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The World Weightlifting Championship starts in Ashgabat on October 28

State News Agency of Turkmenistan  /   19.10.2018

The World Weightlifting Championship will be held in Ashgabat on October 28 – November 10, 2018. Applications from 100 countries (9 states of Africa, 38 European countries, 29 Asian countries, 15 American and 9 Oceania countries) came for participation in the competitions. Therefore, arrival of 800 of foreign sportsmen and 1500 representatives of different countries including referee teams, journalists, etc. are expected. 500 volunteers from the universities of Turkmenistan have been trained for servicing of the tournament.

Works for development of the website of the championship, accreditation of the participants are carried out. Uniform for volunteers, organizers and Turkmenistan team is prepared by the facilities of the Ministry of Textile Industry of the country. Ticket sale for the opening ceremony of the competition has started in Berkarar Shopping and Entertainment Centre and in Ashgabat Park. The Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs and the Ministry of Culture carry out relevant works.

Key aspects of the state life are reviewed at the session of the Government of Turkmenistan

State News Agency of Turkmenistan  /   12.01.2018  /  

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov held the first session of the Government this year where the main subjects of the state policy aimed at further dynamic development of the country and prosperity of Turkmen people were discussed.

Having announced the agenda, the Head of the State gave floor to Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers G. Myradov who reported on the situation in the structures under his supervision. The Vice-premier also reported on the activity of the General State Service Turkmenstnadartlary including on the practical measures for consolidation of equipment and facilities base of the State Reference Centre and its provision with modern equipment, improvement of regulatory and legal documents in this sphere.

Speaking of steadfast international accreditation of the central laboratories of this department, the Deputy Chairman, the Head of the Government informed that the Temperature Laboratory of the State Reference Centre was one of the first that passed this procedure by Slovakian National Accreditation Service (SNAS) and received relative certificate.

Having listened to the report, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that provision of single measuring system used in all branches of Turkmen economy is one of the main functions of the State Reference Centre. Credibility and accuracy of the measurements has social, economic and political importance for our country, Turkmen leader continued, having highlighted that quality and safety control of productions and goods as well as work and services have to meet universal standards.

Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers O. Gurbannazarov reported on the activity of the facilities in his sphere as well as on preparation to the participation of Turkmenistan in Universal Exposition EXPO 2020. National exposition will be represented in the forum, which is to be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from 20 October 2020 to 10 April 2021 under the slogan "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future". It was informed that at present time, relative works with the Organization Committee of EXPO 2020 are carried out.

Summing up the report, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that for our country, the participation in this universal exposition gives the opportunity to demonstrate the achievements of Turkmenistan to the world’s community, introduce targeted programmes of different sectors of the economy, richest cultural heritage of Turkmen nation as well as provides the promotion of domestic technologies, scientific developments, goods and services to foreign market. EXPO 2020 will serve as efficient ground for establishment of new contacts, share of practices in various spheres, expansion of the geography of beneficial cooperation with foreign partners, the Head of the State said, having addressed Vice-premier with specific assignments.

After, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers M. Babayev reported on the work for further improvement of fuel and energy complex and on the measures taken for successful realization of the Programme of developemtn of oil and gas industry of Turkmenistan until 2030. The information of the project of construction of the Exhibition Centre «Sergiler merkezi» prepared by the State Concern Turkmengaz in Avaza National tourist zone was presented.

Having noted the necessity of proper measures for steadfast fulfilment of the works outlined in the programmes of development of domestic fuel and energy complex aimed at the consolidation of its industrial and export potential, modernization of branch infrastructure based on application of modern technologies and advanced developments and active investment policy, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov addressed the Vice-premier with number of specific instructions.

Having touched the subject of the project of the Exhibition Centre in Avaza, the Head of the State highlighted that all facilities built on Caspian coast have to be distinguished by originality and harmonically merge into overall architectural ensemble of tourist zone.

Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers E. Orazgeldiyev reported on seasonal works on agricultural fields of the country.

Having listened to the report, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov defined the increment of wheat and cotton production, improvement of the soli condition of arable lands, their provision with water among the main objectives of the industry, which are also the key directions of agrarian reform in Turkmenistan. The Head of the State requested the Vice-premier to carry out all seasonal agricultural campaigns in optimal time. Specific instructions were also given on implementation of advanced agrotechnical methods in plant growing sector of the agricultural complex.

After, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers M. Aydogdiyev reported on preparation to the opening of glass factory «Türkmen aýna önümleri» in Ovadandepe, Ahal Velayat, which was built under the realization of the state programme on import substitution. The facility is equipped with modern hardware and technologies for glass processing from the leading world’s developers and manufacturers and is oriented at the production of different types of glass and various clear and coloured glass bottles. Turkmen specialist had special training for preparation of high quality personnel in glass production sphere.

Summing up the report, the Head of Turkmenistan noted that national economy including such perspective direction as construction materials and production of different glass ware from local raw materials will be considerably improved after opening of modern industrial complexes equipped with advanced high technology equipment. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted that opening of new facility will allow satisfying the needs of internal market of the country in high quality production of own make.

After, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers D. Amangeldiyev reported on the course of construction of new combined power station on the territory of Mary State Power Station. Total capacity of the power station with four gas turbine 263.25 MWt each and ywo steam turbines 260.5 MWt each will be 1574 MWt. Commissioning works are carried out at the power plant at present.

Recently, large-scale projects for modernization of existing and construction of new modern gas turbine power plants are realized, new electrical lines are laid, dozens of power distribution substations are built, the system of energy provision of the capital, other cities and settlements of the country is renovated, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted.

Having focused the attention at the issues of energy cooperation, the Head of the State noted that diversification of energy resources and establishment of new infrastructure are the strategic priorities in this sphere. Having highlighted that at present time, the issues of equal guaranteed access to the energy sources and their supplies acquired global scale, the Head of the State noted that constructive initiatives of our country on the provision of global energy safety are aimed at the achievement of this target.

Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers B. Annameredov reported on the work for expansion of Internet network. The Vive-premier informed that new tariff plans were introduced to satisfy the requirements of the population in these services. As a result, the number of users were considerably increased. After putting of the internal internet system into operation, the clients of Altyn Asyr cellular operator have the access to mobile TV, which gives opportunity to watch seven channels of Turkmen television by mobile phone holders.

Continuing the session, the Vice-premier reported on integrated measures for provision of high quality transport services to tourists and passengers arriving in our country including in Avaza National tourist zone. In this context, it was informed about the putting of different types of new buses into operation.

Having listened to the report, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted that as a result of integrated modernization and diversification of branch infrastructure, application of advanced equipment and innovations, ramified communication system is functioning in the country and terminal of information resources is developed. Developed automated network of telephone stations including the cellular ones as well as high-speed internet and data transfer channels allow rendering communication services on proper level, the Head of the State continued, having requested to take the measures for technical provision of stream broadcasting and expansion of the capacity of internet channel.

Uninterrupted operation of all systems of the economy, organization of coordinated public transport are among priority objectives of today, the Leader of the Nation said. All modifications of transport vehicles received by Turkmenistan undergo the test for compliance to local climate conditions, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted, having highlighted important role of public transport in passenger traffic.

After, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers A. Garajayev reported on the situation in the sphere under his supervision and preparation to the Days of Belarusian Culture in Turkmenistan on January 24 – 26. It was informed that cultural action is organized according to the Programme of cooperation in 2017 – 2020 between related ministries of two countries to mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between our states. The concert of art masters, photo exhibition, movies demonstrations, meeting of Belarusian writers with Turkmen colleagues are planned during the Days of Culture.

Having focused the attention at the organizational issues of the Days of Culture of the Republic of Belarus in Ashgabat, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted the importance of coming action in further consolidation of friendship and cooperation between our nations. The Head of the State noted that at the modern stage, Turkmen – Belarusian relations have constructive and steadfast character and are developed for the sake of both countries.

Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Minister S. Toyliyev reported on the situation in the spheres under his supervision and on the work for preparation to international rally Amul – Hazar 2018, bicycle ride and running marathon along these routes. In this regard, Draft Resolution on institution of relative organizational committee and approval of its composition was presented for review to the Head of the State.

Having listened to the report, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that such actions are to support active attraction of Turkmenistan citizens, especially the youth, to do regular sports, further development of mass physical and health improving movement in our country and improvement of the country’s prestige as sport power. The Silk Road was uniting different states and nations throughout the centuries serving to consolidation f friendship and understanding between them. It made huge positive effect on the development of human civilization in general.

In modern conditions, unique heritage of the Silk Route becomes the basis for the development of new topical forms of cooperation in Eurasia and neutral Turkmenistan makes considerable input to this process, the Head of the State said.

Having approved and signed the Resolution, the Head of the State requested to take all necessary measures for preparation and organization of high level of international rally Amul – Hazar 2018, bicycle ride and running marathon along this route.

Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Foreign Minister R. Meredov made report on the preparation to working trip of Turkmenistan delegation to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the city of Islamabad for the consultations between foreign departments of two countries.

The agenda f the meeting will include the subjects of further development of traditionally friendly interstate relations, beneficial cooperation between Turkmenistan and Pakistan in its priority directions where important role is given to bilateral Intergovernmental Commission. Special attention is to be paid to the implementation of the project of construction of Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Pakistan – India gas line and other important joint projects in electrical energy and communication, transport and communication spheres. Number of bilateral meetings are also planned during the visit.

Having noted that consolidation of fruitful relations with the neighbours in Asian region including with the Islamic Republic of Pakistan is one of the key vectors of foreign course of neutral Turkmenistan, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov stated with delight high level of interstate relations dynamically developing on multilateral level as well under competent international and regional organizations.

The Head of the State highlighted that constructive and trustful character of Turkmensitan – Pakistan dialog allows our countries successfully implementing the plans of cooperation and entering new actual directions resting on considerable potential in different spheres including trade, economic and energy spheres, transport and communication sector as well as on humanitarian and cultural contacts.

The Head of the State gave number of relative assignments related to further steadfast development of Turkmen- Pakistani relations built on the principles of equal rights, mutual respect and long terms to the Vice-premier.

Chairperson of the Mejlis A. Nurberdiyeva informed on the work of the Parliament of the country for further improvement of national legislation as well as on the activity for the expansion of inter-parliamentary contacts and share of practices in law making sphere.

The Head of National Parliament informed about the preparation to the working visit of the Mejlis delegation to the Islamic Republic of Iran for the participation in the 7th Conference of Muslim parliamentarian women of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Islamic Cooperation Organization as well as in the 13th session of this international structure.

Having focused the attention on the subjects of consolidation of the cooperation in international legal relations, the Head of the State noted the importance of sharing of the practices of the deputies with foreign colleagues and using of international experience in law making activity.

In modern age, efficient use of the opportunities of parliamentarian diplomacy gains special relevance what is to support the expansion of international partnership in bilateral and multilateral formats, Turkmen leader continued. In this context, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted the importance of further inter-parliamentarian collaboration as well as steadfast development of the relations with specialized UN agencies and other competent structures including the Islamic Cooperation Organization.

After, Secretary of the State Security Council, Defence Minister Ya. Berdiyev made report to the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of Turkmenistan on general situation in security forces and on the fulfilment of the assignments given by the Head of the State earlier.

Having appreciated the input of military personnel to the success of the country in steadfast development, the President noted that the Government would continue taking care of making of the conditions for fruitful activity of military and law enforcement agencies staff, improvement of their professional and educational level and service, social and living conditions.

Other matters of the state life, on which relative decisions were made, have been reviewed at the session of the Cabinet of Ministers.

In the end of the session, Presdient Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov wished great success in work to all the participants and prosperity to Turkmen people in the year under the slogan “Turkmenistan – the Heart of the Silk Road”.

The IMF experts give positive development forecast of Turkmen economy

State News Agency of Turkmenistan  /   07.10.2018  /  

Group of representatives of the International Monetary Fund headed by Natalia Tamirisa visited Ashgabat on October 1 – 5, 2018 for the assessment of development of macroeconomic and financial situation as well as for discussion of the challenges and priorities in economic policy of Turkmenistan.

During regular visit, the representatives of the largest financial structure held number of meetings with top personnel of the Government administration, representatives of business circles, financial sector and diplomatic community, during which they were familiarized with the main outcomes of financial and economic reforms in Turkmenistan. Based on the analysis of financial and economic situation, monetary and credit policy of the state, implementation of national programmes, objective conclusions and recommendations have been prepared and high assessment has been given to macroeconomic indicators and achieved success.

At the end of the visit, Mrs Tamirisa made a statement saying that indicators of economic growth in Turkmenistan remain stable in general. At the same time, it was noted that changes of correlation between internal demand and export have happened in the structure of economic growth with the increment of export share, which was mainly caused by the measures for import reduction.

Press release of the IMF also says that increment of prices on oil products in the world market make positive influence on the economy of our country, its foreign trade turnover and fulfilment of the State budget. According to the experts, growth of export volumes of natural gas, petrochemical and other products would support economic growth of Turkmenistan in future.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted in his speech at the session of the People’s Council on September 25 this year that development of oil and gas industry has been and remains to be one of the directions of economic progress of the country for the years of independence as the facilities for production of hydrocarbon resources, their processing and export are the most profitable and perspective for Turkmenistan. The Head of the State highlighted establishment of new branches, which are to provide the diversification of export capabilities as well as the formation of developed multi-optional pipeline network of energy resources supply, among perspective vectors of energy strategy.

The statement of the head of the IMF mission justifies the recommendation for further economic growth of the country, which are consonant with programme objectives outlined at the session of the People’s Council.

Therefore, it is necessary to continue reconfiguring the measures for further reduction of external misbalances, improvement of competiveness and achievement of the goal for provision of stable, diversified and comprehensive growth. It is also important to pay special attention to projects in development of the infrastructure, education and health protection, which support economic growth.

Announced decision on cancellation of free provision of water, gas, electricity and salt to the population form 2019 will also help to save the state resources and to stimulate efficient consumption of energy and water resources, the experts of the IMF think.

Continuation of the process of restructuration or privatization of the state facilities as a stimulus for change over to market relations will allow improving the efficiency and production and, at the same time, reducing the pressure of the state finances and surplus of foreign trade balance.

Liberalization of business regulation, establishment of equal conditions for all and better use of market-based measures will provide the development of private sector and creation of work occupancies.

In her statement, Natalia Tamirisa also noted that formation of human capital and training of youth in the skills required in private sector would allow supporting mid-term perspective of economic development. Modernization of the bases of tax and budget, monetary and credit policies together with improvement of quality and availability of economic and financial statistics would support the development and taking of the decisions, improvement of trust and attraction of foreign investments.

It is worth mentioning that President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov outlined specific measures and mechanisms on all directions mentioned in the IMF Press release for achievement of the goals laid in the basis of the Programme of social and economic development of the country in 2018 – 2024. In particular, the Programme formulated the objectives of full involvement of the resources and capabilities for stable growth of national economy, rapid transit to market relations, development of non-governmental sector, establishment of joint and stock ventures, improvement of activity of stock exchanges and security markets.

The Head of the State focuses on the improvement of personnel potential, transfer to digital economy and formation of informational community, development of market-based economy and entrepreneurship. Investments to human capital are of the most priority as reliable and rapidly profitable source of investments. Therefore, the investments to education and health protection remain one of the most perspective directions of the state policy.

The President has also initiated new phase of the reforms in national agricultural complex, which allowed increasing economic and export potential of the country, improving the wealth level of the population. System of beneficial crediting allowing wide attraction of provide entrepreneurs to development of processing industry structure in agriculture, production of high quality food products is also improved.

In general, the draft State budget of Turkmenistan in 2019 is based on the support of stable high rates of economic growth by intensive development of the branches and diversification of the economy, realization of large-sale and important investment projects that have international and regional significance.

Social policy of our state is aimed at the improvement of level and quality of life of the population and creation of the conditions for development of human capital, continuation of the reforms in educational sphere, development of health protection system of the population and provision of its social protection. For example, the volume of financing of social sphere will be not less than 75 – 80 percent from the total volume of expences of the State budget in 2019.

Significant part of the investments will be sent to development of hydrocarbon processing facilities, increment of energy sphere power capacities, chemical production and expansion of transport and communication complex.

Regular assessments and forecasts of the IMF invariable confirm that Turkmenistan confidently continues its social and economic development. National model of market economy with consideration of internal interests and trends of integrational processes of the world community is formed in the country in the process of multisided and multilevel reforms.

The International Monetary Fund is the partner of Turkmenistan in economic reforms and render technical assistance to the changes made by the Government. Next consultation of the IMF and Turkmenistan are planned in March 2019.

 

2018: Turkmenistan – the Heart of the Silk Road

“Building new roads and railways, seaports and bridges, our motherland revives the Great Silk Route in the third millennium” – President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said in his New Year speech to the Nation.

We are realizing this concept by not only building big transport infrastructure, routes and transit corridors. Our neutral independent state makes big contribution to the development and consolidation of political, trade and economic, cultural and humanitarian relations in international arena, the Head of the State highlighted, expanding the justification of 2018 slogan “Turkmenistan – the Heart of the Great Silk Road” up to comprehensive concepts and ideas about the peace and cooperation for the creation of better future for all humans.

The logistic strategy of the Head of the State visually demonstrates these priorities. Recently, such grandiose projects as the construction of International Airport in the capital, first part of International railway Turkmneistan – Afghanistan – Tajikistan, Kerky – Ymamnazar – Akina section, have been accomplished in Turkmenistan. Turkmenbashy Seaport, Ashgabat – Turkmenbashy autobahn and other facilities are under construction. Comfortable and safe international corridors with the involvement of railway, automobile, air, maritime and river transport are made in the country what, in its turn, provides sustainable development of the region, improvement of neighbour relations between the nations, consolidation of the cooperation and the increment of trade turnover volumes.

Turkmenistan turns into important intersection of the railroads, large transport and transit centre of Eurasia. Turkmen railway constructors work actively on building of the line from frontier station Serhetabat in Mary Velayat to Afghan city Turgundy. This important for neighbour country project was launched by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov on 29 November 2017, having blessed the start of the construction of the railway that opens large opportunities for Afghanistan to join transport and logistic system of Turkmenistan and entire region via our country.

This railway gives our southern neighbour the most favourable mode of export of the production to foreign markets and import of required goods. This project will also support to the increment of the volumes of interstate cargo traffic as well as to the establishment of Turkmenistan as the key transport and logistic centre of the region and the continent.

The development of transport communications becomes one of the most important conditions of efficient international partnership in our days. Turkmen people, who praised the construction of the roads as noble deeds, deservingly continue this tradition, the President of the country noted.

This subject is explained in details in the book of the Head of the State “Turkmenistan – the Heart of the Great Silk Road” based on the facts from national history, extracts of ancient legends and events of modern life of the country.

In his work, the President makes special mention that of the one of the fundamental roles in the establishment and active operation of the Silk Route, every branch of which deserves to be included to the UNESCO World Heritage List, belongs to Turkmens.

Therefore, successful realization of the largest transport projects by our country writes modern history and give new interpretation to the idea of the restoration of the Silk Route, which heart is neutral Turkmenistan according to President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

The roads of friendship and constructive partnership, which are built by our country, support the consolidation of the contacts under such large international and regional structures as the United Nations, Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Common wealth of Independent States, Economic Cooperation Organization. New routes created under active participation of Turkmenistan improve the role of our region in the provision of sustainable development in Eurasian space.

The function of the Silk Road in modern conditions is performed by international transport and logistic system, which is good foundation for establishment of political and economic dialog and became considerable factor of integration processes on the principles of good neighbourliness and mutual and versatile benefit.

Pipeline transportation can be related to this field as well. The construction of Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Pakistan – India gas line, which is to be laid across the places of this ancient caravan route, has been started two years ago. This project will support not only the solution of economic but also topical social objectives for participating countries. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov notes that integrated transport system involving all sectors of communications with precise technical and legal policy, coordinated mechanisms of cooperation is able to influence geopolitical situation defining close relations of its economic components with national strategies of the development of the countries.

Being an active participant of positive global processes, our country tries to make its input to the formation of new architecture of international relations based on balanced sustainable development. The Conference “Turkmenistan in new historical age: Large-scale programmes and capabilities” held together with the Ministry of Education and the Democratic Party in Magtumguly Turkmen State University on January 2 was dedicated specifically to this subject.

Heads and representatives of non-governmental organizations, students and teachers of number of high educational institutes of the capital, scientists and experts of scientific and research institutes and mass media took part in the work of the forum.

The participants highlighted that the reforms implemented under the leadership of President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov support unusual progressive renovation of social and political system and recognition of the authority of our state by the world community.

Steadfast implementation of the state programmes, fundamental reformation of all branches of national economy and transit to market relations as well as other factors made positive effect on unprecedented economic growth of our country on the background of economic unsteadiness in the world.

Special attention of the participants of the forum was focused on the cooperation of Turkmenistan with the UN, which activity is aimed at the peace around the world and sustainable development of the states of the planet. The partnership with specialized structures of this competent organization became the priority of successful foreign policy of our country oriented to the formation of new architecture of the global security, making of optimal conditions for the provision of universal stability, high level of social and economic development for the prosperity of the countries and nations in the world.

The speakers highlighted the positive role of large-scale reforms held under the leadership of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, which supports the study of the history of Turkmen nation, protection and popularization of its material and spiritual heritage, activation of scientific researches and attraction of the leading specialists from other countries to it. The purpose of such cooperation is to protect undisputable evidences of our ancient national culture for future generations.

Commenting on the result of their studies, the speakers confirmed the fact of the importance of the discoveries made of the territory of our country. Impressive outcomes of the work of archaeological expeditions allow international community to understand historical way of Turkmen people, to get familiar with the traditions and customs and to appreciate its priceless contribution into the world scientific and cultural progress.

The importance of Turkmenistan initiatives in transport and communication sphere, particularly the perspectives of the optimization of the network in North – South and East – West directions, which is to unite vast spaces from Pacific Ocean to Baltic and from the north of European continent to Indian Ocean, was highlighted.

Special attention was paid the popularization of the phenomenon of the Silk Route as the factor of the convergence of nations and cultures.

Today, Turkmenistan states with confidence of itself as of international tourism centre where modern infrastructure of the branch and its efficient model are made under the leadership and personal patronage of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

From the time primordial, Turkmen nation was famous with its traditions of hospitality, which acquire new bright sides, having absorbed the innovations in tourism industry. Historical and cultural identity and richest national heritage including Turkmen carpets and ahalteke horse famous around the world, ancient monuments and unique natural ecosystems allow the country improving its international rating in this field winning better positions in tourism market.

The trip along the Great Silk Road, which facilities include the monuments included to the UNESCO World Heritage List is one of the most popular tourist routes.

New feature of this historical route that became bright phenomenon of human civilization is embodied not only in trade and economic relations of the states but also in their humanitarian contacts as well as in sport field. Ashgabat 2017 Games that were held with the great success and gathered together not only 64 teams from Asia and Oceania, refugee sportsmen but also numerous journalists, spectators and tourists from all over the world.

As is known, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov proposed the idea to organize international rally from Amul to Hazar along the Great Silk Road.

Foreign participants of the rally would have a chance not only to familiarize themselves with the heritage of Turkmen people but also to see new life, which come to these legendary places together with fundamental social and economic transformations, scientific and technical progress and industrial development of the regions of the country that improves its role of important transport hub on the Silk Route in modern age.

The Head of the State also noted the necessity of making new tourist routes along this road involving not only the world famous but also less known historical and archaeological monuments of our country as well as its natural places.

If once upon a time, caravan paths crossing endless sands spread around the oases of prosperous cities then today, high-class autobahns and modern railways are running there. All of these, together with the immersion into the landscape environment will give the unique opportunity to the tourists to imagine the past and the future of this Route.

The advantage of geographic location of Turkmenistan on the crossroad of the main routes of the continent allows realizing national transport resource with maximum benefit in the development of economic relations and the wealth of cultural heritage – improving the role in humanitarian dialog between the nations.

Promoting this concept, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlights that the formation of modern ramified transport and communication system is one of the prisorities of the state policy of Turkmenistan, which is aimed at progressive social and economic development of the country and establishment of wide regional and international cooperation in the interest of universal prosperity.

Turkmenistan – USA: New perspectives of business partnership

While on working visit to the United States of America, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov took part in Turkmenistan – USA business forum. 

The meeting of the Head of the State with representatives of business circles of two countries is very important for further development of trade and economic partnership, opening of new spheres of joint efforts. It is also remarkable that it is held in the year of the 10th anniversary of the establishment of Turkmenistan – USA Business Council, which was founded by the initiative of Turkmen leader, which was proposed in New York’s Rockefeller Centre to the top management of hundreds of American companies and concerns. 

The President outlined key directions of large-scale reforms in Turkmenistan, especially on reformation of the economy, which provides stable high rates of development to the country. 

The speech of Turkmen leader was accompanied by the demonstration of video giving visual image of the dynamics of growth of the main branches of national economy of our country, its economic capabilities and big important regional projects that have been and continue to be implemented. 

Rich natural resources, favourable geographic location as well as steadfast ‘open door’ foreign policy stipulate the presence of serious perspectives for beneficial investments in Turkmenistan, the Head of the State said. 

One of the main goals of this policy to add new stimulus and impulse to intensification of national economy with long-term efficiency. In this aspect, the attraction of foreign investments to the country is top priority. 

Turkmenistan is very attractive in this aspect today. The study of the market made by independent experts showed that progressive reforms created the ground for rapid and qualitative social and economic growth of the country. 

Noting that Turkmenistan has the most optimal and harmonic conditions for expansion of international economic partnership in different spheres, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted oil and gas sector, energy, transport and communication, agriculture, textile industry and sphere of high technologies among them. 

The state provides significant support to the investors in the form of tax, custom, visa, insurance and other benefits. The share of investments in production of the Gross Domestic Product grows, number of investment projects and joint ventures increases and volumes of foreign trades expands in the result, the Leader of the Nation continued. 

Despite negative tendencies in the world market, the dynamics of Turkmen economy shows positive direction. For example, macroeconomic indicators for nine months of the year confirmed stable development of all branches. In general, the growth rate of the GDP is expected on 6.2 percent level this year. Positive dynamics is observed in foreign trade as well. High growth rates of the investment development from all sources of financing were noted. 

Legal framework of Turkmenistan, which was brought in accordance with the standards of international law, plays big role in attraction of foreign investors, the Head of the State highlighted. Progressive laws in tax, investment, entrepreneurship spheres have been adopted in the country. According to these laws, foreign partners working in Turkmenistan have certain benefits and preferences, which creates favourable conditions for long-term investments and expansion of partnership. 

Actual measures have been taken for improvement of stability of financial system of Turkmenistan, first, by the unification of foreign currency exchange rate and strengthening of national currency. 

Attractiveness of Turkmen market is largely due to social and political stability, availability of powerful resource base and modern legal system, which guarantees the reliability of the investments. This is proven by published reports of the experts of International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and European Bank of Reconstruction and Development. 

These big international institutes forecast further steadfast growth of Turkmen economy, improvement of investment rating of the country. 

Speaking that diversification of the economy is the main objective of the reforms, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that growth of production volumes in goods manufacturing spheres is the decisive factor of the growth in this sphere. Stable growth of volumes of foreign investments, the most part of which is sent to industrial sector, is exemplary in this regard. 

In his speech, the Head of the State called United States of America as one of the most important trade and economic partners of Turkmenistan. Bilateral cooperation in this sphere develops gradually, the growth of trade turnover grows. It increased by 27 percent only for the first half of 2018. 

Investment activity develops rapidly. As for today, 156 projects with the participation of American companies to total amount of more than two and half billion US dollars. 

We see big perspectives in attraction of American investments and technologies to scientific based and innovative productions, like electronics, computer and logistic service, education sphere and improvement of qualification of personnel in Turkmenistan, the President said. 

The Head of the State invited American partners to study the opportunity of their participation in the projects of construction of modern infrastructure in Turkmenistan. 

Cooperation in the context of creation of interregional transport and transit corridors in East – West and South – North directions with entry to Asian, European and Middle East markets was highlighted as strategic direction in this sphere. 

The Head of the State also emphasized active development of maritime transportation, construction of Turkmenbashy International Seaport has been accomplished in the country. These days, this is powerful, multiprofile terminal with advanced equipment. It creates the most favourable conditions for entry to trade and material markets of near and Middle East and the states of Indian Ocean basin allowing considerably saving the distance and time of big cargo traffic. Turkmenbashy is one of the largest hub of continental significance. 

Use of logistic capabilities of this maritime hub can be attractive for American business circles, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said, having suggested American partners to take closer look at this direction of cooperation. 

The Head of the State named another big project that has strategic importance. This is construction of Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Pakistan – India gas pipeline (TAPI), which was supported by international partners and big financial institutes. Undoubtedly, the project has huge perspectives opening new direction of energy routes. It will provide the fuel to such large and dynamically developing economies as Indian and Pakistani. In the future, it will give opportunity to entry other growing markets in Asian – Pacific region. 

The President of Turkmenistan made special mention that TAPI project is entered the phase of practical realization and American partners are able to access the opportunity of their participation in the project. 

Trade and investment activity in industry, agriculture, supply of aircrafts and equipment for national agricultural sector and water management were called as priority directions in development of relations with American business community. 

Good opportunities for American participation is seen in development of service sphere, especially in tourism sector of Turkmenistan, to which we pay special attention, the Head of the State said. 

The Head of the State also expressed the interest in cooperation in financial sphere, United States are largest financial centre of the world and we are interested in successful practice of establishment and operation of financial system of USA, banks, insurance companies, stock exchanges, the President noted. 

Economic strategy of Turkmenistan envisages staged growth of the share of private sector in the volume of the gross domestic product. 

It was mentioned that objectives of diversification of the economy of the country, its change to innovative way are quite interesting for American business community, which sees it as a good foundation for intensification of investment relations.

It was also said that it is important to switch from simple goods supplies to more complicated cooperation including service provision and training of personnel, formation of production and logistic chains for advertisement of new products. 

The fact that despite the world financial crisis Turkmenistan achieves high indicators of economic growth, which is good guarantee for activation of investment activity and development of big joint projects, was highly appreciated. 

The territory of Turkmenistan was important connecting link in development of commercial relations between the East and the West in the times of the Silk Road. Our country has the same function of transport intersection of transcontinental routes in new historical conditions. In this context, current forum will not only expand the opportunities for bilateral trade, economic and investment cooperation but also will serve as a contribution to development of international cooperation in bigger intercontinental scale. 

Therefore, trade and economic cooperation between Turkmenistan and USA enters new level in its development involving more and more companies and partners and continuing the dialog in traditional spheres and in new directions.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov congratulates the compatriots on New Year

  /   01.01.2018  /  

2017, the Year of Health and Inspiration that was filled with remarkable events is coming to the end. Saying goodbye to 2017, the year of successes and big achievements, we welcome the year of 2018 with big hopes and good wishes, - congratulation message of the Head of the State says. According to Chinese calendar 2018 is the year of dog, which has always been faithful friend, home and pet defender of Turkmen people. Our people say - The happiness is where the dog found the shelter.

The image of Vepaly the alabay was selected as a symbol of V Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games. As our ancestors used to say, the year of dog is characterized by plenty of rains, generous harvest and wealth.

Lot of work has been done for the sake of people and the country in the past year. Many new facilities have been built. Railway and automobile bridges Turkmenabat – Farab across Amudarya River, Garlyk Ore Dressing Complex for production of potassium fertilizers have been built in Lebap Velayat. In addition, new sport in Avaza National Tourist zone, new houses of Tyaze Zaman living estate in Ruhabat etrap of the capital, cottage village in Ashgabat, complex of buildings of new Municipal Services Institute. Centre of Endocrinology and Surgery of the Main Directorate of International Medical Centres have been opened.

Modern schools and kindergartens, living houses, roads and other facilities have been built and put into operation in all regions of the country. Foundation of new plants and factories, number of social and cultural facilities, which are to improve life level of the population, have been laid, - the message mentioned.

We started the construction of Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Pakistan – India gas line two years ago, which would be laid along the route of the Great Silk Road. For all countries participating in this realization, the project will support the solution of noted only economic but also topical social issues.

Big changes have been made in agrarian sector this year as well. Great success was achieved in creation of food abundance and provision of food security.

Big input of non-governmental sector of the economy to the development of the country is worth special attention. Showing the skills in all branches, the entrepreneurs work with the great enthusiasm and achieve great successes. Health protection, sports, science and education spheres were brought to new level.

We attach greatest attention t modernization of educational system. We build new modern secondary comprehensive and specialized schools, high educational institutes, pre-school facilities, health and entertainment centres. We systematically improve their equipment and facilities base. We will continue making the most favourable conditions for our youth, who our future belongs to, will be able to study, develop, work and bring the authority of the country to higher levels.

Today, the sustainable development and prosperity of the state mainly depend on developed sciences. Therefore, we will always pay great attention to rapid development of scientific sphere, implementation of high technologies and improvement of the efficiency of innovative practice.

Large-scale work aimed at the development of physical training and sport of high achievement has been carried out in 2017. V Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, which were bright example of huge attention our independent state pays to the development of mass physical health improving movement and sport, have been successfully held in the Olympic village of the capital.

In the beginning of the year, we adopted the Concept of Foreign Policy Course of Neutral Turkmenistan in 2017 – 2023, which stipulates the consolidation of the role of our independent state in the world, expansion of beneficial cooperation with other countries and international organizations.

Our sovereign state will continue moving forward heading the course of positive neutrality and peace-loving. The adoption of the Resolution on declaration of December 12 as International Neutrality Day by the United Nations General Assembly entirely proved total recognition of the constructiveness of our policy.

Broad and comprehensive cooperation with the United Nations Organizations was and remains to be strategic course of international activity of our neutral state. At present time, our independent country is the member of eight commissions, committees and councils of the United Nations. Turkmenistan was elected five times as the Vice-chairman of the General Assembly. Turkmenistan was the chairing country of the Energy Charter Conference in the last year. All of these indicate steadfast growth of international authority and efficiency of foreign policy of our neutral state, - the message says.

Being committed to the traditions of our people, we discuss all important issues with the elders and people, having their advice. We outlined the main vectors of the development of our state for the next seven years at the session of the Council of the Elders held in Ahal Velayat this year, having approved the Programme of social and economic development of the country in 2018 – 2024.

Large work was done in 2017 for the development of national culture, protection and popularization of our spiritual heritage. Ashgabat successfully hosted the Week of Culture, which programme turned into real celebration of art, national culture and its ancient heritage, what undoubtedly filled all of us with the senses of joy and pride. In 2018, we will organize the Week of Culture in Ahal Velayat.

Recently, the UNESCO included the art of kushtdepdy dance and singing into the List of non-material cultural values what became another fact of the world significance of the values of Turkmen culture and art.

The New Year, which we widely celebrate, undoubtedly will be the year of creative work and great achievements. We chose the slogan for 2018 – “Turkmenistan – the Heart of the Great Silk Road”. Our country restores the Great Silk Road in the third millennium and makes big contribution to the development and consolidation of political, trade and economic, cultural and humanitarian relations in international arena building new roads and railways, seaports and bridges.

In the next year, we will hold the first session of Halk Maslahaty (People’s Council). We will discuss important things at the session, during which we will outline specific ways for further development of our country, provision of peaceful, happy and wealthy life of people and conditions for creative work of the citizens.

Salary wages, pensions and state allowances as well as students scholarships will be increased 10 percent from January 1 for the improvement of life of the population and its social protection. This policy will be continued in the future.

New Year 2018 has come! Let it be the year of happiness, prosperity and great success for our sovereign Motherland! I wish you String health, family happiness, prosperity and wealth in New Year! My dear compatriots, I wish you Happy New Year 2018! - congratulation message of the Head of the State says.

UNDP and partners come together to improve the development strategy of the banking system of Turkmenistan

 

Ashgabat, August 14-16, 2018: The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and PwC join efforts to create an innovative development strategy and introduce the digital banking for the State Bank for Foreign Economic Affairs of Turkmenistan (TFEB). For this purpose, PwC and TFEB are developing a draft banking strategy that includes priority areas for the development of the bank in order to maintain the positions of the universal, competitive, largest bank of Turkmenistan, which responses to the highest international banking standards.

As a part of this cooperation, several events will be held to increase the knowledge of TFEB employees in the field of project management and financing, digital banking and IT security, new technologies and others. At the first stage, PwC conducted a three - day training for 25 employees of TFEB, focusing on project management and information security.

“Today, companies are often turning to the use of methods and principles of project management. This is due to the fact that project management helps companies to more effectively develop, plan and implement projects to achieve their goals,” noted Michael Adams, PwC expert.

This training plays a very important role, as it analyses the main aspects of improving the management structure and the implementation of the new technologies in the banking system. Thus, it will lead to the improvement and further integration of the banking system of Turkmenistan into the international financial system. There were also presentation regarding the key points of the implementation process of the project.

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After the adaptation of the global Sustainable Development Goals at the UN World Summit in September 2015, Turkmenistan launched the process of their adaptation at the national level.  With the focus on economic diversification, UNDP and TFEB launched a new project "Support in expanding access to International Development Finance”. As a result, they signed Project Document, implementation of which is being done by professional team of PwC, with the aim of improving the State Bank for Foreign Economic Affairs of Turkmenistan.
PWC is one of the leading international consulting companies, and is one of the Big Four auditors. And it is active in more than 158 countries around the world.
 

Joint session of the Cabinet of Ministers and the State Security Council

State News Agency of Turkmenistan  /   22.12.2017  /  

President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov held joint session of the Cabinet of Ministers and the State Security Council where Hyakims of the velayats and Ashgabat city have also been invited. Preparation to New Year celebrations and number of priority issues of domestic policy have been reviewed.

Having announced the agenda, the Head of the State gave floor for report to Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Foreign Minister R. Meredov. The Vice-premier, the Head of the MFA highlighted that according to the initiatives of Turkmen leader on December 20, 2017 at the 74th session of the 72nd UN General Assembly, all members of the United Nations unanimously adopted the Resolution on Strengthening the Links between all modes of transport to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Addressing Turkmenistan citizens and the members of the session, Head of the State Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted the importance of the adoption of the Resolution on Strengthening the Links between all modes of transport to achieve the Sustainable Development at the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly. The document expresses the support of the efforts of the Government of Turkmenistan for organization of the first UN Global Sustainable Transport Conference and notes with delight Ashgabat Statement on obligations and recommendations on political matters of this world forum. Ashgabat Declaration that became the final document of High-level International Conference “Role of Transit and Transport Corridors in Provision of International Cooperation and Sustainable Development” held in Turkmen capital in 2014 has also been mentioned.

In this regard, the President expressed sincere gratitude to the states who acted as the co-sponsors of the above-mentioned Resolution as well as to other UN members who supported it. Continuing the subject, the Head of the State noted that this was not the first Resolution of the UN General Assembly on transport subject. This fact as well as election of our country as the Chairman of the Energy Charter Conference in 2017 indicate comprehensive support and high evaluation of the policy of independent neutral Turkmenistan by the world community.

After, addressing the participants of the session, the Head of the State requested Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Foreign Minister R. Meredov to make proposals on the next Global Sustainable Transport Conference in Ashgabat or Avaza National Tourist zone based on the Resolution of the UN General Assembly.

Speaking to Chairperson of the Mejlis A. Nurberdiyeva, the President noted that following the above-mentioned Resolution, it is necessary to analyse related legislation and make appropriate amendments related to the proposals of the UN General Assembly on regional and interregional integration and development of the cooperation. It is also important to improve the planning of transport infrastructure and stipulate the increment and improvement of optimality of transport communication, the Head of the State said.

After, Deputy Chairman of the cabinet of Ministers G. Myradov reported on the development of the Draft Resolution on Transfer of Accounting and Financial Reporting to International Standards and Draft Resolution on Guaranteed Payment to Contractors for Construction and Reconstruction of the Buildings and Facilities. The Vice-premier informed that these documents were made under realization of the provisions of legal and regulatory acts. All related subjects were studied in details and coordinated in set order with number of the ministries and departments.

The information about financing of the construction project of gas turbine power station in Charjow etrap, Lebap Velayat, about practical measures taken under fulfilment of the activities outlined in the State Programme for privatization of government enterprises and facilities, about the salary payment in the ministries and departments, which are sponsored by the State Budget, and self-sustained enterprises has been presented.

Having listened to the report, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that it is necessary to continue the work for improvement of one of the most important complex of national economy, the financial, economic and banking sphere, for further comprehensive development. Having signed the above-mentioned Resolutions, the Head of Turkmenistan requested the Vice-premier to hold under control timely fulfilment of the activities outlined in these documents.

Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers O. Gurbannazarov reported on the activity of trade complex of the country, support of food abundance and on the work carried out by the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs for the development of production infrastructure.

Further increase of the role of private sector in national economy is defined as one of the key directions of the Programme of Social and Economic Development of Turkmenistan in 2018 – 2024. This Programme defines to entrust the construction, reconstruction and increase of production power of 56 industrial, agricultural and trade facilities and service sphere enterprises to the members of the UIET.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that the entrepreneurship is given with leading role in transition to the market system of the management, in initiation of new forms of economic activity and hence, it is important to make favourable conditions for the operation and development of small and medium business in the country and for support of the initiative of talented and enterprising people.

In his turn, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers M. Babayev reported on the situation in different sectors of fuel and energy complex and on the measures taken for further improvement of the activity of the branches under his supervision, on the work for high-level organization of ceremonial events on implementation on international projects in energy, transport and communications spheres with the participation of Turkmenistan and Afghanistan.

The information on uninterrupted supply of gas to domestic consumers in winter period was also presented. It was noted that relative conditions was made for that owing to the commissioning of East – West gas line that united different region in single gas transport system.

Summing up the report, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted important role of fuel and energy complex in national economy, having pointed out the significance of the increment of production and processing of oil and gas, production of various petrochemical items required in the country and the world markets as well as expansion of its variety.

During the session, the Head of the State signed the Decree on the appointment of Ya. Kakayv as the Advisor of the President of Turkmenistan on Oil and Gas Affairs.

Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers M. Aydogdiyev reporting on the situation in industrial sector informed on the measures for the development of fishery as well as on the provision of chemical industry with necessary materials for production of mineral fertilizers.

It was noted that relative measures for the consolidation of equipment and facilities base of fishery are taken for the support of food abundance on domestic market of the country, stable provision of the population with fish products as well as for protection and reproduction of fish resources.

The Vice-premier also reported on the work carried out by the State Concern Turkmenhimiya for procurement of new catalysts for the facilities producing nitrite fertilizers – Maryazot Production Association, Marykarbamid and Tejenkarbamid plants, for efficient use of their production capabilities.

Having listened to the report, the Head of the State noted that special attention is paid in Turkmenistan to the development of processing branches and production of high quality food products including fish production. Having emphasized the importance of full satisfaction of the population requirements in fresh fish and other production, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov addressed the Vice-premier with number of directions on this account.

Strategic role in the increment of the volumes of various and competitive production including mineral fertilizers, which are on high demand both in internal and foreign markets, is given to chemical industry, the Head of Turkmenistan highlighted. Having noted that it is necessary to continue developing and expanding local production of high-quality fertilizers and other chemical products for successful development of domestic agricultural complex, the President gave related instructions to the Vice-premier.

Reporting on the situation in the spheres under his supervisor, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers D. Amangeldiyev reported on the preparation to New Year celebration in Ashgabat.

In addition, the information about the work for the uninterrupted supply of the living houses and enterprises of the capital was given. Summing up the report, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted that the state energy policy is aimed at the satisfaction of the requirements of industrial complex, agriculture and social sector of Turkmenistan as well as on the increment of the export volumes of electricity to other countries.

After, the floor was given to Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers E. Orazgeldiyev who reported on seasonal agricultural works. It was mentioned that at present time, the first vegetation irrigation of the springs, mineral and organic fertilizing are carried out on the fields under wheat crops in accordance with agrotechnical standards.

The President demanded to increase the rates of implementation of certain direction of the development programmes of agricultural complex aimed at the increment of production volumes of various agricultural goods and at support of food abundance and increase of the export potential of the complex.

Having focused on the issues of further development of national horse breeding, the Head of the State pointed out the necessity to intensify the work for the increment of the livestock of ahalteke horse and training of high-qualified specialists in this branch.

Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers B. Annamerdov reported on the work in the branches under his supervision to Head of the State Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov as well as on the preparation of transport and communication spheres to New Year celebrrations. The information on receiving the approval on putting into operation of Yutong ZK6729 D buses and Toyota Hiace minivans was given.

In his report, the Vice-premier also reported on the work for launching of new trains in the schedule for Ashgabat – Kerki – Ashgabat, Ashgabat – Turkmenbashy – Ashgabat and Ashgabat - Dashoguz – Ashgabat directions for satisfaction of the population demand and improvement of the quality of service of passengers.

Number of domestic and international flights of Turkmenhowayollary Service will be increased during holidays. It is planned to open new flight Ashgabat – Erevan – Frankfurt – Erevan – Ashgabat.

Public transport movement in the capital and intercity directions will also be increased during New Year celebrations.

In addition, it was reported on the measures for organization of duties of all services providing entire vital activity of the cities and villages of our country in celebration days.

The President requested to hold under control coordinated and uninterrupted operation of all transport and communication systems during New Year celebration. Being the Deputy Chairman of the State Committee of Emergency Situation, Vice-premier received number of instructions on making of all conditions for comfort rest of Turkmenistan citizens during the holidays. Turkmen leader also pointed out the necessity to organize proper work of relative services.

Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers A. Garajayev reported on the preparation of Draft Programme of the events and activities related with the slogan of the next year “Turkmenistan - the Herat of the Great Silk Road” as well as with the symbol of 2018.

The Programme stipulates the conferences, creative meetings, musical performances and exhibition of historical values, which are to be held in the state historical and cultural reserves and in the place directly related to the history of the legendary route, the information on which was reflected in the work of the Leader of the Nation “Turkmenistan – the Heart of the Great Silk Road”.

The Vice-premier presented the samples of the symbols of 2018 to President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, in which the richest national heritage and achievements of modern Turkmenistan toward the peace, progress and spiritual development of the nation have been reflected.

Having listened to the report and approved relative programme and symbols, the Head of the State highlighted the importance of systematic work on careful protection and wide popularization of historical and cultural heritage of the nation.

Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers S. Toyliyev presented the Draft Resolution on the approval of the Concept of the improvement of study of foreign languages in Turkmenistan for review to the Head of the State.

The first phase of the project stipulates the study of the world practice in methodological provision, improvement of state standards and existing educational plans and programmes in 2018.

The systems of education and upgrading of teachers’ qualification, education and methodological base in this field will be improved and monitoring of the efficiency of this Concept will be launched on the second phase in 2019 – 2020. The third stage, in 2021 – 2024, stipulates the creation of gradual and interrelated system of teaching foreign languages.

Having signed the Resolution and approved the plan, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that implementation of modern computer internet technologies and multimedia in education process opens large opportunities in teaching of foreign languages including in distant format. All of these require the development of new teaching methods, training of qualified teachers. It is important to pay attention to the motivation of the students starting from early ages, the Head of the State said.

Chairperson of the Mejlis A. Nurberdiyeva informed on current law-making activity of National Parliament.

It was mentioned that the Mejlis working groups together with the specialists and representatives of different departments continue work on number of bills including on the development of the Law of Turkmenistan on Transport Security, the Law of Turkmenistan on Pledge and Mortgage, the Law of Turkmenistan on television and Radio Broadcasting, the Law of Turkmenistan on Legal Status of Scientific Personnel and other.

National Parliament works with the Central Committee on Elections and Referendums in Turkmenistan for the organization of the elections of the Mejlis deputies, velayat, etrap and city halk maslahaty as well as Gengeshy members.

Cooperating with the structural representatives of the UN in our country, the deputies participate in their activates. Information work in mass media and on sites is actively carried out.

Having listened to the information, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted exclusive importance of the modernization of national legislation taking into account modern realities of Turkmenistan development.

Secretary of the State Security Council, Defence Minister Ya. Berdieyv reported on the fulfilment of the assignments given earlier by the President of Turkmenistan, the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces and on preparation to New Year.

Having noted the importance of the provision of public order in coming days, the Head of the State focused the attention on preparation New Year celebration in all parts of the country.

After, President of Turkmenistan, Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the country, Army General Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov received the reports of the heads of military and law enforcement agencies who informed on the situation in their departments.

The President of Turkmenistan gave orders to the personnel of law enforcement agencies to provide the safety and high organizational level of New Year events, having given number of specific instructions in this context.

Later in the session, the reports of the hyakims of the velayats and the capital was presented. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov mentioned the importance of work in the velayats in the context of steadfast social and economic development of Turkmenistan, accumulation of production infrastructure and provision of food abundance on the country’s markets.

Concerning the main city of the country, it has to be exemplary by all indicators, the President highlighted, having requested to activate the work in this direction.

Summing up the session and having noted that not much time left until New Year, the President of Turkmenistan ordered to pay special attention to organization of duty services for the provision of coordinated operation of all systems of life support of the cities and villages during the celebrations.

 

The President of Turkmenistan and the Foreign Minister of Kuwait discuss priority spheres of cooperation

  /   13.03.2018  /  

In the afternoon, President of Turkmenistan, who is currently on official visit to the State of Kuwait, had a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister of Kuwait, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Board Chairman of the Kuwait Fund of Arabic Economic Development Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah at Al Jahran residence.

The Head of the State highlighted during the conversation that comprehensive expansion of cooperation with Middle East countries, which are based on the traditions of friendship, is among the most important priorities of foreign course of neutral Turkmenistan.

Turkmen leader stated that cooperation between our country and Kuwait is based on the principles of mutual respect, trust and transparency. Our states successfully cooperate both on bilateral basis as well as under the United Nations and other international structures. It was highlighted that Turkmenistan highly values the role and place of the State of Kuwait on international and regional arenas and considers it as its important partner in Arabic world.

Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al Sabah congratulated Turkmen leader on successful high-level talks and highlighted that Kuwait attaches great importance to consolidation of traditional relations with Turkmenistan and to the improvement of fruitful cooperation.

It was mentioned that the high-level meeting held earlier was historical milestone in Turkmen – Kuwaiti relation, having marked its new stage and achieved agreements would support efficient realization of the potential of bilateral cooperation. The people of both countries become closer by cultural and historical roots and high moral values that serves as a guarantee of the development of friendship and brotherhood.

Cooperation subjects in investment, trade and economic, energy, transport and communication, cultural and humanitarian spheres as well as the key aspect of international have been touched upon during the conversation.

It was particularly stated that Turkmenistan and Kuwait have the largest hydrocarbon reserves in the world what act as an important factor of mutual interest in cooperation in the sphere of development of the export of energy resources to international markets.

The Head of the State noted that at present fundamental changes are carried out in oil and gas industry and big projects aimed at the diversification of the export of energy resources are implemented in our country. Transnational gas pipeline TAPI that is very important for all countries of the region was mentioned among strategic projects. The construction of Afghan part of TAPI has been launched recently, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said, having made special emphasis that competent international financial structures take part in the project and that is widely supported by the world community.

In this context, the Deputy Prime Minister, the Foreign Minister of the State of Kuwait noted the appropriateness of the initiatives proposed by Turkmen leader in this field.

Neutral Turkmenistan cooperates with its foreign partners trying to implement social and economic programmes on international space on high level, the Head of the State said. At the same time, the willingness of Turkmen side to establish fruitful cooperation with Kuwaiti partners and to review beneficial proposals has been expressed.

Having highlighted the necessity of comprehensive intensification of bilateral relations, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah spoke for the expansion of the contacts between the business circles of two countries.

In the end of the meeting, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister of Kuwait exchanged good wishes and expressed the confidence in further improvement of the interstate partnership.

 

The aspects of diversification of cooperation between Turkmenistan and UAE are discussed

State News Agency of Turkmenistan  /   20.12.2017  /  

The second session of the Joint Committee on Cooperation between Turkmenistan and United Arab Emirates with the participation of representative delegation of the UAE chaired by Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdulla Bin Zayed Al Nahayan.

The agenda of the meeting included the outcomes of work for the realization of the agreements reached during the first session of the Committee held in Abu Dhabi in November 2012 as well as the issues of bilateral cooperation in such strategic directions as trade and economic sphere where steadfast growth was stated, fuel and energy, transport and communication, banking and financial sectors and cultural and humanitarian field.

As it was informed before during the meeting of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov with the delegation of the UAE, the Head of Foreign Department of friendly country expressed the willingness of business community of his country expand the cooperation in the investment field, particularly in fuel and energy and electrical energy complexes, in road and railway construction, participation in the project of construction of transnational gas line.

The growth of the interest of UAE business circles to our country is stipulated by the economy of Turkmenistan that is one of the most developing in the world what is proven by such competent financial structure as International Monetary Fund (IMF). The role of our country in the world political arena where it plays more important role in solution of global problems is growing. Sharing of the knowledge and technologies, scientific and technical innovations and investment cooperation are important directions of the collaboration.

At present time, Turkmenistan having huge resource potential performs fundamental transformation of industrial sector, creates new branches, accelerates the processes of industrialization and urbanization what considerably stimulates domestic consumption and opens large export capabilities.

Perspectives of the partnership in natural gas processing, making of gas products and the export to the world markets where big potential for beneficial consolidation of efforts is present were discussed during the session.

This is very actual today. The Programme of further development of gas and petrochemical branches for the next ten years was developed based on the analysis of the condition of the regional and world markets and existing and forecasted requirements for petrochemical production. As is known Turkmenistan has already started the realization of number of large-scale projects in this sphere.

For example, the plant for gasoline production made of natural gas is under construction in Ovadandepe, Ahal Velayat. The facility provided with modern equipment will produce 600 thousand tons of A 92 gasoline per year that meets Euro 5 highest standards. The production of 12 thousand tons of diesel fuel and 115 thousand tons of liquefied gas per year is also planned.

Petrochemical plant for production of polyethylene and polypropylene is built in Kiyanly settlement, Balkan Velayat. The project is carried out together with the consortium of «TOYO Engineering» (Japan), «LG International Corporation» and «Hyundai Engineering Corp. Ltd» (the Republic of Korea) companies. Its total cost is 3.4 billion US dollars. The commissioning of the facility is planned in September 2018.

Besides, it is planned to build petrochemical complex for production of 200 thousand tons of linear low-density polyethylene, 390 thousand tons of polypropylene, 100 thousand tons of polyvinylchloride, 10 thousand tons of liquid gas, 82 thousand tons of caustic soda and 10 thousand tons of sulphuric acid per annum. 1.5 billion cubic meters of natural gas and 117 thousand tons of technical salt will be processed. Polymer production is on high demand in the world markets as it is the main material for production of various consumer goods. For example, 75 percent of synthetic rubber is used in automobile industry.

Carbamide plant with annual output of 1 million 155 thousand tons of production is build in Karabogaz city.

The works on construction of Turkmen part of Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Pakistan – India gas line are carried out at present time. The completion of this project, which has the interest of Arab investors, will make positive effect on the consolidation of economic power of participating states and on the development of other countries of the region.

This is only small part of implemented and planned large-scale projects in the country and the flow of foreign investments will allow considerable diversification of fuel and energy sector and petrochemical industry supporting faster development of national economy in general.

Besides, Turkmenistan attracts foreign investors as large logistic centre, important intersection of transport and transit corridors of the continent and key transboundary trade routes what serves as a good stimulus to attract the investments.

In addition, the agreement on the establishment of the working group under the Committee for cooperation in science, education and culture and its first session in Ashgabat has been reached during the session of the Joint Committee. Cooperation in tourism, hydrometeorology and seismology and environment protection was the subject of interested attention.

The outcomes of the session held in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs resulted in signing of relative Protocol and Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation between the Government of Turkmenistan and Abu Dhabi Development Fund.

The sides agreed on the third session of the Joint Committee for Cooperation between Turkmenistan and United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi in 2018.

Bilateral meetings of the members of UAE delegation with the heads and representatives of the ministries and private structures of Turkmenistan, during which perspective directions of productive partnership and plans for its further development have been outlined, were held under the session.

 

Priority of the state development are discussed at the session of the Government

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov held regular session of the Cabinet of Ministers. Having announced the agenda, the Head of the State gave floor to Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Foreign Minister R. Meredov who reported on preparation to coming official visit of the President of Turkmenistan to the State of Kuwait and United Arab Emirates.

As it was noted, consolidation and expansion of beneficial cooperation with interested states including Middle East countries is one of key directions of foreign course of our country.

Traditionally friendly dialog with the State of Kuwait and United State Emirates can be given as a visual example in this case. Regular contacts on Government level and between foreign departments as well as cooperation under competent international organizations as the UN, ICO and other indicate positive dynamics of Turkmen – Kuwaiti and Turkmen - Emirati relations.

The main role in the development of interstate partnership is given to high-level meetings and talks. The Vice-premier, Head of Foreign Ministry presented the programmes of coming visits to the Head of the State for review. The visits are expected to result in signing of number of bilateral documents.

Summing up the report, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted that independent neutral Turkmenistan is committed to the strategy of equal fruitful international cooperation that meets the interests of universal peace and prosperity.

Speaking of this, Turkmen leader highlighted the importance of coming high-level talks, which are to outline the key vectors of beneficial cooperation with the State of Kuwait and United Arab Emirates on long-term basis and to add new content meeting modern realities to interstate partnership.

In this regard, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov gave number of relative assignments on preparation and provision of high organizational level of the visits that are very important in the context of further development of fruitful relations with Middle East countries to the Vice-premier, the Head of Foreign Ministry.

After, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers G. Myradov reported on elaboration of the Draft State Programme of support of small and medium entrepreneurship in Turkmenistan in 2018 – 2024 developed together with relative ministries, departments and the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of the country.

This programme reflecting key objectives of social and economic development of the country is aimed at the increment of the competiveness of national economy both in regional and on global level, at the improvement of export potential of the state, food independence, at the stimulation of production, innovative and investment activity of private sector.

Summing up the report, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted that the entrepreneurship is given with an important role in steadfast development of national economy during its transit to market relations. Having approved the project of the above-mentioned programme, the Head of the State instructed to provide unremitting control of the measures of the state support of private sector.

In his report, the Vice-premier informed about the results of the working visit of the delegation of International Monetary Fund to Turkmenistan and bilateral meetings in the ministries and departments. Informational statement giving high appraisal to economic development of our country, macroeconomic indices and success achieved owing to fundamental changes made under the leadership of the Head of the State has been made by the outcomes of the visit of IMF delegation. The statement is to be placed at the website of the IMF.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted that Turkmenistan would continue following the course of fundamental reforms. Steadfast measures for transit to market relations are carried out, large-scale infrastructural projects are implemented and financial, banking, budgetary, tax, monetary and crediting systems are improved for this purpose. In this case, flexible macroeconomic policy, efficient solution of the objectives of the industrialization and modernization of national economy, implementation of latest technologies as well as study of the best world practice, consolidation of the cooperation with leading international financial structures including the IMF are very important.

Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers O. Gurbannazarov reported on the preparation of the exhibition and conference of the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the foundation of this organization. In this regard, it was informed that members of the UIET specialized in such spheres as industry, agriculture, construction and construction materials, processing and food industry, transport, logistics, tourism, education, trade and services would present their achievements on March 17 – 18.

Outcomes of the activity of the Union for 10 years will be summed up, future objectives will be reviewed and measures for the achievement of the objectives in private sector defined in the Programme of social and economic development of Turkmenistan in 2018 – 2024 will be outlined during the conference.

Having requested to organize coming exhibition and conference on high level, the Head of the State highlighted that they have not only to demonstrate the successes but also to become an event that would support the promotion of products and services of private enterprises in local and foreign markets, would define actual directions of the intensification of investment and innovative processes in national business.

Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers M. Babayev reported on the realization of the Programme of development of oil and gas industry of Turkmenistan until 2030 and on the situation in different sectors of fuel and energy complex of the country.

The Vice-premier also made report on the work carried out for further improvement of the activity of structural divisions of the branches under his supervision.

Summing up the report, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov focused on priority aspects of energy policy of Turkmenistan aimed at the realization of industrial potential and foreign economic interests of the country.

The Head of the State ordered to hold under permanent control the projects of the modernization of branch infrastructure, introduction of latest technologies and advanced scientific and technical developments, construction of modern gas processing facilities making production highly demanded in the world markets.

After, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers E. Orazgeldiyev reported on seasonal agricultural works in the velayats.

It was mentioned that according to agrotechnical standards and taking into account weather conditions, vegetation irrigation and mineral fertilizing of winter crops is carried out. At the same time, levelling of the land, irrigation and other planned activities are carried out at the field for cotton.

Information about the preparation of coming al-nation tree planting campaign on March 21, during which big greening works are to be held in the capital and the regions. Particularly, it is planned to plant the seedling of mulberry on 15 hectares and fruit trees on 5 hectares of Nowruz ýaýlasy Valley of Ahal velayat.

Having listened to the report, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that at present, large-scale reforms are successfully carried out in agricultural complex of the country, owing to which the industry is steadily developed.

Nowadays, responsible time is coming to the cotton growers – preparation to spring cotton sowing is carried out, the President continued, having highlighted that future harvest of cotton mainly depends on compliance with agrotechnical standards during sowing and hence, it is important that this campaign would be held on time and on high level.

Having instructed to start cotton sowing on March 23 in Ahal, Lebap and Mary Velayat and on March 28 in Dashoguz Velayat, the President of Turkmenistan expressed the wish that according to good tradition, the start to its important even would be given with the participation of the elders.

Reporting on the situation in industrial sphere, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers K. Durdymyradov informed on the fulfilment of the assignments on creation of import substitutive productions in textile industry given by the Head of the State earlier.

It was informed that the Ministry of Textile Industry announced international tender on construction of new branch facility in Ahal Velayat and on modernization of existing Gyoktepe and Mary Leather Plants and Turkmen Kalkan Shoe Factory for the development of national leather industry, improvement of its processing segment and arrangement of making of various products.

Having listened to the report, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted the necessity of balanced development of national light industry for saturation of local market with high quality goods. The country has all conditions including powerful production potential and rich material resources for the solution of these objectives.

After, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers D. Amangeldiyev reported on the measures taken for the development of Ashgabat.

It was mentioned that according to the assignments given by the Head of the State earlier, proper work for care of the public gardens and parks, planting of decorative trees, shrubs and flowers along capital roads is carried out. Planned activities for further improvement of architectural appearance of the city, construction of new living complexes, reconstruction of houses’ facades and planning of the streets are carried out as well.

Great attention is paid to the development of transport structure – the main roads are reconstructed and new bridges and road intersections are built. Maintenance of traffic control equipment is carried out at the parts of the roads with heavy traffic for the provision of comfort in passenger service.

According to the General Plan of the development of Turkmen capital, coordinated work for the improvement of social and engineering infrastructure is continued in all etraps.

Having highlighted an exclusive importance of large-scale urban construction programme, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov focused on the necessity of compliance with the main construction criteria, which are the comfort of people and provision of the reliability and durability of all facilities under construction.

The Head of the State ordered the Vice-premier to enhance the works carried out in all directions including the beautification of living massifs, planning of adjoining territories and improvement of work of municipal services and, greening, etc.

Having noted the importance of the modernization of road and transport infrastructure, the Head of the State requested to take proper measures for the fulfilment of all set objectives on time.

After, the floor for report in the ministries and departments under his supervision was given to Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers B. Annameredov.

Summing up the report, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted the importance of steadfast realization of the programmes of development of transport and communication adopted in the country and well-thought approach to the solution of set objectives of this spheres that takes modern tendencies into consideration.

Having pointed out that active integration of Turkmenistan having the richest resource base into international system is an actual objective of the present day, the President noted that airport complexes and railway stations provided with modern facilities and engineering infrastructure have been built, new railways and roads have been laid while the existing ones have been modernized for this purpose.

The measures taken by Turkmenistan for restoration of the Silk Route in the context of rapid formation of modern transport and transit logistic infrastructure and communication system gave strong impulse not only to the development of national economy but to the economy of other states in the region as well. In this regard, the Head of the State focused on the necessity of constant introduction of advanced technologies, sharing of experience and useful innovative developments with foreign partners and addressed the Vice-premier with number of specific assignments.

Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers B. Abdiyeva reported on the preparation to celebration events, which traditionally to be held in Nowruz ýaýlasy Valley on occasion of National spring holiday.

It was mentioned that National Spring Holiday that goes far to the history gains special meaning in the year held under slogan “Turkmenistan – the Heart of the Great Silk Road”.

Focusing on international significance, ethical, philosophic and cultural components of National Spring Holiday – International Nowruz Day that goes far back to the millenniums, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted its consolidating role in the modern world. Turkmen leader said that this holiday opens new ways for cooperation of the states for peace and stability on the planet, supports the consolidation of trust, understanding and friendship with foreign countries.

The President requested the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers to activate the work for wide popularization of the richest historical and cultural heritage of Turkmen nation in the world, which is evidenced by architectural monuments located along the Silk Road together with other values. Archaeological discoveries made recently in this area require further deep scientific study, the President of the country said.

Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers P. Agamyradov reported on preparation to the construction of the health resort for 200 patients in Ak Bugday etrap, Ahal Velayat. The Vice-premier also reported on the development of the state samples of the documents of education and presented their new samples for review by the Head of the State.

Having signed the Resolution on Construction of the health resort for 200 patients in Ak Bugday etrap, Ahal Velayat, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov ordered to control all the stages of construction.

Having noted that care of human is one of the main objective of the State, the President of Turkmenistan highlighted the appropriateness of the construction modern treatment and cosmetology centre specialized in various services including facial care, hair extension and other on the territory of medical facility. In this regard, the Head of the State instructed the Vice-premier to prepare relative proposals.

Turkmen leader also gave orders to the Vice-premier on preparation of the samples of state documents on education, having highlighted that it is necessary to introduce widely new technologies of education that are aimed at harmonic and comprehensive development of the individual and to improve methodological base of education.

Chairperson of the Mejlis A. Nurberdiyeva informed on law-making activity of National parliament and measures for consolidation and improvement of legal base of social and economic reforms in the country.

Information on the preparation to coming elections of the Mejlis deputies of the sixth convocation and members of the People’s Council and Genegshys has also been presented.

The Head of the State draw the attention of the deputy corps of the country on priority directions of work of the Parliament on the improvement of political culture in the country, strengthening of civic institutions and democratic processes. Speaking of election campaign in the country, the Head of Turkmenistan pointed out the necessity of strict control of all aspects of its conduct according to existing legislation and universal standards of international law.

Finishing the session of the Cabinet of Ministers, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov wished great success in work to all participants.

UAE business circles demonstrate keen interest in the TAPI gas pipeline project

State News Agency of Turkmenistan  /   20.12.2017  /  

President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov received the representative delegation of the United Arab Emirates, headed by Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Minister of Energy of the UAE Suhail Mohammed Faraj Al Mazroui, Minister of Infrastructure Development of the UAE Abdullah bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi and Director General of Abu Dhabi Fund for Development Mohamed Saif Al Suwaidi took part in the meeting.

Expressing sincere gratitude for the opportunity of a personal meeting, the head of the delegation, who arrived in Ashgabat to participate in the second meeting of the Joint Committee on Cooperation between Turkmenistan and the United Arab Emirates, conveyed the cordial greetings from the President of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the Turkmen leader and the best wishes to the people of Turkmenistan. The guest emphasized the interest of the United Arab Emirates in strengthening fruitful cooperation with Turkmenistan.

Thanking for the kind words and conveying the warm greetings to the government of the UAE, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expressed satisfaction with the traditionally friendly and progressive character of the interstate relations, the development of which is of particular importance for our country. The Turkmen leader noted that Turkmenistan was always open for cooperation with the partners from the United Arab Emirates, built on the principles of mutual respect, mutual benefit and longtermness.

The President of Turkmenistan and the UAE representatives exchanged their views on the status and prospects of bilateral cooperation. Trade and economic sphere, the energy sector, transport and communications, as well as a number of other industries were specified among the priority areas of the UAE-Turkmenistan partnership. It was noted that the ambitious reformatory programmes and large-scale projects, implemented in our country, the industrialization and establishment of the modern industrial infrastructure, the introduction of advanced technologies and developments open up new opportunities for intensifying and diversifying the productive business relations, enhancing the investment activities, and efficiently using the existing solid multi-faceted potential of the partnership.

Characterizing the Turkmen market as the extremely promising one, the guests emphasized that such an assessment included not only the richest resources, including hydrocarbon resources, but also the stable economic growth of the country, the availability of all conditions for running successful business. In this regard, the meeting participants expressed the willingness of the UAE partners to take part in the implementation of the investment projects in various fields, including the oil and gas and energy sectors, as well as the projects on the development of infrastructure, in particular the construction of railways and autobahns. Moreover, the UAE business circles demonstrate the keen interest in the TAPI gas pipeline project.

It was underlined the importance of the further enhancement of the fruitful relations between Turkmenistan and the United Arab Emirates in the cultural and humanitarian sphere.

The two countries have achieved the mutual understanding and affinity of positions on the important issues of the regional and global agenda, successfully cooperating on the world arena in the framework of authoritative international organizations and structures. In this regard, the UAE representatives emphasized the importance of the initiatives put forward by the Turkmen leader with the aim to ensure peace, security and prosperity all around the world.

In conclusion of the meeting, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and his guests expressed belief that the traditional interstate dialogue would strengthen and successfully develop in the interest of the two friendly countries and peoples.

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United Arab Emirates to Turkmenistan Khasan Abdullah Al Adab attended the meeting.

 

2017 Turkmenistan GDP growth rate makes up 6.5 percent

опубликованно 26.01.2018 /

The GDP growth rate in the industrial sector made up 5.5 percent, in the construction sector – 1.3 percent, in the transport and communications complex – 11.1 percent, in the trade sphere – 9.4 percent, in the agricultural sphere – 5 percent and in the sphere of services – 9 percent.

As compare to the same period of the previous year, the manufacture of products increased up to 6.4 percent.

As compare to 2016, the volume of retail trade increased up to 19 percent in 2017. The prices for consumer goods, as well as the rates of services offered to the population, are kept within prescribed limits.

The average monthly salary rates in large- and medium-sized enterprises in the country increased up to 8.8 percent as compare to 2016.

In the framework of the relevant programmes, the industrial and social facilities are being built in all regions of the country in the reporting period. As compared to the previous year, the volume of investments used from all sources of finance made up 49.8 billion manats in 2017.

Actual issues of the State life are reviewed at the session of the Government

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov held regular session of the Cabinet of Ministers where actual issues of domestic and foreign policy of the State were reviewed as well as important decisions in social and economic life of the country were made.

Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers G. Myradov reported on the activity in the sphere under his supervision and on the elaboration of the Regulation on Tax Collection for the procedures of the registration of the copyrights, List of such procedures as well as fees of the Collection. It was informed that this document based on the Law of Turkmenistan on Copyright and Neighbouring Rights and the Law of Turkmenistan on Foreign Exchange Regulation and Foreign Currency Control in Foreign Economic Affairs is agreed with relative departments and meets the requirements of international law.

Having listened to the report, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that creation of favourable economic conditions for the development of the state system of protection of the copyrights is aimed at the intensification of scientific, technical and cultural growth of the country. Having signed relative Resolution, the Head of the State addressed the Vice-premier with number of specific instructions on the fulfilment of the legislation in this sphere.

Continuing the session, the Deputy Head of the Government reported on the measures for bringing national accounting system and financial reporting to the correspondence with international standards. For this purpose, it is planned to carry out preparation activities including the development of methodological directions, implementation of programme software and organization of the seminars with the participation of the experts from leading financial structures.

Use of international standards of financial reporting is among important components while entering foreign markets and it is very topical today under active integration of Turkmenistan into the system of the world economy, the President said. Having mentioned the importance of the reformation of the accounting and auditing in the country, the Head of the State instructed the Vice-premier to analyse again this matter and coordinate it with relative structures.

Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers O. Gurbannazarov rreprted on the work for the support of food abundance and saturation of domestic market.

Having noted the importance of the increment of the volumes of local production and import substitution of demanded goods, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov gave number of specific instruction to the Vice-premier on this account.

Social and economic reforms and formation of market relations in our country including in agricultural production processing, food production, retail and wholesale trading give high requirements of the quality of goods and provision of their safety, the Head of the State highlighted, having given the instruction to hold these issues under control.

In his turn, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers M. Babayev reported on the realization of the Programme of the Development of Oil and Gas Industry of Turkmenistan until 2030 and modernization of technological facilities of Turkmenbashy Refinery Complex.

Outlining the priority objectives, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov defined the rearmament of the facilities of fuel and energy complex, attraction of additional investments, advanced technologies and management practice to the industry as the main directions. The Head of the State ordered the Vice-premier to analyse new projects planned to be carried out at Turkmenbashy Refinery Complex in details.

Having focused on the issues of further construction of Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Pakistan – India gas line, the President said that it is necessary to form up several structural units and enterprises and requested to prepare specific proposals on this account.

After, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers E. Orazgeldiyev reported on the course of seasonal agricultural works.

The President of Turkmenistan highlighted the importance of integrated approach and coordination of the activities in fulfilment of the state programmes in agricultural sphere and in increase of production volumes of grain, cotton and other crops.

In this regard, the Head of the State ordered to activate the work on implementation of modern technologies and scientific developments in different sectors of agricultural complex. The Head of the State also assigned the Vice-premier to hold under permanent control the issues of the provision of the population with food production.

After, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers M. Aydogdiyev reported on the situation in the spheres under his supervision, work of new glass plant in Ahal Velayat that started the production in test mode.

The construction of big industrial complex with the factory for preparation of silica sand that is used as the main material for glass production was started according to the Resolution of the President of Turkmenistan in 2015. The project was done under the realization of the state programmes of import substitution in the country and production of export oriented construction materials.

The production of glass by floatation method is new production technology in our country. Production trains of the facility include material preparation workshop, melting section, various size and thickness glass production workshop, tempering operation and ready-made production workshop. The factory is designed to make seven types of different production.

By the provision with modern energy saving technologies, quality and variety of production, the facility will be highly competitive with the orientation on the most perspectives directions in this sphere. Bringing the facility to design output capacity will allow considerable reduction of the import of related production and the export of it in the future.

Having listened to the report, the President of Turkmenistan stated with delight that industrial sector confidently enters new level of the development what is proven by the opening of numerous industrial facilities and considerably increased equipment and facilities base of the industry.

Having pointed the necessity of further development of branch infrastructure with the involvement of the best world practices, increase of the manufacturing of glass production and implementation of advanced technologies and innovations in this field, the Head of the State gave instructions to the Vice-premier to hold full output operation of the complex under permanent control.

Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers D. Amangeldiyev made report on the work in the ministries and departments under his control, particularly on the measures for urban planning of Ashgabat, increase of electricity production in the country, improvement of the work of municipal services and increase of the rates of construction.

Having listened to the report President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted the importance of coordinated cooperation of all departments of municipality services for further improvement of social and living level of the citizens.

Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers B. Annameredov reported on the construction of the railway in Afghanistan for the support of the development of Turgundy railway station.

The Vice-premier informed that Turkmen specialists build the railway according to the working plan. The rate of the construction will provide timely and quality completion of the project.

Speaking of the construction of the railway, the Head of the State highlighted that this project would be the result of joint efforts of two sides and would give strong dynamics to the partnership relations between Turkmenistan and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. The President requested the Vice-premier to hold the construction of this railway as well as other associated infrastructural facilities under permanent control.

Having highlighted the importance of high quality of works for the provision of the facilities of the railway in Afghanistan and timely putting of it into operation, the Head of the State addressed the Vice-premier with number of specific instructions.

Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers A. Garajayev reported on the celebration programme of New Year 2018 and informed that at present time, the preparation of cultural events that are to take place in the capital and the velayats is carried out.

The programme includes the performance of the circus from Russian Federation from December 17 to January 14 in the State Circus. Numerous new year celebration with participation of children bands, theatre artists and popular singers start on December 15 after the lighting ceremony of the main New Year trees in the regions and Ashgabat - at Älem Cultural and Entertainment Centre.

As per tradition, the final of the young talented singers contest and gala concert of the prize winners will take place.

Joint performance of Turkmen and American artists in Magtumguly National Music and Drama Theatre will be another step in the development of international cooperation in cultural sphere. New Year events are planned to be held during winter school holidays in children recreation centres of Gyokdere and velayats.

Having noted that New Year is one of the favourite holidays of Turkmen citizens, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov gave assignments to the Vice-premier to organize the celebration in the capital and the regions on high level.

Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers S. Toyliyev presented the State programme of archaeological excavations of historical and cultural monuments located in our country along the Great Silk Road for the review by the Head of the State. The programme was developed by the Academy of Sciences together with National Department on Protection, Study and Restoration of Historical and Cultural Monuments of the Ministry of Culture. The Programme is designated for 2018 – 2021 and stipulates the establishment of international scientific contacts and development of cooperation with foreign scientific and research centres and attraction of famous scientists.

It is planned to carry out the study of different archaeological, architectural and local history subjects based on archaeological artefacts discovered at the monuments of ancient and mediaeval history of Turkmenistan.

TV and Radio programmes are to be made for popularization of historical and cultural heritage of our nation. Scientific conferences as well as production of fiction and documentary movies are planned.

Comprehensive restoration works are planned to be carried out at archaeological, historical and cultural monuments along the Great Silk Road together with the excavations. The work on inclusion of material and non-materials values of Turkmen nations to the UNESCO World Heritage List will be activated.

Having approved the programme and signed the Resolution, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov gave number of orders on the actualization of the Great Silk Road heritage and organization of big events.

As is known, the Head of the State gave instructions to the Ministry of Internal Affairs on conduct of the rally “From Amul to Hazar” together with international organization and outlined its routes. In this regard, the President made the proposal on organization of bicycle ride along the same route and running races at some parts of the legendary road. Such activities combining cultural and health recreation mission will support the accretion of active life style in the society and will stimulate the development of local history study and the interest in national history, the Head of the State said.

It is also necessary to arrange tourist trips and walking tours across the place of the Great Silk Road, Turkmen Leader continued, having noted the importance of such educational activity among the youth. It is necessary to implement new approaches to propaganda of sports, physical training in the country and popularization of national heritage of the nation, the President noted pointing at the perspectivity of the consolidation of such forms of public works as educational tourism, various sport events including not only athletic but also cultural component.

Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Foreign Minister R. Merdov reported on the work for expansion of the cooperation with international organizations, which is one of the priority directions of foreign course of our country.

Summing up the report, the Head of the State focused the attention on the presence of versatile potential for further intensification of productive cooperation with international organizations and in this context, on the important objectives of national foreign department and diplomatic corps, having addressed the Vice-premier, the Head of the MFA with number of relative assignments.

Chairperson of the Mejlis A. Nurberdiyeva informed on the work of national Parliament. It was mentioned that the work for the development of international cooperation including inter-parliamentarian dialog is carried out to study and implement advanced practice and the world standards in national law enforcement practice.

The President of the country focused the attention of the deputy corps on priority directions of the activity of the Parliament, which is aimed at the improvement of political culture in the country, consolidation of civil institutes and democratic values. All law-making work has to be aimed at practical interests of the society, the Leader of the Nation said, having highlighted that the main objective of the deputies is to represent the interests of entire population implementing social priorities of the State and National legislation.

Other important subject, on which relative decisions have been made, was reviewed at the session of the Cabinet of Ministers.

Objectives of the development of all spheres of the state life are outlined at the session of the Cabinet of Ministers

State News Agency of Turkmenistan  /   19.01.2018  /  

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov held regular session of the Cabinet of Ministers where current issues of the state policy as well as the drafts of number of documents were reviewed.

Having announced the agenda, the Head of the State gave floor to Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers G. Myradov who reported on the preparation of the Plan of Social and Economic Indicators of the ministries and department of Turkmensitan and Working Pland of financial, economic and banking spheres for 2018.

Having listened to the report, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov pointed out the necessity of taking targeted, deliberate measures for the improvement of economic power of the country. The Head of the State outlined the provision of macroeconomic stability, stimulation of the competition under market economy conditions and improvement of investment activity among the key objectives. Continuing the subject, Turkmen leader made special mention of the importance of further improvement of the activity of financial, economic and banking sectors, statistics institutions and standardization systems.

Having highlighted the importance of wide implementation of advanced international practice in these fields, modernization of existing legal and regulatory base, the President of Turkmenistan approved the plans.

Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers O. Gurbannazarov presented Draft Work Plans of trade complex and Ahal Velayat for current year as well as reported on the preparation of International Exhibition of industrial productions, equipment and modern technologies on January 31 – February 2.

Concerning to coming international review, the Vice-premier informed that it is planned t be held at the Trade and Industrial Chamber of the country. At present moment, the applications for participation were submitted by the representatives of foreign companies as well as enterprises and establishments of the ministries and departments of our country and the members of the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs. Technology equipment, construction materials, automobile transport, technical aids for chemical, energy, oil and gas and food industry will be demonstrated at the exhibition. Companies producing household equipment and the equipment for textile industry, health protection, involved in science and space technologies, in transport and logistics branches, providing trade services and consultancy will present their achievements.

Having approved presented plans, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov focused on the objectives for the formation of modern trade infrastructure of the country and requested the Vice-premier to hold under control steadfast construction of new shopping centres in the capital and the velayats and to continue efficient measures for provision of the population with high quality goods and quality. Turkmen leader highlighted that the realization of the State programmes on increment of the export volumes and on import substitution. In this regard, the Head of the State pointed out the necessity of further support of the entrepreneurship.

Having noted the importance of coming international exhibition, which is to introduce advanced technologies in different spheres to the visitors, the President highlighted that it would support the expansion of beneficial dialog and exchange of experience in implementation of the innovations, establishment of partners’ contacts between domestic and foreign manufacturers. In this regard, the Head of the State requested the Vice-premier to provide high organizational level of International Exhibition of industrial production, equipment and modern technologies.

Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers M. Babayev reported on the Work Plan of oil and gas complex for 2018 developed by the order of the Head of the State. The main technical and economic indices on natural and associated gas production, export of gas, oil and gas condensate production, processing of hydrocarbon materials, gasoline production and other, were presented.

Information about the Plan of Social and Economic Development of Mary Velayat in 2018 was given.

Having generally approved the document, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov requested the management of fuel and energy complex to involve all existing reserves for the increment of production and processing of oil and gas, production of petrochemicals demanded in the world markets, consolidation of material base of oil and gas sphere, rapid development of new hydrocarbon fields opened in the country.

In his report, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers informed about the investments made the Saudi Development Fund according to the agreements reached during official visit of the President of Turkmenistan to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in May 2016.

The President sated with delight steadfast dynamics of the realization of TAPI project, which implementation is very important in formation of new architecture of global energy security and making of the conditions for universal sustainable development.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that the construction of TAPI gas line providing long-term supplies of natural gas to the largest countries of South East Asia will give strong impulse to economic development of the region.

The investments given by the Saudi Development Fund indicate great interest of foreign investors, who highly access the relevance and potential of this project, its profitability and cost recovery, in TAPI gas line. The open doors policy of our country, stability of national economy and presence of favourable investment climate in the country are positive factors there.

Turkmenistan and Saudi Arabia are among the countries having colossal reserves of natural resources what makes favourable conditions for the expansion of interstate cooperation both in fuel and energy sphere and in other branches, the Head of the State said.

After, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers E. Orazgeldiyev reported on seasonal works at agricultural fields of the country. It was noted that necessary agrotechnical activities for care of winter crops including vegetation irrigation of the springs, mineral and organic fertilizing are carried out.

The Vice-premier also reported on the Work Plans of the ministries and departments of agricultural sphere and the Plans for social and economic development of Dashoguz Velayat in 2018.

These documents elaborated with the account of priority directions of the branch development stipulate the realization of the complex of activities like improvement of agricultural crop production, rational use of land and water resources, wide implementation of advanced technologies and scientific methods, construction of new production facilities specialized in industrial processing of agricultural production, development of livestock farming and horse-breeding, further increment of export volumes, environment protection as well as consolidation of legal base of agrarian complex.

Working programme for Dashoguz Velayat is to give strong impulse to economic development of the region, to provide the growth of indicators in production sphere and opening of new social facilities.

Summing up the report, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted the importance of further realization of integrated programme of the reformation of agricultural complex. The Head of the State noted that utmost attention is to be paid to the improvement of profitability of all branches of agriculture and farmers associations and to attraction of the representative of private enterprises to agrarian sector.

After, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers M. Aydogdiyev reported on the Work Plans of the ministries and departments of industrial complex and Lebap Velayat for 2018 as well as made the proposal on merging of professional holidays of carpet and textile personnel.

The Vice-premier also informed that it is planned to organize international exhibitions of carpet and textile branches on occasion of professional holidays next year. For improvement of the activity of these sectors, it was suggested to observe Turkmen Carpet Holiday and the Day of Textile Industry Personnel on one remarkable date as the Day of Turkmen Carpet and Textile Industry Personnel.

Having listened to the report, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted the necessity of continual realization of adopted programmes of development of industrial branches aimed at the improvement of production potential, modernization of the infrastructure based on the implementation off advanced technologies and developments. Abundance of local market with high quality good of own production replacing foreign analogues and increment of the production volumes of export competitive goods are the priority objectives in the sphere, the Head of the State said, having requested to provide the realization of the [planned measures for the increment of the growth rates and further balanced development of all its segments including electronic industry.

President Gurbanguly noted the reasonability of the celebration of the Day of Turkmen Carpet and Textile Industry Personnel in May.

Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers D. Amangeldieyv who spoke after, reported on the elaboration of the Work Plans of construction, energy and municipal services complexes as well as the City Administration of Ashgabat for 2018.

Having listened to the information, the Head of the State noted the importance of the objectives of these branches. It was highlighted that it is necessary to continue the work for making Turkmen capital one of the most beautiful and comfortable cities of the world where all conditions for life and recreation of people are made.

Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers B. Annameredov made report on the preparation of the Work Plans of transport and communication complex and Balkan Velayat for 2018. It was also reported on the measures for advertisement of the capabilities of Turkmenbashy International Seaport.

It was noted that as the result of integrated measures undertaken in transport sector, relative infrastructure is expanded and advanced technologies are actively implemented.

The Vice-premier also informed about the measures for the improvement of quality and culture of passenger service in all types of transport according to the assignments set by the Head of the State.

Summing up the report, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted the urgency of the improvement of organizational methods in the work of transport and communication, provision of the technical fleet with specialized equipment and provision of modern hardware what is integral condition of the establishment of Turkmenistan as international centre of transit and transport communications.

The President approved the Work Plans and addressed the Vice-premier with the assignments on their fulfilment.

Active construction of new Turkmenbashy International Seaport has special importance, the Head of Turkmen State said. Having noted that in near future, the sea gate connecting Central Asia with Europe would be the biggest logistic and distribution centre of the region, the President gave number of instructions for the advertisement of the port capabilities to the Vice-premier.

Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers A. Garajayev reported in the Work Plan of cultural sphere in 2018, which is aimed at the solution of the objectives set by the President of Turkmenistan for integrated development of culture and mass media.

The document stipulates specific measures for the popularization of national culture and arts, improvement of museums and libraries, activity of mass media including on improvement of quality, content and artistic performance of TV and radio programmes and news.

The President of Turkmenistan highlighted the importance of this work taking into account advanced world achievements. The Head of the State outlined the work on popularization of national heritage, preparation and conduct of international cultural events that have especial reasonability in the light of the slogan of 2018 “Turkmenistan – the Heart of the Great Silk Road” among the main objectives. At the same time, it was highlighted that special emphasis shall be laid on the improvement of the quality of information and programmes broadcasted by TV and radio channels.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov also pointed out the necessity of making of the movies reflecting the semantic content of the slogan of the year “Turkmenistan – the Heart of the Great Silk Road”, having given specific assignments to the Vice-premier in this account.

Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers S. Toyliyev made report on the Work Plans for current years for science, education, health protection, sport, archive and non-government organizations spheres.

The Vice-premier reported that priority objectives of adopted documents and programmes aimed at the fulfilment of the assignments given by the Head of the States were defined.

For these purposes, it is planned to implement actual measures for further improvement of national scientific and educational system, health protection and medical industry, comprehensive modernization of profile infrastructure.

Having highlighted that development of the above-mentioned spheres is one of the key vectors of the state policy of Turkmenistan, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted the significance of the reforms in this direction, which are to bring national education, science, health protection and sport to new level.

Summing up the report, the President approved the Work Plans, having requested to provide their fulfilment and timely solution of related issues.

After, the floor was given to Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Foreign Minister r. Meredov who reported on the Draft Work Plan of the Foreign Ministry for current year developed on the basis of the Concept of Foreign course of neutral Turkmensitan in 2017 – 2023 and on the assignments given by the Head of the State earlier.

Summing up the report President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted invariable commitment of neutral Turkmenistan to creative strategy aimed at the consolidation and expansion of fruitful relations with all interested foreign partners both in bilateral and multilateral formats.

Speaking of this, the Head of the State approved the Work Plan of the Foreign Ministry for 2018 and gave relative instructions.

Continuing the report, the Vice-premier, the Head of the MFA reported on the outcomes of working visits of Turkmenistan delegation to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the Republic of India.

It was informed that the agenda of Turkmen – Pakistani political and economic consultations held on January 15 included the subjects of interstate cooperation in priority directions including the outcomes of the activity of bilateral Interstate Committee. Activation of international and regional collaboration was the subject of interesting exchange of the opinions. Special attention was paid to the realization of joint projects in the construction of transnational gas line Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Pakistan – India and fibre optic and power lines Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Pakistan.

The Agreement between the Government of Turkmenistan and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan on cancelation of visa requirements for the holders of diplomatic passports was signed by the outcomes of the working visit.

Bilateral Foreign Ministers level meeting on wide spectrum of the subjects of interstate cooperation that has considerable potential for further expansion of fruitful relations was held during the working visit of Turkmenistan delegation to New Delhi (the Republic of India) on January 16.

Focusing on the subject of traditionally friendly Turkmen – Pakistani and Turkmen – Indian relations that are successfully developed on multilateral basis as well, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted that joint large-scale TAPI gas line construction project, which importance is not limited by regional borders, is remarkable event in the history.

Having noted that neutral Turkmenistan would continue to consolidate and expand the cooperation with Pakistan and India and generally with all neighbouring countries in Asian region, the President addressed the Vice-premier with specific assignments on efficient realization of existing capabilities for the diversification of beneficial partnership.

Chairperson of the Mejlis A. Nurberdiyeva informed about current activity of the Parliament for further modernization of national legislation, legal provision of social, economic and democratic reforms in the country. In this regard, she informed about the participation of Turkmen delegation in the Conference of Muslim women parliamentarians of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Islamic Cooperation Organization as well as in the 13th session of this international structure held in Tehran (the Islamic Republic of Iran).

Having listened to the information, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted that systematic improvement of legislation and regulatory base is integral factor of steadfast progress of our country. Having focused the attention on the subjects of international cooperation including inter-parliamentary collaboration, the Head of State highlighted that this direction is important component of interstate dialog.

Some other matters of the state life, on which relative decision were made, have been reviewed at the session of the Government.