ISLAMABAD: The first session of the Pakistan-Turkmenistan Joint Ministerial Commission was held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan on August 3-4, 2009. The Pakistani delegation was led by Nawabzada Malik Amad Khan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs. The Turkmenistan side was headed by their Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov.
The Minister of State also called on Mr. Gurbanguli Berdimuhammedov, the President of Turkmenistan and discussed prospects of improving bilateral economic and political relations. He also held sideline meetings with Mr. Annaguly Deryaev, Minister for Oil and Gas Industry and Minerals Resources, and Mr. Ata Gulyiev Nokergvly Hoja Gulyevich, Minister for Commerce and Foreign Economic relations.
A protocol was signed wherein the two countries agreed to speed up the project for supply of Gas from Turkmenistan to Pakistan. In addition to this, the Turkmenistan Government also offered export of electricity to Pakistan.
Both governments decided to form working groups on Commerce & Trade and Food & Agriculture. The group on Commerce & Trade will discuss and finalize the list of goods and services for enhancing bilateral trade between the two countries.
It was also agreed that the business community of both countries will interact with each other to promote trade and investment and joint investment projects. There will be regular exchange of trade delegations and participation in fairs/exhibitions in each other’s countries.
Both countries also agreed to negotiate a transit trade agreement that will facilitate and expand trade volume between the two countries. The working group on food and agriculture will study and identify areas of cooperation between the two countries, including information sharing in agriculture research, seed productions research system, agriculture training, and livestock and fisheries.
The two countries also agreed to activate the forum of political consultations between the two Ministries of Foreign Affairs as well as the agreement on Science and Technology signed in 1994 and to convene the meeting of experts by the end of 2009.
The Turkmenistan Government also thanked the Government of Pakistan for its offer of facilities in the field of higher education, vocational training courses, WTO Rules and Agreements and short term training courses offered by the Government under Pakistan Technical Assistance Programme. NNI