Discovering TurkmenistanPietro Urso
Last January Iws led a mission of entrepreneurs in Turkmenistan in order to open new economic relationships.
The opening of diplomatic channels will bring a greater collaboration between countries with reference to the aspect of government as well economic and commercial. Turkmenistan is a country very difficult to deal with, there is the cult of the President and each decision is taken directly from him.
The country is also the second largest producer of gas in the world, so it is economically capable of being able to invest in many sectors: infrastructure, transport, tourism, safety, environment.
Several Italian companies are already working in Turkmenistan since the fall of the Soviet Union.
During the meetings organized by Iws with government ministers emerged the various areas where Italian companies can compete with other foreign companies present.
In the construction sector, Ashgabat, is characterized by the presence of Turkish and French companies; however the province seems still to offer interesting opportunities on public sector (hospitals, sports centers, logistics centers) and on the rail and road infrastructure.
The rail system is expanding and recently are doubled railway lines. However the rail transport system is still unsuitable. There is also need to adapt the terminal exchange at the border between Turkmenistan and Iran in order to permit the passage of trains to the international gauge.
In the coming years, the government also intends to improve the airport industry.
The tourism sector is constantly developing, especially in the area of Caspian Sea where it was built hotels. Currently lacking infrastructure for entertainment.
Turkmenistan is an important country, rich and with many opportunities for growth and for business development of Italian companies. Thanks to know-how and experience – focusing on technology sector- Italian companies are able to compete with foreign companies already present.