Turkmen President demands tougher control over transit goods
Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, Dec. 5 / Trend H. Hasanov /
Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has called for the State Customs Committee to thoroughly and carefully inspect cargo, including transit goods, the Turkmen government said today.
The President stressed that whilst performing their official duties; customs officers must be very careful and show courtesy to people crossing the Turkmen state border. This will help to promote the country's good image and authority. The issue was considered at a meeting held by the State Security Council.
The Turkmen President stressed Turkmenistan's growing role in international trade and global economic relations.
Officially Ashgabat considers the active development of transport corridors North-South and East-West, as well as opportunities for communication network Central Asia - the Persian Gulf and the development of transport communications in the Caspian-Black Sea region as priority areas.
These projects include expanding the transport and communication service links between Central Asia to enter the markets of Europe, South-east Asia and the Middle East.
In particular, Turkmenistan together with neighbouring countries - Iran and Kazakhstan are actively working to implement the regional railway project North-South.
Sea transportation is becoming more important in Turkmenistan's foreign economic relations. Industrial, agricultural and automotive equipment, metal products, wood products, mineral fertilisers are delivered to Turkmenistan. Polypropylene, coke and other oil products, products of chemical and construction industry are exported.
Experts said that several billion U.S. dollars will be required to fully reconstruct the port. The construction of new marine terminals with berths, warehouses, equipped with powerful equipment is among the priorities.
Several foreign companies have voiced their interest in taking part in the reconstruction and technical modernisation of the naval harbour in the town of Turkmenbashi. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Japan International Cooperation Agency and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) are all interested in this project.