Senior CPC official makes proposal for enhancing trade ties with Turkmenistan

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He Guoqiang, a senior official of the Communist Party of China (CPC), on Saturday pledged efforts to boost Sino-Turkmen economic and trade cooperation.

Speaking at a Sino-Turkmen trade and investment forum, He, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and secretary of the CPC's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, put forward a four-point proposal:

First, to strengthen the good momentum of cooperation. Chinese and Turkmen leaders have viewed the bilateral relations from a strategic height and supported each other on issues of their grave concern, thus creating good political conditions for furthering bilateral economic and trade cooperation, He said.

Under the new circumstances, China is ready to work with Turkmenistan to cement the political foundation to upgrade bilateral economic and trade cooperation, he added.

Second, to expand the spheres of economic and trade cooperation. China and Turkmenistan should bring their economic advantages into good play to boost their long-term, stable and mutually beneficial energy cooperation, while expanding cooperation in the non-resources sector, He said.

He stressed the importance to boost cooperation in such key areas as transportation, telecommunications and infrastructure construction and cultivate new growth points in investment and trade.

Third, to strengthen policy guidance. The trade departments of the two countries should use their intergovernmental cooperation mechanisms to provide macro-guidance and coordination to facilitate trade and investment.

China stands ready to work with Turkmenistan to improve bilateral cooperation mechanisms and innovate cooperation models to create a better environment for bilateral economic and trade cooperation, He said.

Fourth, to promote pragmatic cooperation between enterprises. China will continue to encourage its enterprises to invest in Turkmenistan, and also welcomes Turkmen entrepreneurs to do business in China.

It is the common wish of the two peoples to deepen economic and trade cooperation, He said, hoping that the business circles of the two countries would bring into play their advantages in technology, funds, talents, and industry to advance bilateral cooperative projects and make greater contributions to Sino-Turkmen trade cooperation.

More than 200 entrepreneurs and trade officials from both countries attended the forum.

Turkmenistan is the last leg of He's five-nation tour which has taken him to Italy, Iceland, Norway and Lithuania.

Source: Xinhua


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