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State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Yamagiwa Visited Turkmenistan

Mr. Daishiro Yamagiwa, State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry visited Turkmenistan from June 27 through June 30, 2015 in order to conduct talks with dignitaries toward strengthening the economic relationship between Japan and Turkmenistan and to attend the Japan-Turkmenistan Business Forum.

1. Strengthening the economic relationship between Japan and Turkmenistan

Meeting with H.E. Mr. Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, President of Turkmenistan

In Turkmenistan, a number of large-scale infrastructure projects, such as chemical plants related to petroleum gas, power plants, and transportation infrastructure projects, are under consideration against a background of plentiful production of natural gas. State Minister Yamagiwa requested that President Berdimuhamedov support Japanese companies in their participation in these projects. President Berdimuhamedov expressed his expectation that Japan would be a long-term strategic partner, and that Japanese companies would be further involved, including in new fields. Additionally, State Minister Yamagiwa and President Berdimuhamedov confirmed that they would expand the economic cooperative relationship between Japan and Turkmenistan in the future.

Meeting with H.E. Mr. Baymurad Hojamuhamedov, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan (in charge of energy)


Meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Hojamuhamedov

Mr. Daishiro Yamagiwa, State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, and H.E. Mr. Baymurad Hojamuhamedov, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan, who is in charge of the economic relationship with Japan as the chairman of the Japan-Turkmenistan Economic Cooperation Committee, broadly exchanged opinions about the economic relationship between Turkmenistan and Japan. State Minister Yamagiwa explained the contributions that Japanese companies would be able to makebased on the superior Japanese technologies that Japanese companies own and requested that Deputy Prime Minister Hojamuhamedov support Japanese companies regarding infrastructure projects for which they aimed to win contracts. Deputy Prime Minister Hojamuhamedov expressed his expectation that Japanese companies would expand into Turkmenistan further, including working on future, planned projects.

Meeting with H.E. Mr. Rashid Meredov, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan


Meeting with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Meredov

Deputy Prime Minister Meredov confirmed the progress in the development of cooperation, and expressed his hope that cooperation with Japan would expand in relation to medicine, agricultural technology, and water use in the future.
Also, State Minister Yamagiwa requested that Japanese companies be able to promptly obtain visas. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Meredov explained that they were considering simplifying visa procedures in order to allow Japanese companies to smoothly proceed with their activities, and both decided to continue concrete discussions for prompt improvement.

Meeting with H.E. Mr. Satlyk Satlykov, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan (in charge of transportation)


Meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Satlykov

Deputy Prime Minister Satlyk Satlykov explained the development of the transportation infrastructure in Turkmenistan, and expressed his esteem for the superior technologies that Japanese companies own. State Minister Yamagiwa stated that Japan wanted to contribute to improving the transportation infrastructure and both countries agreed to continue discussions and involve experts in the future discussions.

Meeting with H.E. Mr. Murad Artykov, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan (in charge of electric power)


Meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Artykov

State Minister Yamagiwa welcomed the conclusion of a memorandum of cooperation between companies relating to the construction of power plants during his visit, and expressed his hope that Japanese companies would participate in the construction of power plants planned for the future. Deputy Prime Minister Artykov expressed his appreciation for the activities of Japanese companies, and both confirmed the future cooperative relationship between Japan and Turkmenistan in these fields.

Meeting with H.E. Mr. Batyr Ereshov, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan (in charge of industry)


Meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Ereshov

Deputy Prime Minister Ereshov described projects in a wide range of industrial fields, including chemical plants utilizing natural gas, and expressed his hope that Japanese companies would participate in the projects. State Minister Yamagiwa stated his appreciation for Deputy Prime Minister Ereshov’s earlier support, requesting that Deputy Prime Minister Ereshov support Japanese companies concerning the new projects that they were interested in, and both countries agreed to accelerate their cooperation.

Meeting with H.E. Mr. Sapardurdy Toylyev, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan (in charge of health)


Meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Toylyev

Deputy Prime Minister Toylyev expressed his esteem for the superior Japanese technologies in the medical and health fields. State Minister Yamagiwa expressed that Japan would continue the promotion of the business activities of Japanese companies and requested support from Turkmenistan. Finally, both agreed to further promote cooperation between the countries.

2. Attendance of Japan-Turkmenistan Business Forum


Japan-Turkmenistan Business Forum

In order to promote business between Japan and Turkmenistan, a business forum was held with approximately 100 attendees, including State Minister Yamagiwa, Turkmenistan government officials such as Deputy Prime Minister Hojamuhamedov, and participants from companies from both countries.

State Minister Yamagiwa stated his hope for the further expansion of the economic relationship between both countries and concrete business outcomes. Deputy Prime Minister Hojamuhamedov expressed his hopefor the high reliability of the technologies that Japanese companies owned and for future investment. In addition, participants from companies from both countries actively exchanged information. Also, taking advantage of the opportunity provided on this occasion, companies from both countries signed a memorandum of cooperation.s

Release date

June 30, 2015

Division in Charge

  • Russia, Central Asia and Caucasus Office, Trade Policy Bureau
  • Office for Promotion of International Project, Infrastructure System and Water Industry, Manufacturing Industries Bureau

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Regional Affairs / Turkmenistan

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