Online meeting with the Head of Abu Dhabi Development Fund is held

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Friday, 19 June 2020 17:33

Current subjects of cooperation between Turkmenistan and Abu Dhabi Development Fund was on the agenda of the meeting with General Director of the Fund Mohamed Saif Al Suwaidi, which was held in video conference format.

Heads and representatives of the Foreign Ministry, Central Bank, State Bank of Foreign Economic Activity and Türkmengaz State Concern took part in the forum from Turkmen side.

Current situation and opportunities of further intensification of productive cooperation in economic, financial, fuel and energy spheres have been discussed during the meeting. In this context, perspectives of cooperation in attraction of investments to large-scale oil and gas projects of our country have been reviewed.

At the same time, presence of significant potential for expansion of fruitful partnership between Turkmenistan and big companies of United Arab Emirates, which meets interests of both countries, has been noted.

The state news agency of Turkmenistan 

Turkmenistan enters into diplomatic relations with the Republic of Sierra Leone

Published in World
Friday, 19 June 2020 17:31

The Protocol on the establishment of diplomatic relations between our country and the Republic of Sierra Leone was signed at the Embassy of Turkmenistan in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Steadily implementing the policy of peacefulness, positive neutrality and “open doors”, our country has regularly expanded the geography of dialogue with foreign partners, establishing fruitful ties with states in different regions of the planet, including on the African continent.

In frames of the signing ceremony, the parties exchanged views on the prospects for interstate cooperation, including such areas as agriculture, geology, and investment. Particular attention was also paid to cooperation in the spheres of medical services, taking into account the experience gained by our country in the healthcare area.

Turkmenistan and the Republic of Sierra Leone expressed the mutual interest in developing multi-aspect friendly dialogue.

The state news agency of Turkmenistan 

 

A meeting within the framework of the Human Rights Dialogue “Turkmenistan - the European Union” was held

Published in World
Friday, 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. 

President of Turkmenistan addresses scientists of the country and participants of the International online scientific conference

Published in Politics
Saturday, 13 June 2020 15:31

“I congratulate you on the Day of Science and opening of the online International Scientific Conference “Science, Engineering and Innovative Technologies”, says President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov’ in his address.

“Science and education stand as an inclusive power of a society in achieving great goals and strengthening the power of our state. Therefore, in accordance with the requirements of the times, we improve the structure, management and legal base of the sphere of science, successfully implementing fundamental scientific and technological reforms, and creating all conditions for training of highly qualified specialists and scientists. Based on knowledge and innovations, we modernize the national economy at the level of the developed countries of the world, implementing large-scale projects, and achieve great successes in the socio-economic development of the country.

“The economic development of our sovereign state is impossible without modern technology. Modernizing economy, creating innovative industrial enterprises, manufacturing high-quality products that are competitive in world markets, Turkmenistan systematically strengthens its role in the global economy.

“Such a rapid development is connected, first of all, with the introduction of advanced achievements of science and technology, the best world experience, the level of scientific and technological progress, new opportunities for innovation, exact engineering sciences, information technologies. In this regard, we pay particular attention to the digitalization of the economy as a priority of the state policy. For these purposes, we improve our computer systems and modern means of communication, automating production. We significantly strengthen our economy due to the electronic document management system.

“This year, we have adopted the Programme for the transfer of science in Turkmenistan to the digital system in 2020-2025. This document, aimed at the technological and innovative development of our country, will ensure providing the system of science with high-quality electronic information base, developing technical and software solutions, using sustainable and new technologies, and thereby bringing research activity to a new level. In addition, it will be possible to further strengthen the relationship between science, education and production, create new software for scientific research, and actively involve young people in science, engineering, and technology business.

“At present, we are systematically strengthening cooperation with large international structures in the field of science, engineering and innovative technologies. In accordance with the program of socio-economic development of the country for 2019-2025, we significantly expand our scientific contacts with the leading scientific and educational centers of the world, international organizations and foundations.

“The election of our country to the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development, the agreements achieved at the international and interstate levels, multilateral and long-term cooperation in the field of science, scientific conferences on political, cultural and economic issues vividly demonstrate the success of our independent state, the authority of which steadily grows in the global scientific and educational space. This is also an evidence that our country becomes a dynamically developing state in socio-economic terms, and in terms of innovative technologies, it successfully integrates into the global scientific field. We will continue working on the development of science”, emphasized the President of Turkmenistan in his address.

BRIEFING ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE PLAN OF TURKMENISTAN FOR ACUTE INFECTIOUS DISEASE

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Friday, 05 June 2020 22:28

On June 5, 2020, a briefing was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan on the implementation of the Preparedness and Response Plan of Turkmenistan for Acute Infectious Disease, which was prepared at the national level in cooperation with international organizations.

The briefing was attended by heads and representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Health and the Medical Industry, as well as relevant departments of Turkmenistan, heads of diplomatic missions and representatives of international organizations accredited in the country, and journalists from local and foreign media. In addition to journalists accredited in the country, the event was attended by representatives of foreign media online.

Thanking all participants for their active participation in this, as well as in a series of previous briefings, reflecting the activities of Turkmenistan in the field of healthcare, the Minister of Foreign Affairs R. Meredov acquainted the participants with the ongoing work in the country on the implementation of the Preparedness and Response Plan of Turkmenistan for acute infectious diseases.

Once again emphasizing that this document was developed in accordance with the recommendations of the World Health Organization, the Minister noted the special importance of international cooperation in jointly combating the new type of coronavirus pandemic. He also drew attention to regular consultations on monitoring the implementation of the goals and activities set forth in this document, their organizational and logistical support.

Speaking about multilateral activities to consolidate the efforts of the international community in counteracting the spread of a new type of coronavirus infection and overcoming the negative consequences of the pandemic, the Minister focused on the creation of the Technology Access Platform against COVID-19, announced by the Director General of the World Health Organization Tedros Gebreyesus on May 29 of this year. Having officially announced the accession of Turkmenistan to this Platform, the Minister added that these aspirations are harmoniously linked with the proposals made by the President of Turkmenistan to promote scientific diplomacy tools, including the creation of an international Council of Medical Scientists.

Speakers at the briefing: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of China to Turkmenistan Sun Weidong, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Turkmenistan Kasumata Takahiko, Director of the Representative Office of the Asian Development Bank in Turkmenistan Chang Ching Yua, Director of the Representative Office of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in Turkmenistan Fatih Turkmenoglu, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Central Asia, Head of the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia N.Gherman, UN Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan E. Panova, as well as the Head of the OSCE Centre in Ashkhabad N.Drozd highly appraised the ongoing activities in Turkmenistan aimed at prevention of the acute infectious diseases and underlined the commitment of the Turkmen side to implementation of the joint plans, programs and mechanisms promoted at multilateral platforms and aimed at strengthening the solidarity in the fight against the pandemic.

Stressing that none a single case of coronavirus is registered and favorable epidemiological condition is upheld in the country, the speakers agreed on the aspect that the impact of the pandemic on socio-economic situation in the world is inevitable. Thus, the participants discussed the opportunities for cooperation in the framework of implementation of Preparedness and Response Plan of Turkmenistan for Acute Infectious Disease, including the search for joint solutions for mitigating the impact on the economies of the countries.               

 the final part of the briefing, “a questions and answers” session was held, during which the participants exchanged views and asked questions of interest to them.

 

Telephone conversation between President of Turkmenistan and President of Afghanistan

Published in World
Thursday, 28 May 2020 17:31

President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani had a telephone conversation.

Warmly, fraternally welcoming each other, the heads of the two states expressed satisfaction with the opportunity to personally exchange views on the state and prospects of the Turkmen-Afghan dialogue, as well as discuss some aspects of international and regional politics of mutual interest.

The President of Turkmenistan congratulated the head of Afghanistan on the holy holiday of Oraza, wishing him good health and happiness, and peace, prosperity and prosperity to the people of the friendly country.

In turn, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan congratulated President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and all Turkmen citizens on the 25th anniversary of neutrality of Turkmenistan celebrated this year, as well as UN declaring the year of 2021 as the International Year of Peace and Trust on Turkmenistan’s initiative.

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani expressed gratitude to his Turkmen colleague for the ongoing policy of peace and good neighborliness, the efforts made to strengthen cooperation in the region, to ensure favorable conditions for the development of constructive interstate partnership.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov emphasized that the foreign policy of Turkmenistan prioritized multifaceted relations with the states of the world, and, first of all, with its closest neighbors.

During the conversation, the leaders of the two states expressed mutual interest in intensifying political, diplomatic, trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian ties between the countries.

Presidents Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Mohammad Ashraf Ghani identified fuel and energy, transport and communications sectors as priority areas for partnership.

First of all, the construction of the transnational gas pipeline Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI), which will provide long-term supplies of Turkmen natural gas to the largest countries in Southeast Asia.

Another significant project is the laying of a new interstate energy highway - a high-voltage power line and fiber-optic communication along the route Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan.

According to the parties, the favorable geographical position of the two countries is of great importance for the implementation of strategically significant infrastructure projects for the formation of new transit and transport corridors, including along the route Afghanistan-Turkmenistan-Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey, which will directly contribute to the expansion of trade and economic ties and an increase in the volume of trade between the countries of Central and South Asia and the states of Europe.

During the telephone conversation, the head of Turkmenistan supported the proposal of the Afghan leader to hold a trilateral online meeting between the Presidents of Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Azerbaijan, the agenda of which will include the issues of increasing the efficiency of the transport corridor Lyapis-Lazuli.

Given the geoeconomic and geopolitical importance, special attention will also be paid to the further development of international transport corridors.

Expressing solidarity with the fraternal Afghan people to maintain peace, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov emphasized that Turkmenistan would continue providing all possible support and humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan.

Discussing the issues on the international agenda, the heads of two states underlined the necessity to develop a coordinated approach to address the challenges of our time, one of which is the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, which had a negative impact on international economic relations and the life of many states and peoples.

In this regard, the Turkmen leader noted that our country had put forward the idea of widespread use of the mechanisms of scientific diplomacy in the fight against such challenges as the spread of coronavirus on a global scale.

The President of Turkmenistan emphasized that the mechanisms of scientific diplomacy were the most effective vector of cooperation at present, therefore, the initiative put forward by the Turkmen side to create a Council of Medical Scientists could have a positive impact on the overall fight against coronavirus.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov underlined once again that Turkmenistan, successfully implementing the measures to combat the dangerous virus, fully supported the efforts of the international community and considered it necessary to intensify international cooperation aimed at developing coordinated actions, emphasizing that only due to the joint efforts positive results could be achieved.

Speaking about the necessity for coordinated sanitary-quarantine measures on the border between the two states, the Turkmen leader expressed the willingness of Turkmenistan to build special terminal facilities in the border railway stations, checkpoints and in some other places on the territory of Afghanistan - similar to those erected in our country - for the disinfection of railway transport and cargo, and also to equip these facilities as a humanitarian aid to the neighbouring state.

Thus, joint measures will allow achieving the high level of sanitary and epidemiological safety, creating conditions for the disinfection of vehicles and goods crossing the border.

Reaffirming the mutual aspiration to intensify the interstate dialogue, the heads of the two neighbouring countries expressed their commitment to long-term partnership.

In conclusion, Presidents Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Mohammad Ashraf Ghani once again expressed good wishes to each other and the peoples of the two countries.

 

The state news agency of Turkmenistan 

A briefing on the implementation of Turkmenistan’s international initiatives in the field of healthcare was held in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Published in World
Saturday, 23 May 2020 11:25

On May 22, 2020, a briefing was held in the building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan on the implementation of Turkmenistan’s international health initiatives.

The briefing, which became a regular venue for a comprehensive exchange of views on pressing issues in the field of health, was attended by heads and representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Health and the Medical industry, other relevant departments of Turkmenistan, heads of diplomatic missions and representatives of international organizations accredited in the country, local media and journalists of foreign countries, accredited in Turkmenistan.

Heads of diplomatic missions with residences in third countries, as well as representatives of leading foreign media and public organizations participated in the briefing via video conferencing.

Speaking at the event, the head of the country's foreign ministry emphasized that “one of the main purposes of this platform is to promote Turkmenistan’s international health initiatives, which has become a priority topic for recent briefings”. R. Meredov also noted that Turkmenistan, during the 73rd World Health Assembly (WHA), held online, supported the resolution “Response to COVID-19”, adopted at the end of the World Assembly, unanimously endorsing the principles of universal, timely, equal free and fair access to effective medicines and technologies, treatment methods and prevention of dangerous diseases, elimination of unfair barriers to such access. The Minister added that Turkmenistan unconditionally supported the key leadership role of the World Health Organization underlined in the resolution in the preparation and coordination of the global response to the pandemic.

Speaking at the briefing N.Gherman, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Head of Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia, E.Panova, Permanent Coordinator of the UN in Turkmenistan, D.Alonso, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the European Union to Turkmenistan, N.Drozd, the Head of the OSCE Centre in Ashkhabad, P.Karwowska, the Head of the WHO Country Office in Turkmenistan especially underlined those measures taken by the Government of Turkmenistan in the field of public health and the fight against the coronavirus pandemic COVID-19, which were extensively set out in a letter from the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to the WHO Director-General Tedros Gebreyesus, which, as a separate information material was distributed as an official document of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly in all the working languages of this organization.

During the briefing, its participants also familiarized themselves with the Preparedness and Response Plan of Turkmenistan for an Acute Infectious Disease, which was developed jointly with the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in our country and which is based on two resolutions of the UN General Assembly - the Global Strategic Preparedness Plan and Response (MTEF) and the COVID-19 Global Pandemic Humanitarian Response Plan, which builds on Turkmenistan’s best practices in healthcare. This document was adopted today at the last meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan.

During the briefing, it was also announced that Turkmenistan, as a responsible participant in the international community, from the first days of the threat of COVID-19, has established close working contacts with the United Nations, its specialized bodies and agencies, primarily with the World Health Organization, and also with great respect for the experience of other countries that have already created a solid base in the fight against this threat.

The issues of improving the material and technical base, and the active work of Turkmenistan in this direction at the national level to create additional quarantine centers, including specific steps to enhance and strengthen the base of existing quarantine centers, were emphasized.

A separate topic of speeches at the briefing was the development of new forms of international scientific cooperation in the field of medicine, the exchange of achievements of medical science. In this context, the initiative of the President of Turkmenistan on the creation of the Council of Medical Scientists was announced, specific ways of implementation, which were voiced by the delegation of our country during the World Health Assembly and the meeting of Ministers of health of the countries of the Non-Aligned Movement, held online several days ago.

At the end of the briefing participants also exchanged views in the “question-answer” format.

TURKMENISTAN ON THE WAY TO JOINING THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION AS AN OBSERVER

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Friday, 15 May 2020 20:50

On May 15, 2020, a regular meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan was held in Ashgabat. During the session, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov signed a Resolution “On the entry of Turkmenistan to the World Trade Organization as an observer.”

In accordance with the Document, immediately today, the Turkmen side sent the application letter on the accession to the World Trade Organization as an observer to the Director-General of the WTO.  In line with the WTO procedures, the issue of accepting Turkmenistan to the WTO as an observer will be considered during the successive session of the WTO General Council to be held in the near future.

A meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the CIS member states was held in the form of a video conference

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Tuesday, 12 May 2020 19:18

On May 12, 2020, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R. Meredov attended a meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the member states of the Commonwealth of Independent States, which was held in a video conference format.

The meeting was attended by the Foreign Ministers of the Commonwealth member states, as well as the Chairman of the Executive Committee - CIS Executive Secretary S.N.Lebedev.

During constructive negotiations, the parties discussed a number of important issues relating to the interaction of countries within the Commonwealth in view of the epidemiological situation in the world. An exchange of views took place on key aspects of the regional and world agenda, including ensuring peace and security, countering modern threats and challenges, biological and environmental security, as well as other pressing issues of partnership of mutual interest.

The joint actions of the member states of the Commonwealth of Independent States in countering the pandemic were discussed. In this regard, the need to establish effective mechanisms of interaction was emphasized. Minister R. Meredov noted the advisability of considering the issue of establishing contacts between medical scientists, medical practitioners through scientific diplomacy. He noted that "such an approach to systematic work at a professional level was initiated by the President of Turkmenistan during the recent Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement".

The legal base of interaction was examined in detail, including the coordination of approaches and positions of the CIS countries within the framework of international organizations, mainly the UN, OSCE, EU and SCO. In this context, it was about the importance of building confidence and establishing a culture of dialogue in interstate relations, especially when resolving disputes and contradictions that arise.

The parties also confirmed the importance of expanding cooperation in the field of economics, energy, science and education, as well as in the development and implementation of innovations and advanced technologies in key sectors of the economy.

Upon the outcomes of the session, the signing of a number of documents took place, including “On the Plan of Multilevel Inter-MFA Consultations in the Framework of the Commonwealth of Independent States for 2019 and on the Plan for 2020,” “On the Strategy for the Development of Cooperation of the Member States of the Commonwealth of Independent States in the field of physical culture and sports for 2021–2030” and “On the implementation in 2022 of the Interstate program “Cultural Capitals of the Commonwealth”.

A briefing entitled “International cooperation of Turkmenistan in the healthcare sphere” was held in Ashgabat

Published in Health
Saturday, 09 May 2020 13:43

On May 8, 2020, a briefing entitled "International cooperation of Turkmenistan in the healthcare sphere" was held in the building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan.

The briefing was attended by the heads and representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Health and Medical Industry, and other relevant departments of Turkmenistan, leading political scientists of the country, as well as heads of diplomatic missions and representatives of international organizations accredited in the country, local and accredited journalists of foreign media outlets.

Also, the event was attended by video conferencing by leaders and representatives from the health sector of several foreign countries, in particular, the Deputy Minister of Healthcare of the Republic of Belarus, senior representatives of leading foreign medical universities, including Medical University of Azerbaijan, Belarusian State Medical University and Tbilisi State Medical University. Representatives of leading foreign media and public organizations also participated in the briefing through video conferencing. Thus, more than 60 representatives from 20 countries of the world took part in the briefing.

During the speeches, it was noted that under the leadership of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, Turkmenistan stands for international cooperation in the name of protecting and maintaining people's health, which is especially relevant in the current period of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Adhering to the recommendations of reputable international organizations, the country has achieved considerable success in promoting its health policy and calls on the international community to work together to overcome the consequences of the pandemic. This applies to humanitarian cooperation, the restoration of trade and economic ties, including ensuring the functioning of transport and transit systems in emergency conditions.

As the meeting participants emphasized, as a result of a clear and well-coordinated policy of Turkmenistan, the country managed to prevent the spread of diseases caused by a new type of coronavirus COVID-19 on its territory.

In their speeches, the Deputy Minister of Healthcare of the Republic of Belarus Ye.Bogdan, as well as the representatives of senior management of foreign universities, in particular, Vice-Rector for International Relations of the Belarusian State Medical University V.Rudenok, Vice-Rector of the Tbilisi State Medical University I. Kokhreidze and the Vice-Rector for International Affairs of the Medical University of Azerbaijan O. Isaev particularly noted that Turkmenistan had promptly responded to outbreak of a pandemic, emphasizes the prevention of infectious and non-communicable diseases. The country's leadership also attaches great importance to promoting a healthy lifestyle.

During the briefing, a constructive exchange of views took place on the establishment of a global mechanism for resolving crisis situations. Participants also agreed that protecting the health of all people lies at the heart of the sustainable development process.

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