An international conference at the level of ministers of transport of developing landlocked countries completed its work with the adoption of a final statement in the Avaza national tourist zone.
On the second and final day of the forum, organized by Turkmenistan under the auspices of the UN, the discussion of the problems of entry of developing countries with no access to the sea to the global markets continued. During the sessions, topics such as the current state of air, road, rail and sea transport, the development prospects of this segment of the world economy, the possibility of attracting investment in industry infrastructure, the introduction of innovations, and the main aspects of environmental protection and security were also considered.
Within the framework of the transport forum, a meeting of the coordinating council for the development of the international transport and transit corridor Uzbekistan - Turkmenistan - Iran - Oman, established in 2016 and subsequently joined by India, Kazakhstan and Qatar, was held. Representatives of Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan discussed the implementation of previously reached agreements related to the routes of this transport and transit corridor. As a result of the meeting, a memorandum of understanding was adopted on the adoption of a protocol on simplification between the participants of the project of visa and other procedures.
A number of documents were also signed within the framework of the conference. Among them are an agreement between Turkmenistan and the Republic of Moldova on international road traffic, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the field of maritime transport between Turkmenistan and Georgia, as well as a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the construction of roads between Turkmenistan and Russia.
At the forum site, meetings were also held between representatives of Turkmenistan and members of foreign delegations, during which the possibilities for further development of mutually beneficial cooperation in the implementation of projects to create new transport and logistics routes were discussed.
At the end of the forum, the final statement of the international conference of ministers of transport of landlocked developing countries was adopted.
During the final session, it was noted that the final statement was prepared on the basis of the speeches of the heads of delegations, preliminary documents and their discussions in the framework of the plenary sessions. The document calls on the world community to at least double annual investment in infrastructure development in landlocked countries from all financial sources.
The forum participants call on multilateral financial institutions and regional development banks to establish targeted infrastructure financing for the above countries and provide them with special means of accessing resources for the development and maintenance of infrastructure.
“The international community should provide financial and technical support to landlocked countries in the development of eligible banking projects as well as specific projects, especially in relation to the preparation of feasibility studies, complex contract negotiations and management projects,” the final forum statement.
During the second day of the forum, an exhibition was organized that tells about the cultural heritage and creative traditions of the Turkmen people. Also, a concert of masters of culture and arts was organized for the forum participants, the program of which included musical, folklore and ethnographic compositions.