The national exposition of Turkmenistan at the 2012-EXPO
There is no need to prove today that the wellbeing of people does not depend on how easily people will conquer nature, but on how reasonably they will treat it not just using its gifts and opportunities, but also helping to protect them from depletion and destruction. It was mentioned in the congratulatory address of the Director-General of the European Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea. He also underlined the significance of the visit of the Turkmen delegation to Korea and participation of Turkmenistan in the 2012-EXPO given that this year the both countries celebrate the 20th anniversary of establishing the diplomatic relations.
Expressing admiration for the rapid paces of the positive changes and economic growth of Turkmenistan achieved due to the energetic and reformatory policy pursued by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, the Director-General of the European Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea highly appreciated the increasing role of independent neutral Turkmenistan on the international arena, its active work within bilateral and multilateral formats. Emphasizing that the Turkmen leader's official visit to Korea in 2008 offered a powerful incentive to the partnership in various spheres - from energy resources to culture, the diplomat said that within the last four years the trade turnover between our countries had increased as much as ten times in spite of the global financial crisis . The high-ranking official as well as other speakers expressed belief that the exposition of Turkmenistan within the framework of 2012-EXPO would allow the Koreans and representatives of other countries to learn more about Turkmenistan and its potential.
After cutting the symbolic ribbon, all participants were invited to see the exposition of Turkmenistan dedicated to “Development and protection of coastal zones" disclosed in line with the general motto of the International exposition "Life of ocean and sea coast: diversity of resources and sustainable development ".
The structure of the exposition unites several areas: the Avaza National tourism zone, the Chamber of Commerce of Turkmenistan, the State Service of Maritime and River Transport of Turkmenistan, the Ministry of Environment of Turkmenistan, the Fish Industry Committee of Turkmenistan and the Committee for Sports and Tourism of Turkmenistan. The informative and visual richness of each of these areas allows visitors to learn more about the culture, history and the present day, the natural resources of Turkmenistan and its economic achievements in combination with the successes in implementing the environmental policies, including within the framework of the struggle against climate change.
A characteristic feature of the Turkmen exposition is the national colors. The national costumes, colorful Turkmen carpets, jewelry, ceramics, materials dedicated to legendary Ahalteke horses are showcased at the exposition with the aim to demonstrate the relationship between a man and nature through culture, art, traditions and heritage.
Within the framework of the business program of the national pavilion at the 2012-EXPO, the official representatives of the delegation of our country met with the Chairman of the organization committee of the International Exposition and the accredited representative of the Government of the Republic of Korea, EXPO Commissioner for International Relations, who shared their impressions of the Turkmen pavilion, and admired with its national flavor.
The representatives of the Republic of Korea expressed gratitude to Turkmenistan for participation in the International Exposition in Yeosu underlining the high level of organization of the Turkmen national exposition, its diversity and richness. During the meeting the sides discussed the issues of the preparations for the National Day of Turkmenistan at the 2012-EXPO on June 29, and the prospects for the Turkmen-Korean cooperation in the field of exhibition activities. In particular, it was noted that today Turkmenistan has strengthened its positions as a center of international forums, exhibitions and festivals, and has all chances to become the largest in Central Asia platform for establishing business and humanitarian relations between the countries of the world. In its turn, applying for the membership to the Bureau of International Expositions, Turkmenistan has expressed the interest in developing the dialogue in this sphere, and exchanging experience and new expo-technologies. Moreover, the sides exchanged their views on other promising areas of cooperation, which tremendous potential has been highly appreciated by many Korean businessmen, including a long-term partner of our country and one of the largest companies in South Korea - Hyundai Engineering, the Vice President of which took part in the meetings.
Within the framework of the first day of work of the Turkmen exposition at the 2012-EXPO, the representatives of several well-known Korean companies expressed their interest in establishing business contacts with Turkmenistan in a number of specific areas, including implementation of the project of the Avaza National Tourism Zone.
The International Exposition will work for three months till August 12.