President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov is awarded with title of Honoured Elder of the Nation
During the session of the People’s Council, Head of National Parliament Gulshat
Mammedova t read out the Resolution of the Mejlis of Turkmenistan on award of the title of Turkmenistan «Hormatly il ýaşulusy» (Honoured Elder of the Nation) to President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
Hormatly il ýaşulusy title was awarded to the Head of the State for his huge personal contribution to strengthening of independence and permanent neutrality of the country, outstanding merits for the state and society, exemplary and selfless work as well as taking into account numerous proposals and requests from public organizations and citizens working in different branches and on occasion of the 28th anniversary of independence.
In ceremonial atmosphere under load applauses of the participants of the forum, the Head of the State put on traditional Turkmen ‘don’ and white ‘telpek’. Relative badge has also been handed over to Turkmen leader.
Having highlighted that award of the title of the Honoured Elder of the Nation makes him more responsible, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said that he would not spare his strength, knowledge and experience for prosperity of the country, provision of peaceful and happy life of Turkmen citizens.
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A solemn ceremony of signing a number of important documents between Turkmenistan and Afghanistan took place in Kabul
On September 30, 2020, a solemn ceremony of signing a number of significant documents was held in the Presidential Palace “Salam Khan” in the city of Kabul to facilitate the further implementation of joint infrastructure projects between Turkmenistan and Afghanistan, in particular, the construction of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline, electric and fiber-optic communication line Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (TAP), construction of railways.
The signing ceremony was attended by the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, members of the Government, heads and representatives of the relevant ministries and departments of Turkmenistan and Afghanistan. The event was also attended by representatives of international companies involved in the implementation of projects.
The ceremony was opened by Ajmal Ahmadi, Acting Governor of the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
In honor of the signing of these documents, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov made a speech, who took part in the ceremony via video conferencing. Having conveyed the words of greetings from President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to the head of Afghanistan, R.Meredov noted the high level of cooperation between Turkmenistan and Afghanistan in a wide range, and also stressed the importance of signing the current documents designed to facilitate the practical implementation of joint projects of geopolitical and geo-economic importance for the entire Eurasian continent.
The signing ceremony was marked by a solemn speech of the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, who expressed gratitude to the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov for his support to Afghanistan, commitment to friendship between the two countries and peoples, as well as the development of large-scale energy projects and the creation of multilateral transport and transit corridors designed to exert a constructive influence not only for the comprehensive reconstruction of Afghanistan, but also for regional economic integration.
It was especially noted that the signing of these documents has become yet another step on the way towards further implementation of joint projects on the territory of Afghanistan.
The documents were signed by authorized representatives of Turkmenistan and Afghanistan. These are the Memorandum of Understanding between the State Concern “Turkmengaz”, “TAPI Pipeline Limited” and “Afgan Gaz Enterprise” Concerning the Development of the Herat Off take Strategy Relating to the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India Gas Pipeline Project; Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation between the Agency “Turkmenaragatnashyk” and the Ministry of Communication and Information Technologies of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in the field of Communications and Informatization; the Contract between the Operators of the “Turkmentelecom” Electric Communication Company of the “Turkmenaragatnashyk” Agency and the “Afghan Wireless Communication” Company of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (“AWCC”) about the Cooperation in the field of Communications; as well as the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan Electricity Transmission Network Project, Heads of Terms – Afghanistan Power Purchase Agreement.
President of Turkmenistan signs the Constitutional Law on Amendments to the Constitution
Deputies of the Mejlis of Turkmenistan discussed the draft Constitutional Law "On Amendments to the Constitution of Turkmenistan" during the 11th meeting of the Mejlis of the sixth convocation held in frames of the Halk Maslahaty meeting.
The participants paid special attention to the establishment of the National Council of Turkmenistan and the forthcoming transition of the country's legislative body to a bicameral system. In this regard, the issues related to the introduction of relevant amendments and additions to the current laws of Turkmenistan were also raised.
The draft Constitutional Law "On Amendments to the Constitution of Turkmenistan" submitted to the next meeting of the Mejlis of the fifth convocation was unanimously approved and adopted.
Chairperson of the Mejlis of Turkmenistan G. Mammedova announced the decision on the draft Constitutional Law.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov signed the Constitutional Law "On Amendments to the Constitution of Turkmenistan".
“The adoption of the Constitutional Law of Turkmenistan on the eve of the 29th anniversary of independence, symbolizing the unity of society and the state, is a grandiose historical event that will be inscribed in the chronicle of our people”, underlined the President of Turkmenistan.
The Constitutional Law of Turkmenistan "On Amendments to the Constitution of Turkmenistan" comes into force on January 1, 2021.
In this regard, the work of the Halk Maslahaty of Turkmenistan is terminated. The President of Turkmenistan signed the Resolution "On revocation of the 1st order of the Chairperson of the Halk Maslahaty of Turkmenistan dated September 25, 2018".
“Adopting the Constitutional Law of Turkmenistan "On Amendments to the Constitution of Turkmenistan", we have created a bicameral structure of the country's legislative body”, said the President of Turkmenistan.
According to the Constitutional Law, the first elections of the members to the chamber of the Halk Maslahaty National Council of Turkmenistan are appointed by the President of Turkmenistan.
In this regard, the President of Turkmenistan signed the Decree of the Halk Maslahaty on the appointment of the first election of members to the chamber of the Halk Maslahaty National Council of Turkmenistan, as well as the organizational work to establish the activities of this structure.
Moreover, the Turkmen leader signed the Decree "On strengthening the social security of healthcare workers".
President of Turkmenistan: adoption of the Constitutional Law is an important step towards democratization of the country
Speaking at the Halk Maslahaty meeting, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that the parliament is a special branch of state power, an integral instrument for establishing people's democracy in the political, economic and social life of the country. Formation of a qualitatively new bicameral structure of the National Parliament will create favorable conditions for strengthening the legal basis for the development of our independent country and increasing the effectiveness of work of state authorities.
Numerous proposals and comments were received on the draft of the Constitutional
Law. The final draft of the Constitutional Law "On Amendments and Additions to the Constitution of Turkmenistan" was submitted to Halk Maslahaty for consideration.
“In the draft Constitutional Law, proposed for your consideration, the Halk Maslahaty joins the system of the highest state bodies carrying out the tasks of the legislative power. Therefore, it is proposed to remove Article 6 with index 1 from the Basic Law and, in accordance with the creation of a bicameral structure of the legislative representative body of state power, to rename the National Parliament into the National Council of Turkmenistan, and its chambers - the Halk Maslahaty and the Mejlis”, said the President of Turkmenistan.
According to the Turkmen leader, if the draft Constitutional Law is approved and enters into force on January 1, 2021, it would be necessary to hold elections of the members of the National Council of Turkmenistan in the first quarter of 2021.
“We believe that the adoption of the Constitutional Law will be another important step towards the democratization of our country. I am firmly convinced that the National Council of Turkmenistan will turn into a nationwide representative body that unites our people and guides them to high goals!” - emphasized the President of Turkmenistan.
President of Turkmenistan: despite the global crisis, the Turkmen economy maintains sustainable development
Speaking at a meeting of the Halk Maslahaty of Turkmenistan, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that the spread of coronavirus infection had a negative impact on the economies of all states. Nevertheless, despite the difficult financial and economic conditions in the world, Turkmenistan has achieved sustainable development of its economy, and kept significant amounts of financial resources in reserve.
“In the current difficult conditions, we should take all measures to implement the five-year programme of development of the country, which was adopted at 2019 Halk Maslahaty meeting”.
“More than 70 % of the state budget funds are invested into the social sphere. Huge financial resources are used to improve the social and living conditions of the population in villages, settlements, cities in etraps and etrap centers.
“Along with this, it is necessary to increase the volume of credit funds allocated for the development of industrial sectors of the economy, encourage small business, increase the volume of credit and financial resources, allocated to the population.
“Moreover, the most of the state budget funds will be invested to education, healthcare, and the Pension Fund”, emphasized the President of Turkmenistan.
President of Turkmenistan announces the decision on additional benefits to healthcare workers
“From the first days of the spread of COVID-19, our country has organized the work to ensure provision of basic medical supplies free of charge. All necessary measures are taken to improve the immune status of people. The government adopted the plan to ensure preparedness for counteraction and response to this acute infectious disease. The Plan of operational socio-economic measures to counter the pandemic was also approved”, said President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov speaking during Halk Maslahaty meeting.
According to the President of Turkmenistan, one of the important directions now is to encourage medical workers and efficiently use their potential in the fight against this infection. The President of Turkmenistan said that he would sign a decree, authorizing the provision of additional benefits to health care specialists.
“I also consider it necessary to prepare a new edition of the state programme "Health". Therefore, I expect specific proposals in this direction from relevant officials”, the President said.