Last week, in a big way our country celebrated the remarkable date of the national calendar – Constitution of Turkmenistan and State Flag of Turkmenistan Day. Being major national insignia, they embody inviolability of national basics of the sovereign Motherland, its democratic principles and age-old traditions of people’s sovereignty, which received worthy continuation in the era of Revival of new epoch of the powerful state.
In the festive Address of President Serdar Berdimuhamedov to the people of the country, it is stressed: “Thirty years ago, our Constitution was adopted, in which the basic principles of national and universal values, democratic ideas and international law standards were vested, and the State Flag was instituted. Since that time, the decisive steps were made aimed at consolidation of the foundation of the democratic, legal and secular state”.
On May 18, in the solemn atmosphere, the head of state laid the wreaths to the Constitution Monument and to the pedestal of the gigantic flagpole with the streaming-in-the-wind green Banner of Motherland.
Proceeding to the last week’s chronology of events, worth of noting is the May-16 working meeting dedicated to the implementation progress of seasonal agri-campaigns. At the meeting, the head of state has concentrated attention on active and widespread adoption of advanced scientific achievements in the fields of the country.
To cope with the coming wheat-harvesting campaign within the shortest period of time, it is necessary to create technical workgroups capable to make prompt maintenance and servicing of combine harvesters, and also be ready in advance to settle with commodity producers for the grain delivered.
Not the least important is to treat carefully the fields planted to cotton in compliance with agri-technical standards; the agri-machinery available should function at full capacity.
At the same time, every effort is to be made to optimize the works on production of vegetable and cucurbitaceous crops, ensure comprehensive approach to the implementation of the cocoon-production plan outlined.
Introduction of digital system in the activity of organizations and enterprises of velayats on the basis of advanced experience and latest technologies is yet another task of paramount importance.
The head of state has exhorted to exercise permanent control over adoption of digital system in the activity of organizations and enterprises of regions on the basis of advanced experience and modern technologies.
On May 17, a telephone talk was held between President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov and President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.
Having extended birthday congratulations to the head of the friendly country, the head of Turkmenistan wished him splendid health, personal happiness and wealth, as well as the success in the responsible state activity.
Having confirmed the sides’ reciprocal willingness to further intensify the productive interstate dialogue, the leaders of Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan expressed confidence that in the years ahead due to the countries’ integrated efforts the relations of constructive partnership, traditional friendship and neighborliness would invariably advance and strengthen in the interests of the two countries.
That same day, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov received the head of the Group of the Engineer-Constructor Companies “Vozrozhdeniye” (The Russian Federation) Igor Bukato.
Having informed about the progress of construction in the southern part of Ashgabat of the mudflow takeoff facilities in tune with contractual obligations, the businessman has confirmed the Russian Holding’s interest in realization of large-scale infrastructure projects in our country.
The priority issues of state life were in the center of agenda of regular session of the Cabinet of Ministers the head of state convened on May 19.
Modernization of the legal base with a glance to the priorities of our state’s socioeconomic development was one of the subjects consideration was given to at the session. In particular, it refers to drafting of the laws on introduction of amendments and addendums to the Taxation Code of Turkmenistan and the Laws of Turkmenistan “On investment activities in Turkmenistan”, “On enterprises”, “On joint-stock societies”, “On leasing”, “On entrepreneurship activities”.
Information was also presented on the current work on drawing up drafts of State Budget, Major Directions of socioeconomic development and Investment Program for 2023, realization of the Concept of the digital economy development in Turkmenistan in 2019-2025 and the State Program for the digital economy development in Turkmenistan in 2019-2025, preparation to the regular meeting of the Interdepartmental Commission on safeguarding the objects of intellectual property.
Information was also avowed about preparations to the Turkmen Carpet Holiday and Trade Complex Exhibition, the program of measures of “Turkmen theatrical arts” festival, organization of the festivities on the occasion of “the Ends of Pens” holiday in the comprehensive secondary schools with the participation of school-leavers.
At the session, the issues of creating new workplaces in the country, drawing of investments, and timely commissioning of industrial facilities were broached for discussion.
As was noted, in the running year, 52 large objects of industrial and social purpose are projected to be commissioned. In January-April, 59 percent of investment capitals were channeled to construction of objects of social purpose and 41 percent – to construction of industrial facilities.
In the light of the measures ongoing in Turkmenistan aimed at diversification of directions of economic activities and widespread adoption of digital system in the branches, the works are to be carried out to motivate creation of new enterprises in the production sector and services sphere, formation of the favorable entrepreneurship environment, upgrading of the system of institutions state registration.
In the pre-commissioning phase is the Energy Equipment Repair and Maintenance Center built in Byuzmeyin etrap of Ashgabat; its building and assembly works are at the completion phase; major equipment has already been installed in workshops; Center’s specialists have already finished the abroad advanced study courses.
At the session of the Government, the Ukase of President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin was avowed on decorating President Serdar Berdimuhamedov with Friendship Order for his considerable contribution to strengthening of strategic partnership between Russia and Turkmenistan.
As was stressed, as a diplomat, the head of Turkmen state for years invests considerably in realization of the neutral Motherland’s foreign-policy course, advancement of constructive cooperation with foreign partners, with the reputable international organizations inclusive. Being Co-Chairman of the bilateral Intergovernmental commissions, the head of Turkmenistan carried out purposeful work on intensifying the productive interstate trade-economic and cultural-humanitarian interaction.
Grateful for congratulations and kind wishes, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov has noted that he considers the award as a sign of sincere respect for Turkmenistan and its people, as well as one sure symbol of inviolability of traditionally friendly and neighborly Turkmen-Russian relations. The award also testifies to successful implementation of the peaceful foreign policy, which was initiated by Hero-Arkadag and won global name recognition.
Summing up the outcome of the Cabinet of Ministers session, the head of state has stated that in the January-April-2022 period, the country’s total volume of capital investments (at the expense of all resources of financing) was 7.8 billion manats.
Over the within-named period, 492 new business entities were registered; 1,662 new workplaces appeared in the regions.
Effective placement of funds in the branches to promote new production facilities, additional workplaces in towns and villages and in the remotest corners of the country, the head of state has ranked among the tasks of top priority.
Intensification of industrialization of the national economy branches, activation of institutional reforms, digitization of economy, and introduction of digital technologies the head of state has sorted out as key directions of work.
The natural resources are to be effectively used; competitiveness of the national economy is to be considerably increased; advancement of small and medium-sized businesses is to be motivated; advantageous business environment is to be created.
At the session, the head of state has affirmed a Decision on covering expenses from the special-purpose account of the Ministry of Agriculture and Environment Protection.
On May 20, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov made a helicopter round of the capital to get acquainted with the work progress at the construction sites of Ashgabat and in the new center of Akhal velayat, where construction of large complex of various objects is going on at accelerated rates.
The head of state has also familiarized with the preparedness rate for commissioning of the Energy Equipment Repair and Maintenance Center in Byuzmeyin etrap of Ashgabat, which will enable to optimize considerably repair of the power plants of the country.
Residential massifs “Gurtly” and “Kyoshi” (in the western part of white-marble Ashgabat) and a new recreation park “Tashkent” in the capital were also in the focus of attention of the President of the country.
The head of state has examined the construction site in the center of the capital of the State Service Academy under the President of Turkmenistan and the complex of objects in the northern part of the city, where modern business and social infrastructure is now being formed.
The President of Turkmenistan has also evinced interest in the construction progress of the capital’s International Recreation-Rehabilitation Center and the International Scientific-Clinical Physiology Center, as well as of the Trade Center in the Magtymguly Avenue.
From the helicopter board, the head of state got acquainted with the state of affairs in the southern part of the capital, in particular with condition of park and green zones, landscaping and improvement of modern buildings’ neighborhoods, residential massif “Parahat-7”, where construction of different objects is ongoing.
Upon completion of the got-acquainted air trip, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov has landed in the territory of the Magtymguly Fragi Culture-Park Complex located in one of the picturesque places of southern Ashgabat.
There, the following projects were submitted for consideration of the head of state: a number of objects of the white-marble capital’s transport infrastructure; an automobile section of the North-South transport corridor; detailed location-site drawings of the Garabogaz-Kazakhstan border section in the Ashgabat-Turkmenbashy autobahn; the proposals on reconstruction of the urban Kopetdag Avenue; modernization of the northern section of the ring road outside of Ashgabat and construction in the capital’s southern part of the mudflow control facilities.
While visiting the Magtymguly Fragi Culture-Park Complex, the head of state has stressed the importance of using in work of innovatory technologies, exclusively strong and high-quality materials resilient to the local climate conditions.
On May 20, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov received First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Roman Sklyar.
In the course of meeting, the accent was placed on the necessity to activate the constructive Turkmen-Kazakh dialogue in the political-diplomatic, trade-economic and cultural-humanitarian spheres.
Among key directions of activity the sides have sorted out trade-economic, industrial and agricultural sectors. High assessment was given to the agreements achieved on the deliveries of Turkmen natural gas to the neighboring friendly country. The Kazakh side has also evinced interest in construction of the granary terminal in the territory of Turkmenistan.
The important results of the Interparliamentray Forum of Central Asian countries and the Russian Federation and of the session of the Dialogue of Women of Central Asian states and Russia, which were recently held in Ashgabat, were in the focus of the May-16 telephone talk between Chairman of Halk Maslakhaty of Milli Gengesh Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev.
The Uzbek leader has noted the demand for important proposals initiated by Arkadag Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov in the sphere of interparliamentary regional cooperation aimed at safeguarding of universal peace and security.
Having expressed themselves in favor of further strengthening of Turkmen-Uzbek ties in the trade-economic, humanitarian-cultural spheres, interparliamentary relations, the interlocutors have expressed strong conviction that cooperation based on the age-old ties of friendship and neighborliness would in the future successfully advance and strengthen for the good of our fraternal peoples.
Last week, the Hero-Arkadag visited the Mother and Child Health Protection Scientific-Clinical Center of the capital to get acquainted with medical services rendered to the children with congenital heart and locomotor apparatus diseases, preoperative preparation of small patients and their rehabilitation in the post-operational period.
While discussing with the Minister of Health and Medical Industry the issues of early development of children, health protection and disease prevention, Chairman of Halk Maslakhaty of Milli Gengesh said that for treatment of the children in the Center US $400,000 would be assigned from the Charitable Foundation for rendering assistance to the children in need of tutelage.
Consideration was also given to the issues related to virus disease prevention (coronavirus inclusive), preparation of sanatoriums and health-promotion facilities to the summer recreation season, of the National Tourist Zone “Avaza” in particular.
Besides, the talk was also about the measures undertaken for scientific studying of the sanatorium “Archman” and construction of one more 400-seat building, and about the preparedness rate for commissioning of the multifield and oncological clinics in Dashoguz.
Chairman of Halk Maslakhaty of Milli Gengesh has supported the proposal to organize a business trip to the leading clinics of the Federative Republic of Germany of 150 Turkmen physicians of different specializations for training at the extension courses, experience exchange, and cooperation with “Experience Specialists Service” of this country.
On May 19, Chairman of Halk Maslakhaty of Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov made a working trip to the Republic of Tatarstan of the Russian Federation to take part (in the capacity of a distinguished guest) in XIII International Economic Summit “Russia – Islamic world: KazanSummit 2022”, as well as to hold a number of bilateral meetings.
In the frames of Summit, large-scale exposition was arranged in the International Exhibition Center “Kazan EXPO”. The samples of modern electric-traction-driven buses attracted attention of Chairman of Halk Maslakhaty of Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan. After familiarization with the models exhibited, the Hero-Arkadag evinced interest in purchasing of such ecology-friendly busses for our country.
Then, the meeting was held of Chairman of Halk Maslakhaty of Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov with the Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation Maksim Reshetnikov. The meeting was also attended by President of the RF Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov, Counselor of State of Tatarstan Mintimer Shaimiyev, and Chairman of the State Council of Tatarstan Farid Muhametshin.
In the course of meeting it was stated that nowadays the relations between Turkmenistan and the Russian Federation, based on the principles of sincere friendship, trust and equality, develop successfully in all directions of bilateral interaction. Key factor of their enhancement is the open and fruitful dialogue established between our countries.
In his speech at the plenary session of XIII International Economic Summit “Russia – Islamic world: KazanSummit 2022”, Chairman of Halk Maslakhaty of Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has noted that the Republic of Tatarstan takes a special place in the strategic partnership of Turkmenistan with the Russian Federation. Our relations have most positive impact on the progress and character of the bilateral interaction, enrich and attach additional strength and stability to the entire complex of international dialogue, meet the reciprocal long-term interests, the Hero-Arkadag stressed.
Partnership in the economic and investment spheres develops successfully too. In this context, special emphasis was placed on the activity in Turkmenistan of such large companies of Tatarstan as “KAMAZ”, “Tatneft”, “KER-Holding”, “Kazan helicopter plant”, ship-building corporation “Ak-Bars, and so on.
Not the least successful is cooperation in the sphere of aircraft- and ship-building, and in a number of other directions. The advantageous conditions are available for successful interaction in the sphere of machine-building, oil production and processing, petrochemical industry, in the agrarian, food and processing industry, in the spheres of science, health and sports.
Particular accent was thereto placed on cooperation advancement in the sphere of high technologies and science-intensive industries, in the sphere of education.
The issues of the bilateral interparliamentary ties further advancement were broached for discussion during the meeting of Chairman of Halk Maslakhaty of Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov with the State Council Chairman of the Republic of Tatarstan of the Russian Federation Farid Muhametshin.
That same day, the Kazan Kremlin hosted the meeting of Chairman of Halk Maslakhaty of Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan with Counselor of State of the RF Republic of Tatarstan Mintimer Shaimiyev, in the course of which it was stressed that the by-now extensive cooperative relations between Turkmenistan and Tatarstan was one sure sign of long-term constructive cooperation in the trade-economic and cultural-humanitarian spheres.
Then, in the residence of the President of the Republic of Tatarstan (The Russian Federation), the grand ceremony was held of awarding the order “For the Service to Tatarstan” to Chairman of Halk Maslakhaty of Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
The Hero-Arkadag has highlighted that he considers the award as a sign of great respect of brotherly Tatarstan for our country and the Turkmen people.
The solemn ceremony was followed by the meeting of Chairman of Halk Maslakhaty of Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan with the President of the Republic of Tatarstan of the Russian Federation. The sides have confirmed their intention to further forge and enhance well-functional multi-vector cooperation.
Pending the survey of last week’s events, worth of mentioning is the scientific-practical conference “30 years of the Constitution of Turkmenistan: a new historical epoch and the present-day experience of law-making activity” organized by the Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan, which was held in Ashgabat.
The forum was attended by Mejlis deputies and members of Halk Maslakhaty of Milli Gengesh, prominent scholars, teachers of the capital’s high education schools, representatives of social organizations, creative intelligentsia, honorable elders, and youths.
In the reports delivered at the plenary session, the speakers have noted that the Constitution of Turkmenistan adopted 30 years ago has legislatively fixated basic achievements of the epoch of independence, having taken up most human standards of life and human relations. Exactly the Basic Law has become the firm foundation the thesis about man as the supreme value of the state and society is based on. These humanistic principles, adherence to international legal standards and achievements of world civilization in the sphere of human rights and freedoms underline the policy of independent neutral Turkmenistan.
The issues of practical realization under the leadership of head of state of socioeconomic reforms were broached for discussion at the panel sessions of the conference.
The conference hall of the International Relations Institute hosted presentation of the book authored by Hero-Arkadag Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov “The purpose of my life”, which was released in the Russian language.
In his speech at the presentation, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation in Turkmenistan A. Blohin has noted that interaction in the humanitarian sphere is an integral part of the bilateral partnership, an important factor of forging close ties of friendship, understanding and respect between the countries and peoples, of forming optimum climate for full-format cooperation to answer the goals of universal wealth and prosperity.
Due to translation of the book “The purpose of my life” into Russian, the community of the friendly country has an opportunity to get a deeper and educed insight into Turkmenistan.
On May 20, in the Geoktepe Mosque, with the participation of Chairman of Halk Maslakhaty of Milli Gengesh, Honorable Elder of Turkmenistan, Hadji Arkadag Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov a sadaqat was given on the occasion of Remembrance Day of the deceased head of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Khalif bin Zayed Al Nahayan.
In the conversation with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United Arab Emirates in Turkmenistan, Hadji Arkadag has noted that he took part in the funeral measures on the occasion of decease of the UAE President Sheikh Khalif bin Zayed Al Nahayan and got the consent to observe Remembrance Day in our country too. In this regard, on this day, commemoration measures are conducted, and sadaqats are given, Hadji Arkadag Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov stressed.
Sadaqat in the memory of the deceased head of the friendly state was also given in the mosque of Kyoshi. Simultaneously, in the «Döwletliler köşgi» Palace, the funeral repast was given at the expense of royalty paid on the treatises of Hadji Arkadag.
On May 21, the festival “Turkmen dramatic art” has started in Ashgabat.
The program of the creative showcase includef demonstration of the best dramatic performances in the capital’s theaters with the participation of the country’s all famous troupes, working meetings with the participation of heads of theater and creative collectives on the issues of further advancement of Turkmenistan’s dramatic art, its global tendencies and social role in the contemporary society.
Thus, the past week’s events have demonstrated the efficiency of cardinal reforms pursued under the leadership of President Serdar Berdimuhamedov, major goal of which is – progressive development of Turkmenistan, the Turkmen people’s well-being, further enrichment of spiritual values of the nation.