The 5th Regional Technical Group Meeting of the Regional Infrastructure Confidence Building Measure (RTG Meeting of RI-CBM) of the Heart of Asia - Istanbul Process was held on April 3, 2017, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan in Ashgabat.
Experts and representatives from participating and supporting countries, as well as organizations of the RI-CBM, participated in this meeting. It was inaugurated by welcoming remarks of H.E. Mr. Vepa Hajiev, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan followed by the statements of Azerbaijan as co-lead of the RI-CBM and Afghanistan as the permanent chair of the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process.
The participants of the meeting reviewed the progress made under the implementation plan of the RI-CBM and discussed the status of implementation of various major infrastructural projects such as TAPI, CASA 1000, Lapis Lazuli Corridor, etc.
At the end of the meeting, Ministries of Railway Transport and Energy of Turkmenistan organized a panel discussion on the role of transport, transit corridors, and energy in the sustainable development of the region.