The Embassy of Turkmenistan
Address: Königin-Luise-Str-31, 14195 Berlin
Tel: +49 30 301 02 451
Fax: +49 30 301 02 453
Amb. Toyly Atayev
Amb. Toyly Atayev has been the Ambassador of Turkmenistan to Germany since May 2014.
He was trained as a philologist at Turkmen State University. He worked as a teacher from 1977 to 2002 and from 2002- 2006, Amb. Toyly Atayev served as Third secretary, Consulate of Turkmenistan in Mazari-Scharif, Afghanistan. Later on, he served as the First secretary, Counsellor in the Embassy of Turkmenistan in Germany from 2006-2012. From January to May 2014, Amb. Toyly Atayev was the Head of the department of European countries at the Foreign Ministry of Turkmenistan.
Turkmenistan sees Germany as an essential partner in the realm of foreign policy, along with the Russian Federation, China, Turkey and the United States. Political relations between the two countries are steadily growing in intensity. On the 27th of October 1991, Turkmenistan declared independence from the Soviet Union. Since 2011, Germany and Turkmenistan have held annual political consultations.
Economic relations between the two countries are good, but there is still room for improvement. Germany is Turkmenistan’s principal foreign trading partner in the European Union. German products are held in high regard, especially in the technology and health care sectors. Turkmenistan participates in a number of regional development cooperation projects.
In 2014, bilateral trade was worth EUR 414.3 million. Turkmenistan ranked third among Germany’s Central Asian trading partners in 2014, behind Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. There are approximately 100 registered projects involving German investments or partners in Turkmenistan. More than 50 German companies, such as Wintershall/ BASF and RWE, operate there, including 19 with registered offices or German representatives.
There is a German Business Delegate for Central Asia based in Almaty (Kazakhstan). Germany and Turkmenistan run a bilateral further-training programme for managers, under which some 25 participants are invited to Germany every year.
Cultural relations between the two countries are based on the cultural agreement which came into force in 2002. Since President Berdymukhamedov took office, there has also been a gradual opening in Turkmenistan, in terms of cultural exchange.