Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov held online talks with the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Armida Salsiya Alishakhbana, during which the results and prospects of cooperation with this organization were discussed.
The participants of the negotiations highly appreciated the existing level of interaction between our state and ESCAP. Trade, energy, transport, statistical sectors, minimization of risks of natural disasters, management of migration processes were considered. The participants also touched on the Turkmenistan-UN Partnership Framework in Sustainable Development, signed by Turkmenistan in the spring of 2020. The program is designed for 2021-2025.
Rashid Meredov voiced initiatives for the development of mutual cooperation with ESCAP. They are aimed at resolving a number of social, economic and environmental problems faced by the states of Central Asia and adjacent territories.
The parties considered the main areas of partnership in the framework of the UN Special Programme for the Central Asian Economies (SPECA). Among other things, they discussed prospects for enhancing partnerships in the trade and statistics sectors through the exchange of experiences on paperless trade transactions on the ESCAP platform.
A special focus of the meeting was the set of measures to be taken in the fight against COVID-19. The Turkmen side reaffirmed its readiness to cooperate in resolving the consequences of the global pandemic affecting the economic, financial, and social sectors.
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