“As priorities of the Economic cooperation organization (ECO), Turkmenistan sees the development of cooperation in the transport and energy sectors, which act as a defining trend of global economic growth”. This was stated by Minister of foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov at the meeting of the Council of foreign Ministers of the ECO, held in Dushanbe on April 17, 2018. As reported on the website of the foreign Ministry of Turkmenistan, R. Meredov headed the Turkmen delegation at this forum.
- Timely and actively integrate into this process, using the existing competitive advantages, to ensure the role of a full and effective participant in the formation of new transport and transit corridors, energy routes-such, in our opinion, should be our common urgent tasks for the foreseeable future, – the Minister said.
During the meeting, the Ministers of foreign Affairs of the ECO member States discussed the status of implementation of the ECO projects and programs, the relations of the ECO Secretariat with international organizations, the activities of specialized agencies and affiliated bodies of the organization.
The participants of the meeting exchanged views on the progress and assessment of the implementation of the goals and objectives defined in the document "perspective ECO 2025", the adoption of a new ECO Program to assist Afghanistan, as well as administrative and financial issues of the Organization.
Also on April 17, at the meeting of the foreign Ministers of Turkmenistan and Tajikistan, the Protocol on the exchange of instruments of ratification of the Treaty on strategic partnership between the two countries was signed.
On the same day, the foreign Minister of Turkmenistan met the foreign Ministers of Iran and Afghanistan to discuss the development of inter-state cooperation.
A meeting was also held with the Secretary General of ECO.
On May 3, 2018, the 9th meeting of the Ministers of transport of the ECO member States will be held in Avaza on the Turkmen coast of the Caspian sea. Heads of departments will discuss infrastructure projects aimed at increasing the economic integration of the region and increasing the volume of trade, including the potential of the new international seaport in Turkmenbashi, which is scheduled for commissioning on May 2.
The national program for the development of the transport system of Turkmenistan is connected with the expansion of regional and international cooperation. In this area, Turkmenistan initiates and implements major infrastructure projects together with foreign partners. Among them are the construction of transnational Railways Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran, Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan, the creation of transit transport corridors Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan-Iran-Oman, Afghanistan-Turkmenistan-Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey.
As President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov emphasized earlier, the creation of transport and transit corridors within the ECO would stimulate the implementation of other infrastructure projects. On February 23, 2018, ECO Secretary General Khalil Ibrahim Akka took part in the ceremonies of the start of construction of the Afghan section of the TAPI gas pipeline, the line of power lines and fiber-optic communication line along this route, as well as the launch of a new railway from the Turkmen Serkhetabat to the Afghan Turgundi.