Askar Mamin takes part in the 9th meeting of the Kazakh-Turkmen Intergovernmental Commission in Ashgabat
On May 3, 2017, First Deputy Prime Minister Askar Mamin paid a working visit to Turkmenistan.
Within the framework of his visit, A. Mamin met with the President of Turkmenistan G. Berdymuhamedow and took part in the 9th meeting of the Kazakh-Turkmen Intergovernmental Commission on economic, scientific-technical, and cultural cooperation.
The conversation with President G. Berdymuhamedow touched upon the prospects for cooperation between our countries on the whole range of trade and economic relations.
First Deputy Prime Minister A. Mamin stressed that the meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission was held immediately after the recent state visit of the President of Turkmenistan to Kazakhstan on April 18-19 this year, which gave significant impetus to further development and deepening of cooperation.
The parties stressed that, given the availability of transport infrastructure and a common border, there is a great potential for mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries and noted the need to concentrate bilateral efforts on the significant growth of bilateral trade.
In 2016, foreign trade turnover increased by 59% compared to 2015 and amounted to 283.5 million USD.
The sides noted the need to take effective measures to implement the agreements at the highest level within the framework of the state visit of the President of Turkmenistan to Kazakhstan, including increasing the trade turnover to 1 billion USD in the medium term.
President of Turkmenistan G. Berdymuhamedow expressed his country’s intention to take an active part in the international specialized exhibition “EXPO-2017” in Astana.
On the same day, First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan A. Mamin and Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan B. Annameredow chaired the 9th meeting of the Kazakh-Turkmen Intergovernmental Commission on economic, scientific-technical, and cultural cooperation.
Participants of the 9th meeting discussed the course of implementing the agreements reached earlier and outlined a number of specific measures to develop priority directions of cooperation, including the fuel and energy sector, transport and communications, space, agriculture, environmental protection, education and culture.
The meeting stressed the need to improve the existing legal framework, strengthen economic cooperation through building up trade and economic relations, increase the volume of export-import operations, and expand the range and volumes of provided goods and services.
Preliminary agreements were reached on the participation of Kazakh companies in constructing the Ashgabat-Afghani border road section, modernizing the Turkmenabat-Mary railway section stretching 243 km (31.6 thousand tonnes of rail, turnouts), as well as modernizing the rail-welding enterprise in the city of Farap and the rail car repair factory in Serdar.
In addition, the sides discussed a project for the construction of space vehicles for Turkmenistan and training of specialists in the space sector, creation of a border trade zone in Mangystau region and the Balkan region, cooperation within the framework of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea.
The relevant Protocol was adopted following the meeting.
Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan