“I congratulate you on the start of The international gas Congress, held for the ninth time in Independent Neutral Turkmenistan, and wish you good health and success in the work of the forum”, – President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said in his welcoming speech.

Occupying one of the leading places in the world in terms of hydrocarbon reserves, Turkmenistan seeks to use rich natural resources for the benefit of its own and other peoples. In this context, the international gas Congress has a great role to play. We are particularly pleased with the purposeful work and achievements in recent years in the fuel and energy sector of the country.

The international gas Congress is given great importance as a forum that contributes to the successful implementation of important programs to accelerate the pace of industrialization of the country, the diversification of the national economy, attracting investments for the joint development of oil and gas fields, increasing the production of products in high demand in the world markets, the message says.

The experts participating in the IX International gas Congress of Turkmenistan, along with other relevant topics, discuss and exchange views on issues of diversification of export routes of natural gas, energy security at regional and global level, the operational capabilities of gas pipelines, gas processing, development of priority directions of attracting investments in gas processing industry. We expect answers to many topical issues from the work of this Congress.

Having firmly established itself among the powerful energy States, Turkmenistan is ready to continue to increase mutually beneficial cooperation in order to effectively use the rich hydrocarbon resources. Development of the gas industry, launching and bringing to full capacity of petrochemical and gas chemical industries, expanding the export opportunities of fuel and energy, establishing fruitful cooperation at the regional and global levels will increase the economic potential of Turkmenistan.

The favorable geopolitical position of our country creates good conditions for the implementation of large-scale international projects. An example of this is the main gas pipelines stretching from Turkmenistan to neighboring States. In the coming years, they will be supplemented by the construction of the transnational gas pipeline Turkmenistan-Afghanistan – Pakistan-India. Its implementation will make a significant contribution to the further development and modernization of the fuel and energy industry, the address reads.

The Turkmen land is a storehouse of natural resources. Only the giant gas field "Galkynysh" is a clear proof of this. By implementing a strategic partnership in the energy sector with various countries, Turkmenistan is expanding its European, Asian, far Eastern and South-Western directions, establishing mutually beneficial relations with leading foreign financial and oil and gas companies.

In recent years, issues related to the search, production and industrial processing of natural gas are becoming increasingly important in the world. Taking an active part in this work, Turkmenistan proceeds from the constructive position that a positive solution to these problems will have a fundamental impact on the economic progress of not only our country, but also many other States.

“I am sure that this representative forum will become an effective platform for the exchange of experience, leading to the expansion of international cooperation in the gas industry”, – the President's address emphasizes.