ArmInfo.The Caspian Sea possesses enormous reserves of oil and gas, which can be the driving force of development. On May 13 in Yerevan at the conference "The Caspian Sea - a Sea of Opportunities", initiated by the Embassy of Turkmenistan in Armenia and dedicated to the First Caspian Economic Forum, which will be held on August 12 in "Avaza" National tourist zone, Deputy Ambassador of Iran to Armenia, Ali Naser Sobhanipour stated.
At the same time, he stated that cooperation between countries in the field of oil production and exploitation, as well as oil and gas swaps are those issues that are always on the agenda of the discussion of the Caspian littoral countries. "The Caspian Sea, which is the largest lake in the world, with its potential for transporting energy, tourism and bioresources, needs more attention, including from the point of view of environmental protection. To achieve these goals, closer cooperation between the Caspian states is necessary. Fortunately, the political will of the five Caspian states made this sea a sea of peace, friendship, development and mutual cooperation, "the Iranian diplomat said.
According to him, the unique geographical location of the Caspian Sea, and the established corridors from North to South and from East to West, have made regional cooperation imperative. "These are two important corridors - connecting Iran and many Asian countries of the Caspian Sea to Central Asia, the Caucasus, Russia and Europe. And transit of 5 Caspian countries is of particular importance. Iran provides road, rail and port transit opportunities with technical equipment in ports in the Caspian Sea, The Persian Gulf and the Oman Sea may become a link between the coastal countries of the Caspian Sea and the Persian Gulf and Oman, "the diplomat concluded, adding that economic development of the region, through a common policy of interaction.
To note, on August 12, 2019, the first Caspian Economic Forum will be held in the Avaza National Tourist Zone of Turkmenbashi, in which members of governments, heads of ministries and departments from all Caspian states and the entire region are expected to attend. The purpose of the Forum is to create conditions for large projects, a discussion about the role of the economy of the Caspian region in a global context, investment attractiveness in the fields of industry, energy, agriculture, trade, tourism and other industries of the Caspian littoral states of mutual interest. The first such forum in history within the largest region of the world, which is the Caspian basin, was initiated by President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow the IV Summit of the Heads of the Caspian littoral states, held on September 30, 2014 in Astrakhan (Russian Federation).
This initiative is based on the fundamental vision of Turkmenistan of the strategic importance of the Caspian Sea in regional and interregional geopolitical and geo-economic processes, and its role as an important transit-transport and logistics hub, necessitating further joint efforts of the Caspian states. The development of fruitful cooperation with the countries of the Caspian region has been and remains a principled position, and in this regard it is among the priority vectors of the foreign policy of Turkmenistan. The agenda of the First Caspian Economic Forum will cover a wide range of issues that will later form the basis of promising areas of interaction between the participating states. It is assumed that such topical issues regarding the intensification of trade and economic relations, including the creation of conditions for the development and implementation of large-scale projects, will be proposed for consideration for the exchange of views and constructive discussion.
On the margins of the Forum, it is also planned to hold the International Exhibition of Innovative Technologies of the Caspian States on August 11-12, 2019, which is intended to become a center for establishing business contacts and getting acquainted with new technologies, services and solutions in various areas of the economy, including the fuel and energy sector, transport and logistics , industry, commerce, tourism and many other areas.