President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov held a regular meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers, which considered topical issues of state life and drafted a number of important documents.
As the President of Turkmenistan noted, the International Novruz holiday will be celebrated on March 21-22. On this occasion, celebrations at the state level will be held in Mary velayat. Novruz is included in the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO and occupies a special place in the cultural development of mankind.
By signing the Decree on postponing the weekend from March 19th to Monday, March 20th, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov stressed that this year the National Spring Festival will be celebrated for three days.
Information was voiced on the development of the Concept of creation of free economic zones in Turkmenistan until 2023 for the rational use of mineral resources, increasing the export potential, import substitution, introducing innovations and attracting foreign investment. The concept will determine the key areas of development of free economic zones.
The information was provided on the preparation of the project for construction of a high-speed highway from Ashgabat to Turkmenbashi. The new highway will begin on the 24th kilometer of the Ashgabat-Dashoguz highway and pass through the territory of the Akhal and Balkan velayats. It is planned to build 7 road junctions on the route of the highway for entrance and exit from the gas station, shops, restaurants, parking lots, hotels, service points and engineering facilities. Geological and prospecting works have already been carried out; the project was developed taking into account soil characteristics and climatic features. Work has been carried out to establish production base and quarries.
There was also information about the construction in Sarakhs of an automobile bridge 96 meters long and 15 meters wide across the Tejen River, designed to increase the trade turnover between Turkmenistan and Iran, and to increase transit. Supports of the bridge are already complete, concrete spans are now in the process of installation. The reconstruction of the motorway Tedzhen-Ashgabat with a length of 105 kilometers is being carried out at a high pace.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov signed a decree on the establishment of the Day of Transport and Communication Workers, to be celebrated on March 7th – on the day motor and railway bridges across Amu Darya River were commissioned.
The leader of the nation has also signed a decree, according to which SNS “Turkmenhovayollary” was renamed into “Turkmenhovayollary” Service.
Stressing that the state provides systemic support to domestic entrepreneurship, supporting its activity in the industrial sector, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov focused on the importance of searching for new ways of exporting Turkmen products.
Measures to form the domestic electronic industry have also been reported during the meeting. “Türkmenmaşyngurluşyk” Concern under the Ministry of Industry jointly with IE “Täze zaman gurluşykçy”, a member of the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, organized economic society “Aydyn gijeler”. As a result of this ES using about 80 percent of the main raw materials produced locally, and based on local resources, the cost of production will be low.
It was reported that the opening of the Avaza sports complex in the city of Turkmenbashi and the holding of the congress and exhibition “Asian Games-2017: International Sport Cooperation for Peace and Progress” will be timed to coincide with World Health Day this April 7th.
The Head of the State also reviewed sketches of the mascot of the 5th Asian Indoors and Martial Arts Games. The President of Turkmenistan sharply criticized the proposed version of the mascot of the Games depicting Alabai, having made several comments and suggestions on the presented sketches. Stressing that interest in this breed is growing in the world, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that the mascot of the Asian Games-2017 should reflect the national color and style.
President of Turkmenistan severely reprimanded the rector of the State Academy of Arts of Turkmenistan A.Nuvvaev.
The Head of State gave specific instructions on the completion of the image and design of the mascot.
Focusing on the need to strengthen the development of computer literacy, for which all the first-graders of the country receive netbooks as gifts, the President of Turkmenistan gave instructions on creating all conditions for young people to study new information and communication technologies, the fundamentals of programming, etc.
The meeting also included reports on the progress of seasonal agricultural work. Vegetative watering of wheat crops, fertilizing with mineral fertilizers, struggle with weed grasses is being carried out, farmland is being prepared for spring sowing.
The President of Turkmenistan stressed that together with the provision of agricultural products for the domestic market, we should organize its exports to the neighboring regions, which hold all opportunities for its implementation in large volumes and on a long-term basis.
It is necessary to reorganize the structure of organizations and enterprises of the agro-industrial complex, the leader of the nation continued, noting that currently the main suppliers of agricultural products are the Daikhan associations, many of which work at a loss. The President of Turkmenistan expressed extreme dissatisfaction with the state of affairs in the agrarian sector of the country, demanded to intensify the pace of reforms in the agrarian and industrial complex, land lease to true owners, introduction of advanced technologies, including in the field of rational water use and development of seed production.
The information about the status of preparations for the forthcoming 19th meeting of the Mejlis of fifth convocation on March 20th has also been provided during the meeting.
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