The capital of Turkmenistan Ashgabat hosted the session of the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) Council of the Heads of the Governments which was chaired by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov on 31 May, 2019.
At the beginning of the session, President of Turkmenistan warmly greeted the heads of the Governments of the CIS countries in Turkmenistan and expressed the gratitude to all for the accepted invitation to convene the session in Ashgabat for discussion of current subjects of cooperation under the Commonwealth.
President of Turkmenistan noted that heads of the delegations, which are not member of the Council, have relative authorities for taking decisions and informed that the Republic of Moldova takes part in the session as observer.
Then, floor was given to Chairman of the Executive Committee, Executive Secretary
of the CIS Sergey Lebedev, who presented relative information on organizational issues.
After adoption of the agenda of the session and its regulation, Turkmen Leader
suggested the participants of the meeting to share the opinions on current subjects of
economic cooperation under the CIS.
Having delivered their speeches, the heads of the delegations highly appreciated
organizational level of the Summit in Ashgabat.
They have also expressed the confidence that the session held under the chairing of
Turkmenistan in the CIS would serve to expansion of beneficial trade and economic
partnership between the CIS countries.
It was mentioned that increment of trade, development of the relations in different
direction on integrated basis, exchange of practice in industrial sector as well as stimulation
fruitful contacts in cultural and humanitarian spheres are current objectives of the present
time. Coordination of joint efforts in counteraction of modern challenges has been outlined
among one of the vectors of cooperation. There was also stressed that cooperation under
competent international organizations, especially under the UN and OSCE, where at present
time consolidation of peace and security are the main factors, is among priority directions
of the partnership between the Commonwealth countries.
The Head of Turkmen state noted that all country-members have actively prepared to
current meeting and expressed the confidence that it would have efficiency and success and
continued that regular session of the CIS Council of the Heads of the Governments, which
agenda includes number of important subjects is held according to agreed schedule.
President of Turkmenistan spoke for the necessity of systematic and addressed
collaboration in these spheres, development of joint projects oriented to strategic objectives
for bringing of the CIS countries to continental and intercontinental economic relations in
West – East and North – South directions. Turkmenistan stands for expansion of
cooperation horizons promoting the idea of the CIS cooperation in implementation of big
transport, energy, communication projects in the south, east and west of the Commonwealth
space, for which labour, resources, production and technological capabilities are available.
Turkmen Leader also expressed the confidence that more focused collaboration of the
CIS countries is required in the world arena, at the fields of competent international
organizations. In this regard, back in October 2017, Turkmenistan proposed to activate the
contact of foreign departments of the Commonwealth and to develop middle-term action
programme for these purposes. The draft document has been developed. Its adoption is
planned at the next session of the Council of the Foreign Ministers of the CIS in Ashgabat
on October 10.
The President of Turkmenistan noted the currency of the participation of the
Commonwealth countries in the implementation of multilateral projects in energy sphere.
At first, this is about long-term supplies of energy carriers to neighbouring CIS regions in
eastern and southern directions – China, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. Numbers of the
Commonwealth countries are in the rank of the largest producers and suppliers of
hydrocarbons in Eurasia.
In 2019, as a chairing country of the CIS, Turkmenistan prepared number of cultural
events, which have been started already. Children and youth subjects, student and teacher
exchanges have to take an important place in development of cultural and humanitarian
cooperation. Turkmenistan considers for initiative role of the CIS Interstate Fund of
Humanitarian Cooperation in this case and is willing to render support and assistance to it.
Concluding the session the Head of Turkmen state announced the decision of the
Council on appointment of Janat Saypoldayev as the First Deputy Head of the CIS
Antiterrorist Centre and wished him successes and fruitful work.
Summing up the session, President of Turkmenistan expressed the confidence that the
potential of the CIS, which is based on talent and hard work of the nations, rich historical
experience, is huge and versatile. Therefore, the session of the CIS Council of the Heads of
the Governments in Ashgabat has demonstrated again active position of neutral
Turkmenistan in the subjects of development of versatile cooperation in the CIS space.