A solemn opening ceremony of the railway section with a length of 10 kilometers built in the Akina settlement of the Islamic Republic of Aghanistan in assistance of the Government of Turkmenistan, as well as the foundation laying ceremony of the new railway branch Akina-Andhoy, which length is 35 km, took place on the 25th of July 2019. The heads of transport and industrial agencies of Turkmenistan and Afghanistan, hakims, honored elders, representatives of the mass media and local population participated to the events.
This step of Turkmenistan was received with great honor and appreciation of the neighboring country. As is known, Turkmenistan attaches great importance to the social and economic development of brotherly Afghanistan by implementing infrastructural projects, including the actions of humanitarian content.
According to the instructions of the President of Turkmenistan, at the same day a special Turkmen delegation arrived to Turkmenistan with the aim of presenting humanitarian aid to the Afghan population residing in the cross-border regions of Faryab, Jowzjan, Badghis, Herat. Thus, the inhabitants of the fraternal state unconditionally received a large amount of food products, clothes, medicines and textile goods.
It is vital to note that the efforts of the world community are addressed at the timely settlement of the situation in Afghanistan and support to the local population. In this regard, the security issues directly affect the stability of the whole region. It is important to note that the efforts of Turkmenistan make a significant contribution to this process which coherently combines with the international actions.
Turkmenistan widely observed the World Bicycle Day, which was instituted by the United Nations General Assembly by the initiative of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
Many sports receive wide development in close cooperation with International Olympic Committee and various sport federation in the country today. Ashgabat has unique Olympic village where V Asian Indoor and Martial Art Games were held with triumph in 2017 and the World weightlifting Championship in November 2018. It is planned to hold the World Sambo Championship in the next year 2020.
Care of nation’s health, making of conditions for happy life of people are the priorities of the state policy. All reforms of the Head of the State and national programmes successfully implemented in Turkmenistan are based on the main values of our state and society – the human. Sport and healthy life style help him to reveal his potential completely. It is worth to highlight that Turkmen leader proves it by personal example.
On the day of celebration, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has also taken part in grandiose celebration event timed to the World Bicycle Day.
Early in the morning, thousands of the resident of the capital have gathered with their bicycles near the park where the Path of Health starts. Members of the Government, heads of the Mejlis and military and law enforcement agencies, ministries and departments of the country, representatives of public organizations and mass media, different work groups, members of diplomatic corps and personnel on international organizations, students of the universities were among the participants.
President of the country came to the start point of mass cycling race. Everything was ready to start the race. The President of Turkmenistan addressed the participants with the speech.
Congratulating the participants of the event on the World Bicycle Day, the Head of the State noted that this international holiday, which is widely observed in all countries of the world, supports careful treatment of the environment, strengthening of people’s health as well as development of sport and physical culture.
“I would like to mention it with pride that this celebration was announced by the UN General Assembly by proposal of Turkmenistan in April 2018”, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said.
Our country pays great attention to development of physical culture and sport, carries out large-scale work for strengthening of citizens’ health, increment of longevity. The best conditions are made for people to go in for physical training and sports, the President continued.
Special attention is paid to the development of cycling. Having mass cycling race became our good tradition. Such actions supports the improvement of health of the population, increment of level of ecological prosperity, popularization of cycling, the Head of the state highlighted.
Having again congratulated the participants on the World Bicycle Day, the President wished all participants to stay committed to the principles of healthy life style and physical training.
After, the floor was given to official representative of the Guinness World Record , Mrs Sheida Subashi Gemigi.
First, the guest congratulated the President and people of Turkmenistan on the World Bicycle day, which was instituted by the UN General Assembly by the initiative of Turkmen leader.
Mrs Subashi informed that new world record has been set at the cycling exercise in the Olympic village on June 1, 2019. It was the longest lasting cycling parade in one line.
The participants of major cycling event lined up at certain distance from each other and ride around the Olympic village, having covered 3,300 meters.
Thus, Ashgabat beat the record, which was set in India on March 3, 2019. This fact was officially registered by the Guinness World Record and proved by relative certification, which was handed over at current event.
Increased interest of international community to the cycling owing to the UN Resolution on institution of the World Bicycle Day by the initiative of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov inspires world sport public and informative circles to study the practice of our country in propaganda of the principles of healthy life style, especially cycling culture.
After the award ceremony of the certificate of the Guinness Record Book, the floor was given to Director of International Cyclist Union (UCI) David Lappartient.
Congratulating the Head of the State on the holiday, he noted the role of Turkmenistan and President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov personally in initiation of the World Bicycle Day, having expressed his delight with the scale of diplomatic work in this direction. In this regard, it was announced about the decision of the UCI to award Turkmen leader with the Certificate of Appreciation.
In the results of the efforts of the Head of the State as one of the Presidents of the world who actively goes in for sport, he cycling received rapid development in Turkmenistan recently. Therefore, Mr Lappartient informed that the International Cyclist union delegated the right to host 2021 World Track Cycling Championship in the capital of our country Ashgabat.
In the end of his speech, the guest handed over relative certificate under the applauses of the participants. After, the President of Turkmenistan gave started to mass cycling race and headed the convoy.
Members of the Government of the country followed the Head of the State through parade arch, which was installed especially there. President of the ARETI International Holding I. Makarov and famous sportsmen were honoured guests of the celebration.
The President and participants of the race were greeted by popular singers and art collectives with music, dance and folk performances all way along the route until finish line.
Being the most eco-friendly transport, the bicycle is an excellent transport to use for travelling around the country. recently, the concept of ecological culture is heard more often in our society. It is used in different contexts, like in the aspects of global sustainable development, national social and economic policy, natural protection activity and moral education.
Speaking at the UN Summit on adoption o the Global Agenda after 2015 in the headquarter of the United Nations Organization in New York, the President of Turkmenistan said that it is impossible to reach social and economic development of the states and nations of the planet without care of the environment.
The Concept of the President implies reasonable management methods, scientific organization of production facilities and application of advanced technologies allowing avoiding unfavourable impact on the ecology. Stable ecological situation in Turkmenistan is good sample of the fact that it can be achieved and despite that intensive industrial development, ecological policy of the state brings positive results.
As is known, the monument, which will have to reflect rich history and modern achievements of the nations, is to be built in Ashgabat in honour of this international date. Turkmen land is located in the heart new famous Silk Road. In this regard, the Head of the State noted that monument of bicycle has to be built in the shape of the globe and symbolize the input of Turkmen people to the history of humanity.
It is worth mentioning that all diplomatic missions of Turkmenistan to foreign countries, having organized similar races all over the world, as well as national cycling federations and continental confederation, numerous cyclists in different countries have joined the celebration of the World Bicycle Day.
Cycling races are the most popular forms of socially important action held in many countries of the world to support various social, sport and ecological projects and ideas and according to our guests, who came to Ashgabat from different states, they have not seen such comprehensive scale of similar event.
Having covered the distance of 15,000 meters along the Archabyl Avenue and Bitarap Turkmenistan, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov entered the final ground of the race at the main square of the country with the State Tribune.
After mass cycling race organized in the capital on occasion of the World Bicycle Day, the Head of the State held the session with the participation of the Speaker of the Mejlis and Deputy Chairmen of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan where issues related to further development of mass physical culture and sports in the country and assertion of the principles of healthy life style in the society.
During the meeting, having mentioned that adoption of relative Resolution on declaration of June 3 as the World Bicycle Day by the United Nations General Assembly by the initiative of Turkmenistan became an important event for all humanity, the President highlighted that this fact is another evidence of positive result of huge work, which is carried out in Turkmenistan for development of sport and physical and health improving movement and popularization of healthy life style.
It was highlighted that provision of ecological wealth in cities and villages, involvement of Turkmenistan citizens to regular physical training exercises, stimulation of sports of highest achievements are the main factors, which are to support the improvement of working and art activity of people and their creative energy.
Being committed to everlasting humanistic ideals of the Olympic movement, neutral Turkmenistan makes significant contribution to the improvement and expansion of international cooperation in sport sphere. Policy of the President in this direction gives results: national sport enters new levels.
This is indicated by the fact that the International Cyclists Union delegated the right to Ashgabat to host 2021 World Track Cycling Championship as well as by another Certificate of the Guinness Record Book for the longest lasting cycling parade in one line, which was held on June 1 in the Olympic village.
In this regard, the President of Turkmenistan made special mention of the importance of provision of proper conditions for training of Turkmen cyclists to coming prestige world tournament, having ordered to approach the solution of issues in this sphere on integrated basis.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov also ordered to take measures for further popularization of the cycling among the youth, organization of interesting events, competitions, which would allow revealing new sport talents.
Finishing working session, the President of Turkmenistan wished strong health, family prosperity and success in solution of all set objectives to the participants.
After, the President of Turkmenistan received President of International Cyclist Union David Lappartient and head of ARETI International Holding Igor Makarov.
After the meetings, the Head of the State left the place of event.
The state news agency of Turkmenistan
During the solemn ceremony, the official representative of the Guinness World Records congratulated President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and the people of Turkmenistan on the World Bicycle Day and reported that on June 1, 2019, a new Olympic world record was set in the Olympic Village - the longest cycling parade along one line.
2019 people participated in the large-scale cycling event - in honor of this year’s motto “Turkmenistan is the Motherland of Prosperity”. Cyclists lined up at a certain distance from each other and cycled 3,300-meter distance around the Olympic Village.
Thus, Ashgabat has broken the record set in India on March 3, 2019. This fact is officially registered by Guinness World Records and confirmed by a certificate, awarded to Turkmenistan in frames of the celebrations in honour of the World Bicycle Day.
The state news agency of Turkmenistan
The Council of Heads of Government of the Commonwealth of Independent States holds a session in the Turkmen capital under the chairmanship of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
Government delegations of the CIS member states arrived in Ashgabat to participate in the meeting that Turkmenistan hosts as a country presiding over the CIS in 2019. As already reported, the Turkmen leader held bilateral meetings with the heads of the delegations of the CIS states on May 30.
In the morning, the participants headed to the building of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov had the photos taken together with Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev, Chairman of the Executive Committee - CIS Executive Secretary Sergey Lebedev and then with the heads of delegations. The forum participants were invited to the venue of the meeting in a narrow format.
Declaring the next, 73rd meeting of the Council of CIS Heads of Government open, the President of Turkmenistan noted that the newly appointed Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Askar Mamin, was participating in the meeting as a member of the Council for the first time. After welcoming the head of the government of Kazakhstan on behalf of the Council and on his behalf, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov wished him every success in his responsible work.
Noting that the heads of delegations of the countries, non-members of the Council, have the appropriate authority to make decisions, the President of Turkmenistan said that the Republic of Moldova participated in the meeting in observer status.
Then the floor was given to the Chairman of the Executive Committee - Executive Secretary of the CIS - Sergey Lebedev, who presented the information on organizational issues.
After the meeting’s agenda was approved, an exchange of views on the important issues of economic cooperation within the CIS has started.
The state news agency of Turkmenistan
President of Turkmenistan conducts negotiations with Chairman of the Government of the Russian FederationFriday, 31 May 2019 19:28
President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov held a meeting with Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Medvedev, who arrived in Ashgabat to attend a meeting of the Council of CIS Heads of Government.
Early in the morning, the President of Turkmenistan driving Volga GAZ-21 arrived at the residence of the high guest. Dmitry Medvedev cordially welcomed the Turkmen leader.
After a brief conversation, the President of Turkmenistan and the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation headed to the Oguzhan Palace Complex.
The President of Turkmenistan expressed confidence that the current visit of the Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation to Ashgabat would offer new impetus to fruitful cooperation between Turkmenistan and the Russian Federation and would allow defining future prospects and ways of developing cooperation in various fields.
Expressing gratitude for the cordial welcome, the guest conveyed warm greetings and best wishes from President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin to the President of Turkmenistan.
Addressing the greetings and best wishes to the President of the Russian Federation, the Turkmen leader expressed satisfaction with the high level of Turkmen-Russian relations.
It was emphasized that Turkmenistan and Russia were bounded with long-standing, friendly relations. In the modern era, the interstate dialogue is dynamically developing both in a bilateral and multilateral format, within the framework of authoritative international organizations.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov received First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Tajikistan Davlatali Said who arrived in Turkmen capital for participation in the session of the Council of the Heads of the Governments of the Commonwealth of Independent States.
Having expressed the gratitude for personal meetings and warm welcome, the guest conveyed the greetings on behalf of President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon to the Head of Turkmenistan, having noted that he is glad to come to Ashgabat, the capital of neighbouring state, with which his country is related by strong historical and spiritual connections.
In this regard, First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Tajikistan noted the importance of representative forum held in Turkmenistan, which chairs the Commonwealth of Independent States, and expressed the confidence that current meeting would bring positive results and new ideas for expansion f constructive cooperation.
Having returned best wishes to the Government officials and people of friendly country, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted the commitment of Turkmenistan to development of the partnership with Tajikistan on equal and beneficial basis.
The President of Turkmenistan expressed the gratitude to the President of Tajikistan for the participation in the Summit of the countries founders of International Fund for Saving of Aral Sea held in Avaza National tourist zone last year, for comprehensive support of the initiatives of Turkmenistan as well as for sending of special delegation to Turkmenistan for the participation in the session of the heads of the Governments of the CIS and addressed wishes of success in work.
Expansion of cooperation in bilateral and multilateral formats including cooperation under the CIS has been discussed during the meeting. It was mentioned that expansion of trade and economic relations, beneficial partnership in energy and transport as well as in humanitarian sphere where friendly states have gained rich and positive experience are in the sphere of these interests.
Having noted similarity of the positions in strategic subjects of global agenda, the Head of Turkmenistan and his guest stated the importance of consolidation of efforts in solution of current ecological problems. It was highlighted that international initiatives proposed by Turkmenistan at the sessions of the UN General Assembly and other big forums are aimed at the activation of regional and international cooperation in all range of water issues.
In particular, this is related to the development of acceptable mechanism of integrated and balanced use of transboundary water resources, which have to be solved exclusively on the base of universal standards and principles of international law taking into account the interests of all countries of the region.
Speaking of the development of bilateral relation, the interest in intensification of the contacts in transport sphere, to which strong impulse was given by successful realization of the project of construction of Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Tajikistan railway, which is to serve not only to the interests of two friendly states and nations but also to the region in general, has been mentioned.
Efficiency of activation of cooperation in power energy, trade, oil and gas industry and agriculture and in this regard, the activity of joint Intergovernmental Turkmen – Tajik Commission for trade and economic, scientific and technical cooperation has been highlighted.
Cooperation in humanitarian sphere was the subject of separate discussion. Having highlighted the priorities in cultural sphere, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and his guest haves spoken for the strengthening of the contacts in this sphere, having continued the practice of cultural exchanges between Turkmen and Tajik cultural and art personnel.
In the end of the meeting, having confirmed the commitment of two countries to traditional relations of friendship and goodwill, the President of Turkmenistan and the First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Tajikistan have spoken for further expansion of beneficial partnership.
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Tajikisan to Turkmenistan Farruh Homiddin Sahrifzoda has also taken part in the meeting.
Turkmen leader and the Prime Minister of Azerbaijan share the opinions on the agenda of the session of the Heads of the governments of the CISFriday, 31 May 2019 19:25
President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov received Prime Minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan Novruz Ismail Ogly Mamedov who came to Ashgabat for the participation in the session of the Heads of the Governments of the Commonwealth of Independent States.
Having expressed the gratitude for spared time and warm welcome in Turkmen land, the guest conveyed the greetings of President Ilham Aliyev who addressed wishes of welath and further success on the way of progress and prosperity to the President of Turkmenistan and all Turkmen people.
Having returned the best wishes to President Ilham Aliyev, Turkmen leader states with delight that current relations between the countries are developed very successfully due to huge potential and willingness of both countries to the expansion of beneficial partnership. The Head of the State highlighted that this cooperation is based on old traditions of friendship and fraternity of Turkmen and Azeri people, similarity of spiritual and cultural values, commitment to the principles of peace-loving and humanity in international affairs.
During the meeting, the sides exchanged of the opinions on the subjects of the agenda of current session of the Heads of the Governments of the CIS.
Having noted that Turkmenistan pays great attention to cooperation under the Commonwealth of Independent States comprehensively supporting the promotion of equal, trustful dialog in all directions both in bilateral and multilateral formats, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov confirmed the willingness of our country to develop active beneficial interstate cooperation for achievement of positive results.
The Head of the State and his guest have also discussed various directions of bilateral relations, having noted the presence of big opportunities and perspectives for efficient partnership in trade and economic, energy and other spheres. I this regard, it was mentioned that Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan have significant reserves of oil and gas, which makes optimum conditions for organization of long-term supplies of energy carriers to Europe.
Geographic location of two countries, which were historically connected by the Silk Road, is also a favourable factor for the formation of transcontinental North – South and East – West transit and transport corridors . Having modern transport and logistic infrastructure including Caspian ports, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan would be able to provide operational and economically beneficial transportation of cargos by shortest routes.
At the same time, the importance of further development of traditional humanitarian dialog, stimulation of fruitful relations in education, science and culture, sport and tourism, continuation of practice of joint events supporting the strengthening of friendship, trust and understanding between fraternal nations of two countries.
In the end of the meeting, the President of Turkmenistan and the Prime Minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan expressed the confidence that interstate relations would continue to be developed successfully in the best traditions of goodwill.
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Azerbaijan to Turkmenistan Hasan Sultan Ogly Zeynalov has also taken part in the meeting.
President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov received Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Askar Mamin who came to Ashgabat for participation of the session of the Heads of the Governments of the Commonwealth of Independent States.
Having expressed the gratitude for warm welcome and having highlighted the importance that Kazakhstan pays to the strengthening of links with Turkmenistan, the guest conveyed warm greetings and best wishes of the President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev to Head of the State Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
Askar Mamin noted that his country highly appreciates and comprehensively supports progressive policy and important international initiatives of the President of fraternal Turkmenistan, which are aimed at consolidation of the foundations of peace, stability and prosperity in regional and global scales.
Having welcomed the guest and expressed the gratitude for good words, the Head of the State conveyed his best wishes to President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and to the first President of this country Nursultan Nazarbayev and to all people of Kazakhstan, with whom our country is connected by old friendship, fraternity and neighbouring relations, which make a base of cooperation in new historical age.
Taking the opportunity, Turkmen leader congratulated Askar Mamin on the appointment to the post of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, having wished him great success in responsible government activity.
High assessment has been given during the meeting to the level and dynamics of development of interstate dialog. The sides have also exchanged the opinions on wide spectrum of cooperation including under competent organizations.
The President of Turkmenistan highlighted that developing bilateral relations, we rest on old traditions of fraternity and mutual sympathy of Turkmen and Kazakh people, commitment of our states to the principles of peace-loving and humanity, which is a good base for cooperation under international structures as well as mutual understanding of important subjects of global and regional development where our countries have similar or close approaches.
The Head of Turkmenistan and his guest discussed perspectives of expansion of the partnership in such strategic directions as trade and economic, transport and logistic spheres, energy. In this context, the importance of existing transnational North – South railway as well as new initiative of Turkmen side for construction of modern highway Turkmenbashy – Kazakhstan, which would also increase the volume of trade, passenger and cargo traffic between two neighbouring countries.
The subject of development of transit potential of two states, implementation of energy projects actively promoted by Turkmenistan as well as participation of representatives of Kazakhstan in the first Caspian Economic Forum, which would be held in in Avaza National tourist zone in August and exhibition of innovative technologies timed to the forum, have been highlighted during discussion of the subjects of transboundary cooperation.
Our countries have big capabilities for expansion of trade and economic cooperation, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said, having stated the importance of activity of Intergovernmental Turkmen – Kazakh Commission for economic, scientific, technical and cultural potential in definition of perspective directions of interstate dialog.
Mutual interest has been expressed in implementation of new joint projects including in petrochemical industry, which are aimed at full-scale involvement of existing economic and resource potential of neighbouring countries, willingness to expansion of constructive dialog both in bilateral format as well as under the Commonwealth of Independent States.
In this context, the President of Turkmenistan expressed the confidence that coming session of the Heads of the Governments of the CIS would make contribution to further development of multilateral interstate dialog and strengthening of friendly relations between the states of the Commonwealth and would support the implementation of its potential in number of directions.
Development of fruitful dialog in cultural and humanitarian sphere as well as in tourism and sport has also been discussed.
Having noted high level of events held in Turkmenistan as a country chairing the CIS in 2019, Askar Mamin expressed the confidence that constructivism, which is specific for foreign strategy of neutral Turkmenistan and which was reflected in the relations under the CIS, would give new stimulus for development of cooperation, the guest also highlighted the importance of the Resolution on cooperation between the United Nations Organization and International Fund for Saving of Aral Sea adopted by the UN General Assembly on May 28, which is to support the prosperity of the countries of Aral Sea basin, initiated by the President of Turkmenistan.
In the end of the meeting, the President of Turkmenistan and Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan expressed confidence that interstate relations would continue to be steadily developed and filled with new content.
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Turkmenistan Zhandos Asanov has also taken part in the meeting.
President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov received Vice Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia Mgher Grigoryan who arrived in Turkmen capital for participation in the session of the Council of the Heads of the Governments of the CIS.
Having expressed the gratitude for spared time, the guest conveyed warm greetings of President of the Republic of Armenia Armen Sarkisyan to the Head of Turkmen state. The Vice-premier noted that his country highly appreciate weighted and balanced approach of Turkmenistan to the issues of international cooperation as well as constructive initiatives of regional and global significance.
The President of Armenia sent greetings to Turkmen leader on occasion of the adoption of the Resolution on Cooperation between the United Nations and International Fund for Saving of Aral Sea by the proposal of Turkmenistan at the 73 session of the UN General Assembly.
The Vice-premier of the Republic of Armenia has also said about the interest of Armenia in development of beneficial partnership with Turkmenistan including under the CIS.
Having welcomed the guest, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov returned the wishes of prosperity to the President of the Republic of Armenia and to people f friendly country as well as expressed the confidence that coming session of the Council of the Heads of the Governments of the CIS countries would serve as new impulse for definition of important directions of cooperation between the countries of the Commonwealth.
It was mentioned that comprehensively supporting the promotion of equal, trustful dialog in bilateral and multilateral formats, Turkmenistan sees the sue of available capabilities in economy, trade, energy, transport and communication, in development of scientific and education, cultural and humanitarian dialog, consolidation of peace, security and stability in the CIS among the main vectors of joint activity.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expressed the confidence that members of the CIS would actively support the establishment of new forms of efficient cooperation. First Caspian forum, in which events as well as in exhibition timed to this forum Armenia is going to take part, is aimed at this purpose.
Having described respectful and fruitful relations between Turkmenistan and Armenia, the Head of the State highlighted that these relations have been significantly activated and that there are all prepositions for bringing of the partnership to new level meeting more comprehensive implementation of the potential of national economies of two countries.
In this context, the plans for the future taking into account the goals and objectives that the Governments of Turkmenistan and Armenia set out have been discussed. Having noted the presence of significant resources for expansion of cooperation, the Vice-premier of Armenia confirmed the intent to expand the partnership with Turkmenistan in number of spheres including fuel and energy, transport and transit.
Big opportunities are opened in development of tourism, which is very important in the aspects of cultural and humanitarian dialog. The sides exchanged the opinions on the processes of digitization, their importance in social and economic strategies of the countries. The attention has also been paid to ecology, environmental protection, development of balanced approaches to solution of the issues of this sphere in global, regional and national levels.
It was noted that there are many points of interests and they have to be reflected in details in the agenda and work of Intergovernmental Turkmen – Armenian Commission for economic cooperation, which members would receive relative instructions.
In the end of the meeting, the President of Turkmenistan and Vice-premier of the Republic of Armenia expressed the confidence in further expansion of beneficial cooperation.
Ambassador extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Armenia to Turkmenistan Garnik Badalyan has also taken part in the meeting.
X International Gas Congress, which outlined new vectors of development of interstate cooperation in gas sphere and supported the coordination of joint plans for future, has accomplished its work in Avaza National tourist zone.
Atmosphere and course of discussions at the Congress was provided by the fact that the role of natural gas as the most ecologically acceptable and economically beneficial energy resource, which supports stable development of the countries, is growing rapidly in the world energy industry. Therefore, the intent of leading companies of the planet to establish close cooperation with our country, which has rich reserves of gas in the world, is quite legitimate.
Demand on energy is the key indicator for any energy forecast. In this case, the opinion of experts is clear – Asia will be in the focus in international gas trade for next three decades, which will lead to the necessity of formation of gas transport and gas processing infrastructure. Thus, geographic factor strengthens the positions of Turkmenistan in the world energy markets. Special interest raised by the presentation of the projects of industrial development of largest Galkynysh Field and construction of transnational gas pipeline Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Pakistan – India among the participants of the Congress became another evidence to this.
At the same time, opportunities of supply of Turkmen gas to Europe and Russian, plans for increment of throughput capacity of Central Asia – China gas line have been actively discussed at the sessions and fields of the Forum.
Diversification of oil and gas industry and enhancement of its innovative component are important aspects of energy strategy steadily implemented by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. Rating of the companies successfully working in this direction are headed now by representatives of business circles of the Republic of Korean and Japan, together with which number of big projects of deep processing of natural gas has been implemented.
At the same time, it was said at the forum that Turkmenistan is open for other investors offering the projects of construction of super modern facilities making variety of petrochemical production based on advanced technologies and latest scientific and technical developments.
Perspective directions of cooperation in oil and gas industry of Turkmenistan were discussed on the second day of the Congress. Reports of top managers and specialists of structural divisions of Turkmen fuel and energy complex – Turkmenbashy Refinery Complex and the State Concern Türkmengaz, hve been listened with keen interest.
At present time, Conceptual strategy of development of Turkmenbashy refinery Complex and Seydi Refinery is under development at the request of the Head of the State. Capabilities of Turkmenbashy Refinery Complex and Seydi Refinery will be analysed in details, perspective directions of their further development as well as optimum variety of petroleum products, which are on high demand in the world market and can be produced at the facilities of the complex, will be outlined.
In particular, it is planned to build new technological lines, which will refine the oil up to 90 percent, at Turkmenbashy Refinery Complex. It includes the complex of units for hydro treatment of diesel fractions and gasolines, catalyst cracking of heavy residuals of oil refining as well as the installations for production of high quality base technical oils.
In addition, technical and economic feasibility of production of benzene at Seydi Refinery for its further use as a raw material for production of valuable products like polystyrene and rubber, which are on high demand in the world market, is studied. In addition, the construction of these units will allow Turkmen petrochemical industry to start the production of gasoline meeting Euro 5 standards.
Representatives of PETRONAS (Malaysia) and Chinese National Petroleum Corporation presented the review of their activity in Turkmenistan.
International petroleum company PETRONAS works for more than 20 years in Turkmenistan on the base of the Production Sharing Agreement on Block 1 in Caspian Sea. For this period, PETRONAS has invested more than 10.7 billion US dollars to the exploration and development of contractual territory , which is located 80 km to the southwest from Turkmenbashy.
At present moment, intensive production of oil and gas is carried out at Magtumguly and Diyarbekir Fields. Activation of drilling works in the western part of Garagol Deniz Field is also planned. This project includes the construction of offshore platform, which will be connected with onshore gas terminal in Kiyanly by the pipeline. Gas treatment plant and hydrocarbon separation units for separation of oil, condensate and associated gas has been built previously in this place.
Starting from 1998, the company implements international educational programme for the school graduates of Turkmenistan who study in University of Technology of PETRONAS. This university has also signed the Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation with International Oil and Gas University of our country for creation of favourable climate for education and research activity.
In its turn, Chinese National Petroleum Corporation make exploration, development and production at Bagtiyarlyk territory, which became one of the sources for Turkmenistan – China gas pipeline. Starting from 2007 when the Production Sharing Agreement was signed, big volume of works has been carried out at the right bank of Amudary River related to seismic surveys, drilling of new exploration and production wells.
It resulted in discovery of new gas deposits including in Samandepe field (Block A) as well as eastern, southern and northern parts of Bagtiyarlyk contractual territory (Blcok B). High debits of oil and gas were receied during well tests in central part of Amudarya basin. Two gas processing plants at Samandepe Field and Hojambaz etrap, more than 110 test and production wells as well as other facilities of production, logistic and social infrastructure have been built.
At present time, Amudarya Regional Gas Company, which is the part of CNPC, continues work on improvement of material base of Turkmenistan – China pipeline. The first phase of the project of development of the field, which located in eastern part of Bagtiyarlyk contractual territory, has been successfully implemented
Construction of gas collection stations, pipelines, gas treatment unit and other infrastructural facilities has been carried out in this place in 2018. Six directional wells, which tests showed high debits of gas, have been prepared for production. In January this year, first batch of high quality sale gas has been produced there.
It is planned to start industrial production of gas in the eastern part of B Block in the end of 2019. It is expected that completion of the first phase of the project will provide the production of 1.7 billion cubic meters of gas per year. Total volume of product supplied to Turkmenistan – China pipeline from the fields of Bagtiyarlyk contractual territory is more than 82 billion cubic meters today.
Direction of International Oil and Gas University spoke in details about training of personnel for oil and gas industry of our country and international cooperation in this field.
Numerous business meetings between foreign businessmen and heads of oil and gas departments and concerns of Turkmenistan, during which specific proposals for establishment of beneficial partnership in different spheres of national gas industry, have been held under X International Gas Congress.
The state news agency of Turkmenistan