President of Turkmenistan addresses participants of the Exhibition of Economic Achievements and Conference on Digital Economy
“I congratulate you opening of the Exhibition of Economic Achievements of Turkmenistan and the scientific-practical conference “Digital Economy - the Most Important Factor of Economic Development”! I sincerely wish great success to the forum dedicated to the 29th anniversary of independence of Turkmenistan!”- says President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, addressing the participants of the exhibition and conference.
According to the President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, today neutral Turkmenistan occupies a leading position among the dynamically developing countries of the world, is known as the state that relies on high technologies, successfully implementing large-scale programmes. Initiatives aimed at ensuring well-being of the peoples in the region and the planet are widely supported by the international community that also contributes to the steady growth of the international authority of the country.
“In a short historical period, Turkmenistan has carried out fundamental reforms and has achieved high results in all areas of the state's life.
“We will continue implementing economic reforms, ensuring dynamic development of the country. We will strive for the main goal – to bring Turkmenistan up to the level of a number of highly developed states of the world.
“Based on the principles of peacefulness and progressive development, the domestic and foreign policy of the country, large-scale activities in the interests of the state and society, as well as the peoples of other countries, the fundamental transformations carried out in the country serve a great goal - to ensure the comprehensive harmonious development of the independent state, to improve the living standards of the Turkmen people”, says the President of Turkmenistan in his address.
In conclusion, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expressed confidence that the exhibition and conference would provide a platform for presenting Turkmenistan’s achievements in the economic and social sphere and wished their participants good health and great success in work.
Telephone conversation between the President of Turkmenistan and the Emir of the State of Qatar
Telephone conversation of between President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Emir of the State of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamed Al Thani was held yesterday.
During telephone conversation, the President of Turkmenistan and the Emir of Qatar have stated high level of interstate dialog, which is successfully developed owing to mutual goodwill of the sides, having highlighted the presence of wide perspectives for intensification of beneficial cooperation in priority directions.
In this regard, the intent of both countries to strengthen productive trade and economic partnership, to promote close business contacts in various spheres has been confirmed.
Oil and gas sector, transport and communication sphere, chemical and textile industry, trade and investments, which have big opportunities for long-term cooperation and implementation of joint projects, have been outlined among perspective directions of cooperation.
At the same time, it was highlighted that traditional cooperation in humanitarian and cultural field, which is based on similarity of historical roots, spiritual and cultural values of both nations, is an integral part of Turkmen – Qatari relations.
Having exchanged the views on current issues of regional and global agenda, the sides highlighted the commitment of Turkmenistan and the State of Qatar to long partnership under competent international organizations, where our countries demonstrate mutual support of constructive proposals and initiatives.
Turkmen leader has invited the Head of friendly state to make and official visit to our country at any convenient time. The invitation has been accepted with gratitude. The time of the visit will be agreed through diplomatic channels.
In the end of the telephone conversation, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Emir of the State of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani have confirmed mutual intent of the sides to develop fruitful interstate dialog in all directions, having wished health and success to each other and peace, wealth and prosperity to fraternal nations of both countries.
The telephone conversation has been initiated by Qatari side.
25 MILLION TREE SAPLINGS WILL BE PLANTED IN TURKMENISTAN IN 2020 IN HONOR OF THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE COUNTRY'S NEUTRALITY
In 2020, 25 million saplings of deciduous, fruit trees and grapes will be planted throughout Turkmenistan. This number marks the 25th anniversary of the country's permanent neutrality.
Some of the trees were planted during a nationwide planting campaign held on November 7 with the participation of President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. It was also attended by members of the government, heads and representatives of ministries and sectoral departments, including numerous residents of the country. Today, every resident of Turkmenistan planted about 30 seedlings.
According to the Decree of the President of Turkmenistan dated January 31 of this year "On planting trees in Turkmenistan in 2020", 25 million seedlings of deciduous, coniferous, fruit trees and grapes will be planted in Turkmenistan during 2020. This action, in turn, provides for the implementation of a nationwide greening program in the country, primarily from the point of view of the country's environmental well-being and is timed to a significant date, the 25th anniversary of the country's neutrality.
It is important to note that one of the key directions of the foreign policy of neutral Turkmenistan is cooperation with the UN and other authoritative organizations in the field of comprehensive promotion of green diplomacy. Today, Turkmenistan actively cooperates with the United Nations Development Program and the United Nations Environment Program, the World Environmental Fund, the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea (IFAS), the Regional Environmental Center for Central Asia and many other international and regional structures.
As is known, the policy of Turkmenistan in the field of environmental diplomacy is aimed at ensuring the priority of protecting human life and health, preserving and restoring the environment, combining environmental, economic and social interests of society in order to ensure sustainable development and a favorable environment for full-fledged life.
Taking into account the seriousness of environmental problems that require the involvement of an increasing number of factors, having joined dozens of UN conventions, Turkmenistan responsibly approaches the solution of the tasks of sustainable development facing the world community. The country also put forward a number of proposals on sustainable development, careful use of water and energy resources and ensuring food security, reducing the risks of natural disasters, during the sessions of the UN General Assembly, high-level conferences.
In this context, it should be emphasized that Turkmenistan calls on the world community to pay close attention to the ecological catastrophe of the Aral Sea. The air masses formed in the zone of ecological disaster caused by the drying up of the Aral Sea have an extremely negative impact on nature, climate, and the general life of people living in the Aral Sea region and far beyond it.
During the chairmanship in IFAS on the initiative of Turkmenistan on April 12, 2018 and May 28, 2019, the General Assembly adopted resolutions “On cooperation between the United Nations and the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea (IFAS)”.
In this aspect, it should be emphasized that during the current 75th session of the General Assembly, Turkmenistan will continue to implement the initiative put forward by the President of Turkmenistan at the Rio + 20 Sustainable Development Summit to create a UN Special Program for the Aral Sea Basin and the country also intends submit for consideration at the regular session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in May 2021 an initial draft of the concept and structure of the future Special Program.
The preservation of biodiversity and ecological balance in the Caspian Sea is also one of the priority tasks of the regional and international ecological interaction of Turkmenistan. Today, the country has developed the Concept of a new Caspian environmental program, the draft of which will be considered in the near future during the next meeting of the parties to the Framework Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Caspian Sea.
The President of Turkmenistan made a video statement at the International Forum for Northern Economic Cooperation
On October 30, 2020, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov made a video statement at the International Forum for Northern Economic Cooperation which took place in Seoul in the format of a videoconference.
The heads of states, renown political figures, representatives of academic circles, leadership of ministries and departments of trade-economic, healthcare, education, communication and high-tech sectors, representatives of non-governmental organizations and private sectors of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Mongolia, the Republic of Korea and other countries participated to the Forum in remote mode.
During his video address to the participants of the Forum, the President of Turkmenistan emphasized that considers the given event as a well-timed initiative aimed at long-term development of international economic, trade and investment cooperation in Eurasia.
The head of state shared his vision on the creation of new plans and strategies for comprehensive development on the Eurasian space and added that “in Turkmenistan we call it the revival of the Great Silk Road, thus emphasizing the historical continuity of the unique nature of relations between the nations living here and the states located alongside”. It was underlined that the given format is intended to contribute to the geo-economic processes along the routes of East-West and South-North.
During his address, the President of Turkmenistan especially underlined the importance of diversification of cooperation on the regional and worldwide scales. He told about the efficiency of Turkmen-Korean relations, gave examples of a number of joint projects in the oil and gas, as well as gas chemical industries with active participation of the Korean companies.
Amongst the main topics of discussion on the Forum were the changes originated from the coronavirus pandemic and further promotion of North economic cooperation. In this regard, it is vital to note that under the leadership of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, Turkmenistan stands for the constructive international cooperation and calls for the application of scientific diplomacy tools for strengthening the collaboration in the area of healthcare and scientific research between the countries of the world.
THE PRESIDENT OF TURKMENISTAN HAD A TELEPHONE CONVERSATION WITH THE PRIME MINISTER OF MALAYSIA
On October 27, 2020, a telephone conversation took place between President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Prime Minister of Malaysia Muhyiddin Yassin.
After a mutual greeting, the President of Turkmenistan and the head of the Malaysian Government noted with satisfaction the high level of bilateral relations, initially built on the principles of mutual respect, understanding and trust.
Addressing Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin with gratitude for the attention paid to strengthening the traditionally friendly interstate dialogue, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that Malaysia is one of the priority partners of Turkmenistan in the Asia-Pacific region.
Continuing the conversation, it was noted that our countries are effectively interacting both in a bilateral and multilateral format, within the framework of the United Nations and other authoritative international structures.
One of the main directions of the Turkmen-Malaysian cooperation was the further intensification of trade and economic ties. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov cited interaction in the oil and gas sector as an example of effective joint efforts, where the Malaysian state-owned company “PETRONAS” is a long-standing and reliable partner of Turkmenistan.
At the same time, during the telephone conversation, it was stated that there are also good opportunities for cooperation in the field of information and communication technologies and digitalization of the economy, the introduction of advanced scientific developments into production.
Humanitarian contacts are invariably an integral part of the Turkmen-Malaysian relations. It has accumulated a lot of experience and has a solid potential for deepening fruitful cooperation in the field of education, science and culture, as well as in the field of healthcare.
During the exchange of views on a number of topical issues of regional and global issues, the topic of the coronavirus pandemic was touched upon, causing serious concern to the world community. In this regard, the need to consolidate efforts was emphasized as the most important factor in successfully countering this dangerous threat.
At the end of the telephone conversation, confirming the commitment of Turkmenistan and Malaysia to the course of further comprehensive development of constructive cooperation, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin exchanged best wishes for each other and the peoples of both countries.
ONLINE DIPLOMATIC COURSES ON THE TOPIC "NEUTRALITY OF TURKMENISTAN - FOR THE SAKE OF PEACE, STABILITY AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT" STARTED IN ASHGABAT
On October 21, 2020, at the Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, a three-day online diplomatic courses for young diplomats of foreign countries on the topic "Neutrality of Turkmenistan - for the sake of peace, stability and sustainable development", organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, have started.
More than 30 diplomats from 13 countries of the world, in particular from Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Russia, Turkey, Belarus, Austria, the USA, Hungary, the Republic of South Africa, Malaysia, Pakistan, Armenia, China take part in these courses.
As is known, these courses, timed to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the permanent neutrality of Turkmenistan, are aimed at increasing the participants' awareness of this status of the state, its role in the implementation of foreign policy.
On the opening day of diplomatic courses, the Rector of the Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan J.Gurbangeldyev made an opening speech, who noted Turkmenistan's commitment to expanding political and diplomatic dialogue with the countries of the world within the framework of the policy of positive neutrality of the state. He expressed hope that these courses will allow diplomats from different countries of the world to learn more about the specifics of the permanent Neutrality of Turkmenistan, which, under the leadership of President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, is taking important steps to achieve peace, stability and sustainable development in the world and in the region.
On the first day of the course, the rector of the International University for Humanities and Development, as well as the mentors of Turkmen diplomacy - Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Turkmenistan, who teach young Turkmen diplomats the basics of diplomatic service, delivered lectures.
The lecturers spoke about the intricacies of Turkmen diplomacy and the foreign policy of Turkmenistan, carried out in accordance with the principles of permanent neutrality, which calls for peace, mutual understanding and objective interstate relations.
Leading diplomats, specialists from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan and the teaching staff of specialized universities of the country have been invited to deliver lectures in the online format, who will comprehensively cover novice diplomats on the above topics, as well as talk about the features of Turkmenistan's neutrality.
The program is very busy. Participants of online courses will immerse themselves in lively discussions and will be able to ask questions to experts of Turkmen diplomacy. Young diplomats of foreign countries will be aware of such topics as “The history of the Turkmen model of neutrality and its successful implementation”, “Turkmenistan and the United Nations - interaction on the humanitarian line”, “Energy, transport and environmental diplomacy of Turkmenistan” and others.
Tomorrow, on October 22, diplomatic courses for young diplomats of foreign countries will continue at the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy in Central Asia, where the leaders of the Center will speak.
The courses will run until October 23 inclusive.