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Turkmen Ambassador Palvanov explores ties between Antwerp and Türkmenbaşy

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Friday, 29 September 2023, Flemish Region, Kingdom of Belgium: Thanks to the efforts of Flanders Chancellery & Foreign Office, Turkmen Ambassador H.E. Mr. Sapar Palvanov along with other ambassadors visited the Port of Antwerp-Bruges, a significant trade hub in Europe. During the visit, the Ambassadors were thoroughly briefed on the port’s operations.

Ambassador also met with authorities of the port. Special attention was given to discussions regarding the prospects of collaboration between the Port of Antwerp-Bruges and Turkmenistan’s largest sea port Türkmenbaşy, situated on the shores of the Caspian Sea. Both sides expressed interest in establishing close ties and cooperation in the field of maritime trade and logistics.

Additionally, Ambassador Palvanov discussed with the leadership of the Port of Antwerp-Bruges the opportunities for Turkmen specialists to participate in educational programs related to port management. This will provide valuable experience and knowledge to Turkmen experts in modern port management, contributing to the development of maritime transportation and logistics in Turkmenistan.

Patrick Van Cauwenberghe, International Trade Networks Manager at Port of Antwerp & Bruges & Ambassador Palvanov

This visit underscored the mutual desire of both parties to foster long-term and mutually beneficial cooperation in the field of maritime transportation and port infrastructure and was organized by the Government of Flanders, one of the three constituent regions of Belgium. 

During the visit, Ambassador Palvanov also had the opportunity to meet with the Mayor of Antwerp, Mr. Bart De Wever. During their meeting the two discussed the possibility of establishing a sister city relations between Antwerp and Türkmenbaşy. This proposal is based on the similarities between these two cities, both of which have ports, a thriving oil and gas industry, and serve as integral industrial hubs in their respective countries. Both parties approached this proposal with keen interest.

For further information 

Flanders Chancellery and Foreign Office: https://www.fdfa.be/nl/diplomatie

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