Ashgabat Holds International Conference on WTO Accession
Ashgabat hosted the two-day international conference “Turkmenistan and WTO Accession: Substantive Issues and Negotiation Process," organized by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan. Delegates and experts from various international organizations, including the World Trade Organization (WTO), the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, as well as representatives of thirty different ministries and departments attended the event aimed at providing Turkmenistan with information related to WTO accession, starting from negotiations to completing the accession process.
Turkmenistan's Human Rights Defenders Reported to the UN
On March 27 – 28 representatives of two exile organizations, the Turkmen human rights organizations Turkmenistan Initiative for Human Rights and Independent Lawyers’ Association gave presentations at a UN session in Geneva. The meeting was held in anticipation of the UN Human Rights Council hearings on Turkmenistan within the Universal Periodic Review to be held on April 22. The human rights groups focused on Turkmenistan’s penitentiary system, freedom of media and association, the situation of national minorities and citizens with dual citizenship, Internet access, among other issues. Turkmenistan’s official representatives did not participate in this session, but will present their official report on implementing the UN recommendations in April.
Source: Turkmenistan Chronicles
Turkmenistan Held International Conference on Aral Sea Protection
The Turkmen city of Dashoguz hosted a two-day conference “Ecology of the Aral Sea: sustainable development and international cooperation” organized by Turkmenistan’s Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Environmental Protection. Representatives of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea (IFAS), delegations from Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, the UN, World Bank, EU and other international and regional organizations attended. The agenda of the conference included a discussion on issues of regional environmental policy in several key sectors, focusing on the ecology of the Aral Sea, the prevention of desertification processes, and the protection of biodiversity and environment in the region through forestation and sustainable management of water resources in the Aral Sea region.
EU ambassador to Ashgabat holds meeting at Foreign Ministry of Turkmenistan
The head of the delegation of the European Union to Turkmenistan, Ambassador Aurelia Bouchez, held talks at the Foreign Ministry of Turkmenistan, noting the “high level of political dialogue between Turkmenistan and the European Union” and the “encouraging prospects for cooperation between Turkmenistan and the EU in a number of key areas.”
Turkmenistan and Hungary to Expand Cooperation in Education
In accordance with a Resolution from Turkmenista’s President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, a delegation led by Minister of Education G. Mammedova visited Budapest, Hungary, on March 27-29, 2013, to discuss potential cooperation in the education sector between Turkmenistan and Hungary.
International Magazine «Business Central Asia» Dedicated Special Issue to Turkmenistan
The magazine Business Central Asia, published in New Delhi, India, published a special issue to Turkmenistan, focusing on the development of Turkmenistan’s sports sector and sports infrastructure, social sector, education and healthcare systems, and the tourism industry including the Caspian Avaza resort.
Ambassador of Canada accredited to Turkmenistan
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Canada to Turkmenistan, John Holmes, presented his credentials to the Speaker of the Mejlis (Parliament) of Turkmenistan, Akja Nurberdieva. At the presentation, the ambassador was briefed on Turkmenistan’sdomestic and foreign policy. According to the diplomat, leading Canadian companies are interested in strengthening their positions in the Turkmen market. The priority areas of cooperation between Turkmenistan and Canada are trade and energy. In particular, the Buried Hill oil and gas exploration company is conducting exploratory drilling in the Turkmen sector of the Caspian Sea. The production sharing agreement (PSA) between Turkmenistan and Buried Hill was signed in 2007. Holmes also confirmed his country’s willingness to cooperate in the professional training of staff for the fuel and energy sector, agriculture sector.
Source: Turkmenistan.ru, trend.az
OSCE supports workshop on energy diplomacy in Turkmenistan
Some thirty key experts and officials of Turkmenistan’s oil, gas, energy, economic and financial sectors and academia attended an OSCE-supported workshop on energy diplomacy that concluded in Ashgabat on March 27. The OSCE Centre in Ashgabat, in co-operation with the Office of the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities, organized the two-day long workshop to educate workshop participants on energy diplomacy issues and enhance their capacity to develop energy policies by providing an overview of gas complex case studies and international valuation methods.
OSCE Centre organizes courses on aviation emergency response skills in Turkmenistan
A series of training courses on emergency response skills at airports organized by the OSCE Centre in Ashgabat concluded on March 22.Organized in co-operation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Turkmenhowayollary State National Service (Turkmenistan Airlines), the specialized training courses convened 57 officials from the senior management of Turkmenistan Airlines, as well from the transportation police and security from all airports in Turkmenistan. During each five-day course, held at Ashgabat, Turkmenbashi and Mary airports, instructors presented internationally-standardized emergency response, search and rescue, and crisis management guidelines for aviation, natural, and man-made disasters and crisis events. Participants also took part in drills and exercises and discussed the need for effective planning and operations in co-ordination with other states.
Turkmen Team Won Junior Achievement Company of the Year Contest
A Turkmenistan youth team won the Junior Achievement Company of the Year contest among 17 teams from nine countries of the Asia-Pacific region held in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur. The contest is designed to develop entrepreneurship among youth, who are given the task of designing a training model for a company using the knowledge and experience they receive participating in the Junior Achievement Company program. In addition, the Turkmen team also received the FedEx Access Award for the best understanding of the global market, becoming the first team in the history of this competition to receive both awards. Turkmen youth participating in this contest, supported by the US Embassy in Turkmenistan and Chevron Nebitgaz, competed against teams from China, Guam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri-Lanka, Thailand, and other countries.