Ashgabat hosted a meeting of the co-chairs of the Russian-Turkmen Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Cooperation.
On September 6-8, the interagency delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Overchuk visited Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. During the visit, Mr Overchuk met with President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. The officials discussed the status and promising new areas of bilateral trade and economic cooperation. Mr Overchuk congratulated the head of state with the 30th anniversary of Turkmenistan’s independence.
During the meeting, the officials emphasised the high level of bilateral relations, and the existence of a big potential for expanding cooperation in transport and logistics, digital technology, infrastructure development, healthcare, agriculture, and the fuel and energy sector, to name a few.
Mr Overchuk also met with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov. The officials noted the need to further strengthen the bilateral strategic partnership and develop economic, cultural and humanitarian ties that are based on the centuries-long record of friendship and good neighbourly relations. They paid special attention to constructive cooperation in international and regional organisations.
Representatives of the relevant agencies, business circles, and ministries and departments of Russia and Turkmenistan took part in the meeting of the co-chairs of the Russian-Turkmen Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Cooperation. The Russian co-chair of the commission and Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Overchuk and Turkmen co-chair and Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov noted the positive dynamics of bilateral trade. They emphasised Turkmenistan’s active cooperation with Russian regions and a broad range of opportunities for Russian companies to participate in different economic projects in Turkmenistan.
Following their meeting, the co-chairs signed a Programme of Economic Cooperation between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of Turkmenistan for 2021-2023. The document contains nine sections on the most promising areas of bilateral cooperation, including trade, customs, transport, industry, construction and architecture, the fuel and energy sector, agriculture, social and humanitarian aspects, and public health amid the pandemic.
Bilateral meetings of representatives of specialised Russian agencies and business circles with their Turkmen colleagues and partners took place on the sidelines of Mr Overchuk’s visit to Turkmenistan. They compared their positions on all current issues and mapped out prospects for future cooperation.