Mr. High Representative,
Our delegation thanks you and your office for the initiative to hold this side event during the substantive session of ECOSOC and in preparation of the Review Conference of the Almaty Plan of Action in 2014.
Allow me to make some comments on behalf of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan who wanted to participated in this meeting had it happened a litter earlier.
From our perspective the development of transportation systems and communications acquire more significant and decisive importance.
Turkmenistan believes that the development of the communications infrastructure is especially important for Central Asia – a region with enormous natural resources and favourable geographical location. Obviously, one of the most important areas in the integration of Central Asia into the world markets is the establishment of appropriate transportation, transit and communication systems. Here we are talking about construction of extensive, integrated, combined infrastructure of transportation and energy transit, covering the space of continental Eurasia with access to marine terminals of the Black Sea and Baltic regions, the South and Southeast Asia, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region. In this configuration, the role of Central Asia as a major binding point looks natural.
That is why Turkmenistan, in its strategy, gives an important role to creation of modern transport infrastructure, carries out major regional and continental projects together with the neighbouring states. Among which are Turkmenistan-Kazakhstan-Iran railroad and the recently launched construction of the railroad Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan, which was launched in May of the current year. We consider its implementation, also in the context of bringing the overland states of the region to major international markets. We believe that the landlocked countries of the Central Asia can work together to ensure the creation of favourable conditions for transit through their territory, for cross-regional communication.
One of the most important issues on the global economic agenda is energy transit. It also opens an enormous opportunities for our countries, not only producers and consumers, but also the transit countries.
For Turkmenistan the issue of reliable, stable and safe transit of energy resources is of particular relevance.
We are also convinced that the diversification of energy streams is one of the guarantors of progressive and sustainable development of the global economy.
In this sense, the question of transportation and transit of energy resources to the world markets in the context of integration processes is essential for Central Asia.
We are convinced that today, opportunities for full and successful integration of our countries into global markets are as wide ad never. We need to use this opportunities.
Thank you for your attention.