Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, minister of state attached to the minister for Europe and foreign affairs, will be visiting four Central Asian countries – Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Kirghizstan – from April 15 to 20. During his discussions, he will focus on expanding economic relations, and will introduce his interlocutors to Pascal Lorot, who has been appointed the minister’s special representative for economic diplomacy in Central Asia.
In Turkmenistan, the minister – accompanied by representatives of some 15 French companies – will co-chair the third session of the Joint Economic Committee, which will conduct a sector-by-sector review of current economic projects and new prospects for cooperation. Mr. Lemoyne will also visit the Turkmen Museum of Fine Arts, which displays ancient objects discovered during excavations by the French-Turkmen Archeological Mission.
In Uzbekistan, the minister will follow up on projects discussed during President Mirziyoyev’s visit to France and his meeting with President Macron. He will visit Tashkent and Samarkand, where the French Development Agency is financing an urban waste management project. He will co-chair a business forum attended by some 50 representatives of large, small and medium-sized French businesses. Mr. Lemoyne will also visit several joint projects, including tourism development projects at the Bostanliq mountain site in Charvak.
In Tajikistan, the minister will attend a ceremony to officially turn over a control tower built and financed by France to the Tajik authorities on the airbase of Dushanbe, as thanks for hosting a French air detachment between 2001 and 2014, when it was conducting air operations in Afghanistan. The construction of this tower marks the last step in the airport’s renovation, which got under way in 2004. Mr. Lemoyne will also mention the show “Au pays des fleuves d’or: archéologie du Tadjikistan” (“In the Land of Golden Rivers: Archeology of Tajikistan”) which will be on view at the Musée Guimet in November 2019, and will meet with members of civil society.
In Kirghizstan, Mr. Lemoyne will give a presentation on French know-how in mountain and remote-area rescue operations. In Bishkek he will inaugurate the new premises of the Institut Français d’Etudes sur l’Asie centrale (IFEAC) and will visit the Alliance Française and the Bilimkana Foundation’s European (“French-German”) School.