The Belarus-Turkmenistan partnership has become strategic in recent years. The prospects of cooperation will be discussed on March 30 by the two countries' presidents.
Alexander Lukashenko will hold talks with his counterpart Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov.
In addition, on March 30, a new complex of buildings of Belarus embassy will open in the capital of Turkmenistan. It is expected that the two leaders will take part in the opening ceremony. On Friday, the heads of state will launch the Garlyk mining and processing plant.
Turkmenistan's natural gas reserves make it 4th largest country in the world. Today, however, Turkmenistan understands that it's necessary to proceed from a raw material economy to processing industry. But the country has not had relevant technologies until recently. Therefore Belarus is a particularly important partner of Turkmenistan, who can share its experience of modern technologies and prepare highly qualified specialists.
Export of goods and services in this Asian country in 2016 amounted to more than $120 million. The majority of items exported belong to agriculture.
The delivery of Belarusian equipment which was used in the construction of the plant Garlyk, ensured the growth of Belarus' exports too. In the future, the countries' trade is expected to reach $1 billion.
Oleg Tabanyukhov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus in Turkmenistan:
All agricultural machinery up to harvesters for cotton and combine harvesters is in demand here. We are planning to sell about 600 elevators this year.
The new Belarusian embassy will be handy. Earlier the Belarusian diplomats had to work in a small residence in the old part of the city. The architectural solution has bright oriental flavor: the external decoration is made of white marble. But inside, the building has truly Belarusian soul. All accessories, furniture and chandeliers were made in Belarus.
The presidents of the two countries agreed to meet often and solve all issues face to face back in 2009.
The politicians meet at least once a year. The current visit of Alexander Lukashenko to Turkmenistan promises to be rich in events. The main events are scheduled for March 30. Meetings and signing of agreements are scheduled. It is expected that the heads of state will first talk face to face and then will be joined by their delegations. This warm dialogue certainly affects the economic cooperation between the parties.
The most ambitious of the projects implemented - is the Garlyk mining and processing plant built by Belarusians. The cost of the project is about a billion dollars. It is planned that during the visit, Alexander Lukashenko will take part in the official opening of the plant.