EC President Juncker to deliver annual State of the Union speech on 12 September

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Wednesday, 29 August 2018 20:20

On Wednesday, 12 September 2018, the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, will deliver his annual State of the Union address in the European Parliament Hemicycle.
In last year's speech, President Juncker outlined his vision for how the European Union could evolve by 2025. The speech was accompanied by concrete initiatives on trade, investment screening, cybersecurity, industry and data. This year's speech comes ahead of the 2019 European elections and in the context of the ongoing debate about the future of the European Union at 27. The speech will again be accompanied by new proposals, putting words immediately into action.
Each year, the State of the Union address takes stock of achievements of the past year and presents the priorities for the year ahead. The President also sets out how the Commission will address the most pressing challenges the European Union is facing. The speech is followed by a plenary debate. This kick-starts the dialogue with the European Parliament and Council to prepare the Commission Work Programme for the following year.
The European Commission will stream an enhanced version of the speech (with graphics, charts and various other visuals), via Facebook LIVE.

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  • President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov takes part in the opening ceremony of new polymeric plant

    In the morning, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov took part in the opening ceremony of polymeric plant in Kyanly settlement, which would be the largest petrochemical facility in the region for polyethylene and polypropylene production.

    Vehicle of President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov arrives in the facility. The Head of the State is greeted by the Speaker of the Mejlis, members of the Cabinet of Ministers, heads of military and law enforcement agencies and Hyakim of Balkan Velayat.

    The President of Turkmenistan goes to the place of the event. Exhibition demonstrating rich history and culture of Turkmen nation is opened in front of petrochemical complex. Music and dance composition with the participation of art collectives of Balkan Velayat added bright colours to the palette of event.

    At the main entrance to the territory of new facility, the Head of the State cut symbolical ribbon under the applauses of the participants opening polymeric plant. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov goes to the building where the event is to take place. The Head of the State is accompanied by foreign businessmen – the managers of Korean LG International Corporation and Hyundai Engineering Co. Ltd. And Turkish Çalik Holding, which are old partners of our country in realization of big infrastructural projects as well as Japanese TOYO Engineering Corporation, for which polymeric plant in Kiyanly became the first big project in Turkmenistan.

    It was mentioned during the conversation that realization of this large-scale projects would be new important step in expansion of production capacity of national oil and gas industry, which development is treated with great importance. Intensification of gas processing segment is very current due to leading position of Turkmenistan in the world by gas reserves.

    Turkmenistan pays great attention to the cooperation with Japan and the Republic of Korea including in the context of development of constructive dialog with the countries of Asian Pacific Region as one of strategic directions of its foreign policy and economic activity. Every year, this partnership, which is built of long-term basis under existing intergovernmental agreements and contract, gains new stimulus and specific content.

    The Head of the State came up to the building where participants and guests of current event including the members of the Government, the Mejlis deputies, leaders of ministries and departments, public organizations, heads of diplomatic missions and international organizations accredited in Turkmenistan, representatives of national and foreign mass media have gathered. All of them greeted National leader with loud applauses.

    Addressing the participants, Turkmen leader congratulated all on this remarkable event – opening of new petrochemical complex for production of polyethylene and polypropylene in Kianly Settlement, Balkan Velayat.

    President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that recently, the 27th anniversary of independence of our country was widely celebrated. Before the Independence Day, the first session of the People’s Council has been conducted on high organizational level. During the session, important objectives for provision of further comprehensive and dynamic development of the country have been outlined.

    For example, the volume of the main investments to the economy has grown by more than 50 times for the years of Independence. 68 percent of the investments, which make 124 billion UD dollars, were sent to production sphere, which allowed building more than 200 big facilities.

    As is known, our state has huge hydrocarbon reserves and takes leading positions in the world by number of deposits, the Head of the State continued. Recently, big work is carried out for production and processing of this valuable material and its stable and reliable supply to consumers. Such large facility as Garabogazkarbamid plant, which was also put into operation recently, can be brought as example.

    This year, the construction of Afghan part of Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Pakistan – India gas pipeline has been launched. The opening of new transnational gas line will give the opportunity to supply the above-mentioned countries with 33 billion cubic meters of Turkmen gas per year.

    It is very important for provision of prosperous life of Turkmen people, achievement of peace and sustainable development on the region and on the planet, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted.

    At the same time, our country not just export of mineral resources including natural gas to foreign markets but also pays great attention to the processing of raw materials. Efficient work aimed at production of necessary high quality and competitive goods from own resources is carried out.

    This is visually indicated by the opening of new petrochemical complex for production of polyethylene and polypropylene in Kiyanly, which construction started on April 22, 2014. This big investment project to the amount of more than 3 billion 400 million US dollars was completed by the State Concern Turkmengaz together with Korean and Japanese companies. Production capacities of new complex were designed for processing of five billion cubic meters of gas per year.

    High technology equipment of the facility allows producing 386 thousand tons of polyethylene and 81 thousand tons of polypropylene per year. After extraction of ethane and butane, which are used for production of the polymers, the remaining 4.5 billion cubic meters of pure gas would be delivered to gas pipeline system.

    Qualified personnel has been trained for work at this high technology facility. More than 1,000 people had a training in training centres of the country and abroad. The plant has all conditions for productive work and comfort rest. The complex has canteen, hall and sport ground.

    In this regard, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expressed the gratitude to all specialists and construction personnel who participated in creation of this powerful modern facility as well as to the representatives of Japanese and Korean companies.

    The facility, which construction was planned under the Programme of development of oil and gas industry of the country until 2030, became visual evidence of turning of independent neutral Turkmenistan into industrially developed state and the country producing ready-made commodities as well as the evidence of great-scale work that is done in the sphere of using natural resources for the interests of the nation, the President highlighted.

    The Head of the State noted that strict attention is paid to the requirements of ecological safety during construction of various facilities in Turkmenistan. Great attention is also paid to the introduction of innovations and modern technologies. All these aspects were considered during construction of new facility.

    Opening of new powerful complex would support the improvement of positions of our country not only at the world market of oil and gas resources but polymeric products as well, the President of Turkmenistan said, having expressed the confidence that this facility would make significant input to the current achievements of the country and would serve for many years to future generations.

    Having congratulated the participants again on the opening of new big petrochemical complex for production of polyethylene and polypropylene, the Head of the State wished strong health, happy and prosperous life to all and great success in work to the personnel of the plant. The speech of the Head of Turkmenistan was welcomed by load applauses.

    The ceremony was continued by foreign guests. First, the floor was given to representative of Julius Kun Institute (Germany), Doctor of Agronomy and Gardening Margit Olle. Having noted that petrochemical complex in Kiyanly has been recognized as high technology innovative facility by Julius Kun Institute, Mrs Olle presented the relative Certificate and badge to the director of the plant.

    Senior Advisor of the Environmental Health Trust (USA) Robert Dubua Morris noted that activity of his organization is aimed at the environmental protection and protection of public from potential ecological threats. It can be achieved by wise planning of economic activity, wide implementation of clean, environmentally friendly innovative technologies during realization of big industrial projects.

    Construction of petrochemical complex in Kiyanly, which can be easily called as an exemplary from protection of Caspian Sea environment and provision of favourable ecological situation for the residents of the region point of view, is exactly this project, the guest noted and awarded the Certificate and relevant sign to the director of the plant.

    After, the floor was given to Energy Department Head of Paul Sherrer Scientific and Research Institute (Switzerland), Professor, Doctor Urs Veidmann. Having warmly congratulated the Head of Turkmenistan on successful completion of construction of innovative energy complex, the representative of the largest scientific centre of Switzerland awarded the Certificate of Stability and Efficiency and relative sign to the director of polymeric plant.

    Having thanked the guests for awards and certificates, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that he accepts it as the sign of high international rating of Turkmenistan, recognition of its success in use of innovative technologies during the construction of various facilities.

    The President highlighted that large-scale industrial programme in the country is closely connected with environmental protection issues. Supporting the efforts of the world community for reduction of green gases emission, Turkmenistan pays great attention to wide implementation of modern environmentally safe and resource saving technologies in industry including in oil and gas, power energy and chemical spheres.

    Having said that innovations and the best world practice would be introduced to all these spheres of the economy, the Head of the State expressed the gratitude for the recognition and support of the work carried out by Turkmenistan in this direction.

    After, short video presentation about huge potential, success and achievements of national oil and gas complex was demonstrated to the participants on panoramic display in 360 degrees format with use of special effects and laser technology.

    The culmination comes and under the applauses of the participants President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov starts the operation of polymeric plant pushing the button.

    The monitors demonstrate the video, which was also made by special video equipment, about new facility and process of production of polyethylene and polypropylene. 
    The State Concern Turkmengaz completed 3 billion 400 million US dollars project together with foreign partners – LG International and Hyundai Engineering (the Republic of Korea) as well as TOYO Engineering Corporation (Japan). Three side contract was signed during official visit of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to Japan in 2013.

    The facility has modern equipment from Japan, the Republic of Korea, Great Britain, Belgium, Germany, Denmark and other European countries. It has four main technological installations – gas separation, ethane processing, polypropylene and polyethylene production units. All processes are automated and control form the central post.

    Advanced engineering solutions were implemented during installation of auxiliary systems of sea water intake and desalination, utilization, treatment and recycled use of process water, steam, air and nitrogen production, fire system, etc. The complex is with power from gas turbine generator. It has warehouses for chemical agents and ready-made polymeric products.

    Production of polymers at Liyanly petrochemical complex is based on modern technologies, which distinguishing feature is a deep extraction of all additional components from raw material by unique schemes. In particular, COREFLUX™ technology is used at gas separation unit, which provides efficient extraction of methane and ethane from natural gas as well as widely used technology for extraction of so called ‘sour gases’ and mercury mixtures.

    The ethane unit is designed for processing of 685,000 tons of hydrocarbon materials per year.

    It is worth mentioning that the facility has developed the production of high-density polyethylene from the polymerization reaction of ethylene under law pressure. Innovene™S technology, which is among the three of the most utilized technologies in the world petrochemical industry, is used in this case. The licence was issued by INEOS Technologies (UK), which is one of the biggest international corporations that has chemical facilities bought from such giant of the industry as BP, ICI and BASF. By the way, this is the first licence of Innovene™S from INEOS Technologies in Central Asia.

    Open door and beneficial interstate cooperation policy of the President of Turkmenistan, high growth rates of national economy, large-scale programmes of development of industrial sector, favourable investment climate make good prepositions for activation of the partnership with foreign business circles and wide implementation of the world practice in many spheres, first in scientifically based and high technology branches.

    This is visually indicated by the fact that project of construction of Kiyanly petrochemical complex received special award of TFX (UK) as one of the ten best projects of Europe and Asia, which is financed by export credit agencies.

    Total amount of credit agreements signed by the State Bank for Foreign Economic Affairs of Turkmenistan with Japanese International Cooperation Bank, Export and Import Bank of Korea and the Syndicate of financial institutions of Japan, Germany, France, Korea, China, Italy, Austria and Switzerland participating in the project us more than 2.5 billion US dollars.

    All of these visually illustrate the interest and willingness to investment and technological cooperation with Turkmenistan from big world business, which indicate the trust to our country as to reliable, stable and responsible partners with good reputation, high international authority and big perspectives of growth.

    After, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov visited the section of ready-made production, which includes seven types of polyethylene and five types of polypropylene received in the process of adding of various components to polymeric material. This process, which is called compounding, gives the opportunity to modify the spectrum of the main features of polymeric item. Special equipment including the extruder is used for this important operation.

    The granules of ready-made product go the warehouse where it is packed in bags of various weight.

    Being very solid, durable and resistant to acids, bases, greases and oils as well as having excellent di electrical features, the polyethylene is used as a material for production of industrial and household products like films, plastic bags, pipes, cable insulation. Chemical containers, barrels, toys, dishware, kitchen and bathroom ware, sewing and furniture accessories, spares for vehicles and household equipment as well as big construction as playgrounds, wells, flyovers, etc. are made of the polyethylene.

    Granulated polypropylene is highly requested at the world markets. The demand for this product is constantly growing in the last decade, which is related to several factors. This polymer is easy to process and has unique features like light weight, durability, resistance to high temperatures. Due to innovative technologies, there are more and more fields for its application. Wide variety of goods starting from packing film and plastic dishware to high technology details for cars and household electronics is made of polypropylene these days.

    It is worth to mention that this summer, biaxial oriented polypropylene film facility with annual output of 21,000 tons has been put into operation at Turkmenbashy Refinery Complex.

    As is known, the Garabogazkarbamid plant was opened one month ago in Caspian region with the participation of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and today, the monitors installed at Kiyanly petrochemical complex demonstrated the footages of the shipment of the first batch of production exported from the Garabogazkarbamid plant.

    After familiarization with this production section, the President of Turkmenistan left the entry in the Book of Honoured Guests.

    Specialists of the complex expressed the gratitude to President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov for construction of modern production facility of petrochemical industry with comfort conditions for work of personnel and assured that they would work hard.

    On behalf of the personnel of oil and gas industry, the Head of the State receive commemorative gift.

    Having wished success in work to the personnel of the plant, the Head of the State presented them with the keys for new vehicles.

    After, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov went to the place of tree planting event, having looked around the production facilities of new industrial giant on his way.

    As per tradition, the Head of the state opened autumn green campaign, having planted the first tree. The participants of the event have joined the initiative of the President. Representative of all branches of national economy as well as diplomatic corps accredited in Turkmenistan and foreign guest took part in the event.

    Mass tree planting event was carried out this day all around the country.

    After all events, the President of Turkmenistan went to Turkmenbashy International Airport and flew to the capital.

    The state news agency of Turkmenistan 

  • President Ilham Aliyev has ensured the preservation and development of national and moral values over the past 15 years

    “President Ilham Aliyev has ensured the preservation and development of national and moral values, freedom of religion, confessional and ethnic diversity, and the traditions of multiculturalism and tolerance over the past 15 years,” the Azerbaijani President’s Assistant for Public and Political Affairs, department head, professor Ali Hasanov says in his article on the results of President Ilham Aliyev`s 15 years in power.

    The article says that more than 220 mosques, churches, and synagogues have been built or reconstructed in Azerbaijan since 2003. “Bibiheybat mosque and sanctuary complex, which is of great religious, moral, historical and cultural significance, as well as Tazapir, Ajdarbey, Icherisheher Juma and Hazret Mohammad mosques were restored and renovated. The Shamakhi Juma Mosque and the religious and cultural monument "Imamzade" in Ganja were completely overhauled and the Heydar Mosque (2014), the largest mosque in the Caucasus, the Haji Javad Mosque (2018) and the Synagogue for Mountain Jews (2011) were built in Baku. At present 2,250 mosques, 14 churches and 7 synagogues function freely in Azerbaijan,” Ali Hasanov says.

    The President’s assistant draws the readers’ attention to the fact that Baku International Multiculturalism Center was set up in 2014, and 2016 was declared the “Year of Multiculturalism” in Azerbaijan under the decrees of President Ilham Aliyev. “Azerbaijan has hosted numerous international events on intercivilizational dialogue, tolerance and humanitarian cooperation, and put forward a number of global initiatives. Ministers of culture of Islamic countries were also invited to the meeting of the ministers of culture of the Council of Europe member states in Baku in 2008. At the forum, the President of Azerbaijan put forward "Baku Process" initiative aimed at developing dialogue and cooperation among civilizations, peoples and cultures. The following years saw the implementation of numerous international events and projects in this format,” the Presidential assistant adds.

  • President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov takes part in the Commemorative Day ceremony

    Turkmenistan marked the Commemorative Day of 1948 Ashgabat Earthquake as we as of the warriors lost in the battlefields. The State flags was flying half-staff on occasion of sorrowful date across the country. Mourning prayers and food donations were held all around Turkmenistan.

    Early in the morning, thousands of Ashgabat residents came to «Halk hakydasy» Memorial Complex to lay the flowers to the pedestal of «Ruhy tagzym», «Milletiň ogullary», «Baky şöhrat» monuments.

    President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov took part in mourning flower laying ceremony to the monuments of «Halk hakydasy» Memorial Complex. The vehicle of the President stopped at the square in front of the Memorial Complex where the soldiers of the Guard of Honour have lined up.

    The Head of the State was met by the Speaker of the Mejlis, Deputy Chairmen of the Cabinet of Ministers, hyakims of the velayats and capital, leaders of ministries and departments, public organizations and mass media, heads of diplomatic missions and international organizations accredited in our country, foreign businessmen, elders, students, numerous residents of the capital.

    President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov went to designated place. National anthem of Turkmenistan was played, which was replaced with sorrow melody written by Nury Halmamedov for the movie “Kepchelek” (Bitter Destiny), which became musical symbol of the Commemorative Day.

    President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov laid the flowers to the monuments «Ruhy tagzym», «Milletiň ogullary», «Baky şöhrat». As a sign of deep mourning, the Head of the State bowed his head. Ruthless disaster took the life of the grandfather of Turkmen leader – Berdymuhamed Annayev, the Great Patriotic War veteran, teacher and populariser of national cultural heritage, in that horrible October night in 1948.

    Leaders of the Mejlis, Deputy Chairmen of the Cabinet of Ministers, hyakims of velayats and Ashgabat, heads of military and law enforcement agencies, ministries and departments, public organizations, heads and representatives of diplomatic missions accredited in Turkmenistan, foreign companies, clergymen and elders, youth, numerous residents and guests of the capital laid the wreaths and bunches of flowers were after the President of country.

    Natural catastrophe caused irreparable loss to Turkmen nation. Those who survived that night of October 6, 1948, when the disaster completely destroyed Turkmen capital, have demonstrated true courage, selflessness and restraint. Common trouble consolidated the power and moral spirit of people. Today, Ashgabat is a white-marble megacity, one of the most beautiful cities of the world, oasis of peace and prosperity.

    Bouquets of flowers were laid to the pedestal of «Milletiň ogullary» monument, which is the symbol of national respect of the courage and resilience of Gyoktepe Fortress defenders.

    The carpet of flowers covered the foot of the monument «Baky şöhrat», which was built in honour of Turkmenistan citizens lost in combat against the fascism.

    After flower laying ceremony, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and the participants went to the place of memorial repast.

    Addressing the participants, the Head of the State noted that adherence to commemorative traditions is one of good traditions of our nation. Being the demonstration of humanity and morality, it consolidates the solidarity of the nation. 

    We deservingly continue national traditions that come from the depth of the centuries. Commemorative food donations and prayers are held on this day to honour the memory of heroes lost in the battlefields during the war and victims of Ashgabat earthquake in 1948.

    Having laid the flowers to «Ruhy tagzym», «Milletiň ogullary», «Baky şöhrat» monuments, we paid tribute to the light memory of our compatriots who died in cruel wars and natural catastrophes, - the Head of the State said.

    Turkmen people has survived terrible catastrophe in XX century – the Ashgabat Earthquake on 6 October 1948 night. Impact of natural disaster was merciless. Powerful earth quakes turned Ashgabat and more than 40 surrounding villages into ruins, having killed 176,000 people.

    Having noted that courage, patriotism and humanity are mental features of our nation, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted that our compatriots demonstrated an example of resilience and compassion, having united and saving survived people from the ruins. Medics were fighting in hard conditions for the lives of the injured. Proper organization of rescue works, funerals of the victims, provision of the population with necessities, protection of public order allowed reducing negative impacts of the disaster. Turkmenistan citizens will always remember great support with gratitude, which was given by fraternal nations.

    Continuing, the Head of the State said that our way is the way of creativeness. Prosperity of the country is provided by realization of large-scale projects and reforms in all spheres of the state life. Industrial and production, social and cultural facilities, modern houses, new villages are built and put into operation. Greatest attention is paid to development of Ashgabat to make it as international centre of political, humanitarian and business cooperation.

    - We honour our prosperous life, popularize the traditions of peace-loving and friendship, improve the authority of Turkmenistan in the world arena. Our main goal is to activate multi-aspect cooperation, to consolidate the peace and friendship, to bring international relations to new level. Constructive proposals of Turkmenistan on key aspect of global and regional development have been made from the tribune of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, - President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted.

    The Head of the State expressed the wish that all tributes to the victims of the earthquake and wars, food donations and prayers were heard and accepted by the Almighty. Let terrible natural disasters, which takes human lives, never happen again! Let good memory of the lost compatriots stays in our heart forever! – Turkmen leader highlighted.

    The President of Turkmenistan gave floor to the mufti who read commemorative prayer, after which commemorative repast have taken place. Commemorative prayer was read again after its completion.

    Having wished peace, prosperity and harmony to everybody, the head of the State said goodbye to the participants of the ceremony and left the place of event.

    Commemorative ceremonies took place all around the country.

    The state news agency of Turkmenistan

  • People’s Council of Turkmenistan was held

    On September 25, 2018, the first session of the People’s Council chaired by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov was held.The initiative of the President of Turkmenistan to organize the highest representative authority- thePeople’s Council was supported and adopted in October last year at the meeting of the Elders Councilwhich was held in Ahal velayat.

     Elected members of the People’s Council, heads of the government authorities, political parties and public organizations, deputies of the Mejlis, hyakims of the velayats, etraps and cities, ambassadors of our country to foreign states, honored elders, representatives of all layers of the population as well as invited guests took part in the first session.

    The agenda of the national forum, which became a landmark event in the life of the country, discussed the priorities for the further comprehensive development of the Turkmen state and society, the steady implementation of progressive reforms, the key goal of which is to ensure the prosperous life of the people, to lay a solid and long term foundation for the prosperity of the Turkmenistan.

    The President of Turkmenistan, in his speech, noted with satisfaction the great importance of creating an independent state in the history of the Turkmen people and supporting its permanent neutral status throughout the world. In particular, over the years of independence, Turkmenistan has become a reliable partner, has become a coordinating center, which is the guarantor of openness and security in Central Asia, the leader of the nation said.

    Within short period of time Turkmen nation could demonstrate itself to the whole world as peace-loving, friendly and creative nation. Therefore, our country is proud of achievements made during independence years and historical successes, the head of State stated.

    National Leader expressed his sincere gratitude to the whole nation, especially esteemed elders for supporting domestic and foreign policies, active involvement to develop our country and underlined that new pages are created in the history of our nation where ancient trade caravans passed across our territory. 

    Huge investments, including foreign ones, were attracted to diversify the economy and improve the entire infrastructure.    

    President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov drew attention to the formation of a deep base of powerful economic development. Over 27 years of independence, the volume of major investments in the country's economy has grown more than 350 times and reached about 500 billion manat, or 185 billion US dollars. Of these, 68 percent, which is about 335 billion manat, or 124 billion US dollars, is directed to the production sphere, which made it possible to build over 2,600 facilities for industrial, technical and socio-cultural purposes.

    The result was a formed diversified economy, which incorporated such areas as the electric power industry, the oil and gas industry, engineering, metallurgy, the chemical industry, construction, electronic, light and food industries and other spheres.

    Focusing on long-term plans, the head of Turkmenistan noted that, despite the continuing negative circumstances in the world and the difficult financial and economic conditions, this year and next year will see a growth in gross domestic product of 6.2 percent.

    The development of mutually beneficial foreign economic relations is facilitated by the intensification of bilateral government commissions, the holding of trade forums and exhibitions, and the opening of Trading Houses in dozens of states.

    In Turkmenistan, the development of medium and small businesses is ongoing. Excluding the fuel and energy complex, the share of the non-state sector in the country's GDP reached 68 percent, the head of state said. The members of the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs make a worthy contribution to ensuring the commodity abundance of the domestic market, diversifying the economy, strengthening the export potential of the state.

    In his speech, the Turkmen Leader, noting the important tasks of the state strategy, highlighted the need to improve the fuel and energy sector, in particular the oil and gas and petrochemical industries. From this point of view, investment projects carried out in recent years, in particular, the construction of new gas pipelines to China and Iran, as well as the construction of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline, which are viewed as the contribution of our state to the development of international energy partnership. This, in turn, has a positive impact on the overall situation and progress in the Central Asian region, turning it into one of the energy centers of world importance, the President of Turkmenistan said in his speech.

    For the raise of the material and technical base of the transport industry to the modern level, the expansion of existing and the creation of new directions of the transport and communication network, national programs have been developed and are being successfully implemented. The favorable geographical location of our country creates opportunities for the formation of large logistics centers for combined multimodal transport. In this context, the importance of the Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran railway was noted, as well as the establishment of combined road, rail and sea links between the CIS and Central Asia, opening up wide opportunities for both our state and neighboring countries. The commissioning of a diversified modern port in the city of Turkmenbashi allowed to increase several times the number of transit traffic through our country and increase the export potential, the leader of the nation said.

    As the leader of the nation noted, it would be expedient to transfer agricultural land of unprofitable daihan associations, which have extremely low production indicators, to transfer to agricultural producers who are able to work best on the land. To this end, it was proposed, in accordance with the law, to create a special land fund, and on the basis of the decision of the working committee, to allocate land to those who wish for a period of 99 years.

    Speaking about improving the agro-industrial complex under the leadership of the national leader, the forum participants noted the ongoing work to further reform the agriculture, scientifically based regulation of crops, in the current period of transition to a market economy, the introduction of new technologies is important.

    In this regard, the President of Turkmenistan expressed confidence that the implementation of the relevant document adopted in this direction will produce good results. Noting its great importance, the President of Turkmenistan, the Chairman of the Halk Maslakhaty, signed the Resolution “On the Further Improvement of Reforms in the Agricultural Sector”.

    Turkmenistan today at the UN level has been recognized by the state with developed economy. The consistent increase in the size of wages and profits in the years of independence is a good example of ensuring social security and protection from the state, and raising the standard of living of the people. This, in turn, is a vivid example of the consolidation of the rights and responsibilities of residents, the result of the implementation of the “State for Man!” policy in reality. In this regard, the leader of Turkmenistan, taking into account the approval at the national forum, signed the Resolution “On streamlining the provision of Turkmenistan’s population with electricity, gas, drinking water and table salt”, and also on streamlining payment of housing and communal services. Also in his speech, the President of Turkmenistan noted that the most important task is to ensure social protection of the population by increasing wages, pensions and scholarships (at the level of at least 10 percent), indicating that the amount of social financing should be at least 75-80 percent of the total the volume of state budget expenditures. The emphasis was also placed on the importance of adopting measures to protect mothers and children.

    In the speech of the President of Turkmenistan, special attention was paid to the protection and promotion of cultural heritage, the development of health care, and the improvement of education and science. In all regions of the country and in the capital, modern clinics and research and clinical centers have been built. The reconstruction of health and medical institutions has been carried out. In recent years, the Cardiological Center, the Scientific Clinical Center for Mother and Child, the Centers for Neurology, Morphology and Prevention of Infectious Diseases, Public Health and Nutrition, the International Educational and Scientific Center, the International Center for Surgery and Endocrinology have been built. A children's hospital in the city of Mary, a multi-disciplinary hospital in the city of Turkmenabat, a sanatorium “Avaza” in the city of Turkmenbashi, and ambulance centers in the provinces were commissioned.

    Currently, Turkmenistan clearly shows an example of sports cooperation. In this regard, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expressed his firm conviction that, having a strong sports base and support from the people, representatives of the national team in the future will successfully perform at the Asian and also the Summer Olympic Games.

    President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov proposed to convene a regular meeting of the Halk Maslakhaty on September 25, 2019 in Ashgabat and signed the relevant Resolution.

  • President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov congratulates the compatriots on Independence Day

    I would like to congratulate you on Turkmenistan Independence Day, which is first time observed on September 27! Independence is a solid foundation of the state sovereignty, unity and solidarity of the nation, - the message of the Head of the State to the nation says.

    New history of the Motherland, all our success and achievements have begun from the independence. That is why we are proud to celebration this day as national holiday reflecting creative spirit of the epoch and inspiring for achievement of high target.

    The way we chose is a way of creation, which we take our country to high levels. We successfully implement large-scale programmes and social and economic, scientific and educational, social and political reforms aimed at prosperity of the country. industrial facilities, social and cultural objects, modern living, settlements and villages are built in all regions of the country under the Programme of the President.

    Our integrated reforms consolidate the bases of sovereignty, provide steadfast, multilateral and dynamic development of the economy, support fundamental improvement of social protection of the populations, - the message mentions.

    We restore the Great Silk Road in the third millennium laying new motor roads and railway, building seaports and transnational gas lines uniting the nations by the contacts in cultural, scientific, educational and sport spheres. In this context, such big projects as construction of Turkmenbashy International Seaport, Turkmenabat International Airport have been accomplished, the construction of afghan part of Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Pakistan – India gas pipeline, Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Pakistan power and fibre optic line has been launched. We opened Serhetabat – Turgundy railroad. Cycling races, track and field competitions and Amul – Hazar 2018 International Rally have been successfully conducted along the roads of the Great Silk Route.

    In addition, we out into operation the first combined cycle power station on the territory of Mary State Power Station, new petrochemical complex in Garabogaz, Ahal Velayat and other big facilities.

    Our independent state acts in international relations under legal status of permanent neutrality for 23 years. Turkmenistan makes connection with the states and nations of the world based on the principles of friendship and good neighbourliness, which meet national interests and foreign course of the state. Independent Turkmenistan consolidates the efforts of the countries, international and regional organizations in improvement of peace and harmony of the planet, develops the relations based on mutual understanding and trust.

    Such important facts as the selection of our neutral state as the member of the Bureau of the Internal Transport Committee of the United Nations European Economic Commission as well as the member of the Economic and Social Council for 2019 – 2021 have entered the chronicle of 2018. The Resolutions on support of international efforts for stabilization of the situation in Afghanistan and on Cooperation between the United Nations Organization and International Fund for Saving of Aral Sea have been adopted by the initiative of Turkmenistan. The World Bicycle Day will be observed annually on June 3 by our initiative as well. All these remarkable events became undisputable evidence of steadfast growth of international authority of neutral Turkmenistan, - the message of the President highlights.

    The state news agency of Turkmenistan

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