At the international transport forum held at the Avaza Congress Center, a ceremony of awarding certificates and awards was held, marking the new port of Turkmenbashi by experts from various organizations.
President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov was awarded special awards as the initiator of the project of the International Sea Port of Turkmenbashi. With these awards, the International Silk Road Chamber of Commerce (SRCIC) and the Confederation of Chambers of Commerce of the Asia-Pacific Region (CACCI) expressed support for Turkmenistan's integration transport projects that promote the convergence of the West and the East through the revival of the Great Silk Road.
The new seaport is also awarded with the award from the international consulting company “PricewaterhouseCoopers” and the German logistics and transport company “Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG” (HHLA), a certificate from the container terminal manager in the port of Hamburg, and the Dutch ports of “Zeeland Seaports”.
The port is also included in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest port below sea level. The collection of world records noted in the same category - "the largest artificial island below sea level" - an artificial bird island constructed during the construction of the port in order to protect the avifauna.
Awards for contributions to environmental protection and bird protection during the construction of the Turkmenbashi port were awarded from the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology (Germany) and the University of Vienna.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov thanked the leaders of international organizations for the warm words addressed to Turkmenistan. As the head of state noted, our country highly assesses the readiness of these authoritative structures for cooperation, and also appreciates a meaningful and positive approach to the important and urgent issues brought to the forum today.
The head of state expressed his conviction that the fact of convening the current International Forum, the wide interest shown to it by politicians, specialists, experts, the media, speaks about the importance that the idea of revitalizing the Great Silk Road acquires in modern conditions. In this plan, prospects are opened not only in trade, economy, investment, but also in politics, culture, humanitarian ties, in strengthening friendship and cooperation between countries and peoples.
The current meeting is intended to contribute to these processes, to become one of those sites where the exchange of judgments is being carried out, constructive models of interaction are being developed, valuable professional ties are being established, the leader of the nation said. This is very important and very useful for further practical work.