International scientific conference titled "Cooperation in the field of energy - the most important condition for universal sustainable development" took place on Tuesday in Ashgabat. The event was organized by Türkmengaz (Turkmen Gas) and Türkmennebit (Turkmen Oil) state concerns, Turkmenistan’s Golden Age news outlet reports.
The forum, timed to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the permanent neutrality of Turkmenistan, gathered over 220 delegates from 32 countries, heads and leading specialists of 80 oil and gas companies, representatives of relevant ministries and departments, international organizations and financial institutions, diplomats and scientists, and journalists.
The conference participants discussed a wide range of issues related to cooperation in the energy sector. Special attention was paid to the energy diplomacy of Turkmenistan based on the principles of positive neutrality.
During the session titled "Energy diplomacy of Turkmenistan: transnational pipelines - key elements of sustainable development and energy security", the Ambassador of the European Union to Turkmenistan Diego Ruiz Alonso, Director General of CNPC Li Shulian, UN Special Representative for Preventive Diplomacy Natalya German and many other officials gave speeches. Julian Bowden, a researcher at the Oxford Institute for Energy Research (OIES), summed up the results of the first session.
The second session of the conference was devoted to the role of financial institutions as a driving force for development and stability. In the session, reports were made by the General Executive Director of the TAPI Pipeline Company Limited consortium Muhammetmyrat Amanov, acting Chairman of the Central Bank of Afghanistan Ajmal Ahmadi, representatives of the Asian Development Bank and Credit Suisse Bank.
Within the framework of the forum, online meetings were held between the heads of structural divisions of the domestic fuel and energy complex and their potential partners to discuss strategic directions of cooperation in the oil and gas sector.