In Tashkent, at the Kuksaroy state residence on April 23, Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev held talks, TDH reports. During the meeting, the sides discussed issues of strengthening bilateral partnership in the economic, political, cultural, humanitarian and other spheres. The sides also exchanged views on international and regional issues.
During the one-on-one meeting, as well as negotiations in an expanded format, with the participation of official delegations of the two countries, special emphasis was placed on the intensification of trade and economic cooperation. The Turkmen-Uzbek trade turnover increased by 55% in the first quarter of 2018, and the agreements reached earlier are being successfully implemented and are already yielding tangible results.
During the talks, it was noted that there is potential for further increasing the volume of mutual trade, which, as planned, by 2020 can reach 500 million dollars. To this end, the parties identified the need to develop cooperation in the field of transport and transit, as well as to maximize the potential of The joint intergovernmental Commission on trade, economic, scientific, technical and cultural cooperation.
The parties stressed that in the Central Asian region it is necessary to consolidate efforts for further sustainable economic and social development. In this regard, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov voiced a proposal to create a consultative body between the five countries – the consultative Council of the heads of state of Central Asia.
During the talks, agreements were also reached on joint production of agricultural machinery, automobiles, electronics, transit of oil products, strengthening trade and economic cooperation between the border regions of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
The strategic sphere of cooperation defines the transport segment. Turkmenistan offers Uzbekistan to explore the possibility of using modern port infrastructure on the Turkmen coast of the Caspian sea to enter the European and middle Eastern markets, the regions of the Black sea and the Mediterranean.
It is known that on May 2 in Turkmenbashi the opening ceremony of the new international seaport will take place. This event will be preceded by a high-level international conference on cooperation in the transport sector. In the same place, a meeting of Ministers of transport of ECO member countries will be held on May 3. Representatives of Uzbekistan were invited to take part in the upcoming events, including the business forum of transport companies participating in the project of creating a transit corridor "Central Asia-middle East" (Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan – Iran-Oman), the Agreement on which was signed in April 2011 in Ashgabat.
In the context of diversification of continental transport flows, Turkmenistan is also ready to discuss with Uzbekistan the practical parameters of establishing railway communication between Central Asia and China.
Another branch of the Turkmenistan – Uzbekistan-Tajikistan-Kyrgyzstan-China gas pipeline with a capacity of up to 25 billion cubic meters of gas per year is on the agenda of interstate cooperation in the energy sector. Work is under way to implement a project for the supply of Turkmen electricity on the Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Tajikistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (TUTAP) route.
Following the talks, a large package of bilateral documents aimed at boosting cooperation in a number of sectors was signed. Among them-intergovernmental and interdepartmental agreements and memorandums of cooperation in the field of transport, scientific and technical partnership, etc.
Presidents Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Shavkat Mirziyoyev adopted a Joint statement.