At the session of the Government of Turkmenistan on June 19, Vice-premier, Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov informed President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov about measures for strengthening of international cooperation in the sphere of renewable energy sources.
It was mentioned that energy diplomacy is one of the main vectors of foreign course of our country. work for establishment of relative international mechanisms is carried out in this direction at present time.
Turkmenistan was one of the first countries, which supported the initiative on establishment of specialized organization – International Renewable Energy National Agency (IRENA), in 2009, and became full member of this structure in 2018. At present time, 161 countries are the members of the IRENA.
Support of the strategies of the world countries for transit to sustainable energy, promotion of innovative technologies and economic knowledge in the sphere of renewable energy are the main directions of activity of this Agency.
The plan of bilateral and multilateral activities for 2019 – 2023 for development of cooperation with the IRENA has been developed and relative interdepartmental working group has been established in 2018. Number of joint sessions and meetings have been held with participation of this group and representatives of international organizations.
Together with the IRENA, Turkmenistan works closely with European Union, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe as well as with the UN specialized structures like the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), together with which profile projects and programmes are implemented each year.
It is proposed to establish National Agency for Renewable Energy Source for coordination of activity of national government authorities involved in this sphere. At the same time, proposal on appointment of the Ambassador of our country to United Arab Emirates as a permanent representatives of Turkmenistan under the IRENA.
It is planned to propose Turkmenistan for election to the IRENA Council in 2021 – 2022 for exchange of practice with foreign partners under the IRENA, introduction of the world community with the country’s practice in energy sphere as well as further intensification of activity of our country under international energy organizations.
Turkmen leader has generally approved the presented proposals, having noted that recently, high growth rate is observed in the use of renewable energy sources in the result of rapid scientific and technological progress. This perspective direction is also one of important components of energy strategy of the country.
Introduction of innovative, eco-friendly technologies in the sphere of practical implementation of natural sources – solar, wind, water and other energy, is important vector of development of ‘green’ economy and would be able to find efficient application in different branches of national economy, the Head of the State highlighted.
In this context, the Vice-premier, the Foreign Minister was requested to continue working on promotion of initiatives of our country in the sphere of energy diplomacy, activation of fruitful cooperation with competent international organizations and interested foreign partners.
Source: Turkmenistan State News Agency-TDH