Turkmenistan took part in a meeting of the Council of Heads of Government of the Commonwealth of Independent States by video link. The agenda of the meeting included issues related to economic cooperation and humanitarian dialogue. The coordination efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19 and the development of approaches to ease the consequences of the pandemic were of special consideration.
At the meeting, Turkmenistan was represented by Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Rashid Meredov, who, during his speech, focused on measures to tackle the crisis, with a focus on cooperation in such areas as energy, transport, industry and trade.
Significant volumes of energy resources and diversification of their supplies will be required to reboost the global economy. Therefore, it is important for the CIS countries to clearly plan their participation in these processes. Back in 2017, at the CIS Summit in Sochi, President Berdimuhamedov spoke about the importance of the Commonwealth to enter large-scale energy projects not only in the CIS, but also beyond.
At the meeting, the necessity of expansion of trade turnover between the CIS countries and production diversification were considered and the important role of small and medium businesses in this process was emphasized.
As to the pressing issue of the fight against the novel coronavirus COVID-19, the meeting participants noted the importance of joint actions to prevent the spread of infection, sanitary measures, the development of vaccines and drugs, and scientific study the nature of new forms of diseases.
The representative of Turkmenistan proposed holding a joint meeting of the CIS Health Ministers and representatives of the World Health Organization.
The meeting participants considered a number of draft documents, including the Strategy for Economic Development of the Commonwealth of Independent States for the period until 2030 and Priority Directions for Cooperation of the CIS Member States in the Field of Transport for the period until 2030, spoke for active cooperation in the field of culture, sports, and strengthening ties between youth, in the scientific and educational fields of the CIS countries.
Deputy Prime Minister Meredov declared in support the Action Plan on declaring 2021 the Year of Architecture and Urban Planning in the CIS.
At the end of the meeting, a number of documents were adopted, including the Joint efforts of the CIS member-states in combating the spread of the coronavirus infection COVID-19; the Strategy for Economic Development of the Commonwealth of Independent States for the period until 2030; the Priority areas of cooperation between the CIS member states in the field of transport for the period up to 2030; the Action Plan on the Year of Architecture and Urban Planning in the Commonwealth of Independent States in 2021, and the Strategy for the Development of Cooperation of the Member States of the Commonwealth of Independent States in the field of physical culture and sports for 2021–2030.