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UK energy mission to Turkmenistan helps to develop trade links

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The Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy Professor Hendry, heading a delegation of senior British businesses arrived in Ashgabat.

The Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy Professor Charles Hendry MP, heading a delegation of senior British businesses arrived in Ashgabat on Monday, 18 November to attend the international oil & gas conference.

Professor Hendry conducted range of meetings with the Turkmen government including with:

  • Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers Mr Baymurad Hojamuhammedov
  • Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Rashid Meredov
  • Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers Mr Sapardurdy Toyliyev

During his meeting with Mr Hojamuhammedov, Professor Hendry underlined the interests of British companies in the development of Turkmenistan’s energy sector, and applauded Turkmenistan’s constructive approach in enhancing the diversity of energy routes.

The Prime Minister’s envoy also noted the expansion of trade and commercial ties between the two countries, and expressed his delight at having been able to play a part in facilitating this with two previous visits so far this year at the head of multi-sectoral trade delegations of UK companies keen to work in Turkmenistan.

In his turn, Her Majesty’s Chargé d’Affaires, Mr Ian Richards, highlighted the importance of such conferences and expressed gratitude to the Government of Turkmenistan for their support to the British companies.

Mr Richards said:

High level participation of UK companies in this kind of major conference in Turkmenistan is clearly the sign of their deep interest in the Turkmen market.

Professor Hendry’s visit will help to shape the UK’s commitment to long-term mutually beneficial co-operation in the energy sector with Turkmenistan.