Friday, 18 November 2022, Samarkand, Republic of Uzbekistan: On the sidelines of the EU-Central Asia Connectivity Conference, the head of the Turkmen delegation Vepa Hajyiev encountered the Vice President of the European Commission, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell.
During the meeting, the importance of bilateral and regional cooperation and the implementation of the transformative power of the green and digital agenda to increase the benefits for our regions were discussed.
The conference had the topic ‘Global Gateway for Sustainable Development’. It was attended by government delegations of the states of Central Asia and the leadership of European political and financial institutions.
The purpose of the conference was to develop intra- and inter-regional dialogue to achieve sustainable connectivity in accordance with the European Global Gateway strategy, which was launched on 1 December 2021, as well as to present Team Europe cooperation initiatives in Central Asia.
During the conference, issues related to sustainable connectivity, creating opportunities for expanding and deepening interregional ties in the areas of digitalization, strengthening transport routes, water-energy and environmental protection were discussed.
The delegations also discussed topical issues of cooperation in the areas of diversification of transport routes, digitalization, as well as green energy development.
In his speech, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vepa Hajyiev noted that digitalization is one of the priority areas of development policy in Turkmenistan.
It was emphasized that the Turkmen side considers it promising to implement projects on the use of digitalization to facilitate and increase regional trade and transit, rational use of water resources, as well as projects to increase human potential in the field of digitalization, including in the field of cybersecurity.
For further information
Turkmen Foreign Ministry: https://www.mfa.gov.tm/en/news/3453
Mission of Turkmenistan to the EU, Belgium, and Luxembourg (HE Ambassador Sapar Palvanov): https://belgium.tmembassy.gov.tm/en