Turkmenistan delegation holds more than 20 meetings and talks in Japan

The delegation of our country led by Chairman of Turkmen – Japanese Group of Inter-parliamentary Friendship from Turkmen side, Deputy Hyakim of Ahal velayat Serdar Berdimuhamedov was on the working trip to Japan on March 24 – 28, where some meetings and talks have been held and bilateral documents have been signed.

During the meeting of the working group on Turkmen – Japanese economic cooperation, wide spectrum of subjects related to the cooperation in oil, gas and chemical industries has been discussed. Representative of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan, the Bank for International Cooperation, Export and Investments Insurance Agency (NEXI) and big Japanese companies took part in the meeting. In particular, the talks on the project of development of Galkynysh gas deposit and other current joint projects were held.

During the meeting, relative agreements have been reached and fulfilment of the roadmap for economic cooperation, which was signed between the governments of both countries on October 22, 2018, has been analysed.

Meetings with the Chairman of Turkmen – Japanese Committee for economic cooperation from Japanese side and the members of this Committee who expressed full support of the projects planned to implement in our country, having noted the necessity of works for potential projects in new directions, have taken place. In this regard, the importance of preparation to the 13th session of the above-mentioned Committee planned in Ashgabat on May 23 – 24 has been noted.

In addition, the members of Turkmenistan delegation had talks with representatives of Japanese companies specialized in oil and gas sphere. In particular, subjects of comprehensive preparation to the operation of the plant for production of synthetic gasoline from natural gas built in Ovadandepe (Ahal Velayat) as well as relative proposal for construction of the second line of this facility have been discussed with the Head of Kawasaki.

Negotiations with Sojitz company were related to the project of the facility for production of phosphate fertilizers at Turkmenabat Chemical Plant. Proposals on development off the project of construction of new plant for production of ammonia and carbamide in Turkmenistan have been discussed with Mitsubishi.

Separate meetings took place with Itochu, Highchem, Sumitomo, Mitsubishi, Sojitz on the sale and export of oil, gas and chemical production.

Following bilateral documents have bene signed by the outcomes of the above-mentioned meetings:

The Protocol of the Meeting on Development of Galkynysh Gas Deposit; Memorandum of Understanding between Sumitomo and the State Concern Türkmengaz; Addendum to the Framework Agreement on Construction of Facility for Production of Phosphate Fertilizers signed on October 22, 2018 between the State Concern Türkmenhimiýa and Sojitz Corporation.

Meetings on the main subjects of agricultural and water management spheres, to reformation of which President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov pays special attention, took place with Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection of Japan and General Director of the Department of Japanese Agency of International Cooperation. Application of advanced technologies and practice of Japanese partners in prevention of mud streams and their diversion from populated areas have been reviewed.

Separate meeting with the management of such companies as Marubeni, Sojitz, Itochu, Komatsu, which express the interest in cooperation in the implementation of water treatment technologies, have also been organized. At the same time, the talks on staged implementation of the Agreement on Supply of Komatsu Digging Equipment have taken place with Japanese side for the fulfilment of relative joint project. Memorandum of Understanding on procurement of the above-mentioned equipment has been signed by the outcomes of the meeting.

Negotiations with the management and representatives of Turkmen – Japanese Economic Committee from Japanese side have taken place in the context of development of cooperation in financial and banking sector.

For the implementation of the agreements achieved during the visit of Turkmenistan delegation to Japan in October 2018, in particular signing of the final documents on the projects in water management and automobile spheres, the consultations with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan, the Bank of International Cooperation (JBIC), the Investments and Export Insurance Agency (NEXI) have been held.

The meetings aimed at the development of Turkmen – Japanese partnership in transport sphere have been organized during the visit. The subjects of opening of direct flights between two countries and supply of Japanese cars to Turkmenistan have been reviewed at the talks with the Director of the Bureau of Civil Aviation of the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Communication and Tourism of Japan, the President of the Tourist Agencies Association and General Director of the Department of Sumitomo Corporation.

Following bilateral documents on cooperation in transport sphere have been signed:

Protocol of the Meeting with the Tourist Agencies Association of Japan on Further Improvement of Cooperation in Tourism and Transport; Protocol of the talks with Sumitomo Corporation.

During working visit, the delegation of Turkmenistan had separate meetings with official representatives of the state and the Government , in particular with the Speaker, Chairman of the Representative Chamber of the Parliament of Japan. It was highlighted that Japanese side confirmed the willingness of its business structures and financial institutions to continue developing beneficial partnership. Improvement of cooperation between the parliaments of two countries and the contacts established under the groups of Parliamentary friendship were separate subjects of the meeting. At the same time, the importance of bilateral cultural and humanitarian relations has been noted.

Development of Turkmen – Japanese relations in political and diplomatic sphere has been reviewed at the meeting of Turkmen delegation in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. At the same time, the importance of constructive partnership under competent international organizations, especially under the UN, as well as in the formation Central Asia + Japan dialog has been highlighted.

Exchange of the visions on different direction of cooperation, mainly related to urban construction, rational use of water took place at the meeting with the Governor of Tokyo.

In addition, Turkmenistan delegation has a meeting with the Mayor of Japanese Tendo where intensification of fruitful Turkmen – Japanese cooperation, particularly its entry to new level in agricultural sphere has been discussed. Turkmen side has made a proposal to establish twinning relations between Tendo and one of the cities of our country. Appropriateness of reviewing of perspectives of cooperation with Ahal Velayat of Turkmenistan in agricultural complex has also been stated. Having supported this proposals, the Mayor of Tendo spoke for their soonest elaboration on specialists level.

It was also mentioned that International exhibition Jitac European Textile Fair Spring 2019 took place in Exhibition Centre Tokyo International Forum of Japanese capital on March 26 – 28 where textile and sewing production made in our country, which attracted keen interest on wide range of visitors, have been presented.

Therefore, 22 meetings and negotiations and signing of seven documents were the outcomes of the visit of Turkmenistan delegation to Japan held by the request of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

At the same time, representatives of Turkmenistan looked around 10 produciton facilities related to the industry and agriculture. It includes the plants for production of Nissan, Toyota vehicles and Komatsu equipment, water treatment complex, waste treatment plant, livestock farm and hothouse.