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State Minister Ejima Visits Turkmenistan

September 6, 2021

Mr. Ejima Kiyoshi, State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, visited Turkmenistan from August 31 (Tue.) to September 4 (Sat.). He attended the opening ceremony of a gas-fired power plant built by a Japanese company and delivered a congratulatory speech. He also met with H.E. Mr. Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, President of Turkmenistan, and H.E. Mr. Serdar Berdymukhamedov, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, and exchanged views toward strengthening the economic cooperation between the two countries in the future.

Turkmenistan has abundant natural gas resources, and many Japanese companies are involved in building gas-fueled plants. This visit impressed Turkmenistan and its neighboring countries thanks to the excellent quality of Japan's technology and experience, and deepened the economic relationship between the two countries through high-level exchanges.

1. Attending the opening ceremony of Charjev gas-fired power plant

As a representative of the Japanese government, State Minister Ejima attended the opening ceremony of a gas-fired power plant—which a Japanese company was also involved in the construction of—and praised the strengthening of two countries' economic relationship.

This project is the symbol of a stronger economic relationship between Japan and Turkmenistan: the contract was signed between the Japanese company and the Turkmenistan Ministry of Energy in the presence of the leaders of both countries when then Prime Minister Abe visited Turkmenistan for the first time as Prime Minister of Japan in 2015. Construction work was then carried out under an "all-Japan" framework, including JBIC loans and NEXI insurance, and was completed in September this year. Due to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and other issues, the opening ceremony was held with thorough social distancing and other infection prevention measures in place.

2. A courtesy visit to President Berdymukhamedov and meetings with leaders of the Turkmenistan government

State Minister Ejima paid a courtesy visit to President Berdymukhamedov, and met with leaders of the Turkmenistan government. At these meetings, both sides confirmed their existing economic cooperation and exchanged views toward further strengthening the economic relationship.

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Russia, Central Asia and Caucasus Office, Trade Policy Bureau