BUILDING UP TRADITIONS OF COOPERATION
Cooperation between Turkmenistan and the Republic of Tatarstan of the Russian Federation is a distinct topic of the multifaceted history of interregional partnerships that Ashgabat actively practices. And every year brings a number of impressive examples of such kind of cooperation. For example, this summer President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov paid a working visit to the Republic of Tatarstan, where he held talks with head of this region of Russia Rustam Minnikhanov and took part in the celebration of the national Sabantuy festival.
Upon arrival in Kazan, the head of state visited the exhibition of industrial products by leading enterprises of Tatarstan. Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Rustam Minnikhanov viewed aviation technologies and products of engineering, metalworking, chemistry, petrochemistry, oil production and electrical power engineering industries.
The Turkmen leader was especially interested in motor vehicles manufactured by the Russian automobile corporation KAMAZ, including trucks and heavy haulers, trailers, new family of buses and other vehicles. In the period from 2006 to 2018, Turkmenistan purchased about 7.5 thousand KAMAZ vehicles. On the eve to the visit to Kazan, the President of Turkmenistan issued instructions to purchase a large batch of KAMAZ vehicles in excess of USD 162.7 million for the needs of the national economy. The document signed by the head of state authorizes ministries, departments, institutions and enterprises of the country to conclude contracts for the phased purchase of a large batch of KAMAZ vehicles and special equipment as well as spare parts for them. In total, Turkmenistan plans to purchase about 2000 units of equipment of this famous brand.
Having viewed the exhibition, the heads of Turkmenistan and Tatarstan proceeded to the Kazan Kremlin for bilateral talks. The sides discussed prospects and opportunities for mutually beneficial partnership, singling out the priority areas such as trade and economic sphere, industry, fuel and energy sector and agriculture. The sides discussed in detail issues related to the strengthening of traditional contacts in education, science, culture and art.
It was noted that Turkmen-Tatarstan trade and economic cooperation covers a wide range of industries as a whole. The priority areas include supplies of agricultural vehicles that proved their worth in the soil-climatic conditions of Turkmenistan, other special machinery and equipment, as well as shipbuilding, engine building, food and processing industry, agriculture and other industries.
There are also good prospects for enhancing cooperation in the agricultural, food and processing industries, science, education and health, the Turkmen leader noted.
In this regard, there was noted the role of the Turkmen-Tatarstan working group on economic, scientific, technical and cultural cooperation in developing bilateral relations. The sixth meeting of the working group was held in Kazan this May. The next meeting is scheduled for 2020 in Ashgabat.
Development of contacts between the business communities of Turkmenistan and the Republic of Tatarstan was named the priority area of trade and economic partnership.
Given the systemic and strategic nature of the Turkmen-Tatarstan relations, Rustam Minnikhanov proposed to open a consulate general of Turkmenistan in Kazan. Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov supported this proposal and suggested increasing the frequency of flights between Ashgabat and Kazan, if need be.
The talks were followed by the ceremony of signing bilateral documents. The sides signed the Agreement on Cooperation between the Institute of Telecommunications and Information Science of Turkmenistan and the autonomous non-profit organization of higher education "Innopolis University"; the Agreement on Cooperation between the Turkmen State Institute of Economics and Management and the Kazan (Volga) Federal University; and the Agreement on Cooperation between "Trkmenawtoulaglary" (Turkmenautotransport) Agency and Public Joint-Stock Company "KAMAZ" on supply and maintenance of motor vehicles.
The sides also signed the Memorandum of Cooperation between the State Power Engineering Institute of Turkmenistan and the Kazan State Power Engineering University; the Memorandum of Understanding between the State Concern "Turkmenhimiya" and the limited liability company "Management Company of Integrated Economic Development Holding"; and the Memorandum of Understanding between the State Concern "Turkmenneft" and the Public Joint- Stock Company "Tatneft".
Upon completion of the signing ceremony, the leaders of Turkmenistan and Tatarstan made statements for press.
In his statement for press, the Turkmen leader expressed his deep gratitude to the leadership of the Russian Federation, which is a strategic partner of Turkmenistan, providing the basis for cooperation between the two countries in many areas, such as politics, trade-economic, cultural and humanitarian sphere. "We are grateful to the Russian Federation for the continuous support of all international initiatives of Turkmenistan in the international arena that are grounded in our neutral status," the President emphasized.
As the head of state noted, one of the important components of the Turkmen-Russian strategic partnership is Turkmenistan's cooperation with the regions of Russia, among which the Republic of Tatarstan occupies a special place. Speaking about the results of the current visit to Kazan, the President noted that the sides held productive and positive talks and meetings and discussed a wide range of issues.
Later, the Presidents of Turkmenistan and Tatarstan arrived at the Birch Grove in the village of Mirny, where they took part in the Sabantuy festival. Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Rustam Minnikhanov watched a large-scale festive concert of popular artists of Turkmenistan and Tatarstan.
Other than participating in the grand festival, Turkmen masters of art gave a concert at the Tatar Theater named after Galiasgar Kamal in Kazan in the evening. The audience included Turkmen students studying in Tatarstan.
After the celebration in the village of Mirny, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov arrived at the Kazan International Airport and left for his homeland. Upon arrival at the Ashgabat International Airport, the head of state held a working meeting on the outcomes of the Turkmen government delegation's visit to the Republic of Tatarstan.