The Embassy of Turkmenistan
Address: Behrenstrasse 42, 10117 Berlin
Tel: +49 30 301 02 451
Fax: +49 30 301 02 453
Amb. Berdimurat Redjepov
Amb. Berdimurat Redjepov was born in 1957, he is married, and has three children. He was assigned as the Ambassador of Turkmenistan on 19th February 2020.
He graduated from the Kyiv National University of Trade and Economics. As a Junior Research Fellow of the Turkmen branch he worked at the all-USSR research institute of the Ministry of Trade of the USSR in Ashgabat from 1981 to 1982. He fulfilled leading positions in the Executive Committee of the people’s deputies of Ashgabat, Turkmen Soviet Socialist Republic until 1989, Head of various departments at the Ministry of Trade until 1992, Deputy Minister, then First Deputy Minister of Trade and Resources until 1996, State Minister, Chairman of the State Commodities and Raw Materials of Turkmenistan until 1997, and State Minister and Chairman of the State Trade Corporation “Turkmennebitgaz” until 2000.
He was Governor of the Lebap region, Turkmenabat, as well as Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Mayor of Ashgabat, Head of the railway administration “Turkmendemiryollary”, Rector of the State Institute of Transportation and Communication. Between 2003 and 2012, he served as Ambassador to Germany; from 2012 until 2016, Ambassador to the Russian Federation, Bulgaria, Slovenia and Spain; Ambassador to Italy, Permanent Representative to the FAO, Ambassador to Israel and Spain from 2016 to 2020.
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.