TASHKENT HOSTED AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE "AFGHANISTAN: SECURITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT"
On July 26, 2022, an international conference "Afghanistan: Security and Economic Development" was held in Tashkent. The forum was attended by official delegations, scientists and researchers, heads and experts of leading analytical centers of the neighboring states of Afghanistan, including from all countries of Central Asia, Russia, the USA, Iran, Pakistan, India and Belgium, heads and specialists of a number of international and regional organizations, including the UN, the EU, the OIC, the SCO, as well as the delegation of the Interim Government of Afghanistan.
The conference participants expressed their understanding that today the main priority should be the revival and strengthening of the Afghan economy as an important factor in achieving lasting peace in this country, and reaffirmed their commitment to its formation as a peaceful, indivisible, independent, economically developing state, free from terrorism and drug crime.
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan V. Hajyiev noted in his speech that the Turkmen side is interested in the reconstruction of Afghanistan, its integration into world economic relations, and infrastructure development. It is these factors that will have a positive impact on ensuring the security and stability of both the country itself and the region as a whole.
He also stated that for Turkmenistan, the process of peacebuilding in Afghanistan is based on the unity of three key areas: political, economic and social-humanitarian.
In the political dimension, he stressed, Turkmenistan calls on all interested states and international organizations to develop a dialogue with the new Afghan authorities. V. Hajyiev also drew attention to the importance of developing cooperation with Afghan companies, continuing the implementation of international economic projects that have been launched. In addition, the need to provide regular humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people in order to prevent the threat of a humanitarian crisis was noted.
Readiness was expressed at the forum to continue the coordination of international efforts and joint work to promote the post-conflict reconstruction of Afghanistan and its integration into the world community.
AN EVENT DEDICATED TO HANDING THE PASSPORT OF A CITIZEN OF TURKMENISTAN AND A RESIDENCE PERMIT IN TURKMENISTAN WAS HELD
Today, on 24th of September in the conference hall of the State Migration Service of Turkmenistan, a solemn ceremony of presenting passports to persons admitted to the citizenship of Turkmenistan, as well as a residence permit in Turkmenistan to foreign citizens residing on the territory of Turkmenistan in accordance with the Decree and Resolution, signed by the distinguished President of Turkmenistan, took place.
The solemn event was attended by the heads of representative offices of international organizations working in Turkmenistan, employees of the Ministries of Foreign and Internal Affairs of Turkmenistan, as well as relevant state bodies of the country, honorary elders, media workers of the country and persons who have received citizenship of Turkmenistan.
During the ceremony, which personified highly humanistic traditions, the speakers noted that in Independent and Permanently Neutral Turkmenistan, caring for people is a priority issue and all opportunities have been created for citizens to live a free, peaceful and prosperous life. Endless concern for people extends not only to the country's own citizens, but also to those who, for various reasons, do not have citizenship and want to connect their lives with this land.
On the basis of the principles of permanent neutrality, Turkmenistan carries out important and exemplary work on the issues of refugees and stateless persons on the basis of international organizations. This is confirmed by the number of people who have received citizenship of the country in recent years. Based on the humanitarian decrees of the esteemed President, thousands of stateless persons permanently residing in the country have become citizens of Turkmenistan.
During the celebration of the 31st anniversary of the Independence of our country, according to the Decree signed by the esteemed President, the citizens of Turkmenistan became 1530 people - representatives of 26 nationalities permanently residing in Turkmenistan. In addition, according to the Decree of the President of the country, residence permits in Turkmenistan were issued to 315 foreign citizens from 9 states and representatives of 23 nationalities.
This event demonstrated unaltered commitment of our country to the norms of international humanitarian law, which became one more example of efficient decision of issues of migration policy.
INFORMATION ON EXPANDING COOPERATION BETWEEN TURKMENISTAN AND THE EUROPEAN UNION
On September 23, 2022, the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R. Meredov, within the framework of the last meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers of the country, reported on the current tasks of the foreign policy of our state, and also informed about the ongoing work to further expand cooperation between Turkmenistan and the European Union, and the implementation of earlier reached agreements.
First of all, effective tools were noted in bilateral and multilateral formats in order to develop relations on a systematic basis with the EU in the political-diplomatic, trade-economic and cultural-humanitarian spheres, within which regular meetings and consultations are held.
First, one of the priority areas is the strengthening of constructive cooperation in the political and diplomatic sphere, in particular, the intensification of work on organizing visits and high-level meetings with the leadership of the European Union. In this direction, it was also proposed to appoint a new Ambassador of Turkmenistan to the Kingdom of Belgium at the same time as the head of the Representation office of Turkmenistan to the European Union.
In addition, the expediency of expanding productive cooperation and the active participation of the delegation of Turkmenistan in the framework of the Joint Committee "Turkmenistan - European Union", the format "European Union - Central Asia", the Inter-Parliamentary Dialogue "Turkmenistan - European Union", the forum "EU - Central Asia" on sustainable interconnectedness.
Secondly, noting the importance of the tasks of developing trade-economic cooperation between Turkmenistan and the EU, it was proposed to continue developing the concept of the Business Council "European Union-Turkmenistan" on the basis of previously reached agreements.
Also, in order to continue cooperation with the EU in the field of oil and gas, electricity and renewable energy sources, it was proposed to hold regular consultations on energy cooperation between Turkmenistan and the European Union.
In addition, the importance of the practical development of bilateral and regional relations in the field of transport and communications was emphasized, in connection with which specific proposals on this track were submitted for consideration by the country's leadership.
Thirdly, the interaction of our country with the European Union in matters of climate change, environmental protection and environmental safety was emphasized. In this context, concrete steps were proposed to intensify work in the above areas, in particular, the possibility of holding a scientific and practical conference with European partners on the experience of the European Union in the use of green energy and hydrogen, as well as the reduction of methane emissions, was announced.
Further, noting that the cultural and humanitarian sphere occupies an important place in the development of relations between Turkmenistan and the EU, it was proposed to hold a number of events aimed at strengthening the dialogue in this direction.
Along with this, proposals were made to strengthen the legal framework for relations between Turkmenistan and the European Union.
The President of Turkmenistan instructed the Head of the Foreign Ministry of our country to continue targeted work on the identified issues, taking into account the existing opportunities and prospects for the practical realization of the potential of mutually beneficial cooperation with European partners.
DOVLET MASLAKHATY WAS HELD IN ASHGABAT UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF THE PRESIDENT OF TURKMENISTAN SERDAR BERDIMUHAMEDOV
On September 23, 2022, Dovlet Maslakhaty (State Council), dedicated to the 31st anniversary of the independence of Turkmenistan, was held in the capital, in the Rukhyet Palace under the chairmanship of President Serdar Berdimuhamedov. The agenda of the national forum, which has become a significant event in the life of the Fatherland, included summing up the results achieved over the past period, discussing priority tasks for the further comprehensive development of the country.
In the morning, the head of state arrived at the Rukhyet Palace in the capital, where the participants of Dovlet Maslakhaty, representing the city of Ashgabat and all regions of the country, gathered. It should also be noted that through a digital system, representatives of the Akhal velayat joined the national forum from the building of "Türkmeniň ak öýi", Balkan, Dashoguz, Lebap and Mary velayats - from the Rukhyet Palaces in the cities of Turkmenbashi, Dashoguz, Turkmenabat and Mary.
Addressing the audience and all compatriots, the head of state noted that today, in the year of the “Era of the people with Arkadag”, Dovlet Maslakhaty is being held on the days of the celebration of the 31st anniversary of the independence of the Fatherland. It is attended by members of the Government and the Milli Gengesh, heads of ministries and sectoral departments, political parties and public associations, khyakims of velayats, etraps and cities, as well as members of the Halk Maslahaty, numerous employees of institutions and enterprises, venerable elders, dear mothers, youth.
There comes a solemn moment: the head of Turkmenistan declares Dovlet Maslakhaty open. The National Anthem of Turkmenistan is played, which is taken up in unison by the participants of the national forum.
Having heartily congratulated the audience and the people of the country on the occasion of Dovlet Maslakhaty and the Independence Day, the head of Turkmenistan addressed his best wishes to everyone.
Then the President of Turkmenistan addressed the participants of the national forum with a keynote speech.
Then President Serdar Berdimuhamedov gave the floor to the participants of Dovlet Maslakhaty.
At the end of the speeches, addressing the participants of Dovlet Maslakhaty, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov noted that, guided by the principles of mercy and humanism of the great ancestors, in our Fatherland, according to the established tradition, on the eve of major holidays, actions are being held to pardon citizens convicted of criminal acts and sincerely repenting of their deeds.
In this regard, the floor was given to the Chairman of the Commission for the preparation of proposals on issues of citizenship and pardon under the President of Turkmenistan B. Gundogdyev, who reported on the proper work carried out in this direction.
After listening to the report, to the applause of the audience, the President of Turkmenistan signed the relevant Decree, according to which, in commemoration of the glorious holiday, 829 citizens of our country and 4 citizens of foreign countries will be released from further punishment.
Further, noting that every citizen of our country makes a worthy contribution to the achievements of the Fatherland, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov said that he had decided to award state awards to compatriots who distinguished themselves in labor in commemoration of the 31st anniversary of the sacred independence of the Fatherland, signing the relevant documents.
In a solemn atmosphere, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov presents the relevant badges and certificates to representatives of the older generation, who were awarded the title of "Türkmenistanyn "Hormatly il ýaşulusy", and awards to respected mothers who were awarded the "Zenan kalby" order.
Once again congratulating the award recipients on this significant event in their lives, the head of state addressed the audience with a closing speech.
Having heartily congratulated the participants of the national forum and the people of the country on the approaching Holiday, the head of Turkmenistan wished everyone good health, a happy and prosperous life and great success in work.
At this, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov declared Dovlet Maslakhaty closed. The majestic sounds of the National Anthem of Turkmenistan rise again under the arches of the Rukhyet Palace.
Thus, this day will go down in the history of the Renaissance of the new era of a powerful state as a visible symbol of the indestructible unity and solidarity of our people, the unchanging commitment of an independent neutral Turkmenistan to the chosen path of peace, creation and progress.
Prospects for the transport complex of Turkmenistan were discussed at a sectoral meeting
A meeting of the heads and employees of the transport and communication units was held in the conference hall of the railway agency of Turkmenistan. The meeting on the eve of the country's Independence Day was held in a festive spirit – on the eve of the 31st anniversary of sovereignty, a landmark event took place in the sector, namely, the opening of new passenger bus terminals in four regions of the country with the participation of the head of state.
The significance of the event is determined by the social orientation of this major project, aimed at modernizing and expanding the system of passenger transport services. In addition, this week, on Friday, the government approved the purchase of 1,000 new Toyota Coaster buses and 250 Toyota Hiace buses, also marking a course to improve passenger service.
Another festive occasion is decorating with state awards of a number of representatives of the transport sector, who were also given the floor at the departmental meeting.
In addition to solemn speeches and words of gratitude, the meeting outlined the immediate tasks in the development of the country's transport complex in the light of the goals and prospects that President Serdar Berdimuhamedov outlined in his speech at the State Council of Turkmenistan.
These tasks require increased attention from both the leadership of the transport and communications sector and its numerous enterprises, the stable, reliable operation of which is the basis for the dynamic development of the sector, regions, the entire country as a whole and as an important transit hub of continental significance.
Uzbekistan will launch transport corridor to India through Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan intends to launch a new transport corridor to India through Turkmenistan, Podrobno.uz reported on Thursday.
The Agency refers to the Ministry of Investment and Foreign Trade of the Republic of Uzbekistan, where a meeting was held with a delegation of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), during which issues of the development of the "Uzbekistan – Turkmenistan – Iran– India" transport corridor with connection through the port of Chabahar were discussed.
"During the negotiations, an agreement was reached on the development of a feasibility study for a new transport route being created in connection with the need to service the growing volume of trade between Uzbekistan and India, which will reach $1 billion in the near future," the report says.
The route is also designed to ensure the continuity of product supplies within the trade turnover of the countries of Central Asia and India, in turn, striving for the mark of 3.2 billion dollars per year.