His Excellency, Suhail Al Mazroui, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, confirmed that UAE companies operating in the transport sector have great experience in developing the infrastructure of landlocked developing countries. Therefore, to maximize the benefit and enhance joint cooperation, the UAE, represented by Abu Dhabi Ports, has signed several agreements to launch logistics and shipping operations, and develop transport service infrastructure to enable goods to access world markets at competitive costs.
H.E. Presided the delegation of the United Arab Emirates to the Ministerial Transport Conference of Landlocked Developing Countries, which kicked off on Monday, 15 August 2022 in the Avaza District, City of Turkmenbashi , Turkmenistan in the presence of H.E. Ahmed Al Hai Al Hamli, State Ambassador to Turkmenistan; H.E. Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Managing Director and Group CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports Group; H.E. Ahmed Al Masawi Al Hashimi, Executive Director of Passengers Sector, Etihad Rail; several senior officials at the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure; and Their Excellencies Ministers of the countries participating in this Conference.
H.E. Suhail Al Mazroui started his remarks by thanking the Republic of Turkmenistan; the United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS); the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs; and all those in charge of organizing the conference in the most important and prominent time to contribute to shaping the future decades and identifying the future destination of transport sector with its various components.
H.E. said: “We are pleased to participate in this conference, and highly appreciate the fact that the Government of Turkmenistan hosted this international conference for its great role in promoting international cooperation and stimulating transport support companies. The "COVID-19" pandemic has highlighted the need to make global transport one of our top future priorities; the need to integrate landlocked developing countries into value chains and global markets; and the need to increase regional connectivity and transport corridors through physical infrastructure, cross-border facilitation systems, as well as the development of measures to mitigate the increasing risks of climate change and damage to transport infrastructure, in order to overcome challenges and turn them into real opportunities."
H.E. added:" Under the guidance of our good leadership, the UAE is aiming to open new trade routes to enhance the capacity and coherence of the logistics sectors within Central Asia, which will help to drive economic growth and strengthen our relations between our countries. In light of the ongoing economic, environmental and social challenges, the need for the development of sustainable, faster and smoother transport systems has increased. Therefore, we must explore best practices for the establishment of new corridors and the development and management of existing corridors".
On the sidelines of the conference, H.E. Suhail Al Mazroui, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, met with H.E. Raşit Meredow, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan; H.E. Mammetkhan Chakyev, Director General of Transport and Communications Authority of the Turkmen Council of Ministers; H.E. Rostam Ghasemi, Minister of Transport of Iran; and several representatives of the governments of the states participating in the conference. During these meetings, ways of developing bilateral relations in the field of transport were discussed.