Turkmenistan, Belarus discuss cooperation priorities
Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, Jan.18 / Trend H.Hasanov /
Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov held talks with Prime Minister of Belarus Mikhail Myasnikovich in Turkmenabat town (Lebap province), the Turkmen government said on Wednesday.
Mr Berdymuhamedov expressed confidence that this visit of Belarus representatives will make it possible to further strengthen traditional relations of friendship and partnership between the two states.
Belarus is old supplier of farming machines which proved itself in soil and climatic conditions of Turkmenistan. Basis of Turkmenistan's export is production of textile and cotton processing industries.
Trade turnover between Turkmenistan and Belarus increased by 2.8 times to hit $186.29 million in January-November 2011 compared to January-November 2010.
Some 14 enterprises with Belarus capital are registered in Turkmenistan and some 13 investment projects with shares of Belarus companies are under implementation.
Construction project of Garlyk ore-dressing and processing enterprise in Lebap province is recognized as a general project. The cost of its first production stage is evaluated at $1 billion. Its capacity is 1.4 million tons of mineral fertilizers per year. General contractor is Belgorkhimprom.
"We pay special attention to successful implementation of this large-scale project and we are interested in solving all current problems concerning its implementation," Mr Berdymuhamedov said at the meeting.
Mr Myasnikovich expressed great interest of Belarus in broad cooperation with Turkmenistan which proved itself to be a reliable partner and which has huge economic potential.
He said that Belarus is ready to provide Turkmenistan with its experience, in particular, in the sphere of organization of modern production, development of industrial infrastructure based on advanced developments.
"We are ready to ensure deep development of Turkmen fields," Mr Myasnikovich said.
He noted Belarus fully guarantees the fulfillment of all its partnership commitments.
The Belarusian delegation consisted of heads of ministries and departments including - industry, architecture and construction, transport and communications, trade and a number of other sectors and bodies.