On November 18, President Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov held a regular meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers. Having announced the meeting agenda, the head of state gave the floor to Cabinet Deputy Chairman B.Hojamammedov, who reported on the progress of readiness measures for an ordinary meeting of the Intergovernmental Turkmen-Latvian Commission for Economic, Industrial and Scientific-Technical Cooperation to be held in Riga on November 21-22.
In the report follow-up comments, the head of state pointed out a positive role of the intergovernmental commission, the activity of which aims at stepping up the fruitful cooperation and close business contacts. Dissatisfied with the by-now level of the subordinate institutions’ work, the Turkmen leader has severely reprimanded Vice-Premier B.Hojamammedov for inappropriate fulfillment of his official duties and low pace of reforms ongoing in the national economy. The Vice-Premier was given a final warning on rectifying the shortcomings at the shortest space of time.
Mejlis Chairperson A. Nurberdyeva informed on the ongoing activities of the parliamentary deputies aimed at further improving the legal and regulatory framework of the state, and on the preparations for the next Parliament’s session.
At the upcoming session, some new acts will be discussed and adopted, such as the Law “On the State Budget of Turkmenistan for 2017”, the Mejlis Resolution “On approving the execution of the State budget of Turkmenistan for 2015”, as well as the bills aimed at promoting the country’s further socio-economic development, strengthening its democratic foundations.
Having heard the information, President Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov placed emphasis on high responsibility entrusted to the parliamentary deputies in adopting the next year’s State Budget.
Next speaker, Cabinet Deputy Chairman, Foreign Minister R. Meredov gave an account of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ activities on strengthening cooperation with the Caspian states and on implementing the nation leader’s instructions on the readiness measures progress to the Sustainable Transport System Global Conference.
As is known, on the basis of the proposals initiated by the Turkmen leader at the III Baku Summit of Heads of Caspian states, November 2010, the Agreements were prepared and signed on conservation and rational use of the Caspian Sea’s water- and bio-resources, on cooperation in preventing and liquidating the emergencies in the Caspian Sea. With the support of the President of Turkmenistan, another Agreement was developed and adopted on cooperation in the field of the Caspian Sea’s hydrometeorology.
At the IV Summit of the Caspian states’ heads (Astrakhan, September 2014), President Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov put forward an initiative on intensifying joint efforts in three sectors of partnership - contractual-legal, economic, trade-transport fields.
As for the first aspect, the proposal was made to intensify cooperation in drafting the Convention on the Caspian Sea Legal Status, as well as to hold regular meetings at the foreign ministerial level of the Caspian states. At the same time, the Turkmen leader proposed to start the work on detailed drafting of ten protocols to the Agreement on cooperation in the sphere of the Caspian Sea’s safety.
In this regard, on July 13, 2016, Astana hosted a meeting of foreign ministers of Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan and Russia, which gave consideration to the draft of the within-said Convention. Moreover, on October 23-24 of the running year, a meeting of the Special Task Team was held at the level of foreign deputy ministers to discuss the provisions of that important document. Ashgabat is to host the next meeting to be held in the second half of December.
To achieve practical implementation of the Agreement on Cooperation in the Sphere of Security, representatives of the Caspian states participated in the negotiation process held in Ashgabat on November 7-8 focused mainly on the discussion of the draft Protocol on Cooperation against illegal employment of the Caspian Sea’s biological resources (poaching). These days, the Turkmen capital hosts a meeting of experts from five neighboring countries who are considering the Draft Protocol on Cooperation in ensuring safety of navigation in the Caspian Sea.
In the context of implementing the second and third trends proposed by President Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov, currently the preparatory work is under way for holding in December a meeting on developing the Agreement on Trade-Economic Cooperation in the Caspian Sea. On November 15-16, the talks were conducted on discussing the draft of the Agreement on Cooperation in the Caspian Sea’s transport-related issues.
Within the frames of the report, the vice-premier, Foreign Minister included also the information on the readiness measures progress for the upcoming Sustainable Transport System Global Conference to be held in Ashgabat on November 26-27.
As was reported, in accordance with the President’s instructions, on November 6, the relevant Memorandum and the Agreement on organizing that forum were signed between the Government of Turkmenistan and the United Nations.
At the November 10 meeting devoted to the preparations for the aforesaid forum, the nation’s leader assigned the Government members a range of specific tasks. To implement the commissions of the head of state, an appropriate joint work keeps going in association with the UN representatives.
Reasserting neutral Turkmenistan’s commitment to the broad constructive cooperation in the Caspian region, President Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov has emphasized the importance of furthering consolidation of efforts in elaborating the balanced solution of the Caspian issues, including the ones related to strengthening the contractual-legal framework designed to provide a solid basis for expanding mutuality-based partnership in various fields.
Cabinet Deputy Chairman Ya. Kakaev reported on the state of affairs in different areas of the energy-and-fuel complex and on the implementation progress of the “Program for Development of the Oil and Gas Industry of Turkmenistan till 2030”.
The vice-premier reported on the steps undertaken to strengthen the material-technical base and production capacities of the oil and gas sector, increase the scope of geological explorations and borings, as well as to enhance the production of oil, gas and petrochemicals.
Summarizing the report, the head of state gave a number of executive errands to the vice-premier on furthering advancement of the oil and gas sector, on encouraging introduction of innovative resource-saving technologies, advancing development of new hydrocarbon deposits, and construction of modern gas-chemical plants and other facilities, as well as technical re-equipment of the refineries.
Cabinet Deputy Chairman R. Bazarov’s report was focused on the implementation progress of the seasonal agri-works in velayats: managing the fields planted to winter crops; conducting of vegetative watering of the fields where the crops are coming up; applying of mineral fertilizers; and taking weed control measures.
The vice-premier also reported on preparations for the VI International Exhibition-Fair of Cotton Products of Turkmenistan and the International Conference “Cotton Products of Turkmenistan and the World Market” to be held in Ashgabat on December 3-4.
In the after-report comments, President Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov has emphasized the importance of qualitative and timely completion of all seasonal agricultural campaigns, having charged the vice-premier with organizing cotton snapping to the last boll.
Cabinet Deputy Chairman B.Ereshov made the report on the situation in the supervised industrial sectors, fulfillment of the instructions previously given by the head of state on the development of the national electronic industry and effective involvement of the commissioned industrial plants. A draft Resolution on purchasing the industrial and laboratory equipment for the production of electronic consumption meters and spare parts for them was submitted to the nation’s leader for consideration.
Summarizing the report, President Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov has stressed the important role the electronic industry has for further dynamic development of the national economy. In this context, having made special emphasis on creating and advancing the industrial facilities for the production of import-substituting goods, the nations’ leader signed the above-mentioned Resolution.
Then the floor was given to Cabinet Deputy Chairman, Manager of the President’s and the Cabinet of Ministers’ Administration Department Sh.Durdylyev who reported on advancing large-scale work for improving the Turkmen capital.
It was noted, in accordance with the Ashgabat Redevelopment Master Plan, the measures are being taken in all etraps of the capital on renovating the facades of apartment houses, landscaping adjacent areas, and street lighting. Much attention is paid to the development of the modern transport infrastructure.
President Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov has demanded to strengthen control over implementing construction works according to the schedule and ensuring their high quality.
The next speaker, Cabinet Deputy Chairman B.Atdaev, reported on the ongoing activities of ministries and departments of the trade complex he is in charge of. He also forwarded a proposal on transferring the markets run by the Ministry of Trade and Foreign Economic Relations to the consumer societies.
The vice-premier was instructed to intensify the work of the supervised structures to ensure food abundance, ample supply of shops and markets of the country with a wide choice of necessary goods, which must be sold to the population at the fixed affordable prices.
Cabinet Deputy Chairman S.Satlykov reported on the work ongoing in the transport and communications sectors answerable to him, including taking on lease the high-speed Internet.
Summarizing the report, President Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov said that the availability of domestic satellite communications system, which meets high international standards, opens a new phase in the history of the country’s communications industry.
Cabinet Deputy Chairperson G.Mammedova delivered the report on the measures taken on restoring and preserving the historical and cultural monuments of Turkmenistan.
In this regard, the vice-premier informed that to set up a special fund, an appropriate work had been accomplished in association with representatives of several ministries and departments.
In the comments to the report, the President of Turkmenistan concentrated attention on the issues of studying the survived ancient historical and cultural monuments in our country, which arise keen interest among the world community, international researchers, research centers, and other scientific establishments.
Reporting on the situation in the supervised areas, Cabinet Deputy Chairman S.Toilyev informed about setting up of a self-sustained center at the Ministry of Education for the people interested in learning foreign languages and acquiring computer skills.
Having approved the idea of creating the center, the head of state instructed to organize its work in compliance with the requirements and ensure its high-quality training services.
The Cabinet session attendees also addressed some other urgent issues, on which the relevant decisions were made.
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