In Ashgabat, productive negotiations were held with a representative delegation of the Russian Federation headed by the Governor of St. Petersburg Alexander Beglov. On February 13, the distinguished guest was received by President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. On the same day, the governor of St. Petersburg held meetings with the leadership of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the mayor's office of the capital, which discussed issues of developing partnership in its current areas.
At a meeting with the President of Turkmenistan, priority vectors of cooperation were specified. Among the main directions are the trade and economic sphere, energy, shipbuilding, gas industry, IT technologies used in the construction of new “smart cities”, as well as the transport and communications sector, including infrastructure modernization and the formation of international transit and transport corridors.
Following the meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a Roadmap for cooperation between Turkmenistan and St. Petersburg until 2025 was signed. According to the official website of the administration of St. Petersburg, the document provides for the exchange of experience in the field of economic planning, support for regional business, development of road transport infrastructure, energy, water supply, urban planning and architecture, utilities.
It is planned to promote the promotion of agricultural products, chemical, petrochemical industry and other export goods produced in Turkmenistan to the market of the northern capital, and to conduct testing of agricultural equipment of St. Petersburg manufacturers in our country.
The parties will develop direct contacts between educational organizations, facilitate the implementation of joint research and humanitarian projects, including in the field of archeology.
Beglov and Meredov also discussed the possibility of participation of St. Petersburg enterprises in projects of key industries of Turkmenistan. According to the governor, the companies are ready to take part in the construction of the North-South international railway corridor and the complex of drainage facilities in Ashgabat, provide support in the construction of ships for the Caspian basin, and share experience in the reconstruction of thermal power plants.
Petersburgers are also ready to participate in the construction and modernization of oil and gas enterprises - State Concerns Turkmengaz, Turkmenneft, and the Turkmenbashi complex of oil refineries. Pharmaceutical companies from the northern capital can supply drugs, in particular insulin. Of particular interest in terms of future cooperation were areas such as petrochemicals and shipbuilding.
Alexander Beglov also called science, education and culture, and high technologies the most important areas of interaction. As the governor emphasized, 10% of Russia's scientific potential is concentrated in the northern capital. “We have extensive experience in the development of the digital economy. Our companies can provide assistance in the IT field, ”said the Governor. In Ashgabat, it is planned to launch a smart city project similar to the Smart City program in St. Petersburg.