The second Caspian Economic Forum completed its work in the Russian capital, which became the largest platform for discussing topical issues of business cooperation between the countries of the Caspian region, as well as friendly border states.
Representatives of Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan discussed the possibility of building partnerships in a wide range of areas of the economy. The main attention was paid to joint projects in the field of transport infrastructure, energy, environmental protection, as well as the development of interregional cooperation.
More than a thousand participants have registered to participate in the second Caspian Economic Forum – not only from the Russian Federation and the countries of the Caspian “five”, but also from Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.
The plenary session of the forum was held with the participation of Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Mikhail Mishustin, Prime Minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ali Asadov, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Alikhan Smailov, First Vice President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Mohammad Mokhber and Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan Khodjamurad Geldymuradov.
The list of issues raised in the discussion was as wide as possible. These are energy, investments, trade relations, transport, tourism, ecology. Proposals were also made to further strengthen economic ties between the countries.
Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Mikhail Mishustin noted the special value of the Caspian Sea, taking into account its geographical and strategic position. He called the Caspian one of the most dynamically developing regions, a crossroads of cultures and stressed that the littoral countries are able to find mutually beneficial solutions even with differences of interests.
In turn, Deputy Prime Minister of the Turkmen government Hodzhamyrat Geldymyradov from the rostrum of the forum called on the Caspian countries to remove barriers in trade and transport. He stressed that “in order to expand international trade and economic development, it is necessary to use the existing transit corridors and logistics infrastructure of the states of the region, as well as to promote the implementation of the best practice of public-private partnership.
“In Turkmenistan, special attention is paid to the transport and communications sector as an intensively developing, promising segment of the national economy. In this regard, we consider it important to expand multilateral transport cooperation, as well as to intensify work to identify and eliminate barriers in the transport and communications sector,” the Turkmen Deputy Prime Minister said.