On April 24, 2023, the ninth round of annual bilateral political consultations between Turkmenistan and the United States was held at the Department of State of the USA. During the talks, the Turkmen delegation was headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov, the American side – acting Assistant Secretary of State Elizabeth Horst. About this reports MFA of Turkmenistan.
During the meeting, the parties noted that the annual bilateral consultations are a platform for discussing joint tasks and achievements, as well as further strengthening the Turkmen-American partnership. The meeting participants also reaffirmed their support for the C5+1 regional diplomatic platform for Central Asia and the United States. In particular, security, trade and economic relations, ecology, culture, education and humanitarian issues were noted among the priority areas of bilateral cooperation.
Turkmenistan and the United States reaffirmed their commitment to cultural and educational programs as a key aspect of bilateral relations and signed a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the field of education, which will serve as the basis for continuing joint efforts in this area.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R.Meredov and acting Assistant Secretary of State E.Horst agreed to hold the next round of annual bilateral consultations in 2024 in Ashgabat.
Also on April 24, 2023, during a working visit to the United States, a meeting was held between the head of the Foreign Ministry of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov, and the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. The diplomats discussed a wide range of issues on the bilateral, regional and international agenda, the current situation in Afghanistan and the promotion of the inter-Afghan dialogue.
During the talks, the parties stressed that the further expansion of multifaceted cooperation between the states of Central Asia and the United States is an important factor in sustainable socio-economic development, maintaining peace, stability and security in the region. Interest was also expressed in strengthening cooperation within the C5 + 1 format.
In addition, the delegation of Turkmenistan met with the director of the National Museum of Asian Art of the Smithsonian Institution of the United States Chase Robinson. During the meeting, the parties discussed the possibilities of establishing cooperation with Turkmen museum institutions to promote the development of museum business in Turkmenistan, heritage conservation, training of museum workers and raising professional standards.
President Serdar Berdimuhamedov held a regular online meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers to consider drafts of documents and discuss a number of important issues of state life.
Passing to the agenda of the meeting, the head of Turkmenistan gave the floor to Chairwoman of the Mejlis of the Milli Gengesh G.Mammedova, who informed on the current legislation activities.
As was noted, people warmly supported a historical proposal set forward by Chairman of the Khalk Maslakhaty of the Milli Gengesh Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov on transformation of the national parliament into a single-chamber parliamentary system and creation of the Khalk Maslakhaty of Turkmenistan.
Proceeding from it, a working group was set up at the constitutional commission for development and generalization of proposals in connection with making amendments and additions to the Constitution of Turkmenistan. Proposals received from citizens are studied and discussed in detail. Preparation of bills to be discussed in the joint meeting of the Khalk Maslakhaty and Mejlis of the Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan with participation of representatives of society also goes on.
In places with a view of explanation and promotion of significance of constitutional reforms and the upcoming joint meeting, meetings with participation of deputies of the Mejlis, representatives of political parties and large pubic organizations were held. Appearance of relevant representatives in mass media, including on TV and radio programs on these issues were also organized and articles of social and political importance were published.
Deputy-Chairman of the Khalk Maslakhaty of the Milli Gengesh K.Babaev informed on the planned work and preparation for the upcoming joint meeting of the Khalk Maslakhaty and Mejlis of the Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan on January 21, 2023 with participation of representatives of society.
The plan and schedule of work of the joint meeting were developed. At meetings of the organizing group, issues included in the agenda of the forum are discussed. The relevant work is carried out jointly with the Milli Gengesh, government of the country, ministries and departments, local self-governing authorities and public organizations.
Chairman of the Khalk Maslakhaty of the Milli Gengesh Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov made a working trip to Arkadag city of Akhal velayat on January 15, 2023 where he was familiarized with the course of construction as well as the design of the main mosque to be built in the administration centre of the region and held a working meeting there. At present, preparation for a stone-laying ceremony of the main mosque of Akhal velayat planned or January 20 of the current year with participation of representatives of elders as well as events envisaged within the framework of this date is carried out.
Further, Deputy-Chairman of the Cabinet Kh.Geldimyradov reported on the work carried out by institutions of the financial and economic complex with a view of fulfilment of priority goals set before the given sphere.
Practical steps taken by subordinate institutions for improvement of a number of legal acts regulating activity of various sectors of economy become a separate topic of the report. In this connection, relevant documents developed and preliminarily agreed in an established order with profile structures for approval by the resolution of the President of Turkmenistan were also reported.
Having heard the report, head of the state Serdar Berdimuhamedov made an emphasis on importance of ensuring successful implementation of state and national programs aimed at further socio-economic development of the fatherland. Having signed the relevant resolution and having sent it online to the Deputy-Chairman of the Cabinet, the President of the country instructed him to keep fulfilment of planned work by ministries and departmental sectors timely and accurately under a control.
Further, Deputy-Chairman of the Cabinet Sh.Abdrahmanov reported on the state of affairs in the fuel and energy complex, in particular, in Türkmennebit State Concern under his supervision.
It was informed that at present, the State Concern takes proper measures for development of licensed marine blocks in the Turkmen sector of the Caspian sea and realization of technologically complicated projects.
Having summed up the report, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov underlined necessity of steadfast implementation of programs of development of the fuel and energy complex aimed at strengthening of its industrial and export potential, modernization of sectorial infrastructure on the basis of application of innovative technologies and advanced solutions, further diversification of the sector and increase in the volume of production of oil products demanded in the world markets as well as import replacing goods. In this connection, the head of the state gave the Deputy-Chairman of the Cabinet relevant instructions.
Deputy-Chairman of the Cabinet Ch. Purchekov reported on the activity of subordinate structures.
As was pointed out, as a result of conduction of researches, it was established that there is a possibility of obtaining iron oxide at the deposits of “Çagyl” and its use as raw material for production in plants by dressing iron ores of deposits in Turkmenbashi etrap of Balkan velayat.
In this connection, it is planned to hold an international tender for selection of a consulting company for confirmation of existing reserves of iron ores of the given deposit, development of feasibility study of the project.
Having summed up the report, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov noted necessity to study in detail relevant issues and further development of local raw resources, which are used in production of import replacing goods. Having underlined significance of activity in the given area, the head of the state instructed the Deputy-Chairman of the Cabinet to continue work on this area.
Deputy-Chairman of the Cabinet B.Atdayev reported on steps taken for further development of textile industry and regular work of textile enterprises at full capacity.
Measures for supply of subordinate enterprises with manufacturing resources by the Ministry of Textile Industry were informed.
Having heard the report, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov underlined that in the modern epoch, Turkmen textile steadily increases its competitiveness not only in local markets but also abroad. Its speaks of the results of accelerated development of the profile industry on the basis of advanced technologies, application of the best local and international practice. Having drawn the attention to the work of sectoral enterprises at full capacity, including at the expense of supply of high quality raw materials, the head of the state gave the Deputy-Chairman of the Cabinet concrete instructions.
Information on the activity of the Ministry of Trade and Foreign Economic Relations aimed at application of advanced methods and well-thought strategies in facilitation and support of local producers in participation in international exhibitions and business forums taking into account modern requirements was also delivered.
Having summed up the report, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov underlined that in the Era of Revival of the New Epoch of the Powerful State a large-scale work is carried out to strengthen economic and export potential of Turkmenistan and expand cooperation with foreign countries.
Having outlined further intensification of mutually beneficial relations with foreign business partners as main areas of foreign policy of the fatherland, the head of the state gave the Deputy-Chairman of the Cabinet relevant instructions.
Deputy-Charwoman of the Cabinet M.Mammedova reported on preparation for organization of Days of culture of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Turkmenistan.
For participation in the cultural event, planned for February 12–14 of the current year, a representative delegation of workers of culture and art of the friendly country will arrive in Ashgabat. On its margins, a concert and exhibition of applied and decorative art of the brotherly country, master classes and meetings of artists of two countries and a show of Iranian films will be held. Guests will be presented with a cultural program including excursions to museums and sights of the Turkmen capital.
Having heard the report, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov pointed out that one of the priority areas of interstate cooperation, along with development of trade and economic links, is the deepening of cultural relations.
Having expressed confidence that the upcoming Days of culture of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Turkmenistan will serve the all-round strengthening of fruitful bilateral relations based on age-old traditions of friendship and good neighbourhood and meeting interests of peoples of both countries, the head of the state instructed her to ensure a high level of organization and conduction of the cultural event and gave the Deputy-Charwoman of the Cabinet concrete instructions.
Deputy-Chairman of the Cabinet N.Amannepesov reported on online international scientific practical conferences to be held in higher educational institutions of the country.
So, in commemoration of the year “The happy youth with Arkadag Serdar” conferences are planned to be held in the Oguz khan Engineering Technology University on February 15-16, in Yagshygeldi Kakayev International Oil and Gas University on February 24, in the Institute of Economy and Management on April 26 and in the Institute of Telecommunications and Informatics on March 15.
Students, professors, teachers and young scientists of higher educational institutions of Japan, Republic of Korea, Romania, Germany, Singapore, China, India, Bulgaria, Poland, Russia, Turkiye, Azerbaijan, Kazahstan, Uzbekistan and other countries are expected to participate in them.
Having summed up the report, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov made an emphasis on importance of steps taken for establishment of close cooperation with leading foreign higher educational establishments and education and research centres with a view of exchange of experience in spheres of science, education and innovative technologies as well as familiarization of world community with scientific activities conducted in priority areas in our country.
Having marked that representative international forums called to further display achievements of national science at the world level and by that to facilitate the raise of authority of the fatherland open great opportunities open for it, the head of the state instructed the Deputy-Chairman of the Cabinet to hold all planned events at high organizational level.
Deputy-Chairman of the Cabinet, Minster of Foreign Affairs R.Meredov reported on preparation for the official visit of Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation Mikhail Mishustin to Turkmenistan planned for January 19-20.
As was marked, relations between our countries bear a strategic character and are developed successfully both in bilateral and multilateral formats within the framework of international organizations and structures. A solid contractual and legal basis of Turkmen-Russian cooperation was developed and today it includes 320 documents signed at different levels.
It was underlined that a new impulse was given for development of the constructive interstate dialogue during the official visit of the President of Turkmenistan to the Russian Federation held in the past year. Agreements reached by the outcome of high-level talks in Moscow laid a basis for further strengthening of mutually beneficial partnership and enrichment of its content.
In development of bilateral trade and economic cooperation and implementation of its potential, a significant role is given to the joint interstate commission. In December, past year in Moscow, its 12th meeting was held and by its outcome, 15 documents were signed.
The cultural and humanitarian sphere plays an important part in the intergovernmental relations. Here as visual example of fruitful interaction in the sphere of education, one can cite the joint Turkmen-Russian school named after A.S.Pushkin in Ashgabat as well as a the secondary school named after Magtymguly built at the initiative of the Turkmen side in the Astrakhan oblast of the Russian Federation. At present, due work is carried out to construct a new building for the Russian Drama Theatre named after A.S.Pushkin in Ashgabat and establishment of the Turkmen-Russian university.
Having summed up the report, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov underlined a high level of the traditionally friendly, good neighbourhood, constructive interstate dialogue based on the strategic partnership.
Having developed upon the topic of trade and economic cooperation, the head of Turkmenistan pointed out that it covers a wide range of areas and displays a positive dynamics and testifies to the steady growth of mutual trade turnover. An efficient character is also typical of partnership with largest regions and subjects of the Russian Federation, which maintain direct business links.
An inseparable part of the Turkmen-Russian relations is the cultural and humanitarian sphere, which possesses a great rich fruitful experience of joint work.
Having summed up the said, the head of the state instructed the Deputy-Chairman of the Cabinet, head of foreign office to ensure a high organizational level of preparation for the visit of the Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation and as a whole for events planned within the framework of arrival of the delegation of the Russian Federation in our country. As President Serdar Berdimuhamedov underlined, all planned meetings and talks as well as documents to be signed should be aimed at achievement of concrete results and facilitate optimal realization of existing enormous potential of cooperation that meets common interests.
Director General of the Transport and Communications Agency under the Cabinet of Ministers M.Chakyev reported that within the framework of socio-economic reforms improvement of documents regulating activities of the transport and communications complex of the country inn accordance with requirements of time is carried out.
In this connection, for consideration of the head of the state was submitted the draft of a relevant resolution.
Having heard the report, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov underlined that in the modern epoch national aviation plays an important role in development of the transport complex.
Having signed the submitted resolution and having sent it online to the head of the Agency, the head of Turkmenistan instructed him to ensure proper fulfilment of provisions of the given document.
Further, during the report, information on the work carried out by Türkmenaragatnaşyk Agency to further develop the digitals economy, innovation technologies, including modernization of the electronic system of state services in the country was delivered. It was informed that in connection with launch of national portals and applications, necessity of adoption of program measures for technical and organizational support of realized projects and use of their potential was studied.
Having summed up the report, head of the state Serdar Berdimuhamedov noted significance of activity of Türkmenaragatnaşyk Agency to ensure operation of intellectual networks, including regulation and expansion of national network space and a range of internet services.
Having underlined importance of coordination of all processes for introduction of digital technologies, optimal involvement of existing potential at a qualitatively new level, the President of Turkmenistan instructed the head of the Agency to continue work on this given area.
Having summed up the meeting, the head of the state pointed out that today a number of topical issues were considered and documents aimed at development of sectors of national economy were adopted.
Having concluded the online meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers, President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov wished its participants sound health, family wellbeing and great successes in their work for the benefit of further progress of our sovereign fatherland.
On April 18 and 19, 2023, the delegation of Turkmenistan took part in the 70th session of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, dedicated to digital and green transformation. About this reports MFA of Turkmenistan.
In his speech, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan noted the large-scale and long-term activities of Turkmenistan in these areas, emphasizing the country's readiness to expand international partnership in the field of digitalization and green technologies.
At the same time, the conference participants were informed about the specific practical steps taken by Turkmenistan in the field of reducing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, in particular methane, as well as the prospects for cooperation between the country and the international community in promoting hydrogen energy.
In his speech, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R.Meredov emphasized that the smart city of Arkadag built in Turkmenistan could become a successful example of digital transformation and the application of "green technologies" for the entire UNECE region.
It was noted that the city has implemented the concept of "smart city" and the approach to ensure zero harm to the environment at all stages - from the stage of production of building materials to the stage of operation of facilities.
On issues related to the establishment of the Halk Maslakhaty of Turkmenistan, the abolition of the Halk Maslakhaty of the Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan and the reorganization of the representative body exercising legislative power into the one-chamber Mejlis of Turkmenistan
In order to prepare and generalize, in the period of the Revival of the New Epoch of the Powerful State, proposals for the introduction of amendments and addenda to the Basic Law, the Constitution of Turkmenistan, due to the establishment of the Halk Maslakhaty of Turkmenistan, the abolition of the Halk Maslakhaty of the Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan and the reorganization of the representative body, exercising legislative power, into the Mejlis Turkmenistan, consisting of one chamber, it is hereby decided to:
1. Following the national democratic principles and based on the centuries-old practice of the Turkmen people in governing the state, guided by the noble traditions of the ancestors to address the most significant political, economic and social issues jointly with members of the public, holding national meetings, as well as in order to ensure the participation of the population and public associations in making serious decisions related to the state and public life at a new historical stage in development of Independent Neutral Turkmenistan, come up with an important initiative to establish the Halk Maslakhaty of Turkmenistan, the highest representative body of the people’s power.
In this regard:
1) Apply to the President of Turkmenistan with a proposal to abolish the Halk Maslakhaty of the Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan and reorganize the representative body, exercising legislative power, into the Mejlis of Turkmenistan, consisting of one chamber;
2) Adopt the Resolution of the Halk Maslakhaty of the Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan “On setting up the Constitutional Commission for the development and generalization of proposals related the introduction of amendments and addenda to the Constitution of Turkmenistan and the approval of its members”.
2. Appoint a working group under the Constitutional Commission for the development and generalization of proposals related the introduction of amendments and addenda to the Constitution of Turkmenistan for studying and summarizing the proposals received on amendments to the Constitution of Turkmenistan.
Chairperson of the Halk Maslakhaty of the Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan
Chairperson of the Mejlis of the Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan
On April 18, 2023, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Portugal, João Gomes Cravinho, in Geneva, during which the issues of further development of bilateral relations in the political, diplomatic, trade and economic areas were considered. The parties agreed to prepare a document on foreign policy cooperation between the ministries of the two countries. About this reports MFA of Turkmenistan.
In addition, on April 18, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan met with the Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, during which issues related to the activation of Turkmenistan in the process of studying the rules and procedures for joining the WTO were considered.
In this context, in July 2020, Turkmenistan joined the activities of the WTO as an observer, and in February 2022, following the meeting of the WTO General Council, Turkmenistan was unanimously approved to grant the status of an acceding country.
The parties noted that at this stage it would be expedient to create a working group responsible for promoting the process and coordinating activities for passing the procedures for joining the WTO.
In particular, it was recommended to pay attention to the preparation of the Memorandum on the country's foreign trade regime and the identification of authorized persons responsible for negotiations.
In this regard, Dr. Ngozi noted during the meeting that the responsible WTO officials are ready to provide active assistance. For these purposes, a high-ranking delegation of the World Trade Organization will be sent to Turkmenistan in May 2023.
On April 19, 2023, as part of the visit of the Turkmen delegation to Geneva, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan met with the Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Antonio Vitorino. During the meeting, a set of issues of cooperation between Turkmenistan and IOM was considered.
In this context, the Turkmen side noted that a “Plan of projects planned for implementation by the Government of Turkmenistan jointly with the Representative Office of the International Organization for Migration in Turkmenistan in 2023” has been prepared, which provides for activities in 2 priority areas - technical cooperation and border management, as well as countering trade people and assistance to migrants.
At the same time, the parties discussed promising areas of cooperation such as migration and climate change, migration and emergencies, migration and healthcare. At the same time, special attention was paid to the active involvement of young people in the implementation of IOM projects in terms of raising awareness about various aspects of migration processes.
At the end of the meeting, the IOM Director General emphasized the important role of Turkmenistan, as a neutral state, in the implementation of the provisions of international treaties in the field of migration.
In Beijing, by the outcome of talks, President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov and President of PRC Xi Jinping signed a package of bilateral documents.
Leaders of the two states signed the Joint Statement of Turkmenistan and the People’s Republic of China.
The following documents were also signed:
- Memorandum of cooperation between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China for 2023-2024;
- Protocol on introduction of amendments to the Agreement between the Government of Turkmenistan and the Government of the People’s Republic of China on establishment of the Turkmen-Chinese Cooperation Committee on August 29, 2008;
- Memorandum of mutual understanding between the Government of Turkmenistan and the Government of the People’s Republic of China on facilitation of investment cooperation in digital economy;
- Memorandum of mutual understanding between the Government of Turkmenistan and the Government of the People’s Republic of China on facilitation of investment cooperation in green development;
- Memorandum of mutual understanding between the Government of Turkmenistan and the Government of the People’s Republic of China on connection of the “Revival of the great Silk Road” and “One Belt One Road” international initiatives;
- Plan of cooperation between the Ministry of Culture of Turkmenistan and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the People’s Republic of China for 2023-2026;
- News Exchange and Cooperation Agreement between the State News Agency of Turkmenistan and Xinhua News Agency of the of the People’s Republic of China;
- Memorandum of understanding on mutual cooperation between the State News Agency of Turkmenistan and People's Daily (People’s Republic of China);
- Memorandum of cooperation in information and news between the State Committee for Television, Radio Broadcasting and Cinematography of Turkmenistan and the China Media Group;
- Actions Plan in the field of healthcare between the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan and the National Health Commission of the People's Republic of China for 2023-2027;
- Memorandum of cooperation between the National Olympic Council of Turkmenistan and the Chinese Olympic Committee;
- Memorandum of mutual understanding between State Committee of Turkmenistan on Physical Culture and Sports and the General Administration of Sport of the People’s Republic of China on cooperation in sports;
- Memorandum of mutual understanding between «Türkmengaz» State Concern and the China National Petroleum Corporation on cooperation in gas sphere;
- Memorandum of mutual understanding between the International Oil and Gas University named after Yagshygeldi Kakayev (Turkmenistan) and China National Petroleum Corporation (People’s Republic of China);
- Memorandum of cooperation between the Turkmen state university named after Magtymguly (Turkmenistan) and Beijing Foreign Studies University (People’s Republic of China).
At the end of the talks between the President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov and the Emir of the State of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, a solemn ceremony of signing bilateral documents was held. In the presence of the heads of state, the following were signed:
- Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Turkmenistan and the Government of the State of Qatar in the field of prevention and elimination of emergency situations;
- Memorandum of Understanding between the Prosecutor General's Office of Turkmenistan and the State Prosecutor's Office of the State of Qatar in the field of prosecution;
- Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Turkmenistan and the Government of the State of Qatar in the field of youth;
- The program of cooperation for 2023-2024 in the field of sports between the State Committee of Turkmenistan for Sports and the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the State of Qatar;
- Agreement between the Government of Turkmenistan and the Government of the State of Qatar on the promotion and mutual protection of investments;
- Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Population of Turkmenistan and the Ministry of Labour of the State of Qatar for cooperation;
- Agreement between the Government of Turkmenistan and the Government of the State of Qatar on the abolition of visa requirements for holders of diplomatic and service passports.
Under the wise leadership of deeply esteemed President of Turkmenistan Serdar Gurbangulyevich Berdimuhamedov, every day of the year “The epoch of people with Arkadag” is marked with significant events and labour achievements. The outgoing year enters into history as the year of organization of the historical meeting of the Khalk Maslakhaty of the Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan, the Era of Revival of the new epoch of the powerful state and political events as well as the period of realization of great social, economic, and cultural transformations. Great successes are made in development of economy, systems of culture, education, health care and other spheres of social life.
Designation of the new modern administration centre of Akhal region with the name “Arkadag city” as well as designation of educational institutions, healthcare and cultural establishments and monuments of art built in the city with names of eminent personalities of Turkmen people have become a bright symbol of the Era of Revival of the new epoch of the powerful state and will serve a school to follow in triumph of our national traditions, which link generations with the epoch.
Adoption of the Resolutions by the UN General Assembly at the initiative of Turkmenistan “2023 – International year of dialogue as guarantee of peace”, “On announcement of Central Asia as a zone of peace, trust and cooperation”, “Integration of mainstream bicycling into public transportation systems for sustainable development” testifies to recognition of contribution of our country in solution of important international issues by the world community.
The beneficial work carried out in our happy epoch is aimed at further prosperity of our fatherland and further improvement of happy life of our people. Education of the youth in the spirit of true patriotism, humaneness and high morals, respect for fatherland and our glorious history, culture, traditions and family values of our people, raise of its interest in science and education are main areas of the state policy realized under the leadership of our respected Arkadagly Serdar. With this view all conditions are created for the youth to get education, to develop their skill, professional capacities and to make personalities with wide outlook and loyal to our fatherland. The principle of preceptorship, one of the old traditions of people is continued successfully.
The law of Turkmenistan “On the state youth policy”, developed and adopted at the initiative of our Hero Arkadag after discussion widely in our society, facilitates the strengthening of a legal basis of the youth policy pursued in our country and expansion of opportunities for the youth.
Guided by noble traditions to name contemporarily every year taking into numerous proposals set forward in meetings held by ministries, departments, and large pubic organization of our country and wide support of people on declaration of the year 2023 “The happy youth with Arkadag Serdar”, with a view of creation of wide opportunities for full participation of the youth in economic, political and cultural life of our country, patriotism, humaneness and diligence, support and encouragement of their social and political activity, personal initiatives, the Mejlis of the Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan enacts:
To declare the year 2023 “The happy youth with Arkadag Serdar”.
Chairwoman of the Mejlis of the Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan
President Serdar Berdimuhamedov held a regular meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers via the digital system, at which some issues of the socio-economic development of Turkmenistan were discussed, and drafts of a number of documents were considered.
Turning to the agenda, the head of state gave the floor to the Speaker of the Mejlis G. Mammedova, who informed about the activities of the Parliament to improve the legislative base of the country and prepare for the upcoming elections.
At the twenty-second meeting of the Mejlis of the sixth convocation, held on March 16, 2023, a number of bills were discussed, including “On the Mejlis of Turkmenistan”, as well as on amendments and additions to some legislative acts.
Preparation for the elections of deputies of the Mejlis, members of the velayat, etrap and city Halk Maslahaty and Gengeshes is carried out in an atmosphere of transparency and publicity. As part of the election campaign, television programs and videos are broadcast, articles are published in the media explaining the voting procedure. All conditions for its holding have been created at the polling stations. On March 16, early voting began for voters who cannot be at their place of residence on election day.
International observers visit the regions, getting acquainted with the organization of the preparatory process for the elections and the observance of the current electoral legislation.
On March 11–15, 2023, the parliamentary delegation of our country took part in the 146th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Manama (Kingdom of Bahrain) and the regular conference of the Parliamentary Network of the Non-Aligned Movement held within its framework.
Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers Kh. Geldimyradov reported on the state of affairs in the sphere under his supervision, practical steps taken to bring the activities of the institutions of the economic complex in line with the requirements of the time.
A separate topic of the report was the ongoing work to expand cooperation with reputable international financial organizations and leading banks of foreign countries. In this regard, a number of proposals were submitted for consideration by the head of Turkmenistan.
After listening to the report, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov noted that strengthening productive cooperation with international financial institutions is one of the priority aspects of the national foreign economic strategy. It is necessary to gradually improve the mechanisms for attracting foreign investment in order to successfully implement large projects designed to promote the further prosperity of the Motherland, the head of Turkmenistan emphasized, instructing the vice-premier to control the ongoing work in this direction.
Then Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers A. Begliev reported on the state of affairs in providing the oil and gas complex with the necessary funds.
In this regard, information was provided on the prepared draft of the relevant Resolution.
After listening to the report, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov stressed that in order to accelerate the development of oil and gas fields, drilling and construction of new wells, all conditions are being created for equipping the fuel and energy complex with modern equipment and technical installations.
Having signed the presented Decree, the head of Turkmenistan sent it to the vice-premier by digital system, instructing him to keep the implementation of the provisions of the document under strict control.
In turn, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers A. Yazmyradov reported on the progress of agricultural work and preparations for the upcoming cotton sowing in the country's velayats.
It was noted that the necessary activities are currently being carried out in the regions for the organized start of the sowing campaign in accordance with the norms of agricultural technology, including the preparation of cotton seeds and agricultural machinery.
In order to conduct this campaign qualitatively, it is planned to use 1,800 seeders and tractors throughout the country.
The Deputy Prime Minister addressed the head of state with a request to set a date and bless the beginning of the cotton sowing. In this regard, practical seminars will be held with the participation of farmers, experienced specialists, scientists and machine operators.
Noting that in the era of the Revival of the new era of a powerful state, large-scale measures are being taken in the country aimed at comprehensive reform and development of agriculture, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov stressed that a responsible time for farmers is approaching - cotton sowing and gave his blessing to start sowing in Akhal, Balkan, March 24 in Lebap and Mary velayats, and on March 29 in Dashoguz velayat.
Further, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers B. Annamammedov reported on the work carried out in the era of the Revival of a new era of a powerful state to modernize the country's road transport system, in particular, on the construction project of a modern highway Turkmenbashi-Garabogaz-border of Kazakhstan and related infrastructure facilities.
After listening to the report, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov noted the exceptional importance of laying a new highway Turkmenbashi-Garabogaz-the border of Kazakhstan, which will become part of the North-South international transport corridor and will significantly increase the volume of trade, freight and passenger traffic not only between the regions of our country, but also with neighboring regions. states, thus contributing to the intensification of international trade and economic relations.
Focusing on the fact that the highway and the facilities being built along its route must fully comply with international standards, the head of state instructed the Deputy Prime Minister to ensure control over the work carried out in this direction.
Then, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers B. Atdaev reported on the ongoing activities to implement investment projects in the area under his supervision, including the creation of modern production facilities.
It was reported that members of the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of the country are taking appropriate measures aimed at the construction of facilities for various purposes, as well as the development of exports and the creation of import-substituting industries.
After listening to the report, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov noted that today marks the 15th anniversary of the formation of the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, and on this occasion cordially congratulated all representatives of the country's business community. As stated, over the past years, high levels have been achieved in the field of entrepreneurship. The share of the private sector in various sectors of the economy has increased significantly.
As part of the support of domestic entrepreneurs, it is necessary to more actively implement comprehensive measures aimed at creating the necessary conditions for effective activity, the head of Turkmenistan emphasized, giving instructions to the vice-premier in this regard.
Deputy Chairwoman of the Cabinet of Ministers M. Mammedova reported on the preparations for the National Spring Holiday.
As noted, the International Day of Novruz, included in the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, contributes to the strengthening of international cultural and humanitarian ties, reflecting the unique, multifaceted and high spiritual and moral values, historical and cultural traditions of the peoples of the world, including Turkmen.
At present, preparations are underway for the upcoming festive celebrations on March 21 in the “Nowruz ýaýlasy” place of the Ak Bugday etrap of the Akhal velayat.
This event provides for the participation of foreign guests - delegates of the international conference “Main Directions and Potential for the Development of Tourism in Turkmenistan”, scheduled to be held in our country on the eve of the National Spring Holiday.
After listening to the report, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov focused on the consolidating role of the Novruz holiday, the traditions of which go back thousands of years. Noting the importance of organizing festive events in the cities and villages of the Motherland at a high level, the head of state gave specific instructions to the Vice-premier in this regard.
Then the Deputy Prime Minister reported on the measures being taken to digitalize the activities of the state historical and cultural reserves of the country.
As noted, at present, there are 8 State Historical and Cultural Reserves in Turkmenistan, and 1,500 historical and cultural monuments created by our ancestors over the centuries are on state records.
In order to improve the services offered to local and foreign tourists, pilgrims, relevant work is being carried out.
After listening to the report, the head of state focused on the issues of digitalization of the activities of state historical and cultural reserves and addressed the vice-premier with relevant instructions.
Further, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers N. Amannepesov reported on the work to provide computers-laptops to students who will be admitted to the first grade in the year “Happy youth with Arkadag Serdar”.
It is planned to improve the software, increase the amount of memory and power of Bilimli computers, produced according to quality standards and medical requirements for children.
In this regard, a draft of the relevant Resolution was submitted for consideration by the head of state.
After listening to the report, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov stressed that concern for the younger generation, its harmonious, all-round development and quality education is the most important aspect of state policy.
Having signed the Decree and sent it via the digital system, the head of state instructed the Deputy Prime Minister to ensure control over the proper implementation of this document.
Затем вице-премьер доложил о запланированных к проведению в вузах страны по цифровой системе международных олимпиад и научной конференции.
Thus, on April 19, it is planned to organize the International Internet Olympiad in the subject of “informatics” at the International University of Oil and Gas named after Yagshygeldi Kakayev; May 19 at the Institute of Engineering and Transport Communications of Turkmenistan - the International Open Internet Olympiad in Descriptive Geometry and Engineering Graphics; June 1-5 at the Turkmen Agricultural University. S.A. Niyazov on the occasion of World Environment Day - a scientific and project competition “The role of youth in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals”; June 6 at the Turkmen State Pedagogical Institute named after. Seyitnazar Seydi on the occasion of the Day of Science - the international scientific conference “Science and Education in the 21st Century”.
The events are expected to be attended by representatives of higher educational institutions and scientific centers of the Russian Federation, the USA, the People's Republic of China, the Italian Republic, Romania, the Republic of Turkey, India, the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Republic of Kazakhstan, as well as from a dozen other states.
Summing up the report, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov drew attention to the need to steadily improve the educational system in accordance with the adopted Concepts. Emphasizing the importance of the steps taken in this direction, the head of state instructed to hold the upcoming international olympiads and conferences at a high level.
Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs R.Meredov reported on the preparations for the official visit of the President of Turkmenistan to the State of Qatar.
One of the priority vectors of the foreign policy course of neutral Turkmenistan is the development of mutually beneficial cooperation with the countries of the Middle East. Among them is the State of Qatar, with which friendly, fruitful relations have been established.
A key role in the development of a constructive interstate dialogue is given to visits and summit meetings. In this regard, it was noted that in recent years, 5 high-level visits have been carried out between the two countries. Regular contacts have also been established between governments and foreign ministries.
An effective character is inherent in the interaction of the parties within the framework of authoritative international organizations and structures.
In strengthening and expanding trade and economic partnership, great importance is attached to the activities of the joint Intergovernmental Commission, the next meeting of which is scheduled to be held this year in Ashgabat.
Currently, complex work is being carried out to prepare for the planned official visit. In this context, the relevant program was submitted for consideration by the head of state.
Having listened to the report, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov noted with satisfaction that cooperation between Turkmenistan and the State of Qatar is successfully developing in all areas based on long-standing traditions of friendship, principles of mutual respect and constructiveness.
As is known, diplomatic relations between the two countries were established in November 1996. As part of the upcoming visit, it is planned to open the Embassy of Turkmenistan in the State of Qatar in the city of Doha, which will give a qualitatively new impetus to the interstate dialogue.
Speaking of this, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov stressed the presence of a solid potential for building up bilateral cooperation, including in the trade and economic sphere, where there are good opportunities for enhancing mutually beneficial business ties. At the same time, much attention is paid to strengthening cultural and humanitarian contacts, which are an integral part of interstate relations.
Thus, the next summit talks, which will result in the signing of a number of documents, are designed to give new impetus and content to the traditional Turkmen-Qatari partnership. In this regard, the head of Turkmenistan instructed the vice-premier, head of the Foreign Ministry to ensure a high organizational level of preparation for the upcoming official visit, which is also of great importance in the context of further development of a fruitful dialogue with the countries of the Middle East.
Then, the Director General of the Transport and Communications Agency under the Cabinet of Ministers M. Chakiyev reported on the work carried out by the Türkmenaragatnaşyk Agency to modernize the material and technical base and equip the communications sector with advanced technologies.
It was reported that in our country much attention is paid to the formation of a national communication system, including the implementation of large-scale investment projects.
Summing up the report, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov noted the importance of the activities carried out by the Türkmenaragatnaşyk Agency to improve and expand communication services.
Highlighting the importance of continuing work on the introduction of digital technologies, advanced international experience in the field of communications, the head of state addressed a number of instructions to the head of the Agency on this matter.
A separate topic of discussion at a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers was the preparation for the upcoming March 26 elections of deputies of the Mejlis, members of the velayat, etrap and city halk maslahaty and Gengeshes.
As noted, hundreds of candidates have been nominated by political parties and initiative groups of citizens who meet with voters in the regions and the capital. Their program speeches are also conveyed to citizens through TV channels and other media.
Several groups of international observers have already started monitoring the preparations for the elections.
In this regard, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov stressed the importance of ensuring that this social and political campaign is carried out in accordance with generally accepted democratic norms and national traditions and at a high level.
The head of Turkmenistan pointed out the need to take organizational measures to ensure the functioning of polling stations at the proper level, as well as the work of mobile outlets next to them.
As emphasized, the elections should be widely covered on television and radio channels and in other media. In accordance with the national traditions of our people, musical and song performances by creative groups should be organized at polling stations on election day.
In addition, information about the preparations for the elections should be regularly provided through the media - television and radio channels, print and Internet platforms, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov emphasized, noting the need to encourage our compatriots to actively participate in the upcoming elections.
Then, addressing the hyakims of the velayats and the city of Ashgabat, the head of Turkmenistan especially focused on the fact that the election day should be held in an atmosphere of great celebration.
The importance of ensuring strict compliance with the rules of public order and fire safety at polling stations was emphasized.
“The upcoming March 26 elections are a significant social and political event in the life of the country. Therefore, we must approach it in the most responsible way, create all conditions for the free expression of the will of citizens,” the head of state stated, emphasizing the need to hold elections at a high level, based on principles of transparency, openness, democracy and competition.
The meeting also considered a number of other issues, adopted documents aimed at the development of various industries.
Concluding the regular meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers via the digital system, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov wished its participants good health, family well-being and great success in their work for the prosperity of the sovereign Motherland.
President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov left on a working visit to the Russian Federation, where he took part in an informal Summit of CIS leaders, traditionally held annually in St. Petersburg at the end of the outgoing year.
At the Ashgabat International Airport, the head of state was escorted by officials.
...A few hours later, the presidential airliner landed at the Pulkovo International Airport in St. Petersburg, where President Serdar Berdimuhamedov was met by officials.
The motorcade of the President of Turkmenistan proceeded to the venue of the current informal meeting of the heads of the CIS member states – the Presidential Library named after B.N.Yeltsin.
Here the head of the Turkmen state was warmly welcomed by the President of the Russian Federation. After exchanging mutual greetings, the leaders of the two countries traditionally took pictures for memory.
The Summit was also attended by President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan, President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, President of the Kyrgyz Republic Sadyr Zhaparov, President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon, and President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev.
Before the start of the summit, a ceremony of joint photographing of the heads of the Commonwealth states against the background of the State flags of the CIS member states took place.
Opening the informal Summit, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin once again warmly welcomed its participants, expressing gratitude to everyone for accepting the invitation to come to St. Petersburg for the already traditional informal New Year’s Eve meeting of the leaders of the member countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States.
“The fact that we have gathered within such a friendly circle, in my opinion, eloquently testifies to our desire to continue building cooperation together in the CIS space in the spirit of genuine strategic partnership, mutual benefit and consideration of the interests of all countries,” the Russian leader said.
As it was noted, in the past year, the multifaceted cooperation of our states has developed successfully on the whole, and it confirms the steady growth of trade turnover between all CIS countries.
Coordinated measures aimed at import substitution and ensuring technological sovereignty, independence, building up joint industrial production and scientific potential were taken through the Commonwealth. As a result, the economic and financial sovereignty of the Commonwealth states has been strengthened, the internal markets of goods, services and capital have been dynamically developing, and regional integration has deepened.
Another key area of cooperation between the CIS countries was called the maintenance of security and stability in the Eurasian region. It was noted that the CIS countries cooperate constructively on the topics of combating terrorism and extremism, cross-border crime, drug trafficking and corruption.
President Vladimir Putin noted with satisfaction that the cooperation of the CIS states also covers such an important area as the preservation of a single cultural and humanitarian space, the expansion of various exchanges between citizens. “Our peoples are really connected by many things: common history, spiritual roots, deep interweaving of cultures and customs, values and traditions – and, of course, the Russian language, which is a powerful unifying force that binds our multinational states,” the Russian leader emphasized, thanking everyone for supporting the initiative to hold in the Commonwealth countries 2023 as the year of the Russian language.
In conclusion, the President of the Russian Federation congratulated everyone on the upcoming New Year and expressed confidence that deepening cooperation within the CIS meets the fundamental interests of the peoples of our countries, helps to more effectively solve the tasks of socio-economic development of the Commonwealth states and strengthen regional stability and security.
During the interested exchange of views that followed, the results of the work executed in 2022 were analyzed and the priorities for the coming period were specified.
As noted, in general, the outgoing year has become very fruitful and productive for the Commonwealth of Independent States. All the planned events were carried out, important agreements were reached to expand and deepen cooperation in the political, diplomatic, trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian spheres.
The meeting, which took place in an informal setting, also allowed the leaders of the CIS states to discuss key aspects of practical cooperation and a number of international issues of mutual interest.
According to the general opinion, a significant factor in the success of the Organization is that it consistently follows the goals and fundamental principles laid down in the foundation of modern international partnership. Over the years, the CIS countries have been able to maintain the initially given format of cooperation based on goodwill, equality and trust of the parties.
Today’s informal summit meeting can be viewed primarily as another irrefutable evidence of the mutual desire and determination of the neighboring countries in the region to raise the traditional partnership to a qualitatively new level, to give it a businesslike and constructive character, taking into account the accumulated positive experience of working together, the achievements of national economies and, of course, the huge economic and resource potential.
Considering the Commonwealth of Independent States as an effective platform for open dialogue and long-term mutually beneficial cooperation, our country invariably takes an initiative position in the implementation of the existing multifaceted potential of the Organization, regularly puts forward concrete proposals aimed at developing new forms of partnership that are in demand over time, and implementing promising joint projects.
It should be noted that it was the Hero-Arkadag Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov who at one time focused on the importance of strengthening the economic component of interaction between the CIS countries, putting forward the initiative to prepare a Declaration on Strategic Economic Cooperation of the CIS member states.
This multilateral document was adopted following the results of the CIS Summit held in Ashgabat in October 2019, once again confirming the mutual desire of the Organization’s member countries to unite efforts to maximize the existing economic potential and further expand traditional trade and economic ties.
The CIS Economic Development Strategy until 2030 is based on the key principles of the above-mentioned Declaration, which has identified transport, the fuel and energy complex, communications and communications, industrial cooperation, trade, innovation and technology as priority areas of cooperation.
These are precisely the sectors in which the Commonwealth states can adequately compete in international markets and offer potential partners favorable conditions for productive cooperation.
Noting the importance of promoting the economic interests of the CIS beyond its geographical limits, integration into joint projects of allied countries and neighboring regions, the Turkmen side has repeatedly emphasized that this primarily concerns the creation of transport and transit infrastructure, optimization and expansion of energy supplies, laying new access lines and communications.
The decisive factor for successful cooperation in the above-mentioned areas is the active participation of the CIS countries in the formation of sustainable corridors in the North-South and East-West directions.
The Commonwealth States, united by geography and historically established relations of friendship and brotherhood, have objective advantages, the optimal use of which meets the interests of universal well-being.
According to the leaders of the participating countries, the CIS, due to its geopolitical and geo-economic positions, should play a more proactive role on the continent, become an active participant in the development and expansion of trade and economic partnership between East and West, Asia and Europe.
The cultural and humanitarian sphere has always been an important component of the established constructive dialogue, because cooperation in the fields of science and education, culture and art, youth policy, as well as health and sports has been and remains an integral factor in bringing countries and peoples closer together, strengthening trusting relations between them.
Turkmenistan also argues for comprehensive stimulation and intensification of relations through parliaments, active use of the experience of the Interparliamentary Assembly of the Commonwealth for these purposes.
Our country stands for increasing the international prestige of the CIS, its positive impact on modern global and regional processes.
In this regard, the commitment to cooperation with the Commonwealth states to develop balanced solutions to pressing problems of humanity, primarily related to joint counteraction to dangerous challenges and threats of our time, ensuring universal peace, security and sustainable development, is indicative.
All these years, the CIS countries have been firmly defending the principles of equality and respect in interstate relations, advocating the establishment of a culture of peace and dialogue on the global agenda, strengthening stability and security on the planet, making a significant contribution to the implementation of the SDGs.
In this regard, their active and productive interaction on the platforms of international and regional organizations, the established practice of mutual support during the consideration and adoption of important resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly, voting on candidates for UN elected bodies are very indicative.
One of the evidences of this was the support of the UN General Assembly Resolution on the Permanent Neutrality of Turkmenistan adopted on December 12, 1995, which has been demonstrating the high effectiveness of the practical application of the principles of neutrality in solving many topical issues of the modern world for all these years.
Recently, at the 45th plenary meeting of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly held on December 6 of this year, another Resolution submitted by Turkmenistan was considered and unanimously adopted – on declaring 2023 as the International Year of Dialogue as a Guarantee of Peace.
The global initiative “Dialogue – Guarantee of Peace” put forward by our country is aimed at consolidating the efforts of the international community in strengthening the traditions of peaceful and trusting coexistence of the peoples of the world, restoring values and worldviews, defining a culture of peace and trust as an integral factor in international relations.
The comprehensive support provided to this initiative shows that the CIS countries, which have great political and diplomatic capabilities, act from consolidated positions in the United Nations and other authoritative international and regional structures in order to restore respect for law, a culture of dialogue, trust and predictability in relations between states in world politics.
It is this position that ensures the viability and flexibility of the Commonwealth of Independent States, reveals new facets and prospects of partnership, determines the existence of the CIS as an integral element of the system of international stability and security.
Noting the commonality of the goals and objectives, the participants of the current informal summit reaffirmed the readiness of the neighboring countries to give a new quality and content to the traditional partnership, taking into account the accumulated positive experience of working together.
In this regard, the parties highlighted the need to strengthen political and diplomatic cooperation by intensifying contacts between the foreign ministries of the CIS member states, creating effective mechanisms for systemic multilateral political consultations.
During the interested discussion of priority areas of cooperation with a view to the near and long-term prospects, the heads of states expressed confidence that the current informal Summit will give a powerful incentive to further consolidate efforts and implement new important joint projects in everyone’s interests.
...At the end of the program of the working visit to the Russian Federation, President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov headed to the Pulkovo International Airport, from where he left for his Homeland.
On 15 March 2023 the delegation of Turkmenistan led by Rahimberdi Jepbarov, Chairman of the State Bank for Foreign Economic Affairs of Turkmenistan has held discussions with Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director General of the World Trade Organisation and with Xiangchen Zhang, WTO Deputy Director General.
During the meetings the Turkmen side has stressed readiness of the Government of Turkmenistan to work with the WTO member states and other interested parties to start the accession process and reiterated strong commitment of the Government to become a full-fledged member of the WTO.
The interest of Turkmenistan in deepening cooperation with this large authoritative international organization was confirmed, which, in turn, will contribute to the further stable economic development of the country.
The Director General stressed that the WTO highly appreciates the economic strategy of Turkmenistan and measures for its implementation.
The parties expressed confidence that in the near future progress will be made in the work carried out in accordance with the plans for interaction between Turkmenistan and the WTO.
On December 21, 2022, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov met with the General Executive Director of the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Nobuhiko Sasaki.
At the beginning of the meeting, the head of the Turkmen delegation emphasized the importance of the initiatives of the Chairman of the Halk Maslakhaty of the Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, put forward during his visit to Japan in September 2022.
Also, the Turkmen side proposed to study the possibility of opening a JETRO office in Turkmenistan to attract small and medium-sized Japanese enterprises to do business in Turkmenistan and, accordingly, Turkmen ones in Japan, to assist in the opening of the Trade House of Turkmenistan in Japan to attract Japanese companies to export products from Turkmenistan with high added value, to consider organizing a trade mission of Japan in Turkmenistan.
The General Executive Director of JETRO confirmed his desire to increase mutually beneficial cooperation with Turkmenistan, declaring his readiness to take an active part in projects implemented in our country in various fields of activity.
The American rating agency Fitch Ratings has changed the outlook on the long-term issuer default rating (IDR) of Turkmenistan in foreign currency from "Stable" to "Positive" and confirmed the issuer default rating (IDR) at the level of "B+".
Justifying the revision of the forecast for the IDR of Turkmenistan, Fitch mentions the following key rating factors:
Strengthening balance sheets - external and sovereign balance sheets benefit from higher energy prices. The data show a current account surplus of $4.7 billion (6.9% of Fitch's projected annual GDP), and exports for the full year on a customs basis increased by 43% compared to the same period last year.
Fitch expects to maintain a positive balance in 2023 and 2024, although it may decrease due to falling energy prices and an increase in imports associated with capital costs, according to the agency's website.
Turkmenistan's external debt has decreased to 6.1% of GDP by the end of 2022 and is projected to remain stable until the end of 2024. Sovereign net foreign assets increased by US$ 4.9 billion in 2022 to US$35.1 billion and are projected to increase by another US$5.4 billion by the end of 2024, equivalent to 54% of GDP.
Reliable external liquidity indicators: the completion of large repayments related to a specific project, combined with a jump in external assets, significantly improved the already high external liquidity indicators. External debt servicing in relation to current external receipts fell to 7.8% in 2022 from 26.8% in 2020.
Overall, Fitch provides a favorable macroeconomic outlook for Turkmenistan and expects that higher capital expenditures and continued government support for the private sector, combined with a slight increase in gas production and continued high demand for refined products, should contribute to growth in 2023 and 2024.
Fitch Ratings agency assigned Turkmenistan a long-term issuer default rating (IDR) in foreign currency at the level of "B+" with a Stable outlook in August 2021 and confirmed it in February 2022.
A B+ rating means that the country is at an average level in the group of positive ratings, and shows a strong balance in the presence of significant natural resources. The public rating is used by banks and other organizations, including those who wish to receive an independent assessment of the possibility of investing in the country.
The first Trilateral Summit started in the Congress Centre of the Avaza national tourist zone with participation of President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and President of the Republic of Türkiye Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
In the morning, heads of Azerbaijan and Türkiye arrived in the Avaza Congress Centre.
There before the start of the Summit, Chairman of the Khalk Maslakhaty of the Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov met with heads of two friendly countries.
Before the forum, President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov also held bilateral meetings with his Azerbaijani and Turkish colleagues there.
After the ceremony of joint photographing, the tripartite talks started in the narrow format.
Among topics of discussion was expansion of trilateral cooperation in the trade and economic sphere as well as in fuel, power energy, transport and communications sectors.
On February 19, 2023, President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov met with the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of the United Arab Emirates, Minister of Presidential Affairs of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who upon arrival in the Turkmen capital at the International Airport was met by the Head of state.
The high-ranking guest was accorded proper honors in the tradition of Turkmen hospitality.
After exchanging friendly handshakes, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov and Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of the United Arab Emirates, Minister of Presidential Affairs Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan were photographed against the backdrop of the State flags of the two countries.
The guest conveyed cordial greetings to the head of state, as well as to the National Leader of the Turkmen people, Chairman of the Halk Maslakhaty Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and all Turkmen citizens from the President of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, as well as from the UAE Vice President, Prime Minister, Minister of Defense, ruler Emirate of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
As emphasized, the UAE attaches great importance to the development of interstate relations with Turkmenistan, including the strengthening of trade and economic cooperation on an equal, mutually beneficial and long-term basis.
Thanking for the kind words and conveying greetings and best wishes from himself and from the Hero-Arkadag to the top leadership of the United Arab Emirates, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov noted that he was glad to see a high-ranking representative of the UAE in Ashgabat. Stressing that he, together with the Hero-Arkadag, recalls with great warmth the recent visits to Abu Dhabi and the meetings held within the framework of them, the head of state stated that the two countries had accumulated a large positive experience of long-term and comprehensive cooperation.
The high level of the Turkmen-Emirati partnership in the political and diplomatic sphere, as well as through authoritative international organizations, primarily the UN, on the basis of mutual understanding and respect was noted.
The international seaport of Turkmenbashi, according to its current level, is one of the largest transport centers of international importance in the East-West and North-South directions. The seaport of Turkmenbashi fully meets the goals of establishing supply chains with ports in the United Arab Emirates, and for companies specializing in port management and provision of logistics services, it can become an attractive project.
President Serdar Berdimuhamedov stated the expediency of making full use of the existing potential to intensify cooperation, including in the cultural and humanitarian field.
Confirming the interest of representatives of the UAE business circles in building up a productive partnership with Turkmenistan, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan once again expressed sincere gratitude to the head of state for the warm welcome.
President Serdar Berdimuhamedov warmly said goodbye to Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of the United Arab Emirates, Minister of Presidential Affairs Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
After exchanging good wishes, the high-ranking guest left Ashgabat.