Turkmenistan stands for multi-vector cooperation with the participation of the Commonwealth of Independent States

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Islamabad/ Pakistan ;On November 6, 2020, a meeting of the Council of Heads of Governments of the Commonwealth of Independent States was held in the format of a video conference.

The meeting was attended by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ali Idayat oglu Asadov, the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia M.Grigoryan, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus R. Golovchenko, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan A. Mamin, the Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic S. Zhaparov, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova I.Chicu, the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation M. Mishustin, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Tajikistan K. Rasulzoda, the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R. Meredov, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan A. Aripov, and Chairman of the Executive Committee – Executive Secretary of CIS S. Lebedev.

The participants of the meeting noted the importance and timeliness of this meeting, and also emphasized the effectiveness of the chairmanship of the Republic of Uzbekistan in the CIS this year.

At the beginning of the meeting, the parties discussed the implementation of the previously reached agreements, as well as considered a wide range of issues of a political, trade-economic and cultural-humanitarian nature. Cooperation to prevent the spread of the new type of coronavirus, practical cooperation in the field of healthcare, as well as overcoming the socio-economic consequences of the pandemic were considered separately.

Speaking at the meeting, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R. Meredov confirmed Turkmenistan’s commitment to cooperation within the CIS, in particular on the implementation of the Strategy for Economic Development of the Commonwealth for the period up to 2030.

Special emphasis was placed on the development of multilateral transport links, the promotion of sustainable transport and transit corridors along the North-South and East-West lines. The interest of the Turkmen side was also expressed in the development of cooperation in such areas as the agro-industrial complex, mechanical engineering, oil and gas processing, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, and the service sector.

The initiative of the President of Turkmenistan to declare 2021 – the Year of Architecture and Urban Development in the CIS was also highlighted. Thus, in May of this year, at a meeting of the Council of Heads of Governments of the Commonwealth, the Turkmen side signed a Decision on the relevant Action Plan. In this context, the participants of the meeting were informed about the activities planned to be held in Turkmenistan in the field of architecture and urban planning next year.

During the meeting, key vectors of cooperation in the cultural and humanitarian line were discussed, including joint projects in the field of science, culture and sports.

According to the results of the meeting, the participants made joint decisions, namely “On the Action Plan for the implementation of the first stage (2021-2025) of the Strategy for the Economic Development of the Commonwealth of Independent States for the period up to 2030”, “On the Concept of Interregional and Border Cooperation of the CIS member states in period until 2030 and the Action Plan for its implementation”, and “On the Plan of Priority Actions in the

On the 6th of November 2020, the meeting of the Council of the Heads of Governments of the Commonwealth of Independent States was held through videoconferencing.

During the session, the parties discussed a wide spectrum of issues of mutual interest.  The political, economic, cultural-humanitarian aspects of joint activities were considered. The Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R.Meredov vividly expressed the strategic vision of collaboration of Turkmenistan within the Commonwealth of Independent States as an associated member.

In this regard, it was underlined that Turkmenistan stands for multi-vector cooperation and calls for the unification of efforts for the attainment of concrete results in the social sphere, on the regional economic integration and expansion of transport-transit corridors on the North-South and the East-West directions, as well as for advancement of intercultural dialogue. The importance of the events planned for next year was noted. The year 2021 was declared as the Year of Architecture and Urban Development in the CIS upon the initiative of the President of Turkmenistan.

It was also underlined that Turkmenistan completely supports the measures on the mitigation of the negative socio-economic impacts of the global pandemic. In this regard, the initiatives of the President of Turkmenistan on the establishment of effective mechanisms for joint counteraction to the spread of acute infectious diseases were highlighted. The importance of accelerating the overall cooperation was stressed, especially in the post-pandemic period.

At the current session of the Council of the Heads of Governments of the Commonwealth of Independent States, the adherence of Turkmenistan to the partnership on interregional and border cooperation was reiterated. “Turkmenistan stands as a firm advocate of strengthening and widening this segment of partnership”, stated the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R.Meredov.

The key vectors of cooperation for the coming period were reflected in the relevant documents signed upon the results of the session.

Turkmenistan supports the strengthening of economic
cooperation on the CIS space and beyond

At today’s meeting of the Council of Heads of Governments of the Commonwealth of Independent States which was held through videoconferencing, the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R. Meredov gave a speech.

During his address, the Vice-premier noted that Turkmenistan stands for the strengthening of economic cooperation on the CIS space with the involvement of adjoining regions. In this regard, he underlined the importance of the Strategy of Economic Cooperation of the Commonwealth up to 2030, the content of which is to a large extent based on the approaches and principles embedded in the Declaration on Strategic Economic Cooperation of CIS member states developed upon the initiative of Turkmenistan and adopted at the meeting of the Council of Heads of States of the Commonwealth of Independent States in Ashgabat in October 2019.

It was stressed that the leadership of Turkmenistan stands for active collaboration on the formation and implementation of joint projects in such priority spheres as trade, industry, fuel and energy complex, electric-power industry, transport and communications. R.Meredov added that such projects should not be limited to the CIS space and “must also be focused on the adjacent regions, thus ensuring stable positions on the Eurasian economic and investment space for the long-term”.

Special accent was made on resolving the transport issues. R.Meredov reminded that the President of Turkmenistan is the initiator of a number of important initiatives on the establishment of transport and logistics hubs in the region of Central Asia and Caspian basin. Turkmenistan actively works on the development of multimodal transport-transit corridors which is expected to have a favorable effect on the reestablishment of trade-economic ties on the regional and international level, in particular in the post-pandemic period.

The interest of the Turkmen side in the development of cooperation in such spheres as the agro industrial complex, mechanical engineering, oil and gas processing, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, as well as the services sector was expressed. In this regard, the significance of the joint work in 2021 was underlined. The year 2021 was declared as the Year of Architecture and Urban Development in the CIS upon the proposal of the President of Turkmenistan.

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