Turkmenistan keen to host ECO transport ministers meeting
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, March 1
By Huseyn Hasanov – Trend:
Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov proposed to hold a meeting of transport ministers of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) member states in Ashgabat in 2017.
He made this proposal addressing the ECO summit in Pakistan’s Islamabad, the Turkmen Dovlet Habarlary state news service reported March 1.
Creation of a modern transportation and communication system is a priority for Turkmenistan’s state policy, noted the president.
He also said the national program for development of transportation system is related to expansion of regional and international cooperation.
Turkmenistan is initiating big infrastructure projects. The construction of transnational railways Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran, Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan, as well as the creation of Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan-Iran-Oman and Afghanistan-Turkmenistan-Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey transit transportation corridors are among those projects.
Speaking about other transportation projects on the North-South and East-West directions, Berdimuhamedov said their implementation opens up wide opportunities for cooperation with other regions in Eurasia.
The Turkmen Dovlet Habarlary reports that in 2014 and 2015, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted two resolutions on the role of transit/transportation corridors in ensuring international cooperation for sustainable development.
These documents were a basis for holding the first Global Sustainable Transport Conference in Ashgabat in November 2016.