Baku, Turkmenbashi, Aktau and Kuryk ports discuss joint measures to combat COVID-19 pandemic – May 20, 2020 On May 20, at the initiative of the Turkmenbashi port of Turkmenistan and the country’s embassy in Azerbaijan, the joint activities of four Caspian ports during the COVID-19 pandemic and other issues of mutual interest were discussed in a video conference format. Opening the event, Turkmen Ambassador to
Azerbaijan Mekan Ishanguliyev drew attention to the unlimited and efficient operation of the strategically important Middle Corridor. Mr. Ambassador noted that due to the pandemic, the volume of cargo handling along the corridor has increased significantly, but despite this, due to the close cooperation of the ports of Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan, there were no delays in cargo handling. The unlimited operation of the Middle Corridor took place on April 10 at the initiative of the President of Azerbaijan, Chairman of the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States Ilham Aliyev and in the format of the Non-Aligned Movement Contact Group. Deputy Director General of Baku Port Vahid Aliyev noted that the port operates in an intensified mode 24/7, and rapid disinfection is carried out. It was stated that in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, all truck drivers entering the Baku Port enter a special “temporary detention zone” created within the port. In this area, first of all, laboratory tests are taken from them and their health is monitored. Drivers remain in the temporary detention zone until the test results are available. Drivers who have not been tested for the virus enter the “sterile (clean) zone” of the port. It was noted that the same approach is applied at the “Red Bridge” customs border checkpoint, where the goods are mainly imported, and port employees, the State Customs Committee. He also organized a test with doctors from the DOCTOR and Reference Hospital. It was noted that Baku Port shared its experience in combating COVID-19 with the ports of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. The parties discussed the importance of close cooperation between the port and sanitary-epidemiological, customs and border services, as well as the intensity of electronic information exchange between the participating ports in the framework of the OSCE project “Promotion of green ports and connectivity in the Caspian region.”The online discussion was attended by Deputy Director of Turkmenbashi International Seaport Mardan Meretkilichev, Consul General in Aktau Mahammadnur Ovezov and Head of the Economic Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sabir Rzayev. Source: Port of Baku
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