UNDP, UNCTAD to help Turkmenistan in digitization of export/import operations

ASHGABAT  — The signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan on joint cooperation on assistance in implementation of the Single Window for Export-Import Operations in Turkmenistan took place in Ashgabat, UNDP Turkmenistan said on October 13.

During the ceremony, Mr. Rashid Meredov, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, Ms. Mirjana Spoljaric Egger, UN Assistant Secretary General, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Regional Director for Europe and the CIS and Mr. Mukhisa Kituyi, UN Under-Secretary-General, Secretary-General of the UNCTAD confirmed the joint commitment towards continued cooperation between the Government of Turkmenistan, UNDP, and UNCTAD.

The purpose of the Memorandum is to strengthen collaboration between the parties in areas of common interest. Within the joint project “Single Window for Export-Import Operations” the interested parties are going to intensify digitization, simplify and harmonize business processes for inter-agency partnership and strengthen Turkmenistan’s position in global economic space.

Ms. Mirjana Spoljaric Egger, UN Assistant Secretary General, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Regional Director for Europe and the CIS said: “This MoU builds on the established fruitful collaboration between the parties, but it is forward-looking: it will help to strengthen UNDP’s partnership with the Government of Turkmenistan and UNCTAD to continue support in the area of digitalization of customs services.”