Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, April 8
By Huseyn Hasanov – Trend:
It is planned to hold the 9th meeting of transport ministers of member countries of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) in Turkmenistan’s Avaza on May 3, 2018, the Turkmen government said in a message.
During a governmental meeting, Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said that in modern conditions, interaction in the transport sector is an integral factor of sustainable development, directly affecting the efficiency and balance of world economic relations.
Turkmenistan has repeatedly become a venue for major events, on the agenda of which the priority aspects of international partnership in the abovementioned area were included.
The first Global Sustainable Transport Conference, held in Ashgabat in November 2016 under the aegis of the United Nations, is one of them.
The Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) is an intergovernmental economic organization, created in 1985 by Turkey, Iran and Pakistan. Since 1992, ECO activities have intensified in connection with the accession of Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
At this stage, Ashgabat believes that the prospects for optimizing the transport network along the North-South and West-East lines with using road, rail and sea links are justified. These projects can connect vast areas from the Pacific to the Caspian and Black Seas, from the north of the European continent to the Indian Ocean. The key links in the transnational transport corridors are the Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran and Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan railways, airports in Ashgabat and in regions, highways, bridges across the Amu Darya River, the international seaport of Turkmenbashi and other facilities that are being built in the country.