Thursday, September 12, 2013
Japan To Help Turkmenistan Develop Natural Gas Industry
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Turkmenistan's president on Wednesday to discuss the possibility of Japanese firms building plants and upgrading infrastructure in the central Asian country.
After the meeting at the prime minister's official residence, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Abe issued a joint statement calling for economic cooperation and cultural exchanges.
Turkmenistan, bordered by Afghanistan to the southeast, boasts the world's fourth-largest reserves of natural gas and is trying to develop industries by focusing on its natural resources.
"We welcome (the agreement) that Japanese firms will seal 1 trillion yen worth of contracts to build plants," Abe told the press conference. Berdimuhamedov in turn said, "We are going to work on improving the business environment so that Japanese firms can freely engage in activities."
Japan and Turkmenistan also agreed to facilitate technological cooperation through official development aid.
Additionally, the two leaders confirmed their cooperation in enhancing stability in Afghanistan and preventing nuclear proliferation. They also agreed to promote cultural exchanges in such areas as tourism, horse racing and language education.
(The Nikkei, Sept. 12 morning edition)