galkynysh field, which is one of the largest in the world. By the end of 2021, Turkmenistan supplied 34 billion cubic meters of gas to China.

Turkmenistan is the largest supplier of "blue fuel" to the domestic market of China. In turn, Chinese companies actively cooperate with the Turkmen fuel and energy complex.

The President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov arrives in Astana

Published in Politics
Friday, 14 October 2022 21:22

The President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov arrived in Astana on Friday morning, the press service of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Alikhan Smailov reports. The Prime Minister met the Turkmen leader at the international airport of the capital of Kazakhstan.

It is expected that today Serdar Berdimuhamedov will take part in the Council of Heads of CIS member states, and in the afternoon – in the summit "Central Asia-Russia".

On October 15, within the framework of the first state visit of the President of Turkmenistan to Kazakhstan, negotiations with President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev are planned in narrow and expanded formats, with the participation of government delegations of the two countries.

Following the results of the bilateral summit, joint documents are expected to be signed.

The Turkmen-Austrian dialogue on cooperation was held at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna

Published in Economics
Wednesday, 12 October 2022 16:02

The 30th anniversary of Austria's diplomatic relations with Turkmenistan was celebrated at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna – on Tuesday a round table was organized here dedicated to the round date from the date of the signing of the joint communique by the countries on October 16, 1992.

The event was organized by the Embassy of Turkmenistan in the Republic of Austria, attended by the heads of the Ministry of European and Foreign Affairs, the Federal Chamber of Economics of Austria, members of the Board of the Austrian-Turkmen Society, heads of diplomatic missions of foreign states accredited in Vienna, representatives of the press.

Ambassador of Turkmenistan to Austria Khemra Amannazarov shared his vision of the future cooperation of the two countries, Rector of the International University of Humanities and Development of Turkmenistan Esen Aydogdiyev (also previously worked as Ambassador to Austria), Head of the Foreign Economic Relations Group of the Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs of Austria and co-chairman of the Austrian-Turkmen joint Commission on Economic Cooperation Franz Wessig, the famous Austrian politician Richard Schenz and others.

The speakers touched upon various aspects of the Turkmen-Austrian dialogue, both in the field of politics and in the trade and economic sphere, through humanitarian and cultural contacts.

In particular, Esen Aydogdiyev noted the importance of the memorandum signed by him on October 10 between MUGNiR and the Austrian University of Applied Sciences Krems, which is a continuation of the memorandum of 2017, whose term has already expired.

The new document opens up opportunities for expanding cooperation in the academic and scientific fields by organizing internships for Turkmen students in Austria, licensing training according to European standards and creating a double degree program.

There are many channels of diplomacy. In a round table conversation in Vienna, economic and cultural diplomacy was highlighted.

In the first direction, the activities of the joint intergovernmental commission on trade and economic issues, the importance of bilateral business forums were noted. Thus, from November 28 to December 3, the Federal Chamber of Economics of Austria plans to delegate an economic mission to Ashgabat and Mary consisting of representatives of well-known Austrian firms.

Cultural diplomacy occupies one of the central places in the bilateral relations between Turkmenistan and Austria. The Austrian-Turkmen Society, which turned 14 this year, is contributing to this dialogue.

The audience was presented with the ORIENT website, with which the Austrian-Turkmen Society signed a memorandum of cooperation in the field of information exchange in 2019. As an example of such interaction, a recent interview with the Governor and Mayor of Vienna, Michael Ludwig, is given.

During the round table discussion, special attention was paid to the phenomenon of Turkmen neutrality and the neutral status of Austria, which are reflected in the peaceful foreign policy of both states, following the principles of good neighborliness and mutual respect and considering them an integral factor of sustainable development, stability and security.

Prospects for the development of bilateral relations between Turkmenistan and Austria, their cooperation within the framework of international organizations based in Vienna were considered.

The meeting once again confirmed the great interest of the diplomatic and economic circles of Austria in Turkmenistan as a rapidly developing country with rich resources and a unique heritage in the heart of the Eurasian continent on the Great Silk Road.


Published in Politics
Wednesday, 05 October 2022 13:52

On October 4, 2022, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan was held a meeting of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Turkmenistan Hiroyuki Yamamoto

During the meeting, the diplomats discussed a wide range of issues of Turkmen-Japanese cooperation based on the principles of friendship, trust and mutual respect. In this regard was noted the strategic, sustainable and long-term nature of cooperation between our countries.

The Head of the Foreign Ministry of Turkmenistan thanked the Japanese side for the support provided in organizing a high-level working visit of the Chairman of the Halk Maslahaty of the Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to Japan.

Discussing the importance of cooperation between Turkmenistan and Japan in multilateral formats, the parties exchanged views on the upcoming meeting of Foreign Ministers Dialogue "Central Asia + Japan" in Tokyo at the end of this year.

It was emphasized that Japan is a significant partner of Turkmenistan in the field of investment and banking. The expediency of intensifying investment activities in close cooperation with leading Japanese banks and companies pointed out to this end. In this context, the importance of the Joint Turkmen-Japanese Committee for Economic Cooperation was especially noted. Therefore the issues of organizing the 14th joint meeting of the Turkmen-Japanese Committee for Economic Cooperation in Tokyo, scheduled for the end of this year, were discussed.

The parties also discussed the possibility of holding an inter-parliamentary forum "Central Asia + Japan" in Ashgabat next year, designed to become an effective platform for discussing topical issues of multilateral inter-parliamentary partnership.

Along with this, the attention was paid to the organization of a number of cultural events in the short run, timed to 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Turkmenistan and Japan.

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