The UK Prime Minister’s trade envoy, Baroness Nicholson, arrived in Ashgabat on 9 April for a 3 day visit. This was Lady Nicholson’s third visit to Turkmenistan.
Baroness Nicholson’s programme in Ashgabat included calls on senior Turkmen government officials and also visits to local food producers and a cattle farm.
The Prime Minister’s trade envoy also took the opportunity to visit the Mothercare shop, a British franchise, in Berkarar shopping centre and toured the Olympic Complex which is nearly ready for the fifth Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) in September this year.
Discussions during Baroness Nicholson’s meetings at the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, Ministry of Economy and Development, Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources, Turkmengas State Concern and Ministry of Foreign Affairs were very wide-ranging.
They focused on the growing trade relationship between the UK and Turkmenistan; developments and opportunities in Turkmenistan’s financial, banking, education, science, agriculture and energy sectors and support for ongoing reforms in Turkmenistan.
Baroness Nicholson visited the ‘Hasar’ confectionary factory, ‘Bereketli’ sausage and meat processing factory, ‘Sahabatly’ farm and ‘Ruhubelent’ tomato juice factory. During the visit she had the opportunity to learn more about private sector development in Turkmenistan and explore the areas that Turkmen and British businesses can further cooperate in the future.
The Prime Minister’s trade envoy highlighted that the Turkmenistan UK Trade and Industry Council will have an important role in introducing UK businesses to their Turkmen counterparts and vice versa.