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U.S.-Turkmenistan Business Forum

U.S. - Turkmenistan Business Forum Held in Ashgabat on November 15, 2013

Stephen Suttles of Bell Helicopters takes part in a session on expanding Turkmenistan’s transportation sector.

Stephen Suttles of Bell Helicopters takes part in a session on expanding Turkmenistan’s transportation sector.

U.S. Ambassador Robert Patterson delivers opening remarks at the Business Forum, November 12, 2013.

U.S. Ambassador Robert Patterson delivers opening remarks at the Business Forum, November 12, 2013.

Ashgabat, November 15, 2013 – The U.S. Embassy in Turkmenistan, in partnership with the Government of Turkmenistan and the U.S.-Turkmenistan Business Council, hosted a U.S.-Turkmenistan Business Forum on November 12, 2013, in Ashgabat. The Forum, the second the Embassy has hosted in 2013, convened speakers from academia and industry, as well as representatives of the U.S. and Turkmenistan governments, for expert-level discussions on the topics of communication, transportation, and innovative technologies. The event was held at Turkmenistan’s Transportation and Communication Institute. 
Over the course of the day, expert speakers delivered presentations on Turkmenistan’s transportation sector and its potential impact on regional infrastructure, the role of emerging information and communication technologies, and how innovative technologies can support Turkmenistan’s development. American companies participating in the forum learned more about business opportunities in the country and fostered relations with Government of Turkmenistan officials and local businesses.
“I would like to express my hope that today’s discussions will not only serve to deepen the commercial relationship between the United States and Turkmenistan, but also demonstrate ways in which America’s technology and know-how can help address some of the most important issues facing Turkmenistan,” U.S. Ambassador Robert Patterson said in his opening remarks.  “American companies stand ready to support the Government of Turkmenistan in its continued development initiatives, whether they be launching communications satellites into space or expanding the computer literacy of Turkmenistan’s students in this increasingly interconnected world.” 
Turkmenistan has ambitious plans to meet its growing need for telecommunication services and equipment (including mobile communication and Internet), introduce advanced technology across all sectors of the economy, and attract foreign investment. The government is also prioritizing the development of a robust transportation sector and has already initiated large-scale reforms to improve its road, rail, and air infrastructure, including plans to construct 1,800 new facilities throughout the country at a total cost of $40 billion this decade.