PILOT PROJECT OF THE GLOBAL TRANSIT DOCUMENT LAUNCHED IN TURKMENISTAN
The launch ceremony of the pilot project of the Global Transit Document took place on August 17, 2022 at the Berkarar Hotel of the Avaza National Tourist Zone.
The Global Transit Document (GTrD), which is a universal digital solution for the development of multimodal transportation, is the result of fruitful cooperation between the Permanent Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Commission of the International Transport Corridor Europe-Caucasus-Asia (TRACECA) with the International Center for Transport Diplomacy, the Intergovernmental Council of Road Workers of the CIS, and the world's largest developers of IT technologies, as well as with countries that have shown interest in piloting the GTrD.
The launch ceremony of the pilot project of the Global Transit Document was attended by the Executive Secretary of the International Center for Transport Diplomacy I.Runov, the Chairman of the Intergovernmental Council of Road Workers of the Commonwealth of Independent States B.Karimov, as well as representatives of the countries of the region - Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
The speakers emphasized that at the turn of the third decade of the 21st century, economic realities and trends in the development of the world economy created an obvious need for the development and implementation of a unified Global Transit Document in order to optimize the management of the transport process along multimodal corridors connecting states of different regions and continents.
The introduction of a digital platform of the global transit network based on the latest technologies using the Global Transit Document will make it possible to extend the customs guarantee and insurance regime, as well as ensure the traceability of goods and vehicles along the entire route from the starting point to the destination.
At the end of the official launch ceremony of the pilot project of the Global Transit Document, its participants adopted a Joint Statement, in which they confirmed the readiness of the parties for further cooperation in promoting the proposal to create a global digital transit network at various levels, as well as within the United Nations.
AIR ASTANA RECEIVES SKYTRAX BEST AIRLINE IN CENTRAL ASIA & CIS AWARD FOR THE TENTH TIME
Air Astana, Kazakhstan’s flag carrier, has received prestigious Skytrax awards for “Best Airline in Central Asia and CIS” for the tenth time and “Best Service in Central Asia and CIS” for the first time. Awards were presented to all winners at a Skytrax Awards ceremony in London today.
“Since it was launched 20 years ago, Air Astana steadily built a reputation for safety, efficiency and outstanding customer service. We are once again honoured to receive awards from Skytrax today, which perfectly reflect our commitment to the very highest standards of excellence and recognition from our devoted passengers. I would like to thank every one of our almost six thousand staff for their professionalism and dedication on this proud occasion,” said Peter Foster, President and CEO of Air Astana.
"Air Astana is celebrating its tenth win this year. The airline's management and employees should be proud of this success and of winning the award for Best Airline and Best Service in Central Asia and CIS. The past two years have been very challenging for the aviation industry; therefore, this award confirms the high quality service that Air Astana continues to provide to its customers,” said Edward Plaisted, CEO of Skytrax Awards.
Winners of Skytrax Awards are determined through an annual passenger survey. More than 300 airlines were evaluated between September 2021 and August 2022. More than 14 million people from 100 nationalities participated in this survey in English, French, Spanish, Russian, Japanese and Chinese. Survey participants rated the airline's website, check-in and boarding procedures, cabin cleanliness, IFE, crew appearance and service, food quality, comfort of seats and more.
Air Astana received the Skytrax "Best Airline in Central Asia and India" award for the first time in 2011 and this was followed a year later by being the first airline in the CIS and Eastern Europe to receive a four-star Skytrax award. From 2013 to 2015, Air Astana was awarded the Skytrax Award for “Best Service in Central Asia and India” and in 2021, it was certified by Skytrax for COVID-19.
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.