Belarus expands cooperation with Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan Materials 4 July 2012 15:46 (UTC +04:00)

Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, July 4 /Trend H.Hasanov/

Regular contacts as part of the intergovernmental Belarusian-Turkmen commission on economic cooperation are being expanded, Ambassador of the Republic of Belarus in Turkmenistan Enver Bariev said in a statement.

The statement is published by local media on Wednesday on the occasion of the national holiday of the Republic of Belarus - Independence Day, celebrated yesterday.

"The basis of the positive dynamics of cooperation between Belarus and Turkmenistan comprises of annual high level visits and truly friendly relations between the two heads of state, Alexander Lukashenko and Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov," the diplomat said.

He noted that 14 bilateral documents affecting all spheres of public life were signed during the recent official visit of President of Turkmenistan to the Republic of Belarus
'A multiple growth of bilateral trade which exceeded $230 million in 2011 can be characterised as a breakthrough', the statement said.

With the participation of the Republic of Belarus, reserves of potassium salts in the Lebap region of Turkmenistan are being developed and a mining complex for the production of potash fertilisers is built.

"We take the responsibility not only for the construction of production facilities, supply of equipment and training of Turkmen specialists, but also for the transfer of the rich experience of the Belarusian potash workers which has accumulated over many years," the Ambassador stressed.

Belarus has traditionally been a popular supplier of engineering products in Turkmenistan. The implementation of the agreement on the supply of Belarusian agricultural machinery, urban public transport and utilities to Turkmenistan will allow it to ship large consignment of trucks and special vehicles to the Turkmen Ministry of Public Economy shortly.

Bariev notes that this will be a solid addition to the previously signed contract for the supply of 2000 tractors from the Minsk Tractor Plant.

Both countries have exchanged trade agreements. Aircraft of Turkmenistan Airlines and the national airline Belavia will regularly fly on the Minsk - Ashgabat route. It is planned to activate new ways to strengthen economic partnership, including the use of new information and building technologies in the near future.

Cooperation in science and higher education significantly grows. About 6000 Turkmen citizens are being educated in Belarus.