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Session of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan

On June 10, President Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov convened a regular Cabinet session to discuss the important issues of state life, and to adopt a number of documents.

Having announced the session agenda, the nation’s leader gave the floor to Cabinet Deputy Chairman B. Hojamammedov to inform about the organization of events to be held in the framework of Turkmenistan’s chairmanship of the Council of the Heads of Statistical Services of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

As reported, by a decision of the CIS Interstate Statistical Committee, its 55th meeting, as well as forums on agricultural statistics would take place in Ashgabat this year (September 6-8). In this connection, a draft Resolution on the upcoming meeting was presented to the head of state for consideration.

In the after-report comments, President Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov noted that strengthening fruitful ties with the CIS member countries is one of the key aspects of Turkmenistan’s foreign policy strategy. Turkmenistan, as a CIS associate member (what is first and foremost determined by its UN-recognized neutrality status), is building its relations with the CIS member states on the principles of respect and equal mutually advantageous partnership both in the national and common interests.

After signing the within-said Resolution, the nation’s leader gave the vice-premier a number of specific instructions on ensuring a high level of organization of the Council meeting.

In his report, Cabinet Deputy Chairman, Director of the State Agency for Management and Use of Hydrocarbon Resources under the President of Turkmenistan Ya. Kakaev centered on preparations for the sixth meeting of the Intergovernmental Turkmen-Afghan Commission for Trade-Economic Cooperation to take place in the capital of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Kabul, on June 15.

In this connection, a draft Resolution on determining the Turkmen side’s composition of the Commission was submitted to the head of state for approval.

Summing up the report, President Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov highlighted Turkmenistan’s special emphasis on cementing fruitful relations with neighboring countries.

Our state, the leader of nation stressed, will continue to enhance and promote the traditional relations of friendship, good neighborliness and mutually beneficial cooperation with Afghanistan, to directly participate in the peaceful settlement of the situation in the fraternal country, provide strong support and necessary humanitarian aid to the Afghan people.

Having signed the Resolution, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov gave the vice-premier a number of concrete commissions concerning an agenda of the Intergovernmental Turkmen-Afghan Commission meeting.

The progress of seasonal agri-works, including the grain-harvesting campaign ongoing in the regions, as well as the fulfillment of assignments given by the head of state on increased production of fruit, vegetable, and cucurbitaceous crops in the country were in the center of the report made by Cabinet Deputy Chairman R. Bazarov.

The report also covered the information about the measures taken to prepare for commissioning of different-purpose facilities under construction in Dashoguz, as well as for groundbreaking ceremonies of new buildings.

Pointing out the need to step up the wheat harvesting, the President of Turkmenistan gave the vice-premier specific commissions on taking a series of measures for the timely and effective campaign.

The nation’s leader Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov emphasized the importance of taking all the agro-technical measures to tend cotton, vegetable, and other agricultural crops to ensure abundant harvests. The head of state also focused on the issue of organizing leisure activities for combine operators, drivers, and maintenance workers engaged in the grain harvesting, having given the vice-premier a number of issue-related assignments.

The report of Cabinet Deputy Chairman B. Ereshov covered the state of affairs in the sectors, he is in charge of, the work on supplying the ongoing construction projects with precast large-panel structural components.

As informed, total renovation and modernization of Ashgabat and Abadan Precast Panel Structure Plants, as well as Turkmenabat “Demirbetononumleri” Plant in the previous year helped to significantly boost the enterprises’ profitability. Since back to their full operating capacity, the plants have largely ad to accelerated construction of residential buildings with improved accommodation – high-risers and cottages.

Summarizing the report, President Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov highlighted that the building materials industry is today one of the major import-substitution sectors of the Turkmen economy, whose rapid industrialization falls into line with goals and objectives of the socially oriented state policy, aimed at improving the Turkmen people’s living standards and well-being.

Drawing the vice-premier’s attention to the importance of increasing the production of construction materials, expanding their assortment, and reaching high targets in the sector, the nation’s leader assigned to exercise close control over the timely supply of the ongoing construction projects (including housing projects) with building materials.

The ongoing work on the capital’s further development was given coverage in the report made by Cabinet Deputy Chairman, Manager of the Presidential Administration and the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan Sh. Durdylyev.

As informed, a special work plan had been prepared to intensify the efforts for the Turkmen capital’s improvement. The plan contains schedules and the scope of work to be done jointly with the Ministry of Municipal Services, Ministry of Energy, “Turkmenavtoyollary” State Concern, Ashgabat city’s khyakimlik, and structures of the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs.

After the report, President Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov pointed out the necessity of speeding up the work on the large-scale Ashgabat Redevelopment Program implementation, having made a number of concrete critical remarks and recommendations on Ashgabat’s further redevelopment and improvement, and the creation of favorable urban environment.

To further enhance the architectural appearance of our country’s capital in the epoch of power and happiness, to ameliorate the living conditions of Ashgabat residents, and to improve territories adjacent to residential buildings and other different-type facilities, the head of state signed a Resolution during the Cabinet session, having commissioned the vice-premier to keep strict control over its implementation.

In his turn, Cabinet Deputy Chairman B. Atdaev informed about preparations for an exhibition of building materials of the Republic of Turkey, to be held in Ashgabat on June 16-18.

Commenting on the report, the nation’s leader Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov emphasized the interest of our country (with its massive town-planning and redevelopment program) in introducing innovations and know-how. Such business events offer an excellent opportunity to get acquainted with the latest foreign developments in various production spheres, and technologies.

Cabinet Deputy Chairperson G. Mammedova delivered a report on preparations for Culture Days of the Kyrgyz Republic in Turkmenistan to be held in Ashgabat on June 14-16, the International Scientific Conference and Exhibition of Decorative and Applied Arts “Turkmenistan – the country with rich spiritual and cultural heritage” with the participation of scientists from the CIS countries to take place in Dashoguz on June 16-17 as part of the city’s year as the 2016 CIS Cultural Capital.

Having expressed confidence that the upcoming Culture Days of the Kyrgyz Republic in Turkmenistan would contribute to strengthening the fruitful Turkmen-Kyrgyz relations, which are based on the long-standing traditions of friendship and meet the interests of the two countries’ nations, the head of state instructed to ensure a high organizational level of the event.

Touching upon the within-said conference and exhibition in Dashoguz, President Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov noted the promotion of a full-scale humanitarian dialogue with the CIS member states as one of the top-priority areas of interstate cooperation.

The head of state also highlighted an important role of the upcoming forum in further studies and popularization of the Turkmen people’s historical and cultural heritage of universal significance, Turkmenistan’s achievements in the field of science and culture in the new historical epoch, having given the vice-premier concrete issue-associated commissions.

Reporting on the activities in the spheres he is responsible for, Cabinet Deputy Chairman S. Toilyev informed about preparations for the inauguration of health care facilities.

In the report follow-up comments, the country’s President mentioned concern for the people’s health, and in this context, the national health care system’s progressive improvement, and qualified medical personnel training as one of the priority trends of the state policy of Turkmenistan.

Touching upon the physical culture and sport movement advancement, healthy lifestyle promotion, the head of state placed emphasis on the need to actively encourage wider use of the country’s sports facilities to this end. In this connection, the nation’s leader addressed critical remarks to the vice-premier concerning failure to take full advantage of stadiums and sports grounds for sports activities, and to keep them well maintained.

For the improper performance of his official duties, shortcomings made in the maintenance of sports facilities, President Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov gave a severe reprimand to Rector of the National Sports and Tourism Institute A. Saryev, having warned him that failure to remedy the shortcomings in the shortest possible space of time would lead to his dismissal.

Then, the floor was given to Cabinet Deputy Chairman S. Satlykov to report on preparations for the Global Conference on Sustainable Transport to be held first ever in the history of our country.

Having pointed out that cooperation in the transport and communications sector takes on added importance under the present-day conditions as a crucial factor of global sustainable development, President Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov mentioned the sector as one of the key segments of global economy, which directly contribute to the effectiveness and equilibrium of world economic relations. Turkmenistan takes an active position on the issues of international cooperation in this area, including within the United Nations, while putting forward concrete initiatives and implementing large infrastructure projects on transnational transit-transport corridors jointly with foreign partners.

Stressing the significance of the upcoming forum, aimed to make a meaningful contribution to developing the mutually beneficial international cooperation in this strategic field, the head of state gave the vice-premier a number of specific instructions concerning a high degree of organization of the Conference, careful examination and timely tackling of all the related issues.

The measures aimed to implement the Turkmenistan-UN Partnership for Development Framework for 2016-2020 were the key issues the report of Cabinet Deputy Chairman, Minister of Foreign Affairs R. Meredov was centered on.

To carry out the within-said Framework and the Action Plan, Turkmenistan seeks to undertake different national-level projects in cooperation with UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA, and other UN agencies.

In the context of the Sustainable Development Goals, which our country had adopted as a full UN member state, a draft Agreement was worked out to implement constructive initiatives of Turkmenistan within the UN. It was submitted to the nation’s leader for consideration.

Summing up the report, President Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov confirmed our country’s commitment to the strategic partnership with the UN in the interests of universal peace, well-being and prosperity.

After approving the draft Action Plan and Agreement, the nation’s leader noted the enormous potential available for closer productive cooperation with the UN, given the present-day situation. In this connection, the head of Turkmenistan assigned the Foreign Minister to take all necessary measures to successfully implement the said Plan, and the

Turkmenistan-UN Partnership for Development Framework for 2016-2020 on the whole. This will further the effective bilateral cooperation built on a long-term basis.

During the session, the President of Turkmenistan signed the Ukase on appointing Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Turkmenistan to Malaysia Ya.Mammedov as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of our country to the State of Brunei Darussalam.

The Cabinet session also addressed a number of other issues, and adopted the relevant resolutions.

State News Agency of Turkmenistan (TDH)