Ambassador: U.S companies’ role increases in Turkmenistan
Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, July 5 / Trend H. Hasanov /
In his speech on the occasion of celebrating the 236th anniversary of U.S independence, U.S. Ambassador to Turkmenistan Robert Patterson has expressed optimism over the fact that U.S. companies will continue playing an important role in Turkmenistan.
The text of the appeal was published in local media.
"Turkmenistan and the U.S. have developed mature relations which has created the conditions for fruitful cooperation in many areas over 20 years of diplomatic relations," the ambassador said.
More than 100 U.S. companies have recently participated in the second exhibition of the U.S companies in Ashgabat.
Patterson said that the event has strengthened existing commercial relations between the countries and provided new opportunities for U.S. companies seeking to work in Turkmenistan in such areas as high profile technologies, financial services, modern production, agricultural equipment and mastering natural resources.
"We are optimistic that U.S. companies will continue playing an important role in Turkmenistan", he said.
U.S experts shared their experience and knowledge with their Turkmen partners in such areas as international accounting standards, tourism, livestock and e-government.
The diplomat stressed that annual bilateral consultations continue developing between the two countries. This can be considered as a useful forum for open discussion on such different topics as human rights, educational exchange and cooperation in culture, consular issues and regional security.
Obama's administration aimed at close rapprochement with Turkmenistan a year ago. Several events confirm this.
After a five-year absence in the country with rich reserves of natural gas and bordering with the Caspian Sea in Ashgabat, finally a U.S ambassador appeared. The diplomatic mission was headed by Patterson. He is a career diplomat who held posts in Central and Eastern Europe, the North Caucasus, Russia, the USSR and Eastern Africa.
Exhibitions of U.S. companies, followed by business forums and high level business negotiations were held in Ashgabat for the first time. It was then that political consultations became a regular occurrence.
Such large U.S. companies as Chevron, ExxonMobil, General Electric and Case have opened their offices in the country. Some of them worked through distributors.
The U.S. began to actively support the regional gas pipeline projects from Turkmenistan, such as Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) and the Trans - Caspian pipeline via the Caspian Sea and Azerbaijan to Europe.