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Dedicated to soldiers of the Great Victory…

  /   State News Agency of Turkmenistan  /   24.06.2020  /   

Today, on June 24, when the events on occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Victory in Great Patriotic War, in which Turkmenistan delegation takes part according to the request of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, are held in the capital of Russian Federation, we recollect again the feat of our forefathers who have won peace and freedom.

How to measure this heroic deed? By millions of lives, bloody dressings, days and nights filled with grief and suffering? By destiny of children left without fathers, tears of mothers who lost their sons?

In fact, this feat is measured by our memory. It has been seven and half decades since it serves a strong and unbreakable tie between younger generation and generation of soldiers and rare front workers.

It does not matter how many years will pass, how many words full of gratitude will be said, the young people will always be eternally in debt of those who gained such hard and such a great Victory not only exposing their lives to deadly danger but also giving their lives for their Motherland and their beloved ones.

Yes, our youth have somebody to loom up to – the glory of our brave and valiant ancestors who fought for freedom and independence of the Motherland is written in gold letters in the history of the nation. Turkmen warriors have stood to death at the walls of legendary Brest Fortress, Moscow, Kiev, Smolensk, Leningrad, Stalingrad…

Thousands of our fellow citizens demonstrated an exemplary resilience, loyalty to military duty, dedication to the Motherland in all fronts of the Great Patriotic War.

Grandfather of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov – Berdimuhamed Annayev, whose life serves as an example of true patriotism, bravery and courage to Turkmen youth, was among them.

Today, almost every city of our country has monument of a memory of Turkmen warriors who were lost in those battles. however, active peace-making policy pursued by the Head of the State is the main imprescriptible monument of the glory of exemplary feat of our fellow citizens.

Important international initiatives, which Turkmen leader proposes from the high tribune of the UN and other competent forums, are also aimed at strengthening of peace and security. This policy, which is based on high humanistic traditions of glorious ancestors, is reflected today in specific deeds, having gained highest international authority of Turkmenistan and being a guarantee of peaceful and prosperous life of our people.

The relations between the generations thankful for prosperous life and peace on the planet do not break year after year. While this relation is continued, the glory of our heroes, who stood to death defending the Motherland, their cities, villages, family, beloved ones, will live as the memory is a road from the past to the future…

And this memory dictated poetry dedication to President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to all soldiers who have not come back bloodstained battlefields.

 

 

Priorities of development of financial and economic sphere discussed at the session

  /   State News Agency of Turkmenistan  /   05.03.2020  /  

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov held a working session with the participation of Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers G. Mushikov, who supervises the economic block and Chairman of the Central Bank M. Annadurdiyev. Practical measures aimed at solution of objectives on the development of financial and economic sphere were discussed at the session.

Commenting on the meeting agenda, the President gave floor to Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers G. Mushikov. The Vice-premier reported on the fulfilment of assignments for improvement of activity of organizations under his supervision. It was also informed that latest methods and technologies are actively used in all structures.

Works for increment of import substitutive production and enhancement of export potential of the country are carried out on proper level. Special attention is paid to successful solution of objectives for development digital economy.

Report on fulfilment of instructions of the Head of the State for integrated training of qualified personnel for banking and financial sphere, implementation of modern achievements and methods used in this sphere were presented.

Commenting on the report, the Head of the State highlighted that development of the economy on scientific basis stood as an important time requirement. “It will be very important for the expansion of production capacities, strengthening of economic power”, the President continued, giving a number of instructions to the relevant officials in this regard.

Chairman of the Central Bank M. Annadurdiyev reported about the situation in the structures under his supervision, and the measures taken for successful fulfilment of objectives set out in the Programme of social and economic development of the country until 2025.

It was reported that large-scale work was carried out to ensure the stable growth of all branches of the national economy, stimulation of small and medium business, steadfast improvement of banking activity by implementation of advanced practices.

Summing up the report, the President focused on the current tasks set to the banking institutions. The Head of Turkmenistan specified the expansion of cooperation with competent international financial organizations among the key vectors of work.

Special attention was paid to the responsible and comprehensive approach to training qualified specialists.

Speaking of the necessity to activate measures aimed at financial support of important projects, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov requested to give productive character to relations with foreign investors. In this context, particular instructions were given to the Chairman of the Central Bank.

Addressing the Vice-premier and Chairman of the Central Bank, the Head of the State noted that it was necessary to provide integrated measures for reduction of impact of global modern risks on national economy.

Continuing the subject, the President ordered the Vice-premier to expand sale markets of local production, to develop efficient mechanisms of business support.

“Stable economic growth is formed up in the result of rapid increment of internal production and level of industrial self-sustainability”, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted.

In this context, the importance of establishment of close contacts between big corporations and small and medium enterprises was highlighted. At the same time, it is necessary to take relative measures aimed at increasing the awareness of personnel of economic complex about the latest achievements in this sphere especially about advanced technologies.

The Head of the State specified assistance rendered to the ministries by granting of credits for solution of current objectives among the main objectives of banking organization of the country, in particular to ensure the acceleration of construction paces of industrial facilities.

“The policy of reforms and general line of fundamental changes comply with full and comprehensive realization of colossal potential of the country. The strategy of development of Turkmenistan is based on such main factors as scientific approach, wise management and strategic planning”, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted.

“Strengthening of social protection of the population, realization of measures adequate to modern challenges are priority vectors of the government policy under new stage of development of market relations”, Turkmen leader continued.

“Support of dynamic rates of development of national economy, investment activity, implementation of large-scale reformatory programmes are necessary factors for successful fulfilment of objectives in this sphere. The labour market is formed up with intensification of economic reform, which is one of the main conditions of improvement of social provision of the population of the country”, the Head of the State said.

The Head of the State noted that all banks of the country had to provide consultative and methodological assistance to the branches.

“Thoughtful pricing policy of the state, support of private initiative and other measures require the increment of level of social provision of people. It is important to create necessary conditions for acceleration of programmes of development of all branches of the economy”, the Head of the State requested.

In conclusion of the meeting, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov wished the participants success in fulfilling the set tasks.

 

Working video conference session: Social and economic issues, preparation to the 25th anniversary of neutrality

  /   State News Agency of Turkmenistan  /   23.06.2020  /   

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov held video conference session with participation of hyakims of the velayats and Ashgabat. Priorities of integrated development of the regions of the country as well as preparation to the 25th anniversary of Turkmenistan’s neutrality were discussed at the session.

First, the Head of the state called Hyakim of Ashgabat Ya. Gylyjov who reported on work for development of the city and support of cleanness of the capital, care of plantations.

Information about rates of construction of facilities planned to be opened by the 25th anniversary of the country, planned cultural events has been presented in the report. It was also informed about preparation to the programme of celebration of the Day of Culture and Art Personnel as well as the Day of Magtumguly Poetry, organization of cultural sessions in the capital.

Summing up the report, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that it is necessary to pay special attention to provision of high level of events on occasion of remarkable dates, which are very important in life of the country. Instruction ofnaccelerations of work rates at the facilities planned to be opened on occasion of the 25th anniversary of neutrality of Turkmenistan have been given.

It is necessary to hold the issues of improvement of ecological situation in the capital under strict control, to develop green massifs and park zones, Turkmen leader noted. Having pointed out law rates of construction of certain facilities, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expressed discontent with work of the Hyakim and demanded to organize work on proper level.

Further Hyakim of Ahal Velayat Ya. Gurbanov reported on the situation in the region, expanded major measures for grain harvest campaign in short period, care of the fields under cotton. The Hyakim has also reported on development of the plan of high-level provision of timely execution of assignments given by the Head of the State during working trip to the velayats.

It was mentioned that coordinated work involved in the harvest has been organized. Special attention is paid to preparation of lands after the wheat to the plantation of other crops and effective operation of agricultural equipment. Inter-row cultivation and mineral fertilization are carried out at the cotton fields according to agricultural standards.

The head of the regional administration has presented information about events planned to be held in the velayat on occasion of the Day of Cultural and Art Personnel and the Day of Magtumguly Poetry.

Having listened to the report, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov requested to take necessary measures in order to conduct harvest campaign in the region on proper level, to collect all produced yield in short period and without loss, to provide maximum involvement of harvesters and transport, uninterrupted work of grain reception facilities and settlement of payments to the tenant for delivered grain.

It is necessary to collect the harvest of potato, onion and other vegetable and cucurbitaceous crops, which were planted in spring, to provide storage in cold stores, the Head of the State noted, having ordered to provide sowing of autumn potato, onion and other crops.

Turkmen leader has also demanded to hold the rates of construction of facilities, provision of their high quality and timely commissioning under strict control.

Video conference session was continued with the report of Hyakim of Balkan Velayat T. Atahalliyev who reported on work carried out in the etraps of the region.

The Hyakim has also reported on fulfilment of assignments given by the Head of the State during his working trip to the velayat including on acceleration of rates of the harvest campaign and organization of other agricultural works. It was mentioned that uninterrupted reception of the grain, timely settlement of payments to the farmers for delivered product are under permanent control.

The head of the western region reported on agricultural activities at the fields under cotton, measures for completion of sowing of sugar beet in the set period. At the same time, work for reaping potato, onion and other vegetable and cucurbitaceous crops is continued.

In the report, the President was informed about the situation at the facilities under construction in the region as well as about preparation to events on occasion of coming remarkable dates including celebration of the 25th anniversary of permanent neutrality of Turkmenistan.

Having listened to the report, the President of Turkmenistan noted importance of arrangement of works for organized conduct of the harvest and sowing of sugar beet according to agricultural standards. It is necessary to take relative measures for qualitative care of cotton, having involved agricultural equipment and inventory in full scale.

At the same time, it is necessary to carry out integrated agricultural works at the fields released after the grain harvest, to hold efficient use of agricultural equipment under strict control, the President said, having focused on the necessity of timely reaping of grown vegetable crops.

Having highlighted the subject of construction of various facilities, which commissioning is timed to the 25th anniversary of neutrality of the country, the Head of the State demanded to hold acceleration of rates of construction and provision of high quality under strict control.

During working video conference session, the President of Turkmenistan has reprimanded Hyakim of Esenguly etrap, Balkan Velayat A. Esenov for unsatisfactory performance of his duties with the last warning to correct admitted deficiencies as soon as possible.

Having signed relative document, the Head of the State has sent it to the Hyakim of the velayat by electronic document management system. The President has also given number of instructions for successful solution of set objectives to the Head of regional administration.

In his turn, Hyakim of Dashoguz Velayat N. Nazarmyradov reported on works expanded in the region, measures for completion of the harvest campaign in set period, improvement of care of cotton as well as on increment of productivity of potato and other vegetable and cucurbitaceous crops.

At the same time, the report on fulfilment of directions given by the Head of the State during his working trip to the northern region of the country for execution of the plan of wheat production, on start of ploughing works at the fields released after the harvest of winter crops has been presented.

The Head of the regional administration has also reported on the events organized under the Week of Culture.

Summing up the report, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has focused on importance of acceleration of work rates at the agricultural fields of the region, especiallu acceleration of rates of grain harvest campaign.

In this case, it is necessary to involve all technical fleet, grain harvesters and vehicles, to the full extent, to provide uninterrupted operation of grain reception facilities as well as timely settlement of the payments with tenants, Turkmen leader highlighted.

In addition, it is necessary to carry out ploughing of land released after winter crops immediately using agricultural equipment efficiently. Agricultural standards have to be followed during care of the cotton fields, its inter-row cultivation and mineral fertilization.

Care of the field under rice has to be taken in set period and according to set standards, the Head of the State pointed out, having addressed the Hyakim with number of directions on this account.

The Week of Culture in the velayat timed to the Day of Cultural and Art Personnel as well as the Day of Magtumguly Poetry has to be interesting and filled with unforgettable events, the President noted.

At the same time, facilities under construction in the velayat have to be under permanent control, Turkmen leader said, having demanded to pay utmost attention to quality and timely completion of construction works.

Further, Hyakim of Lebap Velayat Sh. Amangeldieyv reported on the measures for conduct of the grain harvest campaign expanded at present in agricultural fields of the region, major work carried out for successful fulfilment of assignments of the Head of the State given during his working trip to the velayat.

It was informed that together with the grain harvest, ploughing of lands released from the wheat is carried out. Preparation of lands to new sowing season is carried out, all efforts are put for completion of the rice sowing in designated period. Work for care of the cotton is continued.

Reaping of potato, vegetable and cucurbitaceous crops is continued in the region at high rates. It was informed about acceleration of construction rates of facilities planned to be put into operation on occasion of the 25th anniversary of Turkmenistan’s neutrality. In addition, celebration events are held in the velayat on occasion of the Day of Cultural and Art Personnel as well as the Day of Magtumguly Poetry.

Having listened to the report, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that it is necessary to hold subjects of integrated development of the region under permanent control.

Having focused on organization of seasonal agricultural works on high level, the Head of the State demanded to provide coordinated operation of all structures involved in the harvest. Timely settlement of payments to the grain producers, care of the fields under cotton remain among important requirements. At the same time, it is necessary to complete the rice sowing according to set agricultural terms.

Speaking of completion of harvesting of potato and other vegetable and cucurbitaceous crops, their sale and storage in cold stores, the President of Turkmenistan gave instruction to sow autumn species of potato, onion and other crops on time.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov stated that despite rich harvest of wheat produced in the velayat, the work in Farab, Charjew and Dovetly etraps is not organized on proper level.

In this regard, the Head of the State has reprimanded Hyakims of Charjew etrap J. Masharipov, Dovletly etrap B. Gylyjov and Farab etrap H. Metkuliyev for deficiencies admitted in their work with the last warning to correct admitted failures.

Hyakim of Mary Velayat D. Annaberdyev reported about the situation in the velayat, measures for organized and qualitative collection of the grain, work for care of the fields under cotton.

The report on fulfilment of assignments on acceleration of the rates of agricultural works and fulfilment of the plan of wheat production given by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov during his working trip to the velayat has bene presented.

It was also informed about agrarian activities carried out at the fields released after the harvest of wheat, care of cotton, inter-row cultivation as well as about sowing of sugar beet.

In addition, Hyakim reported on works for celebration of glorious dates, provision of high organizational level of planned events carried out in the etraps of the velayat.

Summing up the report, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has focused on importance of timely completion of the harvest without any loss, having used grain harvesters and other equipment in full scale as well as timely settlement of payments with tenants.

In addition, preparation to new sowing season, ploughing works and levelling of land according to existing standards, efficient use of agricultural equipment and spare parts are very important, the Head of the State pointed out, having addressed number of assignments to the Hyakim. It is necessary to organized reaping of potato and other vegetable and cucurbitaceous crops as soon as possible, the Head of the State said, having demanded to stat sowing of autumn species of these crops on time.

The President of the country has noted that it is necessary to prepare comprehensively to celebration of the Day of Cultural and Art Personnel and the Day of Magtumguly Fragi Poetry, having ordered to organize planned events on high level. At the same time, it is necessary to hold situation at the facilities under construction in the velayat under permanent control.

Finishing video conference working session, Head of the State Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov wished strong health, family wealth and success in work to all participants.

Dubai Oil and Gas Roadshow: new technologies, integration, investment, marketing

  /   State News Agency of Turkmenistan  /   26.02.2020  /   

The International Roadshow "Oil and Gas of Turkmenistan 2020" held in Dubai (UAE) has become one of the major and landmark events dedicated to the 25th anniversary of permanent neutrality of our country. The forum embodied the principles of economic diplomacy of the Turkmen state in the world arena and the readiness for multilateral equal dialogue in such a vital area as global energy security.

The Turkmen leader puts on the agenda the development of fundamentally new models designed to turn the global energy dialogue into a driving force of global development on the basis of a balance of interests of all its participants, responsible and careful treatment of natural resources, ecology, taking into account the broad public demand focused on the fair distribution of benefits.

All this was discussed at the representative event in Dubai, which gathered more than 300 high-ranking delegates from 113 leading companies, representing 42 countries. The Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India transnational gas pipeline project and the investment potential of the Turkmen hydrocarbon sector based on the stable economic and political situation in the country and the relevant legislative framework were among the main topics discussed by experts.

The representatives of the leading international oil and gas companies expressed their interest in mutually beneficial cooperation in the oil and gas complex of the country and participation in the TAPI transnational gas pipeline project.

Among the promising areas of cooperation, considered at the Dubai International Roadshow were the attraction of investments into development of hard-to-develop fields, gas chemical projects, implementation of the next stage of industrial development of the giant Galkynysh field to supply natural gas to the transnational TAPI gas pipeline.

The round table "TAPI – the Gas Pipeline for Peace and Cooperation" and the seminar on legal and tax aspects became the agenda of the talks between the heads of the oil and gas industry of Turkmenistan and top managers of a number of world-renowned companies.

The presentations have become an important contribution to the formation of the modern investment image of the country. As a responsible and reliable producer and supplier of energy resources, Turkmenistan is ready for close cooperation with the interested states of the world, international organizations and financial institutions in order to develop coherent, transparent approaches.

In this regard, the construction of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline is a real investment project, a fact of the growing attractiveness of which are the legislative guarantees, the state support and personal control over the TAPI construction by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

Foreign experts spoke about the importance of the neutral policy of Turkmenistan, which uses its significant human and natural resources to promote peace, stability and prosperity in the region and in a wider format.

Development prospects of gas-chemical and oil refining sector in Turkmenistan cannot be considered without environmental aspect. The high ecological compatibility of the world hydrocarbon production today becomes synonymous with its efficiency.

In this context, a number of foreign companies presented their technologies related to the reduction and capture of carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere at oil and gas, oil refineries and chemical plants during the roadshow.

The plenary sessions of the Dubai Roadshow also considered projects to optimize mature fields, improve oil recovery, and discussed new mechanisms for cooperation in investment projects. Professionals exchanged views on global gas sector trends, oil product marketing strategies, etc. New proposals and solutions were voiced to bring Turkmen hydrocarbons and gas deep processing products to foreign markets.

In frames of the international field forum, the members of our delegation held meetings with the heads of foreign companies and discussed specific proposals from foreign partners who have expressed the interest in building up cooperation with Turkmenistan in the fuel and energy sector.

The heads of the companies “Total” and “Technip FMC” (France), Italian Marie Technimont expressed their interest in taking part in energy and gas chemical projects in Turkmenistan, including through raising funds from financial institutions from Italy - SACE, the UK – the UK Finance and Germany - Deutche Bank.

The UAE companies "Horizon Energy" and "Transpetrol", Romanian "Komet Group" initiated the proposals to to increase the productivity of long used oil fields based on new technologies and methods.

The UAE Petrofac company was ready to continue mutually beneficial cooperation with Turkmenistan in developing the Galkynysh gas condensate field. During the meeting with the heads of Dragon Oil (UAE), the issues of current and planned work on the contractual territory of Cheleken were considered.

Italian companies "Saipem" and "Pietro Fiorentini", as well as the Arab company "Dana Group" expressed the interest in participating in the oil and gas projects in Turkmenistan.

A representative of the British consulting company "Gaffney Cline Associated", well-known in Turkmenistan and in the world, informed that new geophysical data on the Turkmen part of the Caspian Sea was currently analyzed, which will make it possible to formulate a package of proposals to expand investment cooperation.

The success of such a representative field forum "Oil and Gas of Turkmenistan 2020" in Dubai is another evidence of the high reputation in the international arena and universal support for the foreign policy of our country, the most important aspect of which is the international energy cooperation.

The high organizational and intellectual level of this large-scale event, in the opinion of the meeting participants, contributed to the fact that the forum not only met expectations, but also allowed us to take a fresh look at the role and mission of the Turkmen state in the context of sustainable development of the region and the world.

This is another bright indicator that the energy diplomacy of Turkmenistan, which has always been distinguished for its active position and interest in finding new and effective solutions in this area, is highly appreciated by representatives of the world business and expert community.

"The world's energy reserves are the wealth of all mankind. Today, they are not just fuel for the global economy, they provide an opportunity to confidently develop the world economic relations, serve as a guarantee of implementation of the goals of sustainable development, growth of welfare and quality of life of people, their inclusion in the benefits of civilization and progress", the Turkmen leader notes.

These positions, voiced from the high rostrum of the UN General Assembly, have received wide support from the world community and are actively implemented in life.

President of Turkmenistan congratulates fellow countrymen on the 75th anniversary of the great Victory

    /   09.05.2020  /   

Let me extend my congratulations on the 75th anniversary of the Victory in 1941 – 1945 Great Patriotic War – the holiday, which fills heart of people with the feeling of unlimited pride! Won by cost of lives, bravery and fearlessness of millions of people, this sacred Victory has become and embodiment of peace and humanity, friendship and solidarity, - congratulation message of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to the people of Turkmenistan says.

Hard times and losses of 1941 – 1945 endured by people, which entered into the history as the most tragic years, have left lasting injuries in the hearts of everyone. Millions of people have become victims of merciless policy of fascism in this scary war, which lasted 1,418 days. Families were left without parents, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters. The world economy, human culture, development of science and education received irreplaceable loss. Strive for Great Victory united Turkmen nations with fraternal people in cruel combat against the enemy.

Decades have passed since those days, but event today, hard memories and suffer of those years live in the memory of all nations participating in war. Thousands of our countrymen together with other nations who had to go through hard ordeals of war, have demonstrated unparalleled examples of bravery and courage, true patriotism and high spirit on the battle fields in their strive to peace. Their combat bravery and relentless courage have been written with golden letters to the history of our Motherland, - the message highlights.

Population of Turkmenistan left in the rear front, which is elders and young women, teenagers, were working tirelessly days and night producing wheat and cotton and receiving good yields. Sending necessary production to the front, clothes and food, they made significant contribution to the future Victory. Having submitted 7,302 kilogrammes of gold and silver jewellery to the Defence Fund, Turkmenistan citizens demonstrated sample of high humanity.

Out national tradition to pay sacred tribute to those who were lost. We pay tribute to the capital memorial complex Halk hakydasy – People’s Memory, hundreds of monument of war heroes in cities and villages of the country, keep memory of rare front personnel – our compatriots, who brought the Victory closer with their selfless work in those hard days. Heroism and courage of our brave fellow countrymen will live in the hearts of thankful successors forever, - the message says.

The message of the President says that the government policy of Turkmenistan is based on interests of people and every citizen. Reforms in our country are aimed at gradual improvement of social and living level of the citizens, provision of political, economic and cultural prosperity.

The government takes great care of each citizen of the country, war and work veterans solving their living needs, providing with quality medical service. Veterans of the Great Patriotic War and widows of participants of war as well as rare front personnel were awarded with medal of 75th anniversary of the Victory in 1941 – 1945 Great Patriotic War on the threshold of the holiday.

“Elders, who fought for our peaceful and free life, our heroes, who went through the crucible of war, are our pride and glory!” – President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlights.

Finishing the message, the Head of the State addressed Turkmenistan citizens with wishes of strong health, longevity, peaceful and wealthy life, great success in work for the prosperity of the Motherland.

Over 100 companies take part in Dubai roadshow, dedicated to the oil and gas sector of Turkmenistan

  /   State News Agency of Turkmenistan  /   24.02.2020  /   

The International Roadshow "Oil and Gas of Turkmenistan-2020" opened in Dubai (UAE) on February 24 brought together the leaders of the world oil and gas market, as well as the heads of the hydrocarbon sector of our country. This specialized forum, dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the permanent neutrality of Turkmenistan, is aimed at developing mutually beneficial cooperation of our state with all interested foreign partners in the fuel and energy sector.

According to the organizers of the roadshow, the event brought together over 100 leading companies from about 40 countries that vividly testifies to the high attention the global energy business pays to the growing gas market of Turkmenistan.

On the first day of the forum, the international conference "TAPI - Gas Pipeline for Peace and Cooperation" and the first session "Oil and Gas of Turkmenistan" were held in Dubai. Speaking during the forum, the representatives of our country emphasized the role of Turkmenistan's neutral status as an effective mechanism is establishing fruitful cooperation to address important issues, strengthen friendly, good neighborly relations between states and peoples.

The presentation on the TAPI gas pipeline project was arranged during the conference in Dubai. The information on the progress in its construction, the impact of this project on the socio-economic development of the region was presented. The foreign participants of the forum emphasized the exceptional importance of the peace-loving policy and the neutral status of the Turkmen state in the modern world.

The working sessions of the first day of the international roadshow were dedicated to the prospects of development of gas-chemical and oil refining industries of Turkmenistan, industrialization, as well as development of the offshore blocks of the Turkmen shelf of the Caspian Sea and attraction of investments.

The heads and leading specialists of the oil and gas sector of Turkmenistan and foreign companies, including Gas Strategies, Haldor Topsoe, China National Oil and Gas Exploration and Development Corporation, Dragon Oil, WOOD, Gaffney, Cline & Associates presented their reports.

In the afternoon, the round table "TAPI - the guiding light of peace and cooperation" and the seminar on legal and tax aspects of investing in the oil and gas sector of Turkmenistan were organized.

In addition, bilateral talks were held between the heads of the oil and gas industry of Turkmenistan and top managers of a number of world-known companies.

 

Extended session of the Government and X session of International Ahalteke Equestrian Association

 

Having noted that International Ahalteke Equestrian Association has 10th anniversary this year, the Head of the State warmly congratulated the participants on this remarkable date as well as on National Turkmen Horse Holiday, having wished success in development of equestrian sphere to every one.

The President said that issues of further development of ahalteke horse breeding and equestrian sports on international level would be reviewed at the session.

In addition, new members would be taken on to International Ahalteke Equestrian Association, Orders on conferring of members of the Association who carry out t fruitful work for development of ahalteke horse breeding in our country and abroad with the state awards of Turkmenistan would be signed.

Moreover, place and time of XI session of this organization would be defined, future objectives would be discussed and relative decisions would be made, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted.

Big work has been done for 10 years after foundation of to International Ahalteke Equestrian Association. At present, 155 legal entities and individuals from 34 countries are members of the Association. They have made many things for development of horse breeding, which made positive effect on the growth of livestock of ahalteke horses and number of their connoisseurs abroad.

The President of Turkmenistan highlighted that big steadfast work is carried out in the country for popularization of ahalteke horses, which were bred up and trained throughout many centuries in Turkmen land. Equestrian complexes meeting world standards have been built and put into operation for development of equestrian industry and organization of competitions and contests of international level.

Many things have been also done for training of profile specialists, modern structures for scientifically based development of horse breeding, strengthening of equipment and facility base have been made.

The government has invested 680 million US dollars for improvement of social and living conditions of our horse breeders. We would continue large-scale work in this direction, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said.

As is known, National Turkmen Horse holiday is observed in Turkmenistan on the last Sunday of April. International ahalteke horse beauty contest and scientific and practical conference dedicated to topical issues of horse breeding, races and competitions are held to mark this holiday.

Art contests are organized for artistic embodiment of beauty of ahalteke horses in works of visual, decorative and applied art. These events enhance the glory of world famous ahalteke horses.

Further, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that establishment of International Ahalteke Equestrian Association made strong foundation for protection of purity of ahalteke horses in the world, increment of livestock and wide popularization.

At the same time, our country makes all conditions for international competitions like races, national equestrian games and other sports including show jumping and marathon.

Special attention is also paid to training masters of races and other equestrian sports, show jumping competitions and national equestrian games. For these purposes, special training centre has been opened under Ashgabat Equestrian Centre, modern indoor and open arenas meeting international standards have been built.

Relative work for formation of legal, economic and organizational bases of development of horse breeding and equestrian sport has been carried out. The Law of Turkmenistan on Horse Breeding and Equestrian Sports, which is aimed at protection of gene pool of thoroughbred ahalteke horses and regulating relations appearing during breeding and use of horses, have been adopted.

This document makes legal guarantees for improvement of pedigree livestock in horse breeding sphere, protection of gene core of national horses, which are the part of international gene pool, their breeding and improvement, supports the development of horse breeding and equestrian sports as well as to achievement of high results in this direction, the President said.

Galkynysh National Equestrian Group makes deserving contribution on glorification of ahalteke horses, popularization of the art of horse breeding. Speaking of this, the head of the State brought as example successful performance of this Group at circus festivals in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, Italy, People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Kyrgyzstan where Turkmen horse riders have won grand prix and gold cups.

As is known, the programme of V Asian Indoor and Martial Art Games, which were held in Ashgabat in September 2017, such sports as a show jumping, has been included for the first time. Continuing, the Head of the State highlighted again that our country, the ancient home of the horses, carries out large-scale work aimed at development of equestrian sports on the world level.

We would continue putting all efforts to provide successful performance of our ahalteke horses at international competitions, the head of the state said.

It was mentioned that development of horse breeding industry, restoration of ancient breed lines, protection of purity and increment of livestock of horses. Beneficial cooperation with foreign horse breeders has significantly activated in these spheres.

Young personnel is trained in different directions of horse breeding and equestrian sports in high and secondary specialized educational institutes of the country.

International horse breeding school and Scientific and production centre are built in new administrative centre of Ahal Velayat, which is also under construction, for these purposes as well as for deep study of unique features of ahalteke horses, their history, horse breeding and selection work on scientific base.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted that this is another bright evidence of special attention that he government pays to development of equestrian industry on international level.

Work of Turkmen and foreign horse breeders for breeding of ahalteke horses is highly appreciated. We award such titles as Honoured Horse Breeder of Turkmenistan, Master Jockey of Turkmenistan and National Horse Breeder of Turkmenistan. This work would be continued in future.

Important role is given to magazine “Sky Ahalteke Horse”, which is published by International Ahalteke Horse Association in Turkmen, Russian and English languages, in wide highlighting and introduction of historical and other valuable information about national equestrian art to the world community.

Special website of the Association, which provides news in equestrian sphere, gives information about ahalteke horse contests, international exhibitions and conferences is to support to coordination of activity of this structure, horse breeders, specialists and experts.

As is known ahalteke horses attract connoisseurs with its exterior, grace, speed and therefore, these horses are bred in many countries. In this regard, the President stated with delight the fact that after establishment of Association, number of connoisseurs of this horses as well as those who wish to breed them has significantly increased and this number is growing every year.

Having made special mention of positive role of the Association in establishment of fruitful cooperation between Turkmen and many foreign horse breeders, the Head of the state expressed the confidence that cooperation between the members of this public organization would be continue din the future.

After, the floor was given to Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers E. Orazgeldiyev who reported on work in our country under patronage of the Head of the State for breeding of thoroughbred ahalteke horses, achievements in protection and increment of livestock of this unique breed.

It was mentioned that Turkmenistan takes steadfast measures for formation of modern infrastructure of equestrian sphere, which in its turn, has stimulated the development of equestrian sports and international cooperation in selection and breed work, establishment of racing industry, training of jockeys and coaches. Methods of Turkmen horse breeding, which efficiency is proven by centuries, national training school attract interested attention of professionals from different countries.

Huge merit in restoration of the world glory of ahalteke horses belongs to President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, which support helped national horse breeding to find deserved place in life of the country, having consolidated heritage, culture, historical experience of the nation and its hard work.

International Ahalteke Equestrian Association has been established ten years ago by initiative of Head of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. It united horse breeders specialized in breeding of ahalteke horses, training of horses for equestrian competitions as well as scientists and other connoisseurs of famous horses from different countries.

For short historical period, this organization has become an effective ground for cooperation between national and foreign horse breeders. Regular meetings and consultations of members of the Association give new impulse to joint efforts aimed at protection of the phenomenon of ahalteke breed as unique occurrence of the world culture, give opportunity to share experience, to familiarize innovations and achievements in this sphere, enrich partnership with new projects, actual ideas and business contacts.

On behalf of all personnel of the industry, having expressed gratitude to the President of the country for huge attention paid to development of Turkmen horse breeding, permanent help in strengthening of its equipment and material base, comprehsnive care of nationa horse breeders, E. Orazgeldiyev proposed to institute honoured title “Türkmenistanyň ussat halypa seýisi”.

Having approved the proposal and addressed the Speaker of the Mejlis, the Head of the state focused on the necessity of proper work for making necessary amendments and addendums of legal acts.

Under applauses of the participants, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov signed the Orders on conferring of the state awards to distinguished horse breeders of the country and honoured title «Türkmenistanyň at gazanan atşynasy» (Honoured Horse Breeder of Turkmenistan) to active members of International Ahalteke Horse Association.

Turkmen leader cordially congratulated national and foreign horse breeders, having expressed gratitude for their work for enhancement of the world glory of ahalteke horses and wished new professional success to all.

After, the Head of the State gave floor to member of International Ahalteke Equestrian Association, Director of Equestrian Company Jeýkob Ferdezuçt GBR (Germany) Mrs Katarina – Irina Anna – Margaret Jacob who participated in the video conference session.

Addressing President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, Mrs Katarina – Irina Anna – Margaret Jacob noted that ahalteke horses have become permanent adornment of all events not only in hospitable land of Turkmenistan but also in all parts of the world where ahalteke horses are bred owing to permanent care of Turkmen leader.

It was highlighted that Turkmenistan is an example in development of equestrian industry and strengthening of its equipment and facility base for the whole world in the result of activity of the Head of the State who demonstrates high example of sincere love and tender feeling to horses.

Noble work of horse breeding is deservingly appreciated. Honoured titles in this sphere are awarded to foreign colleagues together with distinguished Turkmen horse breeders. This is a sign of big respect and support of personnel of this sphere all over the world.

Mrs Jacob noted that award of honoured title to her and some of few colleagues was unforgettable and historical event in her life and raised a feeling of pride. Having expressed gratitude to President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov for honour, the Director of Equestrian Company Jeýkob Ferdezuçt GBR cordially congratulated the Head of the State on National Turkmen Horse Holiday and wished strong health, longevity and success in his activity.

Having congratulated Mrs Jacob on award of honoured title, the President wished her new success in development of ahalteke horse breeding and enhancement of glory of ahalteke horses, which is a pride of Turkmen nation, on international level.

After, the President gave floor to President of Hungarian Ahalteke Equestrian Association Mr Joseph Gyle Nyeke who also participated in video conference session.

Having expressed deep gratitude to the Head of the State, Mr Nyeke noted that Turkmen people have received big experience in training of horse throughout the centuries. At present time, Turkmen horse breeders work on the world level for improvement of this art and development of ahalteke horse breeding.

It was highlighted that achievement of the world science and modern technologies are actively introduced in this primordial branch in Turkmenistan, which brings it to the leading positions.

It was mentioned that the Head of the State has a big love of ahalteke horses, dedicates them his free time and enthusiastically glorify ahalteke horses in his literary art. The books of the President of Turkmenistan dedicated to ahalteke horses speak about unique traditions of breeding and training of horses – loyal companions of Turkmen people, with which their rich history and destiny are connected, that are passed from generation to generation.

Having expressed gratitude for conferring of such high title, Mr Nyke highlighted that it has become indeed unforgettable and happy event. Taking opportunity, the Head of Hungarian Ahalteke Equestrian Association warmly congratulated the Head of the State on National Turkmen Horse Holiday.

Having congratulated Mr Nyeke on award of honoured title звания «Türkmenistanyň at gazanan atşynasy», the President wished him future success in hobble activity for protection of purity of the breed and popularization of beautiful ahalteke horses in the world.

Under applauses of the participants, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov signed the Resolution on introducing of relative citizens of foreign countries and Turkmenistan to the members of International Ahalteke Equestrian Association.

The Head of the State congratulated new members of the Association and wished them big success in solution of objectives of the organization.

After, the floor was given to Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Environment Council of the Kingdom of Bahrain Sheikh Faysal Bin Rashid bin Isa Al Khalifa who participated in session by video call.

Taking opportunity, Sheikh Faysal conveyed warm greetings of the King of Bahrain who addressed congratulations to the head of the State on the beginning of the Holy month of Ramadan and wishes of strong health, prosperity and peace.

Having expressed sincere gratitude for taking to the membership of International Ahalteke Equestrian Association, often guest of Turkmenistan noted that he studied culture and history of our beautiful country where horse breeding is developed rapidly for many years.

You put huge efforts for protection and popularization of the ancient horse breed in the world, which conquer with their beauty and statue, Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Environment Council of the Kingdom of Bahrain highlighted, having proudly added that he himself devoted his life to development of horse breeding and equestrian sports in his country where big work in this direction is also carried out.

Having expressed readiness to make his contribution to the activity of International Ahalteke Equestrian Association, which united connoisseurs of this breed from all over the world, Sheikh Faysal Rashid Bin Isa Al Khalifa congratulated all on National Turkmen Horse Holiday and addressed fraternal people f Turkmenistan with wishes of peace, goodness and prosperity.

Having expressed gratitude for substantial speech and good words addressed to Turkmenistan, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expressed gratitude that Sheikh Faysal would participate actively in development of Turkmen – Bahraini relations in equestrian sphere as a new member of International Ahalteke Equestrian Association.

The floor was given to Deputy of the Parliament of Romania, Head of Inter-parliamentary Turkmenistan – Romania Friendship Commission Mr Antal Ishtvan Yanos.

Having expressed gratitude to the President of Turkmenistan for election to the members of International Ahalteke Equestrian Association, the spokesman highlighted that he accept this event as a great honour.

Antal Ishtvan Yanos continued that during the opportunity to travel to ancient Turkmen land, he was lucky to see the traditions, customs, culture and history of Turkmen nation. Ahalteke horses, which are one of the most ancient and beautiful horses in the world, made special impression.

Indeed, ahalteke horses confirm the fact that there is no culture and art of horse breeding equal to yours. The methods of pedigree work, ways of bringing up horses are amazing. I’m glad that I witness the reaching of this high targets, Romanian parliamentarian said.

Having noted that he was engaged in popularization of thoroughbred ahalteke horses in his country for many years, the spokesman assured that he would continue supporting the development of Association in his parliamentary work.

Having expressed gratitude for taking him to the membership of International Ahalteke Equestrian Association, Antal Ishtvan Yanos congratulated President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and all members of this representative organization on National Turkmen Horse Holiday, having wished strong health, longevity and success in activity for the prosperity of Turkmenistan.

Having expressed gratitude to Antal Ishtvan Yanos for warm words about our country, the Head of the State expressed confidence that Romanian deputy would take active part in popularization of ahalteke horses in the world together with development of inter-parliamentary relations.

After, the President of Turkmenistan under applauses of participants signed the Resolution on the next, XI session of International Ahalteke Equestrian Association in Ashgabat in April 2021.

The Head of the State highlighted that our horses made significant input to the formation of the world equestrian culture. Therefore, we would continue traditions inherited from our ancestors for development of this sphere. We would increase the scale of our activity to pass these traditions to younger generations, to make them love these beautiful animals.

Finishing the session, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov congratulated the participants on the 10th anniversary of International Ahalteke Equestrian Association and National Turkmen Horse Holiday, having wished big success in work to all.

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Financial support of development of private sector: impulse of the economic growth

  /   State News Agency of Turkmenistan  /   23.02.2020  /   

 Speaking at the session of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan on February 20, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted that comprehensive support to development of private sector is one of the main aspects of national social and economic strategy.

Favourable legal, economic, financial and social conditions have been made for effective and dynamic development of this section of national economy in the country, which builds its economy of the principles of market relations. This is indicated by improvement of tax system, facilitation of export and import operations, beneficial crediting.

All these measures are provided by steadily implemented State programme of support of small and medium business in 2018 – 2024. It is aimed at provision of high rates of economic growth and social progress by activation of entrepreneurship activity in Turkmenistan.

It main objectives include increment of volumes of production and services by private sector, enhancement of competiveness of national manufacturers in the world markets.

Recently in the beginning of February, the Head of the State assigned to allocate 1.5 billion US dollars from the State funds to the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Turkmenistan for procurement of equipment, machinery and construction materials, which are necessary for construction and provision of facilities of new administrative centre of Ahal Velayat.

National entrepreneurs actively develop construction business and enter into bigger contracts in this field. They build major facilities including entire living estates of urban development of Ashgabat, comfortable hotels, sport and recreation centres in Avaza tourist zone, industrial facilities and processing plants.

Earlier, the Head of the State allocated 2.3 billion US dollars to the UIET for construction of Ashgabat – Turkmenabat highway, 600 million US dollars for construction of ore mining complex at potassium salt deposit Tyubigatan in Lebap Velayat. This is just a few samples of targeted support of development of entrepreneurship in the country.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov signed the Resolution on financing of the projects implemented by legal and entities and individual entrepreneurs at the above-mentioned session of the Government. According to the document, the State Bank of Foreign Economic Affairs will sign credit agreement with the OPEC Fund, who will allocate 10 million US dollars.

These funds will be invested to number of projects of national private goods producers, which products are targeted to export and import substitution.

Making its input to support of small and medium entrepreneurship, the State Bank of Foreign Economic Affairs of Turkmenistan work closely with international financial organizations attracting new credits for financing of the projects implemented in private sector of the economy of the country. The OPEC Fund for International Development is one of such organizations.

The OPEC Fund for International Development is international financial organization established in 1976. It members include Algeria, Ecuador, Gabon, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela.

The main goal of the organization is to support stable social and economic development in the world. The fund cooperates with 134 countries of the world. Its main operations include provision of investment to the governments of different states for the state and private projects, financing of trade and provision of grants.

It is important to note that while providing financial support to development of private sector, the State Bank of Foreign Economic Affairs has singed the agreement to the amount of 10 million US dollars with the Islamic Corporation for Development of Private Sector at the fields of the First Economic Forum, which was held in the country in August 2019.

The bank is preparing to sign credit agreements to the amount of more than 42 million US dollars with USA John Credit Inc. for financing of supplies of agricultural equipment for support of private agricultural producers. Turkmen leader highlights that activity of entrepreneurs has to support integration of Turkmenistan to the system of global economy and be based on advanced methods of work, therefore, the state would continue providing active support to small and medium business supporting the expansion of its activity in national economy.

In particular, this is related to such sections on national economy as agricultural complex, tourism, trade, textile and food industry, transport, service sphere and construction industry.

The President of Turkmenistan pays special attention to creation of import substitutive facilities in industrial complex. At the same session of the Cabinet of Ministers on last Friday, the Head of the State signed the Resolution on construction of entire number of industrial and production facilities in 2020 – 2023.

Electronic industry is developed in the country, profile organizations based on innovative technologies are formed under active support of members of the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Turkmenistan.

In addition, facilities for production of different types of household appliances like electrical and gas cooking stoves, ovens, microwaves, vacuum cleaners and fridges are opened. All of these will allow reducing import volumes in this sphere and providing the population with consumer goods at affordable price.

At the same time, the focus is made on efficient echo-friendly production facilities, introduction of digital systems and technical innovations to all branches. Together with increment of consumer goods production, output capacities of light and food industry, big resources are invested to development of service sphere and trade.

Wide variety of competitive goods and services, creating of high added values, economic diplomacy and growth of export are the main targets, which were given by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov in development of national business.

Turkmenistan bank officers hold talks with their colleagues in Germany

  /   State News Agency of Turkmenistan  /   23.04.2020  /    Описание: http://www.turkmenistan.gov.tm/photo/anons/1587726838.jpg

The State Bank for Foreign Economic Affairs held talks in the form of a video conference with the representatives of Commerzbank AG of the Federal Republic of Germany.

The main topic of discussion was the key aspects of cooperation. Expressing satisfaction with the effective nature of cooperation between Turkmenistan and one of the leading credit institutions in Germany, the meeting participants emphasized that in recent years special attention had been paid to the development of a stable financial sector, including the improvement of legislation in this area.

Underlining the positive changes in the banking sector of Turkmenistan, the parties made a special emphasis on the importance of digitalization in this segment of the national economy. There was a unanimous opinion that the exchange of ideas about innovation, experience and best practices contributed to the sustainable development of the country's financial market.

The meeting addressed the issues related to the activities of the Turkmen-German Intergovernmental Working Group on Economics that plays an important role in expanding fruitful interstate relations. In the context of further promotion of joint projects, the German side confirmed its support for the economic policy implemented by President of Turkmenistan, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, as well as the willingness s to strengthen mutually beneficial partnership.

Session of the Government: Industrial growth and export orientation, digitization and international projects

  /   State News Agency of Turkmenistan  /   20.02.2020  

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov held regular video conference session of the Cabinet of Ministers where current objectives of the country’s development and some draft documents have been reviewed.

Coming to the points of the agenda, the Head of the State called Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers G. Mushshikov who reported on activity of the establishments of the sphere under his supervision, measures for support of development of non-government sector.

In particular, the Vice-premier reported on work for expansion of cooperation with competent economic structures including the OPEC Fund for International Development.

According to the agreements with this organization, 10 million US dollars will be invested for these purposes. Control of targeted use of investments is planned to assign to the State Bank for Foreign Economic Affairs.

Having presented the Draft Resolution on financing of the projects, which are carried out by legal entities and individuals to the President of Turkmenistan for review, the Vice-premier noted that work in this sphere is to support increment of production volumes and enhancement of export potential of local business.

Summing up the report, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted that comprehensive support of development of private sector, which representatives not only satisfy internal requirements but also expands the geography of supplies of local production to the world markets, is one of the main aspects of social and economic strategy.

Favourable legal, economic, financial and social conditions have been made in the country today for efficient and dynamic development of this sector of national economy, the Head of the State noted. This is proven by improvement of tax system, facilitation of export and import operations, beneficial taxation and crediting.

The President continued that recently, special attention has been paid to strengthening of economic development, expansion of international relations with leading financial institutes, developed states, world famous companies, which have advanced practice and innovative technologies. In this regard, importance of use of potential of these structures during implementation of big investment projects in different spheres has been noted.

Having signed the Resolution on financing of the projects, which are carried by legal entities and individual entrepreneurs, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov sent it to the Vice-premier by electronic document management system, having addressed number of specific assignments.

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

Draft document, according to which the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Protection would enter into contracts with foreign companies on procurement of vaccines, cleaning and diagnostic material and equipment for livestock farming, has been presented to President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov for review.

Summing up the report, the Head of the State gave assignments to the Vice-premier for implementation of the programme of development of agricultural industry and reforms in agrarian sector.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov signed relative Resolution and sent to the Vice-premier by electronic document management system.

Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers M. Meredov reported on International Conference “TAPI – Gas line of peace and cooperation” and international forum for attraction of foreign investments to oil and gas industry of Turkmenistan, which are planned to be held in Dubai (UAE) on February 24 – 25 this year.

Representatives of big world oil and gas companies, financial structures, scientific and research institutes and international organizations will take part in the events together with members of Turkmen delegation.

The agenda of the forum includes such subjects as the role of Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Pakistan – India gas line in provision of peace and cooperation in region, perspectives of development of petrochemical industry in the country, attraction of investments to the projects of development of offshore blocks of Turkmen part of Caspian Sea, new mechanisms of cooperation in improvement of output production of oil and gas deposits, deep processing of hydrocarbons and marketing.

Round table session of the project of TAPI gas line will be held. Meetings of members of Turkmen delegations with representatives of foreign companies are also planned.

Having listened to the report, the Head of the State noted that energy policy of Turkmenistan, which has big reserves of hydrocarbons resources, is aimed at comprehensive development of national fuel and energy complex, its diversification and dynamic integration to global energy system. Active cooperation with the states and business circles of the world, which is built on the principles of goodwill and mutual benefit, is one of the main priorities of this strategy.

In this context, important role is given to specialized profile forums held in the country and abroad. Such events present interest for exchange of practice, attraction of investments and new technologies to perspective projects.

The Head of the Turkmenistan made special mention of the importance of TAPI project, which reflects priorities of foreign policy of the country based on the principles of positive neutrality and constructive international initiatives aimed at formation of modern architecture of global energy security, making of conditions for achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Construction of new transnational gas line is a part of energy strategy of Turkmenistan, which provides diversification of export routes of supplies of energy carriers to the world market including to the countries of Southeast Asia. Implementation of such large-scale project will give new impulse to economic development of the states of the region, will support solution of the issues of social, ecological and humanitarian character.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that industrial development of unique gas deposit Galkynysh, development of fields in Turkmen part of Caspian Sea and coastal zone, search and exploration of new perspective oil and gas fields, construction of oil refinery and gas processing complexes are among current objectives of national fuel and energy complex.

The President of Turkmenistan ordered the Vice-premier to provide high organizational level of forums in Dubai, which are to demonstrate achievements and potential of oil and gas complex of the country, to support establishment of direct business contacts with leading financial, oil and gas companies of the world.

Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers Sh. Durdiliyev reported on the Draft Resolution on Construction of industrial and production facilities by the Ministry of Industry and Construction Production in 2020 – 2023.

The Vice-premier informed that construction of second phase of Baherden and Lebap cement plans of the State Production Organization Türkmensement is planned for increment of their output production capacity up to 1 million tons of production per year).

In Baherden etrap, Ahal Velayat, it is planned to build the plant for production of ceramic tiles and earthenware, facility for production of 100 tons of glassware per day in Gyoktepe etrap, ceramic dishware plant in Dashoguz. Facility for production of rolled metal items with output capacity of 150,000 tons per year is among the facilities planned for construction.

Summing up the report, the President gave assignments to the Vice-premier for control of realization of large-scale construction programme, fulfilment of plan of construction of industrial facilities in cities and rural areas of the country as well as to take measures for stimulation of investment activity in this sphere. It is necessary to review all subjects of development of architectural and construction projects on systematic and comprehensive basis. It includes ecological planning, engineering and technological analysis of facilities, design and other.

This is the industrial sector, which has to become a locomotive for other branches of national economy, the Head of the State highlighted.

In this context, it is necessary to open modern facilities specialized in processing of rich natural and raw material resources, to increase variety of construction materials, which do not yield to foreign analogues by characteristics, Turkmen leader said.

Having focused on improvement of existing production industrial facilities, the President noted importance of attraction of capabilities of private sector of the economy, which would increase efficiency of work of entire complex.

Continuing the subject, the Head of the State said that big programme of construction and opening of new facilities has been planned on occasion of the 25th neutrality of the country this year. The objectives, which successful solution is to support diversification and dynamic development of national economy, have been set. It is necessary to pay attention to use of modern equipment and new technologies during fulfilment of all planned works, the President highlighted.

Having signed the presented Resolution, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov sent it by electronic document management system to the Vice-premier and gave relative assignments for its execution.

Video conference session was continued with the report of Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers B. Ovezov who reported on the measures for modernization of the structures of transport and communication complexes.

Having listened to the report, Turkmen leader stated that composition of transport and communication sector has been completely accomplished. In this context, the Head of the State highlighted the necessity of permanent introduction of new technologies, exchange of practice, useful innovative developments, having noted the currency of dynamic development of all transport spheres and addressed the Vice-premier with specific assignments.

Having pointed out that technological modernization of profile facilities is among priority objectives in development of communication sector, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov requested the Vice-premier to take measures for provision of organized and coordinated work for qualitative service and effective operation of modern equipment.

Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers Ch. Gylyjov reported o the situation in the branches under his supervision as well as on the draft resolutions on the Ministry of textile Industry and Türkmenhaly State Association.

The Vice-premier informed that Draft Resolution on Türkmenhaly State Association and structures of its central office has been developed.

At the same time, Draft Provision and structure of the central office of the Ministry of textile Industry have been developed in relation with improvement of activity of the ministry.

According to the project, the above-mentioned Ministry will have department of digital technologies. In addition, it is proposed to open department of foreign economic relations, marketing and digital technologies in the structure of Türkmenhaly State Association.

Having listened to the report, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted that textile industry is one of the main and powerful branches of national economy. In this context, the President has focused on importance of improvement and modernization of activity of this branch, strengthening of its equipment and facility base.

Having signed the Resolution on approval of Provisions on the Ministry of Textile Industry and Türkmenhaly State Association as well as structures of their central offices, the Head of the State sent it the Vice-premier by electronic document management system, having given specific assignments on their fulfilment.

Having noted that Resolution on financing of the projects, which are implemented by legal entities and individual entrepreneurs, has been signed at the session, the President stated that members of the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs would receive 10 million US dollars according to the document.

According to the Constitution of Turkmenistan, the State promotes and supports entrepreneurship, assists in development of small and medium business, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov continued.

At present time, members of the UIET work in different spheres of national economy including in industry, agriculture, construction, tourism, trade, services, are engaged in various activities demonstrating their best business features. They also take an active part in international events, which supports establishment of beneficial business contacts with foreign partners.

Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers B. Abdiyeva reported on the situation in the spheres under her supervision and work for improvement of activity of printing mass media. In this context, Draft Resolution on approval of the Chapter of Head Offices of newspapers and magazines, which are founded by the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan, has been presented to the Head of the State for review.

Summing up the report, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov focused on the main objectives of national mass media, which are to propagate achievements of Turkmenistan , priorities of its home and foreign policy, to highlight important events.

Having signed the Resolution on approval of the Chapters of newspapers and magazines, which are founded by the Cabinet of Ministers, the Head of the State sent it to the Vice-premier by electronic document management system.

Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers P. Agamyradov reported on activity in education, science, health protection, sport and youth affairs sphere carried out according to the assignments of the Head of the State. Informing about reforms in the structures under his supervision, the Vice-premier noted that special attention is paid to enhancement and effective use of potential of educational and scientific institutes, which play important role in the process of implementation of digital economy and development of information and communication technologies.

Having listened to the report, the President gave assignments to the vice-premier, which are related to improvement of work as well as study of the best world practice in this field and its wide practical implementation.

Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Foreign Minister R. Meredov reported on the Draft Programme of humanitarian aid to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan by Turkmenistan in 2020 - 2022 developed at the request of the Head of the State.

It was mentioned that Turkmenistan renders comprehensive support in social and economic restoration of the neighbouring country. This is expressed in construction of social facilities including hospitals and schools, in beneficial supplies of electricity, study of afghan students in Turkmen universities. Humanitarian aid is regularly sent from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan.

Special three-year programme, which includes 12 relative activities, has been developed for further support of peaceful development of the neighbouring state. In particular, it is planned to build number of social facilities, to implement humanitarian projects in health protection, to take measures in continuing of cooperation in education sphere.

Having listened to the report, the President of Turkmenistan stated with delight constructive and trustful character of interstate Turkmen – Afghan dialog. Relations between our states have been significantly activated at modern stage.

The President noted that neutral Turkmenistan invariably speaks from the position of regulation of the situation in Afghanistan by exclusively peaceful political and diplomatic measures proposing specific measures aimed at restoration of its economy and social infrastructure. Realization of big infrastructural projects with participation of Afghanistan in such important spheres as energy, transport and communication sector is the main term.

Expressing solidarity with fraternal Afghan people in its desire for peace and harmony, Turkmenistan would continue providing comprehensive support and necessary humanitarian aid, taking active part in the efforts of international community in this direction, the Head of the State highlighted.

Having signed the Resolution on approval of the above-mentioned Programme, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov sent to the Vice-premier, the Foreign Minister, by electronic document management system, having given relative assignments on this regard.

During the session, the Head of the State has also signed the Resolution on Establishment of Interdepartmental Commission for preparation to the assessment of national system of Turkmenistan by Eurasian Group of Counteraction of Money-laundering and Financing of Terrorism. Having sent it to the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers by electronic document management system, the Head of the State requested to take proper measures for fulfilment of provisions of this document.

Speaker of the Mejlis G. Mammedova informed about current activity of National Parliament for improvement of legal base of social economic reforms, intensification of democratic processes and promotion of foreign initiatives of the President of Turkmenistan.

At present time, number of new bills is developed, legal acts requiring amendments and addendums are analysed.

At the same time, deputies of the Mejlis carry out explanatory and propaganda work regarding constitutional reforms.

Information about activity of the Mejlis in the context of realization of social policy, in particular government support of families with many children, maternity and childhood, has been presented.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted importance of law-making activity in solution of important objectives aimed at dynamic promotion of social and economic reforms, democratization of society, innovative development of the country and improvement of wellbeing of the nation.

The Head of the State has focused on development of inter-parliamentary relations, giving of systematic character to them, cooperation with international organizations, especially with agencies of the UN.

Necessity of explanation of meaning and importance of constitutional reforms in the country, attraction of public to their discussion has also been highlighted.

After, the report of Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Secretary of the State Security Council Ch. Amanov on the situation of the structures under his supervision, measures for solution of objectives of military and law enforcement agencies has been listened.

Having listened to the report, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that Turkmenistan steadily pursue the policy of peace, goodwill and wide international cooperation.

Having noted that the Resolution on establishment of Interdepartmental Commission for preparation to mutual assessment of national system of Turkmenistan by Eurasian Group of Counteraction against Money-laundering and Financing of Terrorism has been signed, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov addressed the Vice-premier with number of specific orders for provision of control of fulfilment of provisions of this document.

Summing up the session of the Cabinet of Ministers, the Head of the State focused on the utmost objectives of the members of the Government.

The President specified activation of the transit of branches of national economy to digitization among the main vectors of work. Necessity to take efficient measures for acceleration of reforms has been highlighted. The state support of private sector of the economy is also among priorities.

Industrialization and construction have been named among the main directions for the nearest future. Having focused on importance of permanent control of activity of facilities of this sphere, the Head of the State ordered to accelerate the rates of construction of industrial facilities with application of advanced technologies and innovations.

Speaking of expansion of international relations, the President have focused on practical implementation of TAPI and TAP projects, having highlighted that this is another actual measure in realization of energy strategy of Turkmenistan.

Our country pays special attention to expansion of cooperation with the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Cooperation between Turkmenistan and Afghanistan in energy sphere gains wider scales, the Head of the State noted.

Other important subjects of the state life, on which relative decisions have been made, were reviewed at the session.

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

Online meeting held between representatives of business circles of Turkmenistan and Japan

 /   State News Agency of Turkmenistan  /   22.04.2020  /   

The State Bank for Foreign Economic Affairs hosted the meeting in video conference format between representatives of Turkmenistan and Japanese Bank for Internatioanl Cooperation (JBIC).

Having stated with delight positive practice of business contacts between the Government of Turkmenistan and Japanese bank for International Cooperation acquired for more than 20 years, the participants of the meeting noted high efficiency of joint projects in different spheres under relative bilateral agreements.

Credit agreements between the State Bank for Foreign Economic Affairs and JBIC signed for financing of construction of big oil and gas complex, power and chemical industry are example of such work.

Discussing on perspectives of productive relations, representatives of Japanese Bank expressed interest in partnership on new projects, from this point of view, Turkmen side made proposals on participation in modernization of the leading segments of national economy.

In this regard, cooperation in agricultural and water management, in particular application of advanced technologies and practice of Japan in prevention of mud streams and their diversion from settlements was the subject of discussion. Subjects of further cooperation in oil, gas and chemical industries have also been reviewed.

Having noted the efficiency of economic strategy of Turkmen leader, Representatives of JBIC expressed willingness of business structures and financial institutes of their country to continue developing bilateral relations. Secial attention has been paid to development of new forms of the partnership between Japanese Bank and Government and banking structures of Turkmenistan as well as financing of projects implemented with participation of the leading companies of Japan.

It was highlighted that implementation of joint plans would serve to further dynamic development of national economy by diversification of fuel and energy complex, construction of modern high-technology facilities making production, which is on high demand in the world markets.

At the same time, it was noted that JBIC tries to create business opportunities for Japanese companies u different spheres by investments, thus supporting interstate dialog.

Working session: International Cooperation and priorities of development of national economy

  /   State News Agency of Turkmenistan  /   18.02.2020  /   

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov held working session with participation of some Deputy Chairmen of the Cabinet of Ministers and head of number of profile departments. Subjects related to successful solution of objectives outlined in the Programme of social and economic development of the country in 2020 – 2025, provision of balanced development of all branches of the economy have been reviewed at the session.

In the beginning, the Head of the State congratulated personnel of the Foreign Ministry and ambassadors on the Day of Diplomatic Personnel of Turkmenistan and wished the big success in their activity.

Having noted that good news have comes – final document of International Conference “Turkmenistan and International Organizations: Cooperation for Peace and Development”, which was held in Ashgabat on January 14, 2020, has been published in the UN official languages and distributed at the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, the Head of the State congratulated diplomats and all Turkmen people on this remarkable event.

On behalf of all Turkmen diplomats, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Foreign Minister R. Meredov expressed gratitude to President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov for congratulations on occasion of the celebration.

The Vice-premier has also reported about work for activation of international cooperation in different spheres, provision of high organizational level of events planned on occasion of the 25th anniversary of permanent neutrality of Turkmenistan.

Summing up the report, the Head of the State highlighted necessity to hold subjects related to implementation of priorities of the foreign strategy of the country under permanent control and gave number of instructions for efficient continuation of this work.

Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers G. Mushshikov and Chairman of the Central Bank B. Annadurdiyev reported on fulfilment of assignments on improvement of financial and banking system and economic complex in general.

It was mentioned that integrated measures for implementation of latest technologies, enhancement of investment activity of the branches are taken.

Having pointed out necessity of responsible and integrated approach to the subjects related to investments, which is important factor of strengthening of the economy, as well as steadfast improvement of work of financial and economic structures based on implementation of advanced international practice, digital technologies, the President gave specific assignments to relative officials.

Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers Sh. Durdiliyev reported on fulfilment of assignments related to industrialization of the country, improvement of activity of construction structures, development of new production and social projects.

The President of Turkmenistan has focused that measures for increment of rates of construction in the capital and regions, for modernization of relative structures have to have effective character. Therefore, work in this field has to be aimed at successful solution of objectives followed from adopted Programme of social and economic development of the country.

Developing the projects related to increment of potential of construction and energy industries, existing capabilities and long-term plans have to be taken into consideration, the Head of the State noted, having addressed the Vice-premier with specific assignments.

Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers Ch. Gylyjov reported on work for implementation of advanced technologies at the facilities of textile industry as well as on some directions of the Programme of social and economic development of the country.

The Head of the State has focused that increment of volumes of import substitutive production, strengthening of potential of the country are the main objectives of trade and services sphere and textile complex.

Having highlighted the subject of improvement of activity of facilities of textile industry and implementation of new projects in this sphere, the President ordered to take all necessary measures for this with relative structures.

Continuing the session, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers B. Ovezov reported on large-scale measures for modernization of transport and logistic infrastructure, introduction of digital system as well as activation of international partnership in these fields.

Having noted important role of transport and logistics in economic development and expansion of foreign economic relations of the state, the President of Turkmenistan pointed out that work in this direction has to meet modern requirements.

Having highlighted importance of rapid industrialization and digitization of the country, the Head of the State requested to enhance the reforms in these spheres.

After, the President of Turkmenistan has listened to the report of Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers M. Meredov and Advisor of the President of Turkmenistan on Oil and Gas Affairs Ya. Kakayev, who reported on works in oil and gas complex under objectives of the Programme of social and economic development of the country in 2020 – 2025.

The Head of the State noted utmost importance of the measures related to improvement of activity of fuel and energy complex, enhancement of efficiency of development of oil and gas deposits and the main thing – to the implementation of advanced practice and latest technologies to all structural divisions of the industry. it was highlighted that diversification of oil and gas industry is a current subject.

Continuing conversation on this matter, the President has focused on the necessity to hold construction of Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Pakistan – India has line, successful solution of objectives followed from the Programme of development of oil and gas industry of Turkmenistan until 2030 under permanent control and gave specific assignments to relative leaders.

Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers P. Agamyradov reported on current work for improvement of activity of facilities of scientific and educational sphere, development of digital system and implementation of scientific and technical innovations to production.

Use of scientific achievements and digital system is one of the main directions of the state development, the Head of the State highlighted, having pointed out that it is necessary to implement technical innovations to all structures of national economy.

Having noted importance of scientific justification of objectives provided by the Programme of social and economic development of the country, the President addressed the Vice-premier with assignments to carry out relative scientific studies.

Addressing Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers Ch. Amanov, who is in charge of military and law enforcement agencies of the country, the Head of the State has focused tat work in military and law enforcement structures and measures taken in relative directions have to be under permanent control. The President gave number assignments to the Vice-premier on this account.

Number of other subjects related to social and economic development of the country, activation of international cooperation as well as improvement of wellbeing of the population have been reviewed during the session.

Summing up the outcomes of the working session, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov wished success in solution of set objectives to the participants.

Session of the Government: Import substitution, industrial diversification, multilateral cooperation

  /   State News Agency of Turkmenistan  /   17.04.2020  /   

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov held video conference session of the Cabinet of Ministers where current subjects of the state life have been reviewed.

First, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers G. Mushikov reported on work of the facilities under his supervision, integrated measures for improvement of activity of organizations of financial and economic sector.

The Vice-premier reported that control of the rates of investment projects as well as reformation of the leading branches of the economy is carried out. Aspects of realization of the Concept of digitization were separate subjects of the report.

Summing up the report, the Head of the State noted that programme and targeted form of planning of the economy, which is used for achievement of positive results, allows optimizing the main priorities of development, their stages, resources and mechanisms of realization.

The focus has been made on importance of monitoring of activity of all spheres as well as on development of measures for further improvement of activity of structures under the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers.

Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers M. Meredov reported on the situation in the branches under his supervision and measures for modernization of oil and gas industry.

The Vice-premier has also reported to President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov about work for improvement of the structure of Geological Fund of Turkmenistan, its formation and use of data.

It was mentioned that activity related to geological study, use and protection of subsoil, production of natural reserves are regulated by the Law of Turkmenistan on Subsoil, which states that use of geological information is determined by the Cabinet of Ministers of the country.

In this regard, Draft Structure of Geological Fund of Turkmenistan and its formation, order of record keeping and use of data has been developed.

This document regulates subjects related to collection and compilation of geological data including reports on all geological, geophysical, hydrogeological works and other works, photo images and graphic materials. It is also intended to improve the order of use of the Fund’s data, records and systematization on electronic media.

Summing up the report, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that social and economic programmes and plans of provision of dynamic rates of development and diversification of national economy require the expansion of mineral and resource base of oil, gas, chemical, ore mining and other industries.

At the same time, it is important to provide integrated, scientifically based approach to study and efficient and rational use of colossal natural reserves of the country, the Head of the State highlighted, having given specific instructions to the Vice-premier.

The President of Turkmenistan ordered to activate works for implementation of modern electronic technologies to different spheres of oil and gas complex as well as for finding of new deposits of oil, gas and other natural reserves.

Having noted the necessity to take proper measures for steadfast fulfilment of objectives outlined in the Programme of development of oil and gas industry until 2030, the Head of the State requested the Vice-premier to continue dialog with foreign partners on beneficial cooperation in realization of perspective projects and attraction of investments.

In his turn, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers E. Orazgeldiyev reported on seasonal field works in the regions of the country. It was reported that necessary organizational measures aretaken for uninterrupted work of agricultural equipment, provision of farmers with high quality seeds in order to conduct cotton sowing as per set timeline.

Mineral fertilization and vegetation irrigation are carried out at the fields under winter crops according to agricultural technical standards. At the same time, active preparation to wheat harvest is ongoing. It includes preparation of reception facilities, harvesters and vehicles.

Draft Resolution on production of 82,400 tons of rice this year has been presented to the Head of the State for review. Total, it is planned to sow 18,300 hectares of land. It is planned to produce 35,000 tons of rice from 8,100 hectares in Dashoguz Velayat, 47,400 tons of rice from 10,200 hectares in Lebap Velayat.

Having listened to the report, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov ordered the Vice-premier to hold quality sowing of the cotton under permanent control. The Leader of the national highlighted that this agricultural campaign is very important for further improvement of potential of agricultural complex, provision of textile industry with valuable feedstock and enhancement of export potential of the country.

The Head of the State ordered to prepare thoroughly to coming crop harvest season, having paid special attention to creation of proper conditions for productive work of farmers.

Continuing the subject, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has focused on strengthening of food independence, provision of various food basket of Turkmenistan citizens by comprehensive development of agricultural complex, establishment of production of wide variety of import substitutive products.

Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers Sh. Durdiliyev reported on the situation in the spheres under his supervision as well as on the rates of construction of big facilities planned to be opened this year.

After, the President called Minister of Industry and Construction Production S. Berdimuhamedov who reported on work for increment of production output of industrial structures, scientifically based development of ore reserves according to time requirements, increment of volumes and variety of production of local construction materials.

The report on practical work for fulfilment of assignments on study of capabilities of use of non-ore materials, which are available in the country, in production of decoration construction materials has been presented.

Thus, limestone blocks and stones discovered at Gaýly, Düzmergen and Şagadam deposits are processed by Türkmenmermer Closed Joint Stock venture and used for production of quality granite and marble slabs, which are distinguished with good appearance and high density.

Samples of granite and decorative stones from the above mentioned pits have been presented to the Head of the State. Due to good parameters and rich colours, it will be used in decorating construction works, exterior and interior finishing of buildings.

It was informed that limestones of red and pink colour from Gaýly deposit located near Turkmenbashy, Balkan velayat would be used for decoration interior and exterior walls of buildings.

Düzmergen deposit is located 10 km northeast from Balkanabat. This type of limestones in yellow white and light brown colours can also be used for interior decoration.

Şagadam granite and tuff deposit is located at the plateau with the same name in Turkmenbashy. Green and grey stones produced at this deposit will be used for decorative and finishing works.

Having listened to the report, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov focused attention of the Vice-premier on the necessity to provide strict control of the course and quality of construction of different facilities.

Speaking of importance of measures for steadfast development of national construction industry, the Head of the State ordered the Minister of Industry and Construction Production to study in detail and elaborate on opportunity to increase production capacity of existing facilities and opening of new facilities specialized in making of production required in local and meeting high international quality standards.

The Head of the State noted that measures for industrial development of local deposits of natural reserves, expansion of variety of construction materials and arrangement of making of new products would give significant impulse to development and modernization of the industry.

Having noted that activity of the ministry would serve to rapid realization of adopted government programmes of industrialization of the country until 2030 and social economic development of the country in 2020 – 2025, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov gave instructions for compliance with timeline specified in these documents.

Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers B. Ovezov reported on measures for development of transport and logistic system.

The Vice-premier informed that agencies of the structure of transport and communication complex have made analysis of relative works for increment of cargo turnover and enhancement of capabilities of transport and transit corridors.

It was found out that majority of transit cargo transportation by roads were carried out in Turkmenbashy International Seaport – Uzbekistan, Altyn Asyr (Etrek) – Kazakhstan and other directions. In this regard, opportunities of further expansion of transit potential of the port are reviewed.

Having listened to the information, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted that steadfast integration to the world transport system and further expansion of infrastructure along the main roads, connecting routes and hubs in East – West and North – South directions.

Advanced infrastructure of Turkmenbashy International Seaport is able to satisfy not only existing but also future demand by quality proposal and quality service. Its exiting to full capacity will lead to strategic changes in logistic chains of continental cargo transportation, where Turkmen transit terminals would be important hub as the most optimum for shortest and beneficial routes, the President highlighted and ordered the Vice-premier to put all efforts for further realization of plans. Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers Ch. Gylyjov reported on fulfilment of assignments for expansion of geography of supplies of national production to foreign countries and saturation of local market as well as presented proposals for provision of facilities of the Ministry of Textile Industry with raw materials.

Specialist of the Ministry of Finances and Economy, Ministries of textile Industry, Agriculture and Natural Protection have made initial calculations of cost of cotton production taking into account the situation in the world market due to the increment of procurement government prices on cotton

Having listened to the report, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted importance of development and implementation of technological innovations at the facilities of textile industry of the country, increment of trade in this segment and provision of keeping of high level of production together with raw material supply.

The Head of the State has also focused on training of qualified specialists for the industry, expansion of variety of production by introduction of new textile products and gave specific assignments to the Vice-premier in this regard.

Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers B. Abdiyeva reported on preparation to XII scientific conference “Turkmen Horse and the World Horse Breeding Art”, which is timed to National Turkmen Horse Holiday and on organization of presentation of archaeological findings discovered during 2020 spring expedition.

It was mentioned that number of findings with images of Turkmen horse were the results of spring seasonal excavations and scientific studies. Having demonstrated the findings on video slides, the Vice-premier informed that they have been prepared to handover to museum fund after relative restoration and study. Presentation and exhibition of these priceless artefacts are planned to be held under XII scientific conference “Turkmen Horse and the World Horse Breeding Art”.

Having listened to the report, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted the currency of study and popularization of ancient history and rich national heritage in the world.

Thus, scientists from all over the world are unanimous in the opinion that the country of Margush, which centre was Gonur-depe, together with Ancient Egypt, India, China and Mesopotamia, is one of the first initial centres of the world civilization where trade and cultural international relations have been formed up.

Collected national values and historical experience are the greatest heritage, which we have to pass to current and future generations, the Head of the State said. The President of the country noted the necessity of efficient use of equipment and facility base and profile infrastructure of cultural sphere, which has been made for the last few years, including the capabilities of national artificial satellite, digital television, libraries, museums and theatres, among immediate measures.

Old and latest archaeological surveys indicate antiquity of horse breeding traditions of Turkmens, Turkmen leader has noted and gave directions for high organizational level of presentation and exhibition and other celebration events in honour of ahalteke horses.

Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers P. Agamyradov reported on work for inclusion of the universities of the country into the list of prestige high educational facilities of international level.

It was mentioned that working commission, which includes specialists of the Ministry of Education, Foreign Ministry and Ministry of Justice, has been formed for study of this subject and for improvement of the sphere of high professional education.

Having studied all criteria specified by international organizations for inclusion of educational facilities into this list, the commission prepared the Plan of Measures for inclusion of universities of our country into the list of high educational facilities of international level until 2024.

According to this document, the universities will have to undergo international accreditation, establish international academic activity and to implement innovative methods into educational and scientific activity based on the achievements of the world science.

In addition, it is planned to work on improvement of profession level of personnel of scientific and educational spheres as well as on gradual transit of high educational facilities to self-supporting system with study on commercial basis.

Having highlighted the necessity of activation of introduction of world educational standards to high schools, the President noted that improvement of the system of national education has always been and remains to be the main priority of the government policy.

Having noted that inclusion of universities of Turkmenistan into the list of prestige high educational facilities of international level would aim younger generation of Turkmen citizens to active acquisition of new knowledge and modern technologies, the Head of the State gave specific assignments to the Vice-premier for activation of work in this direction.

Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Foreign Minister R. Meredov reported on measures for realization of the Programme of development of foreign economic activity of Turkmenistan in 2020 – 2025.

Plan of activities, which are to be carried out during this year, has been approved, Coordination Commission for control of its implementation has been established for its efficient realization. Results of work for the first quarter of the year and proposals have been made for expansion of foreign economic relations of our country, which was held in the Foreign Ministry on April 15.

In particular, directions of development of cooperation with international organizations and financial institutes under this Programme have been reviewed. In this context, it was mentioned that session of the Government Commission for study of subjects related to joining of Turkmenistan to the World Trade Organization was held in the Foreign Ministry on April 15.

At the same time, working video conference session has been held under the cooperation with the UN Economic Commission for Europe for discussion of issues on improvement of transport systems of Europe and Asia as well as international legal base of development of logistic corridors. Opportunity of joining of Turkmenistan to number of profile international documents has been reviewed at the session.

In addition, it is planned to organize video conference on initial introduction of electronic documents for registration of vehicles and cargo brought into the country and crossing its territory on transit have been held together with International Road Transport Union on April 23.

Projects implemented with the UN Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD) are worth to be mentioned under the partnership with specialized structures of the United Nations. For example, it is planned to have multilateral video conference consultation on establishment of the Single Window System in all customs points of Turkmenistan by ASYCUDA World system, which is implemented in cooperation with the UNCTAD and related departments of our country.

Continuing the report, the Vice-premier, Foreign Minister has also reported to President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov on actual measures for strengthening of cooperatn with international financial institutes. In this regard, importance of talks with representatives of Fitch Ratings International Agency in the aspect of definition of financial rating of our country in the world coordination system has been noted.

At present, proposal for receiving of own rating by Turkmenistan has been developed and work for signing of relative agreements with the Agency is carried out.

It is planned to have the session of joint Turkmen – Uzbek group for international automobile communications this month.

It was reported that working meeting with participation of ambassador of Turkmenistan, Georgia and the Republic of Azerbaijan on the project of Caspian – Black sea transport corridor would be held in the foreign Ministry Romania on February 18.

Agreement on video consultation of the specialists on the project of four-side intergovernmental Agreement on establishment of Caspian – Black Sea transit and transport routes in the first half of May this year has been reached during the meeting.

Connection to stable transport system of seaports of Turkmenistan and Georgia was reviewed on the level of relative government authorities of both countries.

It is planned to have video conference talks between Japanese Bank for International Cooperation and the State Bank of Foreign Economic Affairs of Turkmenistan to discuss the implementation of priority projects.

It was also noted that from the beginning of the year, profile departments of our country and foreign partners have signed number of documents on the main directions of the economy and work for their implementation is carried out.

Measures for wide introduction of economic potential of Turkmenistan to foreign investors and trade partners are taken on regular basis.

Summing up the report, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted importance of further work for expansion of foreign economic activity of Turkmenistan, development of beneficial cooperation with all interested partners, for which significant potential is available.

Speaking of this, Turkmen leader highlighted the necessity of search for new formats of cooperation, entering of new joint projects both in the main branches of the economy and in its innovative sectors.

Course toward industrialization, formation of high technology diversification of the industry producing competitive goods, which will make capabilities for increment of export volumes of national products demanded in the world market, is a priority for our country.

Wide perspectives for efficient cooperation are available in private sector where it is necessary to take gradual measures for activation of direct contacts between business structures, the Head of the State noted.

Continuing the subject, the President highlighted that ramified transit, transport and logistic infrastructure providing stable cargo transportation in different directions, where Turkmenistan made number of specific proposals, is one of the most important factors of development of trade and economic relations.

Summing up what was said above, the Head of the State gave relative assignments for steadfast realization of the above-mentioned Programme to the Vice-premier, Foreign Minister.

Continuing the session of the Cabinet of Ministers, the Head of the State focused on number of the utmost objectives.

The President noted that it is necessary to take systematic measures for support of stable rates of social and economic development of Turkmenistan. At the same time, it is important to improve mechanisms stimulating processes of diversification of the branches, expansion of list of competitive goods and export.

The Head of the State has focused on the necessity of measures for increment of production volumes and improvement of quality of petroleum products as well as increment of their export.

Having highlighted that transport sphere plays important role in solution of objectives of provision of stable development under modern conditions, the Head of the State gave instructions on expansion of capabilities of transport and logistic system.

Modernization of construction industry was outlined among the main directions in new future. In this regard, the Head of the State ordered to hold under control acceleration of rates of work in this sphere and increment of volumes of production of construction materials with application of advanced technologies and innovations.

The President has also directed to provide high level of organization of National Turkmen Horse Holiday.

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

Financial and economic sector: Platform of growth

  /   State News Agency of Turkmenistan  /   13.02.2020  /   

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Macroeconomic results of 2019 were visual indication of financial stability, stable dynamics of growth in all sectors of national economy including social sphere.

This is indicated by the growth of the GDP, the main macroeconomic indicator. In 2019, this indicators of 6.3 percent including 4.1 percent in industry, 14.2 percent in trade and 10.1 percent in transport and communication sphere.

According to the experts of International Monetary Fund, this indicator is one of the highest in the world and the highest among Central Asian countries.

Speaking of other statistical data, positive results in non-governmental section are worth to be mentioned. In general, 65.3 percent in production structure falls on the share of private business. Due to integrated measures, the export of production has grown by 4.6 percent, having exceeded 9 billion manats, comparing with 2018.

The revenue of the State budget has been fulfilled by 100.6 percent while the expenditure by 99.9 percent by the outcomes of 2019.

Keeping up of high level of population occupancy has been outlined as an integral part of social strategy in the year under review. This is indicated by 11.000 work places opened in 2019.

Growth of income of Turkmenistan citizens, which is provided by annual increment of salary wages, pensions, states allowances, as well as well-thought pricing policy of the government, support of private initiative and other measures are other indicators demonstrating the prosperity of the country.

Stabilization fund, which resources are used for financing of priority investment projects, makes positive impact on economic situation of the country. it allows minimizing the influence of unfavourable external factors on certain sectors of national economy and provides the growth of work production and transfer to innovative management methods.

Great attention is also paid to the insurance. The world practice shows that development of this sphere becomes necessary condition in market relations. Renewal of existing standards and regulations in this sphere has been carried out in last and previous years.

For improvement of insurance activity in 2019, the Resolutions of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov approved the Order of definition of amount of insurance payment ((insurance compensation) that has to be paid depending of severity of damage related to insurance case, Provision on Mandatory State personal insurance of employees working at facilities with increased risk from work related incidents and work related ill-health.

Adoption of the Programme of social and economic development of the country in 2019 – 2025 and Programme of development of foreign economic activity of Turkmenistan in 2020 – 2025 as well as start of realization of the Concept of transit to digital economy in 2019 – 2025 are worth to be mentioned among the main events of 2019.

Each programme presents precise action plan on strategic directions and serves as a platform for implementation of profile activities. Another stage of melty-level reformations has started after adoption of the above-mentioned documents.

Banks, which have special role in steadfast growth of national economy and integration of it into the system of world economic relations on beneficial terms, are rapidly developed in the result of reforms. According to statistical data, positive indicators are observed in this sphere.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov notes that the main objectives of credit facilities these days is to keep inflation level in set limits, to provide national economy with necessary volume of resources by regulation and control of funds.

Coning back to the main provisions of seven-year programme of social and economic development of the country, it is worth to mention that structural reformation of industrial sectors and services sphere will be continued in 2020 by support of high technology production. At the same time, transfer from industrial production with low added value and scientific and technical level to production with high added value is planned.

Activation of work for reduction of the state-owned facilities by privatization and reformation into joint stock ventures were outlined among important directions. At the same time, it is planned to use world advanced scientific and technological achievements in the sphere of management and production.

Globalization and integration on international level open entry to big markets to the facilities, allow them using dividends from realization of own investment projects in full scale. Taking this factor into account, the Programme includes the measures related to correction of marketing strategy.

Reduction of the state expenses and increment of capabilities for attraction of the capital of private sector and foreign companies were outlined among the main directions. Development of new forms of investments, in particular by establishment of partnership between the state and business community, has been carried out for achievement of set goal.

Power energy, production and processing of oil and gas, electronics, industry, agriculture, transport, communication and tourism have been highlighted as the main branches as the main locomotives of the economy in near-term perspective.

Speaking of expected results, it is worth mentioning that successful solution of objectives outlined in the Programme of the President will allow achieving following indicators: the growth of the gross domestic product in Turkmenistan will be 8.2 percent in Turkmenistan by 2025, share of industry in the structure of the GDP – 33.8 percent, agriculture – 8.9 percent, construction – 11.5 percent and service sphere – 45.8 percent.

It is thought that strengthening of competiveness of national industry, improvement of production potential, expansion of range of national product brands will be provided by rational use of local material resources, increment of their processing and establishment of high added value.

It is planned to introduce effective management methods, attract actively entrepreneurship as well as unused reserves and capabilities provided by colossal natural resources of the country, its beneficial location and geopolitical factors.

Special attention is paid to the formation of special economic zones and corridors, which will connect Turkmen regions between each other and with neighbouring states, creation of industrial parks and clusters with developed transport and logistic infrastructure with the entry to foreign markets.

It is forecasted in near future that total volume of investments into the main capital planned in the country will be equal to 229.3 billion manats, from which 91.3 percent or 109.2 billion manats will be used in production sphere. Development of these investments will allow opening new facilities and provide new work places.

Dynamic growth of volumes of retail sale is expected in mid-term perspective. According to expert evaluation, this indicators will be 81 billion manats in 2025 with 29.1 percent growth comparing with 2019 (62.7 billion manats). Share of trade of non-government sector will reach 91 percent.

At present time, the country produce wide range of high quality production competitive in foreign market, which provides local food abundance and allowing to solve effectively the objectives of import substitution and improvement of export positions of Turkmenistan.

According to the Programme, the volume of production of local consumer goods will reach 16.1 billion manats in monetary equivalent and comparing with the same indicator of 2019 (13.2 billion manats) will grow by 22.2 percent.

It is also expected in the next seven years that total volume of foreign trade will be equivalent to 135.2 billion US dollars where its export component will be equal to 84.1 billion US dollars while import – 51.1 billion dollars. Based on analysis of dynamics of statistical data of previous years, forecasted indicators and available resources of development of trade relations, the specialists note that planned obligations will be fulfilled annually.

It is planned and modernized to build various facilities including educational objects, health protection, cultural, living and infrastructural facilities in the velayats of the country in 2019 – 2025.

9,976.7 billion manats (including 1,944.3 million manats in Ahal Velayat, 1,244.1 million manats in Balkan Velayat, 2,907.3 million manats in Dashoguz Velayat, 1,851.3 million manats in Lebap Velayat and 2,029.7 million manats in Mary Velayat) will be sent for these purposes.

Continuing the subject, it is worth to mention that in 2020, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov set objective to the establishments of financial sector to develop new National Programme of improvement of social and living conditions of rural population until 2025. Big investments will be sent for implementation of activities outlined in the programme.

Perspectives of development of the country are directly connected with enforcement of external factors like further integration into the world economic relations, activation of beneficial trade and economic and investment partnership, new directions of cooperation against the background of scientific and technical progress, development of coordinated solutions for current issues of the global agenda.

Advantages of modern technologies are obvious for the achievement of the SDGs, which has been integrated into all government programme and big economic projects as well as into social policy. In this regard, big attention has been paid to stimulation of development of tele medical technologies, online and distant education, electronic government and other fields in the country in 2019.

Digitization of management and production processes will allow making smart cities in near future, which requirements of the population will be satisfied by more rapidly and comprehensively. New technologies also supports opening of new work places, for example in the sphere of computer sciences ad information technologies. Taking this factor into account, special attention was paid to training of qualified specialists, especially in the sphere of digital economy, last year.

Outcomes of the year shows that integrated work has been carried out for digitization of all segments of national economy introduction of scientific developments into production. All plans were executed by using of IT-technologies and establishment of new structrues in this field.

Different ministries, departments, banks, agencies as well as entrepreneurs of the country were implementing specific measures for improvement of equipment and facility base, establishment of necessary network platforms allowing integrating services provided to the population into internet network, making shopping online through national payment system.

The main advantage of similar programmes are in common accessibility and easy use. Work of Turkmen businessmen, who successfully adopts the practice of foreign states and bring modern technologies, which are widely spread and have proven its efficiency in the world, is worth to ne mentioned.

In this case, active work of Rysgal Joint Stock Commercial Bank is worth to be mentioned. Payment mechanism using QR-codes developed by the bank allows mobile phone users paying for any goods and services, having scanned optical symbols, without cash orbank cards.

Continuing the review, it is important to note the timeliness of adoption of the Law on Cyber Security adopted in 2019, which is aimed at protection of sovereignty, interests of the country, prevention of threats to network security as well as at the provision of public order, legal rights and interests of organizations and citizens.

Appearing of new branch for the country – computer production, makes this objective quite current in the context of establishment of ‘digital’ Turkmenistan and provision of requirements of the economy with own information technologies.

In addition, work for establishment of central system of the government trade network on the territory of Ashgabat, which allows monitoring goods in online mode starting from delivery to warehouses, dispatch to shops to sale volumes and remains, has been carried out throughout the year.

Special website with information about each shop of the Ministry of Trade and Foreign Economic Relations with addresses, contact details, variety of goods including quality, date and place of production, package, expiry date, etc. has been opened in the internet for the convenience of consumers.

Service for buying of railway e-tickets in online mode has been launched. Projects of digitization in economic, financial and banking sphere, electronic services tax authority are under development. At the same time, steadfast training of personnel for servicing of digital networks, including in Polytechnical secondary professional school, where the best world educational practices are implemented, is carried out.

Implementation of the Programme of development of private entrepreneurship, achievement of coordinated work of the branches of national economy and its non-government sector are among priority vectors of the policy of the Head of Turkmenistan. In this context, development of draft law on the government and private partnership is outlined as persective direction of activity of the Mejlis.

Taking into account the attention paid to bringing of budget and tax, monetary and credit relations in compliance with recognized standards of international law, analysis of legislation regulating banking activity has been carried out regulatory acts in this sphere has been improved in 2019.

Continuing the review, it is worth to highlighted the subject of development of economic diplomacy. It is generally known, that this term is explained by the activity of the government institutions with attraction of public and entrepreneurship structures, application of knowledge of modern economic, political and legal sciences and instruments, methods and forms of diplomacy, use of bilateral and multilateral mechanisms for achievement of national interests on the world arena.

In this context, it is important to highlighted that at modern stage, Turkmenistan has significantly activated its role in global space, having extended the borders of cooperation with different countries of the world and leading financial organizations. Special attention was paid in 2019 to intensification of fruitful contacts, including with the countries of the region and CIS.

Development of the partnership format, which is based on common values and united by the same goals and objectives, is the main condition of stability of global economic system. Today, following this position, Turkmenistan practically demonstrates the willingness to participate in this process and to support in exchange of positive practice.

Successful first Caspian Economic Forum in august 2019 is worth to be mentioned as a visual example. Proposal of the Head of Turkmenistan has become the result of deep analysis of modern processes f development, place and role of Caspian Sea as important geopolitical and economic space.

It is worth to remind that rich programme of the forum has included numerous events like working meetings and talks, intergovernmental sessions, sessions on ministerial levels, business assemblies, export consultations, topical conferences and seminars.

Caspian exhibition of innovative technologies and International Motor exhibition Türkmen sährasy-2019, under which achievements and potential of different branches of the economy of our country, Caspian states and their partners have been demonstrated, were the main events among them.

At the same time, importance of the meeting of the heads of competent economic authorities of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Republic of Kazakhstan, Russian Federation and Turkmenistan is worth to be highlighted.

Role and place of member states of the Agreement between the Governments of Caspian states on trade and economic cooperation in global system of the world economic relations, potential of expansion of productive contacts in the sphere of digital economy and special economic zones, opportunity of implementation of joint investment projects and programmes were the main subjects of discussion.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov notes that need of establishment of the mechanism for direct dialog between the governments, profile economic institutes and business structures interested in work in Caspian Sea has matured in current conditions.

Therefore, strengthening of regional cooperation not only as an instrument of intensification of economic cooperation but also as important factor in provision of sustainable development acquires special currency.

Special attention is paid in the country to establishment and development of special free economic zones, which are integral part of the world economic relations these days. Formation of FEZs supports to enhancement of competiveness of national economies, expansion of export capabilities of Caspian states and in the result, to prosperity of the countries and wealth of the nations. This subject has also been included into agenda of the above-mentioned meeting.

In this case, it would be appropriate to mention the measures taken in this direction in Turkmenistan. It includes realization of relative Concept approved by special Resolution of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

Current works are to support to saturation of local consumer market with good, increment of working occupancy of the population, formation of modern market infrastructure, increment of foreign currency income to the budget as to transfer of technologies and management know-hows, growth of volumes of foreign investments.

The 83rd session of the Economic Council of the Commonwealth of Independent States, which was held in Ashgabat on September 13 under the chairing of Turkmenistan in the CIS in 2019, is another important event of the last year. Priority directions of interstate partnership as well as strengthening of regulatory and legal framework of productive contacts between members states of the Commonwealth have been reviewed at he Forum.

Draft Declaration on strategic economic cooperation of the member states of the CIS, which development was initiated by Turkmen leader, has been in the centre of discussion of participants. This document has been adopted by the outcomes of the session of the Council of the heads of the CIS states, which was held in the capital of our country in October 2019.

Active cooperation with International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, European Bank of Reconstruction and Development, the Islamic Development Bank and other structures has been also continued. Such format of the partnership provides further improvement of national financial and banking system, investment into development of leading branches of national economy.

Approval of the Programme of development of foreign economic activity of Turkmenistan in 2020 – 2025 by the Resolution of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov was an important event in this aspect.

The Programme provides improvement of financial and economic, management and legal environment for stimulation of export oriented and import substitutive production.

The document sets out activities for effective realization of proposal made by the President, which received support of competent international organizations, including the agreements achieved by the outcomes of the First Caspian Economic Forum.

Measures for attraction of big foreign investments into different spheres of the economy, formation of favourable investment environment for opening of joint and foreign ventures in the country have been outlined by the Programme among practical measures for development of foreign economic activity.

At the same time, the focus is made on the necessity of arrangement of work of the main branches of national economy on innovative basis, growth of competiveness of production by quality and price in the world market, increment of share of private sector in foreign economic relations of Turkmenistan.

Therefore, this year will be new stage of progress of our state. Such mechanisms and instruments as the government and private partnership, investment, scientific and technological cooperation with all interested parties will be on high demand.

 

Working Session: Digital transformation of mass media and development of electronic document management system

  /   State News Agency of Turkmenistan  /   18.03.2020  /   

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov held working session with Deputy Chairmen of the Cabinet of Ministers, who is in charge of cultural and informational policy of the country, and B. Ovezov, who is responsible for coordination of activity of transport and communication sphere.

Realization of the Concept of digital economy in Turkmenistan in 2020 – 2025 was reviewed, work for formation of electronic document management systems and relative reformation of national mass media have been discussed at the session.

The Head of the State set clear targets of transfer of the economy to digital direction making focus on use of online resources and electronic services.

For these purposes, legal base of the country is under improvement. Few days ago, deputies of National Parliament have approved and adopted the Law of Turkmenistan on electronic document, electronic document management system and digital services among new regulatory and legal documents at the session of the Mejlis of the sixth convocation.

Unified internet portal of the government services, which presents automatic ‘single window’ informational system has been opened as per request of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

Contest of innovative projects in such nominations as health protection, science and education, industry, transport and communication, service sphere, small and medium business and smart city has been announced by Türkmenaragatnaşyk Agency for stimulation of development of national software, innovative and invention activity.

These measures were dictated by digital agenda of Turkmenistan, which is expanded in all directions of the state and public life.

Opening working session, the Head of the State gave floor to Deputy Chairperson of the Cabinet of Minister B. Abdiyeva. Having reported on work for transfer of mass media of the country into electronic format, the Vice premier also report on expansion of Turkmenistan presence in information and news segment of internet, opening of websites and other web resources.

It was mentioned that new instruments, models and technologies are implemented to work processes and organizational structures of mass media according to the Concept of development of digital economy in Turkmenistan in 2020 – 2025, which was developed by initiative of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. Local network has been made between art and production divisions of mass media during digital transformation, optimization of cooperation between editorial offices of newspapers and magazines and technical production is carried out.

It was informed that special printing software and modern solutions for digital printing proving high quality of printing media and its timely production are used in the system of the Printing Centre of Turkmenistan.

Having listened to the report, the President highlighted that change of periodic printing media from traditional paper carriers to electronic format and electronic versions is one of directions of digitization of Turkmen mass media, which goal is to bring mass media to the level of modern standards.

In this aspect, it is necessary to study and adopt the best world practice, to use new media technology more actively and develop joint informational projects, improve qualification of Turkmen journalists, Turkmen leader said.

The Head of the State requested to accelerate the transfer to electronic system, which would increase the level of awareness of the world community about life of our country and its achievements.

After, the President of the country gave floor to Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers B. Ovezov who reported on work for implementation of the Concept of development of digital economy and relative action plan, formation of electronic government and digitization of all branches of national economy.

Türkmenaragatnaşyk Agency works on development of draft Provision on Single Informational User Identification System and draft Provision on Formation and Maintenance of Database (ID) of Individuals and Legal Entities, Electronic Government System, Provision on System of Interdepartmental Electronic Information System.

Opening of IT platforms, which would be provided with modern server and other equipment necessary to specialists who are engaged in software, as well profile training centres is planned in Ashgabat and administrative centres of the regions of the country to fulfil the orders of the Head of the State.

It was mentioned that all physical and legal bodies, which are willing to present own development in contest nominations, would be able to participate in the contest of innovative projects “Digital Solution 2020”. The outcomes of the contest will be summed up at International exhibition Türkmentel 2020.

Specialists of Türkmenaragatnaşyk Agency also work on the project of publication of publication of all newspapers and magazines published in the country in the format of single internet site and mobile application, provision of separate electronic fund for each media, creation of opportunity of subscription as per the preference of readers.

Digitization is the main trend of the world development; it enters our daily life and professional activity, expands opportunity of communication and further, this processes are going to be increased, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said summing up the report.

New branches, markets and management methods appear on the background of such rapid changes. We pay special attention to the fact that our country would be able to keep pace with time and technological progress. Therefore, it is important to develop the system of broadcasting of information and communication infrastructure, the Head of the state highlighted.

The President of Turkmenistan pointed another topical reason for transit to digital system. It is related to the spread of dangerous disease caused by new coronavirus in the world. Viruses are able to be transferred through hard copies. The risk of infection is very high in the places of gathering of people, therefore, it is important to transfer to remote electronic system of communication and services as soon as possible.

The Head of the State noted this is a vital necessity and effective management tool today, which helps to organize and coordinate all processes and to control the efficiency and quality of works. In this context, it was requested to develop draft concept of development of electronic government and to make proposal on this account.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said that large-scale integrated measures would be taken in this sphere and transfer of entire system of document management to electronic format would be one of the first measures.

Necessity of relative amendments of number of legal acts and change of work of the Government, Parliament, other government authorities, which in their turn have to be ready to digital transformation of activity, has been also noted.

Having highlighted introduction of digital system to administration of the velayats of the country, the Head of the State demanded to accelerate the rates of work in this direction. Hyakimlyks and other local administrative authorities have to hold this activity under strict control. In this regard, it is necessary to provide access to internet in rural areas, to develop relative infrastructure and service sphere for growing volumes of information.

Continuing the session, the Head of the State went back to the subject of electronic mass media and highlighted necessity of their orientation at requirements of readers. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said that it is important to use new approaches and solution, which provide their availability on different media from tabs and smartphones to TV, for dissemination of information.

As an example, the Head of the State demonstrated one of printing media in electronic format to the Vice-premiers, having drawn their attention to the convenience for users. The advantages of electronic media are not only that they allows saving time and money for printing production but also they do not occupy place and are available at any moment and allows tracking news online.

In addition, the President noted that electronic newspapers are more convenient for work with information comparing with hard copies. Search and browsing to related subjects and other web resources are available in electronic media. Summing up what was said above, the Head of the State ordered to make special time schedule for transit of newspapers and magazines to electronic format.

Formation of single informational space of the country is one of the main objectives in digitization sphere, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said. In this regard, the Head of the State highlighted the necessity of connection of organizations and facilities of cities, town, remote etraps to this system and to internet in order to the residents would be able to use the capabilities of modern communication technologies in educational, medical and recreation spheres.

The Head of the State has also requested to elaborate on the subjects of changing of structure of editorial offices in relation to change of media to electronic format, to set the cost for using of electronic newspapers and magazines.

The President of Turkmenistan specify the timeline for completion of work on transit to digital system until October 2020, having highlighted importance to make all conditions for activity of the electronic Government and wished success in solution of set objectives to the Vice-premiers.