The President of Turkmenistan pays official visit to the Republic of Italy

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Saturday, 09 November 2019 16:28

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov who arrived on official visit to the Republic of Italy had a talks with Prime Minister of Italy Giuseppe Conte and President of the country Sergio Matterella.

In the morning, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov met with representative of Italian business in the Rome Cavalieri Hotel where the residence of Turkmen leader was hosted during the visit. Heads of the world famous companies like Danieli, ENI, Leonardo S.p.A, Maire Tecnimont, Valvitalia, Thales Alenia Space, Bonatti, SACE, Pietro Fiorentini took part in the meeting, which was held in the format of working breakfast.

The Head of the State outlined the meaning of major changes, which took place in the last years in Turkmenistan, for reformation of the economy providing stable high rates of development to the country.

Speaking of the cooperation with Italy, the Head of the state stated with delight that Turkmen – Italian trade and economic relation are steadily developed at modern stage resting on positive experience and traditions of the partnership.

Having noted high level of understanding and mutual trust achieved with representatives of business circles of Italy, the Head of the State assured businessmen that they will continue receiving necessary support.

The Head of the state made special mention of energy and transport as strategic spheres of Turkmen – Italian economic cooperation. At present time, Turkmenistan and its partners create ramified network of transport, transit and logistic infrastructure. It opens big perspectives for development of combined and multi-optional system of transport and transit connection from Asia to Europe, where corridor connecting Caspian and Mediterranean seas is to be an important link.

In general, current meeting is to strengthen dynamics of cooperation, to open its new directions and perspective, Turkmen leader noted, having expressed confidence that there are all prepositions for this – political will of the heads of two states, economic potential, rust and understanding. 

In the end of the meeting, confidence that economic partnership of two countries would be strengthen and developed has been expressed.

In the morning, the President of Turkmenistan went to the Chigi Palace – the official residence of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Italy. Upon arrival, the Head of the State was warmly welcomed by the Head of the Government of Italy at the square where the giard of Honour has been lined up in honour of high-rank guest.

Having exchanged friendly handshakes, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte went to special place.

National anthems of Turkmenistan and the Republic of Italy were played. The Head of Turkmen state and the Head of the Government of the Republic of Italy walked along the line of the Guard of Honour.

After traditional photographing ceremony, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov introduced members of official delegation of both countries to each other.

High-level Turkmen – Italian talks took place on the Chigi Palace afterward.

Greeting President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and having expressed gratitudefor accepting the invitation to come to Italy on official visit, Prime Minsiter Giuseppe Conte confirmed invariable interest of his country in expansion of beneficial cooperation with Turkmenistan.

It was mentioned that current meeting gives good opportunity for exchange of opinions on key subjects of partnership in different directions including in activity of business communities. Speaking of this, the Head of the Government of Italy expressed confidence that talks in Rome would support further development of bilateral cooperation, outlining of priorities taking into account long-term perspective.

Having expressed sincere gratitude to Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte for cordial welcome, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that in his foreign policy, Turkmenistan pays special attention to activation and strengthening of cooperation with the countries of European Union, in particular with the Republic of Italy.

Having stated with delight positive dynamics of Turkmen – Italian dialog, the Head of the State noted that regular contacts on different levels, especially on consolidation of efforts for provision of peace, security and stability on global and regional levels, counteraction against modern challenges and threats, play big role in support of high level of successfully developing bilateral relations.

Bilateral trade and economic relations have positive indicators. Number of projects in fuel and energy sector with participation of Italian companies are successfully implemented in our country, Turkmen leader said.

Regarding the cooperation in transport section, as is known our country made number of proposals in this direction including on restoration of the Silk Road in modern conditions, which opens colossal opportunities fr development and progress in regional and global scales.

Fundamentally new direction – the transport diplomacy, one of initiators of which is neutral Turkmenistan standing for multilateral dialog on this issue under the UN and other international organization, is asserted stronger in global cooperation.

This, our country, which was historically located in the heart of the Silk Road, makes big contribution to the development of beneficial cooperation in transport and communication sector, which is one of the main segment of the world economy making direct influence on stability and balance of the world economic relations and always open for cooperation with all interested foreign partners.

Regarding the opportunities of Turkmen – Italian cooperation, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted, these opportunities can be used wider taking into account diversification of the economy of Turkmenistan, opening of high technology production facilities, implementation of big national and international projects in fuel and energy complex, transport, agricultural, textile and tourism spheres.

Speaking of importance of cooperation in humanitarian and cultural sphere, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has also noted the input of Italian scientists and archaeologists, who carry out archaeological excavation of historical places and centres of development of the world civilizations in our country for many years.

Having focused that next year, our people would observe the 25th anniversary of international recognition of neutrality of Turkmenistan, the Head of the State invited the Head of the government of Italy to take part in the work of International Conference dedicated to this event and in celebrations, which would be held in Ashgabat in December 2020.

Having expressed confidence that Italian partners share the interest and willingness of Turkmen side for further intensification and promotion of beneficial interstate relations, the President wished health and big success in his responsible activity for the sake of friendly people of Italy to Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.

Signing ceremony of bilateral documents took place under participation of the President of Turkmenistan and the Prime Minister of Italy after the talks.

The following documents have been signed: the Agreement between the Government of Turkmenistan and the Government of the Republic of Italy on Air Connection, Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Health Protection and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan and the Ministry of Health Protection of the Republic of Italy on Cooperation in the sphere of Health Protection and Medical Sciences, Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Protection of Turkmenistan and the Ministry of Environment and Land Protection of the Republic of Italy on Cooperation in the Sphere of Risk Assessment, Adaptation and Reduction of the Impact of climate Change, Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of education of Turkmenistan and the Ministry of Education, Universities and Researches of the Republic of Italy on cooperation in Educational Sphere.

After document signing ceremony, the President of Turkmenistan and the Prime Minister of Italy said warm goodbye to each other, having expressed confidence in successful development of interstate relation.

After, Turkmen leader went to official residence of the President of the Republic of Italy - The Quirinal Palace, on which square the Guard of Honour has been lined up in honour of arrival of high-rank guest.

President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov was greeted by the President of Italy Sergio Mattarella at the central entrance. National anthems of two countries were played.

The heads of the states have entered the Palace and went to the place of the meeting where President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov introduced members of official delegation of Turkmenistan to his Italian colleagues. In his turn, President Sergio Mattarella introduced members of official delegation of Italy to high-rank guest.

After joint photographing on the background of the State flag of Turkmenistan and the Republic of Italy, high-level bilateral meeting took place in extended format in the Arazzi di Lilla Hall.

Greeting high rank guest and members of Turkmen delegations, President Sergio Mattarella expressed confidence that this visit and current talks would give new stimulus to development of traditional Turkmen – Italian relations, which hav constructive, friendly and respectful character.

It was noted that Italy and Turkmenistan have old positive experience of political dialog, big potential for cooperation in trade and economic, cultural and humanitarian spheres, which provides favourable opportunities for further effective cooperation in all spectrum.

Fruitful partnership in the world arena where the sides demonstrate high level of understanding in current modern problems is also an actual factor of successful development of interstate relations.

Having confirmed commitment of Italy to wide cooperation with Turkmenistan, President Sergio Mattarella expressed gratitude to Turkmen leader for the attention and imitative approach to bilateral cooperation and bringing of it to new levels.

Having expressed gratitude to his Italian colleagues for cordiality and warm reception, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that Turkmen side consider this visit to Italy as important stage in development of interstate relations.

Turkmenistan and Italy has good experience of cooperation in subject of regional and world development. Having same or similar positions in provision of peace, stability and security, our countries support peaceful, political solution of international problems, the Head of Turkmenistan said.

This is indicated by understanding between two states in big international organizations. Turkmenistan appreciates the approach of the Republic of Italy to number of regional problem, in particular to the situation in Afghanistan. Our country stands for close international cooperation in regulation of the situation in neighbouring state by peaceful political methods, for economic support to the state and integration of Afghanistan to the world economic relations through the participation in big infrastructural projects, Turkmen leader highlighted.

Turkmenistan is willing to combat such threats as international terrorism, extremisms, drug trafficking and transnational organized crime together with Italy and world community, the Head of the State said. In general, our country see the Republic of Italy as its important partner in the world political arena.

Energy and transport are strategic directions of Turkmen – Italian partnership. Support of initiatives of Turkmen side in the sphere of stable energy by Italy speaks of similarity of approaches of both countries to this global problem. The President continued that we put diversification of energy routes to the meaning of energy security. In this context, Turkmenistan considers opportunities of delivery of its energy carriers to western direction and works together with European Commission on legal and technical aspects. We hope that Italy as competent members of the European Union would continue rendering necessary active support to this proves, the Head of the state said.

Speaking in general of productivity of using of mutual capabilities under energy dialog between Turkmenistan and Europe, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov spoke for using of bilateral relations, available understanding in the context of activation of European vector of energy policy of our country. At the same time, the President noted that long-term goals of Turkmenistan and Italy are matching.

The Head of Turkmenistan stated that wide opportunities are opened for cooperation in transport sphere. Geographic locations of both countries allow them playing big role in development of transport and transit corridors between Asia and Europe across the regions of Central Asia and Caspian basin to Black and Mediterranean seas and states of South Europe. Therefore, strategic regional and continental systems of economic integration form up. In this case, Turkmenistan sees Italy as one of important partners not only under bilateral relations but also in the context of cooperation with European Union.

Historically, Italy played big role in relations between the East and West from old times; it served as a bridge of civilized communication between the nations of the continent. As a neutral and peace-loving state, Turkmenistan is willing to support positive processes in Eurasia together with Italy, to strive that all issues of international politics were solved at negotiation table based on the standards of international law and the UN Chapter, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted.

Speaking of cooperation in humanitarian sphere, the Head of the State said with delight that significant part of documents signed during current visit is agreements in sphere of science, education, culture, health protection and ecology.

Speaking of importance of inter-parliamentary cooperation, Turkmen leader noted that taking into account coming reformation of national legislative body, gradual assertion of democratic principles and practices in the country, Turkmenistan is interested in relative experience of Italy.

The Head of the State highlighted that current meeting has confirmed that Italy is reliable and perspective partner of Turkmenistan. In its turn, Turkmenistan builds its relations with Italy for long-term and strategic perspective. Our country appreciates the level of understanding and trust and is ready to do all necessary for consolidation of Turkmen – Italian friendship and interstate cooperation, which meets common interests.

Having noted that condition and perspectives of cooperation in trade and economic sphere have been discussed at the talks with Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expressed confidence that big joint business forum, which was held in Milano on November 6 and resulted in signing of dozens of contracts and agreements, would give strong impulse to bilateral partnership.

Having expressed gratitude to President Sergio Mattarella for constructive meeting, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov invited his Italian colleague to visit Turkmenistan at any convenient time and wished him strong health and success in responsible government activity and prosperity to the people of Italy.

In the afternoon, the Head of the state went to the Altare della Patria Monument. This monumental complex, which is located on Venice Square on the slope of Capitol Hill, was built to mark unification of Italy. In the solemn atmosphere, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov put the wreath to the tomb of Unknown Soldier, having paid tribute to the memory of national heroes of the Republic of Italy.

Having completed the programme of official visit, Turkmen leader went to Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport from where left for Turkmenistan.

Thus, high-level Turkmen – Italian talks in Rome, business meeting of the Head of the State with representative of big Italian business as well as joint business forum in Milano visually demonstrated the willingness of the sides for full-scale cooperation.

The state news agency of Turkmenistan

President of Turkmenistan and Prime Minister of Malaysia hold talks on one-on-one format

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Tuesday, 29 October 2019 04:26

After the official greeting ceremony of the distinguished guest, the President of Turkmenistan and Prime Minister of Malaysia held talks in one-on-one format.

Expressing the mutual belief that the talks in Ashgabat will promote the interstate dialogue, , the President of Turkmenistan and Prime Minister of Malaysia exchanged views on bilateral cooperation and discussed important issues of the international agenda.

Speaking about the solid potential for the diversification of cooperation in various spheres, the parties focused on the opportunities for building up partnership in trade and economic sphere.

Speaking about the trends of development of the fuel and energy sphere, the President of Turkmenistan and his guest discussed the issues of cooperation in this strategic for the economies of the two states sector. In this regard, it was underlined the successful work of Petronas Company that for many years has worked in the oil and gas sphere of Turkmenistan and trains Turkmen specialists.

The President of Turkmenistan underlined the rich experience of this company that develops hydrocarbon resources on the Caspian shelf.

Expressing satisfaction with the positive dynamics of the bilateral trade relations and potential for increasing the mutual trade turnover, the Prime Minister of Malaysia expressed belief that the Turkmen-Malaysian dialogue would continue developing.

The distinguished guest noted that Turkmen students, getting education in the higher educational institutions of Malaysia, would become a bridge, connecting the two countries, and emphasized that the number of Turkmen students in Malaysia would significantly increase.

The Prime Minister invited President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to pay a visit to Malaysia.

The Turkmen leader and distinguished guest exchanged views on the prospects of the interstate dialogue in the humanitarian sphere, in particular in the areas of education, science and culture.

The President of Turkmenistan expressed satisfaction with the fruitful cooperation between our countries in frames of various international organizations, including the UN, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the Non-Alignment Movement.

Discussing the world development issues, the parties focused on the significance of taking the balanced approach to address the important regional and global problems, emphasizing the importance of the economic and political integration.

The state news agency of Turkmenistan

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov participates in the XVIII Summit of the Non-Aligned

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Monday, 28 October 2019 10:01

President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov left on a working trip the Republic of Azerbaijan for participation in the XVIII Summit of the heads of states and governments of the member states of the Non-Alignment Movement in Baku.

At present time, the organization, which was founded in 1961, unites 120 states located in different region of the world on the principles of non-participation in military and political blocks and peaceful coexistence of countries and nations. 17 states as well as number of competent international organizations including the UN, ICO and other have an observer status under this big association.

The main goal of the Non-alignment Movement is to support peace, security and sustainable development on the planet. As is known, these are the criteria, which put in the base of the state policy of Turkmenistan, which is provided by its permanent neutral status and firm commitment to ideals of creation and humanism. In this regard, it is necessary to highlight that our country invariably takes an active position in development of balanced solutions of current issues and problems, formation of the most effective formats of partnership required by time.

Having made a flight to Baku, the aircraft of the President landed in Heydar Aliyev International Airport where Turkmen leader has been met by officials. According to good traditions, high-rank guest was welcomed with bread and salt.

From the airport, the President of Turkmenistan went to the Baku Congress Centre, which was a venue of the Summit. Azerbaijan hosts this forum as a country that takes chairing in the Non-Alignment Movement in 2019 – 2022.

Upon arrival to the Congress Centre, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov was cordially welcomed by President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev. Having exchanged friendly handshakes, the heads of two neighbouring countries took photos on the background of official banner of the Summit.

After traditional photographing ceremony of the heads of the delegation against official banner of the Forum, opening ceremony of the XVIII Summit of the Non-Alignment Movement took place in the Big Hall of the Baku Congress Centre. In general, heads of the states and government, high-rank representatives from around 160 countries and big international organizations including the UN, the Group of 77 and other organization took part in the high-level meeting.

The agenda of the Forum included wide spectrum of current subjects of regional and global issues including joint counteraction against modern challenges and threats, further measures for strengthening of positive political dialog, stimulation of fruitful cooperation in economic and humanitarian spheres.

The Summit was opened by Acting Chairman of the Non-alignment Movement – President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro.

The chairmanship in the Non-alignment Movement was handed over to the Republic of Azerbaijan.

After, Chairman of the Non-alignment Movement, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan addressed the participants with a speech.

Chairman of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly Tijjani Muhammad-Bande has also made a speech for the participants.

Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo has read the message of the Un Secretary General to the participants of the Summit.

The floor was given to the participants of the Forum.

Speaking at the Summit, the President of Turkmenistan expressed gratitude to President of the Republic of Azerbaijan for organization of the meetings, hospitality and cordiality, atmosphere of cooperation and constructive dialog.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that serious changes have taken place, new tendencies have appeared in international politics, alternative geopolitical and geo-economic situations have emerged since previous high-level conference of the Non-alignment Movement in Venezuela.

Today, the country members of the Non-alignment Movement need consolidated and concentrated efforts aimed at the achievement of the main goal – protection and support of universal peace, strategic stability and security. This is what has to determine the intentions and actions of responsible countries on the level of global solutions as well as on local and regional directions.

- Turkmenistan is confident that despite all challenges and threats of recent time, together, we are able to find efficient tools for counteraction to these, - President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted.

Special role in this is given to the Non-alignment Movement. Principles and ideals of the Movement, which were put into its foundation several decades ago, are specially required today, Turkmen leader said. They objectively match the requirements of the most pople on the planet.

- Based on them, we, state members of the Non-alignment Movement, together with other members of international community have to give new strong impulse to strengthening of universal security, having filled our activity in this direction with specific political and legal content and world outlook meaning, - the Head of the State said.

- In our opinion, restoration and assertion of trust and predictability as a base for building of constructive and balanced solution on international arena, making of weighted decisions are the key conditions for this, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov continued.

- Understanding our responsibility for the situation in the world, Turkmenistan proposed an initiative on declaration of 2021 as International Year of Peace and Trust by the United Nations General Assembly, - Turkmen leader highlighted, having focused that the General Assembly with co-authorship of 73 UN member states has adopted the above-mentioned Resolution several weeks ago on September 12.

Taking opportunity, the Head of Turkmenistan expressed gratitude to the members of the Non-alignment Movement especially to the states, which co-authored the adopted Resolution, for support and solidarity in realization of this important initiative.

Continuing his speech, the President noted that combating of international terrorism is an important objective under provision of global security.

- Supporting the efforts of the world community for creation of effective international mechanisms of combating this threat, Turkmenistan stands for full realization of the UN Global Counter-terrorism Strategy, - President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted.

Having noted that this work has to be carried out all around both in the world as well as on regional and national levels, the Head of Turkmen state expressed confidence that this objective is very urgent for the countries of the Non-alignment Movement, number of which directly face real or potential terrorist threat.

As is known, neutral Turkmenistan makes significant input to the strengthening of international cooperation in this direction, having determined the combating against terrorism as an integral component of strategic partnership the UN and cooperation with other competent organizations.

Turkmen leader stated in his speech that refugees are another global problem concerning many member states of the Non-alignment Movement. Many of the refugees are nationals of the member countries of this organization.

- In an effort to seek for realistic solution of refugees’ problem and having initiated wide international cooperation in this sphere, Turkmenistan in close cooperation with the UN and Islamic Cooperation Organization held international conference dedicated to this issue in May 2012, - President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said.

- Only for the last few years, our country gave citizenship to more than 20,000 refugees on national level. At the Tehran Summit in 2012, Turkmenistan proposed to include the refugee problem as an independent direction of activity of the Non-alignment Movement, - the Head of the State highlighted, having given proposal to come back to detailed review of this matter in this context.

In this regard, it is worth to mention that humanitarian direction is defined as one of the key component of home and foreign policy of the country. Turkmenistan was one of the first states in the region to pay close attention to this problem, standing for further consolidation of common efforts in solution of refugees’ and stateless persons’ issues.

Addressing the members of the Summit, the President highlighted that global economy is an important sphere of activity of the Non-alignment Movement.

- We are confident that our states have to act from consolidated positions to protect legal rights and interests of developing countries, activity protect justice and equality in international economic relations, resolutely stand against discrimination, unreasonable, sometime artificial barriers in the world trade, for recognition of economic sovereignty of the nations and states, - President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted.

- In this case, the voice of the Non-alignment Movement has to sound firmly and strongly; we have to promote own global economic agenda responsibly, - the Head of Turkmenistan highlighted.

Regarding national economy, it received strong impulse in its development in the last years due to successful implementation of the Government strategy of Turkmen leader demonstrating stable and dynamic growth. Steadfast implementation of large-scale reformation programmes, fundamental reformation of branches of national economy provide stable progress and prosperity of our country.

Diversification and industrialization, transit to market relations, comprehensive support of private sector, active implementation of advanced information and digital technologies are priority directions of development of Turkmen economy. For example, relative Concept designated for fulfilment in 2019 – 2025 has been developed and is implemented at the request of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov for digitization of the economy. All of these including major infrastructural project initiated by Turkmen leader open big opportunities for beneficial cooperation with all interested foreign partners.

Continuing his speech at the Forum, the Head of Turkmen state noted that in this context, active participation of non-aligned states in formation of global system of energy security based on fair and transparent principles, equal access to energy sources and means of its transportation, recognition and accounting of the interests of suppliers, buyers and transports of energy resources.

As is known, Turkmenistan has been taking serious measures for establishment of wide international partnership in the sphere of comprehensive energy secrutiy.

- During the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, our country plans to present Draft Resolution, which is aimed at reliable and stable transit of energy carriers and its role in sustainable development and international cooperation, - the President said.

In this regard, it is highlight that while making considerable input into creation of relative diversified infrastructure, Turkmenistan, having colossal reserves of hydrocarbon resources, initiates major projects including integrated modernization of national fuel and energy complex and formation of multidimensional pipeline system of export of energy carriers to the world markets.

Construction of transnational energy route, which transport Turkmen gas to China, as well as current project of construction of Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Pakistan – India gas line, which is to support the intensification of effective cooperation between the countries in the region and to enhance their economic potential, are specific examples in this case. Opportunity to deliver Turkmen natural gas to European direction is under consideration.

At the same time, transport sphere is undoubtedly one of the basic segments of the world economy, which make direct influence on stability and balance of the world economic relations. Taking strategic geographic location and confidently strengthening its positions as important transit and transport hub and logistic centre of regional and continental significance, Turkmenistan made proposed number of initiatives in this direction, which currency and requirement have been confirmed in relative Resolution of the UN General Assembly.

Speaking at the Summit, the Head of Turkmenistan noted that solidary work of the states of the Non-alignment Movement in implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals including its part about food safety may also be effective.

- We need solidarity, resolution and firmness of non-allied countries during review of the subjects of provision of access of the states and regions to food resources, guarantees of nutrition as an integral right of any individual, - President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said.

Strengthening of food security is one of priorities of the government policy of Turkmenistan. Great importance is paid to fundamental reformation of agricultural complex, modernization of food industry, realization of adopted government programmes for import substitutive production and increment of export volumes in solution of set objectives for satisfaction of the populations’ demand for quality food products in wide variety.

Integrated reforms in this direction brings results. Activity and achievements of our country in food abundance have been highly accessed on international level including by Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN. Having significant practice in this sphere, Turkmenistan is willing to share its practice with the world community being always open for fruitful cooperation with foreign partners.

Addresing the participants, Turkmen leader noted that our country also stands for more focused cooperation of member states of the Non-alignment Movement on the issues of the climate change.

- In this regard, consolidation of our efforts aimed at fulfilment of 2030 Global Agenda and Paris Treaty receives special importance, - President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted. 

Turkmen leader said that being in the capital of one of Caspian states, he cannot help saying about universal significance of protection of Caspian Sea, its ecology and unique biological diversity.

- At the first Caspian Economic Forum in Turkmenistan this August, our country proposed an idea of establishment of new Caspian ecological programme as a complex of natural protection measures for provision of rational use of rich natural resources of Caspian Sea, the Head of Turkmenistan highlighted. – We are planning to initiate wide dialog on this subject and looking forward to comprehensive support of the Non-alignment Movement.

Addressing the participants of the Summit, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov also informed that next year, Turkmenistan would celebrate one of important dates of in its modern history – the 25th anniversary of international recognition of neutral status of our country. however, there is also another remarkable event related to this date. This is 25th anniversary of Turkmenistan membership in the Non-alignment Movement.

- These dates are closely connected to each other and we would never forget and always highlighted with gratitude that it was at the Summit of the non-alignment Movement in Colombian Cartagena in October 1995 when the intent of Turkmenistan to be a neutral state received an unanimous support of non-allied countries, - the President noted. – We consider by right that this is a milestone event in promotion of the idea of neutrality of Turkmenistan and its further securing on the UN level.

- Year after that memorial event have shown that principles of our neutrality and its deep world outlook are consonant with goals and values of the Non-alignment Movement, meet expectations and intents of all nations and states who share ideals of peace-loving, equal rights, non-alignment, respect of every country, its sovereign right for own way of development, - the Head of Turkmenistan said.

Our country is the only state on the planet, which neutral and legal status based on peace-loving humanistic principles, which are inherent to Turkmen nation from ancient times, was recognized twice by the United Nations, which was set forth in the Resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly. Adoption of the UN General Assembly Resolution on declaration of December 12 as International Neutrality Day is an evidence of recognition of huge contribution of Turkmenistan to strengthening of relations of peace, goodwill and harmony between the countries and peoples.

Finishing his speech, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that number of big international events dedicated to anniversary date of Turkmen neutrality would be held in Ashgabat on December 12, 2020. It includes International Conference for Peace, Security and Sustainable Development. Taking opportunity, Turkmen leader invited all heads of the states and delegations of non-aligned countries to take part in these events.

Speech of the Head of the State was listened with interested attention and met by applauses of the members of the Forum.

On the same day, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov met with the President Ilham Aliyev in the Baku Congress Centre.

The state news agency of Turkmenistan

The President of Turkmenistan meets with the Chairman of Japan’s House of Representatives

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Sunday, 27 October 2019 15:45

In the morning, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, who is on a working visit to Tokyo, had a meeting with Chairman of the House of Representatives of Japan Tadamori Osima.

Warmly greeting high-rank guest, Mr Osima noted that this is great honour for him to meet the Head of Turkmenistan. At the same time, high level of relations between two states as well as dynamic character of established parliamentarian relations has been highlighted.

Japan pays great attention to development of fruitful dialog with Turkmenistan, the Chairman of Japan’s House of Representatives said, having expressed confidence that current visit of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov would support further improvement of traditionally friendly bilateral relations.

Having expressed gratitude for cordial welcome and hospitality, the Head of the State taking opportunity congratulated the Speaker of the House of Representatives and friendly Japanese people on the enthronement of the Emperor Naruhito. The President noted that our countries are connected with close relations, which are based on respect of each other, equality and strive for progress.

Turkmenistan works actively with Japan in political, trade and economic, cultural and humanitarian spheres. In this context, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has also highlighted the importance of dialog between legislative authorities of two states.

Regular inter-parliamentary and inter-party meetings, exchange of practice in law-making sphere will support the expansion of comprehensive interstate relations. Speaking of this, the Head of the State has noted an important role of the Parliamentary League of Turkmen – Japanese friendship in improvement of cooperation in this direction.

Today, Turkmenistan follows the way of staged reformation of social and political life. Activity of government administration and legislative authorities is improved in the context of large-scale reforms. In this regard, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that establishment of two-chamber Parliament by unification of the Mejlis and the People’s Council into single system of representative and legislative power authorities has been initiated at the recent session of the People’s Council.

Change to two-chamber system will give an opportunity to represent the interests of all level of Turkmen society, having provided conditions for monitoring in legal practice. In addition, it will give impulse to closer collaboration between deputies and electorate at sites, enforcement of control of fulfilment of laws and national programmes.

Continuing the meeting, the presence of significant multidimensional potential for expansion of Turkmen – Japanese partnership in trade and economic sphere has been noted. At the same time, cooperation in humanitarian sphere especially in science, education and culture received new content.

It was stated that Turkmenistan and Japan actively works in multilateral format under competent international organizations including the UN. Turkmen – Japanese cooperation under the Central Asia – Japan Dialog has a steadfast character.

In the end of the meeting, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Chairman of the House of Representatives of Japan Tadamori Osima expressed confidence in development of constructive cooperation that meets the interests of two countries and nations.

 The state news agency of Turkmenistan

The visit of the President to Japan: Cooperation in education and participation in the throne ascension ceremony of the Emperor Naruhito

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Sunday, 27 October 2019 15:29

The day of the working visit of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to Japan was full of important events.

The award ceremony of the academic title – the Doctor Honoris Causa of the Hirosaki University to President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, took place in Chinzanso Tokyo Hotel in the morning.

Director of the Hirosaki University Sato Kei has warmly and cordially welcomed Turkmen leader in the Ballroom Hall.

The Head of Turkmen State and Director of the University went to the Ceremonial hall where professors, lecturers and students of the University as well as other high educational institutes of Japan, representatives of Japanese – Turkmen Association for Scientific and Technological Cooperation, members of the official delegation of our country have gathered to attend the ceremony.

Everybody was greeting the President of Turkmenistan – the Academic of the academy of Sciences of Turkmenistan, Doctor of Medicine and Economy, Honoured Professor of and Doctor of Sciences of number of scientific and educational centres of foreign countries with applauses.

The Hirosaki University, which was founded in 1949, is one of prestige educational institutes in the world.

Around 7,000 students study in the University. Teaching staff includes more than 2,000 specialists. The main goal of the University is to establish a flexible educational and research process for satisfaction of requirements of future generation, to form up an environment, which will allow students developing individual abilities and gaining professional skills.

The structure of the University includes humanitarian and social studies, educational, science and technologies, agriculture and natural sciences departments, medical school and health science school.

It is worth mentioning that the University has a programme of financing of investments to the spheres of development of science and technologies, which are the most perspective for the world competiveness of Japan, as well as provide support in promotion of this product to the market.

On behalf of the participants, Director of the Hirosaki University Sato Kei has warmly greeted President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, having highlighted that this meeting marks new stage of development of bilateral relations in humanitarian sphere especially in science field.

The Hirosaki University has been cooperating with the Academy of Sciences of Turkmenistan for several years, the Director said, having noted that he was lucky to visit Ashgabat where he met the President of Turkmenistan. Another meetings took place in the fields of the II UN Conference for reduction of risks of natural disasters in Japanese Sendai in 2015.

- It is a great honour for me to take part in current event, which is held under the enthronement ceremony of the Emperor of japan, - Kei Sato highlighted.

He has also reminded the work of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov “Medicinal Plants of Turkmenistan” was presented at the exhibition, which was held in the Hirosaka University in 2015. Being a huge input to the fund of the University’s library, this work serves as a manual guide for students and scientific personnel, the director noted.

Further, the decision of Scientific Board of the University on award of the Head of Turkmen State Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov with title of the Doctor Honoris Causa of the Hirosaka University for personal contribution to development of Turkmen - Japanese relations, science and education has been announced.

In the solemn atmosphere, under storm of applauses, the Head of the University handed over relative diploma to the President.

The President of Turkmenistan expressed sincere gratitude to the staff of the leading scientific and educational center of Japan for conferring of the high title. "I consider this award as a sign of respect for Turkmenistan, the recognition of our country's achievements in the sphere of science and education, the evidence of friendship and strengthening of ties between the peoples of two countries".

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov underlined the fundamental role of science and education in the development of a society and state, specifying the investments into a human and into reveal of his abilities as the most promising one of all types of investments. All of these are investments to the future of the country, - Turkmen leader highlighted.

Referring to the history of Japan, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov stated that as is known, the country received powerful breakthrough in quality development in the end of the XIX century as the result of Meiji Restoration, important part of which lies within progressive changes in educational system.

The Head of the State described fundamental changes and integrated measures in the country for development of science and education, which are undisputable priority of the Government policy. The purpose is to implement high standards of education, support and stimulation of fundamental and applied scientific researches, comprehensive introduction of information technologies to educational process, expansion of international scientific and education exchange, active cooperation with leading foreign universities.

Based on interstate and interdepartmental agreements in educational sphere, thousands of young people of our country go for study to prestige educational institutes in foreing countries, Turkmen leader said.

Many educational institutes of our country established partnership with dozens of foreign universities, among which Japanese universities occupy deserved and important place. As an example, the Head of the state brought out cooperation between Turkmen universities with Tsukuba and Tokai Universities, Tokai Foreign Language University.

In this context, special mention has been made of the Agreement on Cooperation between Turkmen Agricultural University and Hirosaki University, which was signed in March this year.

Model level of Turkmenistan’s development allows expanding intellectual potential by quality education according to the world standards. For these purposes, educational programmes have been significantly improved on all levels, which allows providing different branches of the economy and social sphere with qualified personnel, Turkmen leader highlighted.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted that special place in given to Japan, which Turkmenistan sees as a reliable and perspective partner in scientific and technological sphere in the context of international scientific and educational cooperation. In this regard, the intent to adopt Japanese practice in creation of innovative resources, application of know-hows, development and implementation of modern management solutions in different spheres has been confirmed. Oguzkhan Engineering and technology University, where Japanese specialists work these days, has been opened in 2016. In addition, Japanese languages is studied in 12 secondary schools and 5 universities of our country.

Having expressed confidence that cooperation of leading educational institutes of two states is very important in exchange of modern knowledge, Turkmen leader highlighted the importance to activate fundamental and experimental sciences, development of effective partnership in the sphere of humanitarian sciences, in particular in oriental study. History archaeology, language and cultural study.

Having noted that more than 20 students from Turkmenistan study at present in the Country of Raising Sun, the Head of the State expressed hope that this number would be increased in the future.in this regard, the Head of the state proposed to develop a programme of study of Turkmen students in educational centres of Japan, which would allow sending them to Japan on systematic base taking into consideration the requirements of national economy and social sphere. In our turn, we are willing to receive Japanese students, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said.

In the end of his speech, highly appreciated the position of Japanese partners, their willingness to render support to Turkmenistan in its innovative development where education is to play an important role, the Head of the state expressed gratitude to the Board of the University for the reception and warm welcome, having wished students and teachers strong health and big scientific success.

The speech of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov was listened with great attention and welcomed by storm of applause.

After, the President met Turkmen students who study in Japan.

“ As is known, science and education are a wealth that puts a foundation of all achievements and reformations of humankind, determining the future of any country and destiny of the nation. If we refer to the practice of developed states, we will make sure that the progress is based on high level of educational system”, - Turkmen leader said addressing students.

The Head of the State noted that Turkmenistan pays great attention to improvement of level and quality of education. New programmes are realized in this sphere. Formation of new generation of specialists with wide world outlook, knowing high technologies is the main objective of the reforms.

Secondary and high educational facilities, kindergartens, recreation and health improvement centres are built all around Turkmenistan, methodology of education is improved, system of digital education is introduced. Innovative vector of development is to bring national education system to the level of the world standards.

Turkmenistan caries out big work for activation of international cooperation in educational sphere. Based on intergovernmental and interstate agreements, bigger number of representative of Turkmen youth go to prestige foreign educational institutes for education.

National universities established close partnership with foreign scientific and educational centres, important role among which is given to Japanese universities, Turkmen leader highlighted.

Advising the students, the President of Turkmenistan said: “We pay special importance with Japan in scientific and educational cooperation. Using established conditions, you have to expand your outlook, improve your knowledge, to be committed and hard-working, to multiply the authority of the country. You have to study Japanese practice in the sphere of nanotechnologies and innovations, development of modern management solutions”.

We pursue the policy of industrialization of our country working together with advanced foreign companies including from Japan, the Head of the State continued, having noted that plants for production of ammonia and carbamide in Mary, Mary Velayat, carbamide fertilizers in Garabogaz, polyethylene and polypropylene in Kiyanly, Balkan Velayat, first in the world plant for production of eco-friendly synthetic gasoline from natural gas in Ahal Velayat have been built with their participation.

As is known, specialists pay special attention to environment protection during development and realization of the projects in industrial sector, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said. Eco-friendly advanced technologies are the targets in urban construction sphere, oil and gas sector, chemical industry, power energy, agriculture and are integral criteria of social and economic programmes in Turkmenistan in general.

Requirement in such professions as programmers, engineers, technologists has been foreseen during the transit to digital economy, Turkmen leader continued, having noted that we would achieve competiveness and high rates of economic progress only having knowledge and promotion of technologies.

After, Head of the State Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov informed that the meeting with businessmen is planned for tomorrow where wide spectrum of subjects of cooperation including in transport sphere would be discussed.

In the end of the speech, the Head of the State noted importance of study of ancient Japanese history, its culture and traditions and popularization of historical and cultural heritage of Turkmen nation by young messengers of our country.

Having congratulated Turkmen leader on the award of high title of the Doctor Honoris Causa of the Hirosaki University, the student studying in Japan expressed gratitude for attention and fatherly care.

Having presented his book “Turkmen Alabay” to the students, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted that reader would find many interesting information about this breed in the book including interesting stories, facts, legends and archive data.

Finishing the meeting, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov fatherly advised the students for receiving modern knowledge so after come back home as qualified specialists, they would make deserved contribution to progressive development of the country.

In the afternoon, the Head of Turkmenistan went to the Japan’s Emperor Palace from Chinzanso Tokyo Hotel. In the palace, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov with other invited high-rank guests took part in the enthronement ceremony of the Emperor Naruhito.

More than 2,000 guests from more than 180 countries arrived in Tokyo to participate in the events.

As is known, the institute of the Emperor’s Power occupies an important place in hierarchy structure of the Country of Raising Sum from the old times, which was provided by positive attitude of Japanese people to the Emperor’s dynasty as to special element of national history and culture. The Constitution of Japan the Emperor as a symbol of the state and solidarity of the nation. The title of the Emperor is passed along the male line.

Inclusion of the audience by the Emperor to the programme of visits of high-rank guests is considered as a sign of special respect. In this regard, it is worth reminding that the Head of the Turkmenistan has met with the Emperor of Japan during his official visits to the Country of Raising Sun in 2009, 2013 and 2015.

The Reiwa Age starts after the enthronement of Naruhito in Japan. It is translated as a harmony or blossoming peace. The name of the age gives tone to future decades. The name was selected from the poem of the anthology of Japanese poetry Man'yōshū. The poem describes blooming of apricot trees in the beginning of the spring. The age of Akihito Governance was called Heisei, which is translated as achievement of peace. It was forestalled by Showa Period – an educated world.

As a rule, heads of legislative, executive and judicial power of Japan take part in the enthronement ceremony.

According to the regulations, the Emperor of Japan Naruhito arrives in the Seiden Hall at appointed time and sits on the Emperor’s throne.

The Emperor Naruhito make a ceremonial speech, which is followed by congratulation speech of the Prime Ministers of Japan. Traditional basai – Japanese wish for longevity, is addressed to the Emperor.

The sound of gong informs on completion of the enthronement ceremony, after which high-rank guest leave the place of event.

Official reception was given in the Emperor’s Palace in the evening on occasion of the enthronement of the Emperor of Japan.

At the reception, the President of Turkmenistan exchange greetings with the Emperor Naruhito and members of his family.

After official reception, Head of the State Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov went to his residence in Chinzanso Tokyo Hotel.

Working visit of the President of Turkmenistan to Tokyo is continued.

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President of Turkmenistan: we are aimed at enhancing humanitarian partnership in the CIS

Published in Politics
Monday, 14 October 2019 13:12

Speaking at a meeting of the Council of CIS Heads of State, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov specified the interstate humanitarian cooperation among the priority areas of cooperation.

As emphasized, this year the Forum of Creative Intelligentsia of the CIS countries was successfully held in Ashgabat. A number of other significant social and cultural events were also held in the Commonwealth states.

“We are aimed at the wide and comprehensive development of relations in the scientific, educational, cultural, sports, tourism and other fields of humanitarian partnership within the CIS. We consider cooperation in this area as a key factor in strengthening the ties of friendship and mutual understanding between the peoples of our countries”, the President of Turkmenistan emphasized.

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President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov is awarded with title of Honoured Elder of the Nation

Published in Politics
Friday, 27 September 2019 07:02

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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President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov: Prosperity of the country and nation is our goal

Published in Politics
Friday, 27 September 2019 06:56

The capital hosted the session of the People’s Council of Turkmenistan under the chairmanship of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. The agenda of national forum included priority objectives of further development of the country, implementation of fundamental changes and reforms.

Atmosphere of special solemnity, total solidarity and inspiration reigned under the domes of the Ruhiyet Palace where delegates from all regions of the country have gathered.

The participants welcomed President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov with long-lasting applauses. The Head of the State went to the stage and warmly greeted the participants and guests of the Forum.

Addressing the participants, the President noted that members of the Government and State Security Council, deputies of the Mejlis, compatriots who made significant contribution to social and economic, spiritual and cultural development of the country as well as representatives of mass media, political parties and public organisations participate in current session of the People’s Council. Our ambassadors to foreign countries and other numerous guests have been invited to this representative forum.

Greeting the participants of the forum, the President highlighted that this is the second session of the highest representative authority of the country – the People’s Council, which agenda includes current objectives of further economic and social development of our independent state.

Having outlined strengthening of constitutional standards of the country and improvement of democratic principles of the government administration among the main subjects, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that important decisions would be made on these subjects as well as outcomes of work for implementation of the Programme of social and economic development of the country in 2019 – 2025 would be summed up.

High levels and success has a good background, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said, having highlighted that this is our state independence.

Successfully implementing national programmes, Turkmenistan achieved recognition as economically developed state in regional level and in the world community based on democratic principles.

Our state has established and develops friendly relations with different countries of the world and competent organizations, the Head of Turkmenistan said. Speaking of valuable experience in development of new efficient ways and methods of international cooperation, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted that at present time, Turkmenistan chairs the Commonwealth of Independent States, International Fund for Saving of Aral Sea. At the same time, the country is a member of number of the United Nations commissions and actively participates in implementation of various programmes of this organization.

In this context, it was highlighted that Turkmen state, which has multidimensional cooperation with the countries of the world community, has made significant input tot eh formation of modern international system of global partnership for provision of security on the planet.

Having emphasized the subject of development of national economy, the Head of Turkmenistan brought number of macroeconomic indicators. It was mentioned that it is expected that total volume of the gross domestic product would be more than 110 billion manats with the growth rate of 6.3 percent for 9 months of the year.

The growth of the GDP in such volumes like in this year is also forecasted for the next year. Industrial sector, which share in total volume of the GDP is 32.6 percent, is also developed stably.

The investments are the main tools of diversification of the economy, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted, having stated with delight that volume of capital investment from all sources in the country would be 29 billion manats, which is 26.2 percent of the gross domestic product.

Implementation of strategic course aimed at industrial and innovative model of development is provided by directing of 66 – 68 percent of investments to production sphere.

Production and social facilities like factories, plants, schools, hospitals, kindergartens, settlements and living houses have been built and put into operation for the past period. Huge work has been carried out for development of Ashgabat.

Speaking of prospective plans, the President highlighted that new city with modern residential buildings, social facilities, innovative and high-technology establishment meeting the requirements for business or recreation infrastructure would be built in the northern part of the capital soon.

In this context, it was noted that foundation of new centre of Ahal Velayat has been laid on the territory of Gyoktepe etrap, Ahal Velayat. The centre will have regional administration buildings, residential complexes, schools, kindergartens, offices, the Ruhiyet Palace, drama theatre, library and museum. Such policy in social sphere will be continued in future, which can be confidently states following economic potential of the country.

Continuing, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that natural resources, favourable ecological and climate conditions, modern industrial production, agriculture, transport and communication sphere and service make good conditions for rapid development of the region of the country.

Big industrial facilities like the polypropylene film plant in Turkmenbashy Refinery Complex, carbamide petrochemical complex in Garabogaz, Balkan Velayat, petrochemical complex in Kiyanly, «Türkmen aýna önümleri» facility in Gyoktepe etrap, Ahal Velayat, the first in the world plant for production of eco-friendly gasoline from gas in Ovadandepe were named as bright examples.

The Head of the State highlighted that it is planned to build petrochemical plants for production of various commodities from gas in Lebap, Mary, Dashoguz and Balkan Velayats. Construction of big production and social facilities is continued, the Head of the State said, having stated with delight that it is expected to put 55 facilities into operation by the outcomes of 9 months.

National rural programme, under which it is planned to develop 1.8 billion manats of investments, which is 93.3 percent of annual target, is successfully implemented. Construction of water treatment and drainage communications, roads, gas lines, telephone lines is carried out. National entrepreneurs continue construction of high-speed road Ashgabat – Turkmenabat.

Speaking of the achievements in agricultural complex, the President of Turkmenistan noted that this year wheat harvest has been completed. More than 1,651,100 tons of wheat, more than 2,000 tons of silk cocoons have been produced this year in the country. Contractual obligations have been fulfilled by 111.5 percent.

Work for improvement of cotton production, improvement of its quality and cultivations of new varieties is continued. It is planned to produce more than 1,050,000 tons of cotton.

Privatization of the state owned property is carried out at dynamic rates.

It is expected that volumes of foreign trade will be 11 billion US dollars for nine months of this year. Comparing with the same period of 2018, this is 3.8 percent more, the Head of the State said.

It is expected that revenue of the State budget of Turkmenistan will be significantly increased, the GDP will be 1.2 percent, which makes around 16 billion manats, for nine months.

Our objectives become more complicated in modern period. This is effected by numerous financial and economic situations in the world, which are related with new opportunities in development of scientific and technical thought and achievements in technology sphere on high level. Speaking of this, the President noted that it is necessary to use our huge resources and available potential efficiently in order to keep up with time and developed states.

Great attention has to be paid to integration of national banking and financial sphere to the world financial system, the Head of Turkmenistan noted, having focused on the necessity to pay special attention to exclusion and reduction of impact of economic crises on the economy, to take all measures for stability of budget system, fulfilment expenditure obligations of the state, enhance of rationality and efficiency of expenses.

Speaking of importance of achievements of dynamic rates of social and economic development of all velayats of the country in modern period, the Head of the State outlined opening of high-technology production facilities in the regions among current objectives as the main material base for provision of internal market with consumers goods and export of this production, fundamental improvement and bringing of social and living conditions of the citizens in accordance with international standards.

This activity will be another important step in achievement of the main goal – bringing life of the population to the level of developed countries of the world, the President of Turkmenistan said.

It is required to pay attention to making of conditions for successful management of work resources, positive solution of issues related to labour market, implementation of constitutional rights of our citizens for work in the government policy, the Head of the State continued, having focused on the necessity to hold construction of production and technological facilities, which provide new work places and high level of work occupancy of the population, under strict control.

Going over the subject of social provision, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted that care of people in Turkmenistan would remain as the main target of the government policy.

Every year, we increase salary wages, pensions, allowances and student scholarships, which is aimed at improvement of social and living conditions of the population of the country and indicates successful implementation of the policy in this field.

Having focused the attention of the participants of the session on practical implementation of decisions made at the last session of the People’s Council, the Head of Turkmenistan noted that works for fundamental reformation of agriculture are continued together with modernization of important branches of the economy.

Internal market is provided with wide variety of high-quality food production, which is a visual evidence of successful implementation of the government policy in agricultural sphere. This year, rich production of cotton is expected, the Head of Turkmenistan said, having stated that cotton harvest campaign is going on at high rates.

At the same time, there are many unused resources and capabilities in this field, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted, having focused on the importance of understanding of the firmness of national economy and the fact that power of the state mainly depends on hard work, solidarity and creative potential by every official and every farmer.

Speaking of ecological aspect of the government strategy, the President noted integrated work for solution of the main objectives of protection of environment, flora and fauna, careful and rational use of natural resources, provision of ecological safety of social and industrial facilities. We consolidate our efforts with the UNDP, the UN Environmental Programme, the World Ecological Fund and other competent international organizations on national and regional levels in this area.

At the same time, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that big close-circle production facilities based on the principles of ‘green economy’ are opened. This complexes are the first steps toward further development of national economy, the President said, having focused on the necessity to continue work in this direction.

Having stopped at the subjects of development of oil, gas and energy industries of the country, the Head of the State highlighted that it is necessary to pay great attention to its diversification, construction of new modern complexes, which specialize in processing of oil and gas.

Increment of volumes of processing of raw materials, rapid industrial development of new fields including Turkmen section of Caspian Sea and Galkynysh deposits, expansion of entire spectrum of digital technologies used in these works, in particular by implementation of 3D modelling were outlined among the main targets in this sphere.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov named acceleration of construction works of Afghan part of Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Pakistan – India gas line, Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Pakistan power and fibre optic lines among important subjects.

Solution of objectives for implementation of digital system to the branches of national economy has also be one of priority directions of the government policy, the President noted, having highlighted that it is impossible to develop the country without digital economy. In this context, the President of Turkmenistan outlined current directions of coming work.

First, it is necessary to consider the implementation of digital system to national economy as an important foundation of stable development of the state and to treat it as the main factor of development of the system of the government administration, economy and society.

Second, the fourth industrial revolution, which defines the combination of technologies of physical, digital and biological character in the world, already starts making impact on political, economic and social systems of the country. in this regard, development of new programme of development of the branches of national economy, which has to provide the opening of the Centre of Information Technologies of Turkmenistan, has to be considere as priority objective.

We have foreseen the requirements in such specialists as programme developers, engineers and technicians for solution of the objectives during the transition to digital economy, the Head of the State continued, having highlighted that study of new directions, training of personnel in qualifications meeting time requirements have been included to the programmes of high education institutes of the country as well as the Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technologies of Turkmenistan has been founded for this purpose.

At the same time, scientific and research institutes, high educational universities of the country have to be at the beginning of all changes made for transition to digital economy, President Berdimuhamedov said.

The President has also focused on the necessity to enforce the work for education of younger generation.

Having highlighted humanitarian development, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that further improvement of this sphere, wide implementation of latest technologies to electronic and printing media, are the main and important objectives for near-term perspective.

Having focused on the main aspects of foreign course, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that following the understanding that complicated issues of the present can be solved only by joint efforts, relations based on faithful approach and transparency are established with the world community. Following such permanent principles of humanity in its foreign policy, Turkmenistan supports international relations from the positions of equal rights and respect.

Addressing the members of the Cabinet of Ministers, the Head of Turkmenistan focused on the necessity to discuss another subject, which is very important for life of the state and society.

Further development of legislation system in the country requires modernization of legal-making activity, the Head of the State said, having focused that in this regard, work for improvement of legal status of the People’s Council of Turkmenistan is required.

Taking into account changes in the world and practice of many countries, it makes sense to change to two-chamber system and to attach the People’s Council of Turkmenistan and the Mejlis of Turkmenistan to the system of authorities, which implements objectives of representative legal power, the President continued.

Change over to new two-chamber system will give opportunity to represent the interest of all levels of Turkmen society, will make conditions for implementation of control functions in legal practice, will add impulse to the deputies for establishment of closer contacts with electorate, to enforcement of control for abidance to the law and fulfilment of national programmes.

President noted that the Order on establishment of Constitutional Commission for amendment and addendum of the Constitution of Turkmenistan would be signed for development of scientifically grounded proposals on amendment and addendum of the Constitution of Turkmenistan. In this regard, the Mejlis of Turkmenistan was ordered to form special working group under this Commission.

The Head of the State suggested the Constitutional Committee to present proposals to the People’s Council of Turkmenistan in 2020 for improvement of the structure of government authority, which implements the objectives in law-making sphere, regarding to coming objectives of this structure having government authorities and consists of two chambers.

Our long-term objectives of significant importance and foreign course would remain the same, the President said.

Programme speech of the President of Turkmenistan has been listened with great attention and met with long-lasting applauses.

After, the Head of the state suggested to start the discussion of the subjects of the agenda of national forum, having given floor to the participants.

Elder of Vekilbazar etrap, Mary Velayat, tenant of Mekan Farming Association Atajan Chariyev highlighted that the elders comprehensively support the initiatives of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, which were given in his speech and related to the main direction of social and economic development of the country.

After, the floor was given to machine operator of technical service facility of Serakhs etrap, Ahal Velayat Shatlyk Ovezberdiyev. It was highlighted that due to unremitting attention of the Head of the State, farmers are provided with high-quality seeds, mineral fertilizers, powerful high-production agricultural equipment is procured, scientific and technical achievements are introduced to production.

The Resolution of further improvement of reforms in agricultural industry, which made complete change in this sphere, has been adopted at the first session of the People’s Council last year. According to this historical document, some farmers already work in their own land, which was given to them for 99 years, Sh. Ovezberdiyev noted. Increment of the state procurement prices on wheat and cotton, granting of beneficial bank loans as well as other preferences were good stimulus for agricultural producers.

Turkmen agricultural equipment operators make significant contribution to production of high yields of agricultural crops, the spokesman noted. Strategy of digital economy of the Head of the State is implemented in agricultural complex, which allows diversifying agricultural production, increasing work production and accelerating the fulfilment of the programmes of import substitution and export orientation.

Sh. Ovezberdiyev highlighted that national agrarians fully support all initiatives of Turkmen leader, which are aimed at creation of food abundance, protection of the environment and rational water use, provision of ecological wealth and health protection of people. Farmers of Turkmenistan will make significant input to their practical realization.

After, the floor was given to teacher of Children Art School of Dashoguz Velayat, Sayat Nurmedova who noted great attention of the Head of the State to development of science, education and culture.

On behalf of personnel of educational facilities of the country, the teacher expressed full support of all proposals, which were given in programme speech of the Head of the State at current session of the People’s Council.

Entrepreneur, founder of Ter önüm business entity Dovlet Balliyev warmly congratulated President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and all participants of national forum on the 28th anniversary of independence of the country on behalf of members of the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Turkmenistan.

Having focused on activity of the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, which was founded 11 years ago by the initiative of the Head of Turkmenistan, the businessman noted that this decision has marked new stage in economic development of the country.

It was mentioned that decisions taken at the first session of the People’s Council on improvement of agricultural sphere, in particular on provision of land in long-term lease, beneficial credits, exemption of entrepreneurs dealing with agricultural production from taxation, are supported by representatives of private sector of agricultural complex who express deep gratitude to the Head of the State for integrated measures in this direction.

On behalf of the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, D. Balliyev expressed support to proposals of the Head of the State on the main directions of development of the country and their legal provision.

After, the floor was given to Head of Magtumguly Fragi Cultural Association of Afghanistan Branch of Humanitarian Association of Turkmens of the World Abdulrahman Ahmed.

Addressing the Head of the State, Abdulrahman Ahmed conveyed warm greetings from the compatriots in foreign country and expressed the gratitude to President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov for support of Turkmen diasporas, construction of hospitals, schools and kindergartens for them, for huge contribution to social and economic development of Afghanistan and humanitarian cargo.

On behalf of military personnel, staff member of the Military Institute of the Ministry of Defence of Turkmenistan Kerim Myradov congratulated the Head of the State as well as all participants on Independence Day and expressed support to all initiatives of the Head of the State in his programme speech.

It was mentioned that equipment and facility base of national Army is strengthened, level of professional training of the Motherland defenders is increased and life and service conditions of military personnel and their families are improved owing to integrated military reform, which has defensive character. Big work for patriotic and physical education, improvement of professional level of young warriors is carried out.

The officer assured President, Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the country Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov that Turkmen soldiers would serve to the Motherland with honour and would deservingly perform at Military parade in honour of the 28th anniversary of independence.

Student of Turkmen Agricultural University Ruslan Jumayev and student of the Institute of Engineering, Technical and Transport Communications of Turkmenistan Gulnar Tatova spoke on behalf of younger generation.

They have congratulated President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and all participants on the 28th anniversary of independence and expressed full support to proposals of Turkmen leader, which outline priority directions of home and foreign policy of the country as well as on constitutional reforms and improvement of national education system.

Summing up the outcomes of discussion, the President of Turkmenistan expressed the gratitude to all speakers and participants of the session.

The Head of the State noted that important subjects of state, social and political life of the country, provision of steadfast development have been discussed at the session. Having stated with delight that speakers supported the initiatives proposed at current national forum, the President highlighted that all proposals would be reviewed.

Continuing the subject, the Head of Turkmenistan highlighted that as he has already noted in his speech it seemed to be reasonable to change legal status of the People’s Council for further modernization of legislation system of the country, bringing the activity of National Parliament into correspondence with requirements of modern society, provision of gradual development of social and political relations as well as for improvement of work of the government judicial authorities.

It is also necessary to review the authorities of the Mejlis of Turkmenistan. In this context, it would be correct to transform representative legislation body into two-chamber authority.

Speaking of this, the President signed the Order on establishment of Constitutional Commission for development and summarization of proposals on amendments and addendums of the Constitution of Turkmenistan and on approval of its composition.

Following good tradition, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov signed relative documents on conferring of the state awards to distinguished citizens and on award of honoured titles to them.

The Head of the State noted that recognizing personal merits and taking into account big contribution to strengthening and development of international cooperation, implementation of foreign course of our neutral state as well as old service in diplomatic sphere and as a sign of respect and gratitude, it was decided to confer the highest state award, the Hero of Turkmenistan to Permanent Representative of Turkmenistan to the UN Aksoltan Atayeva.

Having wished string health, prosperity and new success in her responsible activity for further prosperity of the Motherland, Turkmen leader signed relative Order.

After, addressing the participants, the President noted that there is a glorious son of Turkmenistan, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko is among those who are conferred with the highest state award. He was awarded with high title of the Hero of Russia and with other numerous awards and orders.

His way to open space, cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko has started from Turkmenistan, namely from Turkmenabat where was born, grew up, worked and went in for sport. We watch with great interest big success of our countryman, which he achieves in development of space, the President said. Turkmen citizens are sincerely proud of achievements of famous countryman who has been four times in the space and has for open space entry.

It is pleasant to note, the Head of the State continued, that as for today, Oleg Kononenko was longer than any of modern spacemen at International Space Station. He spent 737 days on the orbit of the Earth for his four flights. Nobody has achieved such result until now.

Therefore, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted, it is great pleasure for him to announce the decision to award Oleg Kononenko with the highest state award of the Hero Of Turkmenistan for personal heroism displayed in development of space for peaceful purpose, high professionalism and achieved success as well as for outstanding merits for the country and people.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov signed the Order on award of Oleg Kononenko with high title of the Hero of Turkmenistan.

After, addressing the participants of the forum, the President proposed to hold next session of the people’s Council in Ashgabat in 2020, having signed relative Resolution.

The Head of the State has also signed the Resolution of the People’s Council on approval of the main directions of social and economic development of Turkmenistan in 2020.

After, the session of the People’s Council was continued with the award ceremony of state awards and conferring of the title of Honoured Elder of the Nation.

After, Speaker of National Parliament read out the Resolution of the Mejlis of Turkmenistan on award of the title of Turkmenistan of the 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.

Addressing the participants with final words, the Head of the State noted that current forum reflected the confirmation to invariable will and intents of Turkmenistan people to implement in practice scientifically grounded programmes of economic and social development of the country.

Current session has demonstrated that we would solve all set objectives with honour and would achieve great success on the way to achieve the goals for provision of happy life of people, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted.

At this point, the President of Turkmenistan announced the end of the session of the People’s Council. After the end of the session of the People’s Council, the Head of the State said warm goodbye with the participants and left the Ruhiyet Palace.

The state news agency of Turkmenistan

President of Turkmenistan: adoption of independence – a life-changing event in the history of people

Published in Politics
Thursday, 26 September 2019 16:45

The second meeting of the highest representative body of Turkmenistan - Halk Maslahaty held in Ashgabat under the chairmanship of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov focuses on the important tasks for the further economic and social development of the country, including the issues related to strengthening the constitutional foundations of Turkmenistan and improving the democratic principles of public administration.

“Twenty-eight years ago, Turkmenistan declared independence. Having chosen the democratic, legal and secular type of state structure, we have confidently entered щт the sovereign and free path of development”, said the President of Turkmenistan during the meeting.

The President expressed confidence that the date of declaring independence would be forever inscribed in the history of the Turkmen state as a life-changing event that exalts such principles of the country and people as unity and solidarity, peacefulness and inspiration, good neighborliness and friendship.

“Promoting the ideology focused on ensuring the unity and solidarity of our people, we have united the strength, energy, dreams and expectations, creative enthusiasm in the name of achieving the great goals”, the Turkmen leader emphasized.

“A happy and prosperous life reigns on our ancient land. Successfully implementing national programmes, we have achieved that Turkmenistan was recognized as a country with developed economy based on democratic standards both on the regional and international level.

“Fulfilling the international obligations of our country, the status of permanent positive neutrality of which was recognized at the level of the United Nations twice, we have established and developed friendly relations with various states and countries of the world, as well as authoritative international organizations”, emphasized President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

Underlining that the country has gained very valuable experience in creating new effective ways and methods of international cooperation, the President of Turkmenistan said that Turkmenistan currently chaired the Commonwealth of Independent States and the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea, was a member of a number of international commissions of the United Nations, actively participated in the implementation of various UN programmes.

“The Turkmen state, carrying out multifaceted cooperation with the countries of the world community, significantly contributed to the establishment of a modern international system of global partnership to ensure security on the planet”, the President emphasized.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov opens the meeting of Halk Maslahaty of Turkmenistan

Published in Politics
Thursday, 26 September 2019 16:42

Halk Maslahaty of Turkmenistan holds the meeting in Ashgabat under the chairmanship of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

The agenda of the nationwide forum includes the priority tasks for the further development of the country, implementation of fundamental changes and reforms aimed at ensuring the happy life of the people.

The delegates, representing all regions of the country, gathered together in the Ruhyet Palace. All those present greeted the President of Turkmenistan with the storm of applause. The President of Turkmenistan headed to the stage and cordially greeted the forum participants.

Members of the Government and the State Security Council, deputies of the Mejlis, compatriots who made a significant contribution to the socio-economic and spiritual-cultural development of the independent neutral Fatherland, raising its international authority, as well as representatives of the media, political parties and public organizations, participate in the Halk Maslahaty meeting. Ambassadors of our country abroad, other numerous guests are invited to this representative forum.

President of Turkmenistan, Chairman of the Halk Maslahaty Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov announced the meeting of the Halk Maslahaty open.

The national anthem of Turkmenistan sounded.

 

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