Turkmen Ambassador to Belgium Discusses Development of Turkmenistan-EU Trade Ties

Yesterday the Ambassador of Turkmenistan to The Kingdom of Belgium Sapar Palvanov and Leon Delvaux, the Director Neighbouring Countries at the Directorate-General for trade of the European Commission, in a meeting in Brussels discussed the development of trade ties between Turkmenistan and EU.

Sapar Palvanov reiterated the readiness of Turkmenistan to further develop bilateral trade-economic cooperation with the EU and jointly work on new opportunities. The Turkmen envoy stated the sides have potential to further boost trade ties.

Leon Delvaux agreed with the envoy’s statements and confirmed the interest of European companies to enter the Turkmen market and establish business cooperation.

During the meeting, the EU official said he supports Turkmenistan's initiatives to protect the environment and reduce methane emissions, and that Europe has great experience in these areas. The Ambassador, in turn, underlined that Turkmenistan, being an energy power, also conducts a number of activities in this direction and takes the necessary measures.

Leon Delvaux stated that both sides have opportunities to deepen cooperation in areas such as agriculture, energy and green energy.

The parties also agreed to take a systematic approach to trade-economic cooperation, to create conditions for frequent holding of business forums and round tables that bring together Turkmen and EU businesses. Leon Delvaux proposed to hold such business events in Brussels in the near future.

At the end of the meeting, the Ambassador of Turkmenistan stressed that the EU is a reliable partner of Turkmenistan in trade-economic relations.

In early November, the Turkmen Ambassador Sapar Palavanov met with the Secretary-General of the Energy Charter Treaty Guy Lentz. The purpose of the meeting was to get acquainted and discuss issues of international cooperation in the energy sector of Turkmenistan.