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Meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan
Published 12.04.2024
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Today, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov has held a regular meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers via a digital system to review topical issues of socio-economic development of the country.

Chairwoman of the Mejlis D.Gulmanova was first to speak, who informed about the progress of improving the national legal framework.

As was reported, the working commissions are currently working to draft a new version of the Civil Code of Turkmenistan, the Law of Turkmenistan “On the Cultural Heritage of Magtymguly Pyragy”, and necessary amendments and addenda are made to the Laws of Turkmenistan “On Physical Culture and Sports” and “On Seed Production”.

Information was provided on the measures being taken in order to further strengthen fruitful contacts with parliaments of foreign countries and international organizations. In particular, credentials were received on the instructions of President Serdar Berdimuhamedov from the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Slovenia to Turkmenistan.

Along with this, meetings were held with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation, members of the delegation headed by the Speaker of the Parliament of Georgia, the Vice-President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and the Special Representative for Central Asia of this organization, during which issues of expanding bilateral cooperation were discussed, as well as the possibility of stepping up cooperation between inter-parliamentary friendship groups.

The report included information that during the official visit of the National Leader of the Turkmen people to the Republic of Tajikistan, the Mejlis deputies discussed with their colleagues the prospects for partnership between the relevant committees of the parliaments of the two friendly states and exchanged experience in improving legislative activities through the Turkmen-Tajik Friendship Group.

The report also covered the participation of people’s deputies in events to explain to the general public the key aspects of the current domestic and foreign policy, the goals of the adopted legal instruments, as well as the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

President Serdar Berdimuhamedov specified that, in accordance with the requirements of the modern time, effective work must be continued to improve the national legal system.

Then Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers H.Geldimyradov reported on the measures taken to widely introduce digital technologies in the economy, including the implementation of remote payment services for charitable purposes.

According to the deputy prime minister, at present, under the wise leadership of the President of Turkmenistan, the necessary conditions are created in our state for the comprehensive harmonious development of youth. As a result, a generation of happy, hardworking Turkmen people, true patriots of the Homeland, has been formed today.

The Charitable Foundation for Assistance to Children in Need of Guardianship named after Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, founded on the initiative of Hero Arkadag, provides financial assistance for various operations to children at medical institutions of the country, for the treatment of young patients raised in orphanages, specialized and boarding schools, as well as for the purchase of medical supplies. With the support from the Foundation, humanitarian assistance has been provided to a number of foreign states. In this regard, the report included information that letters of gratitude were received from various countries and the representative office of the United Nations Children’s Fund in Turkmenistan by the Charitable Foundation, which emphasize its role in strengthening the bonds of friendship between states and peoples.

In this context, a proposal was made on the introduction of the mobile software “Senagat töleg”, developed by the Joint-Stock Commercial Bank “Senagat”, intended for non-cash transfer of funds by citizens to charity.

Having heard the report, the head of state emphasized the importance of the activities of the Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov Charitable Foundation for Assistance to Children in Need of Guardianship, with the support of which assistance is systematically provided to children in need of care, and humanitarian aid is sent to children of foreign countries.

Having approved the proposal submitted to meet the wishes of the country’s citizens on the voluntary transfer of charitable funds to the Foundation’s account through the digital system, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov instructed the deputy prime minister to carry out appropriate work in this area.

Further, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers B.Amanov reported on the activities in progress to increase production capacities at the refineries of the State Concern “Türkmennebit” and introduce international experience into the industry.

The report also covered the steps being taken to increase the productivity of the State Concern’s oil and gas wells through the widespread introduction of world best practices into production.

This will make it possible to provide the Turkmenbashy Complex of Oil Refineries with additional volumes of hydrocarbon raw materials, as well as effectively use operating production facilities.

Having heard the report, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov highlighted the importance of consistently increasing the production capacity of the refineries of the State Concern “Türkmennebit”.

Stressing the need to carry out appropriate work on the processing of crude oil at the refinery with a wide application of international experience, the head of state gave specific instructions to the deputy prime minister.

Then Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers T.Atahallyev reported on the state of affairs in the agro-industrial sector, in particular, on the progress of seasonal agricultural campaigns in the regions of the country.

The report included information that currently wheat fields are treated in the velayats according to agro-technical standards, including application of mineral fertilizers and vegetative irrigation. At the same time, preparations for the harvest are underway at enterprises, grain collection points and elevators.

Cotton sowing continues in accordance with the Decree of the President of Turkmenistan on growing a bountiful harvest in 2024. Appropriate measures are taken to effectively operated agricultural machinery and supply farmers with high-quality seeds.

The report also covered steps aimed at providing the population with potatoes and vegetable crops produced in the country. Sowing and care for spring crops are carried out in the fields.

Measures are implemented in the velayats for the production of silkworms and the successful completion of the breeding campaign. At the same time, preparations are underway to organize the National Holiday of Turkmen Horse at a high level.

Having heard the report, the President of Turkmenistan pointed out the need to comply with agro-technical standards in the care for wheat in the velayats of the country.

Speaking about the creation of all conditions for the proper sowing of cotton, the head of state focused on the importance of using high-quality seeds and the effective operation of modern machinery.

In addition, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov ordered to continue sowing spring crops in agricultural lands and proper care for them.

Further, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers B.Annamammedov reported on the work ongoing to provide agricultural producers with mineral fertilizers.

As was reported, the State Concern “Türkmenhimiýa” supplies domestic agricultural producers with urea, phosphorus, potash fertilizers and ammonium nitrate.

In accordance with the requirements, special storage facilities have to be built in order to store mineral fertilizers and prevent them from spoiling.

In this regard, it is considered appropriate to construct new modern warehouses designed for storing mineral fertilizers in a number of etraps of the Lebap and Mary Velayats.

Having heard the report, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov focused on the importance of timely provision of agricultural producers with mineral fertilizers.

In this regard, the deputy prime minister was instructed to keep control over the work of the State Concern “Türkmenhimiýa” in the construction of warehouses for storing mineral fertilizers in the Lebap and Mary Velayats.

Then Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers B.Atdaev reported on the activities being carried out to hold exhibitions, fairs and conferences.

As was reported, under the leadership of the head of state, various forums and exhibitions are regularly organized in Turkmenistan and abroad, which contributes to the socio-economic development of the country, increasing the supplies of the domestic market, and expanding international cooperation.

In this regard, the deputy prime minister reported on the work to prepare for the national exposition for participation in the International Exhibition “TIBCO-2024”, which will be held in Bucharest (Romania) on May 16-19 this year.

It is planned to present products and services of various sectors of the national economy, as well as private manufacturers, at the large-scale show, which will open new export markets and expand trade and economic ties.

Summing up the report, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov stressed that great importance is attached to the regular holding of exhibitions and conferences both in our country and abroad in the development of international cooperation.

In this regard, the head of state gave instructions to the deputy prime minister to carry out appropriate work to organize a high-level national exposition at the International Exhibition TIBCO-2024 to be held in Bucharest (Romania) on May 16-19 this year.

Then Deputy Chairwoman of the Cabinet of Ministers M.Mammedova reported on the implementation of the “State Program for 2022-2028 for the careful preservation of facilities of the national historical and cultural heritage, their protection and study, and attraction of tourists to them”.

In particular, under the scientific guidance of the National Directorate for the Protection, Study and Restoration of Historical and Cultural Monuments, archaeological, research and restoration work is successfully carried out at monuments located in all velayats of the country. Thus, as a result of excavations at Paryzdepe, located in Goktepe etrap, a unique kariz was discovered. The identification of such a rare structure in the kariz system, which provided water to the ancient village of Karizek, confirms that a similar method of constructing hydraulic facilities has been used in the territory of the Akhal Velayat since ancient times.

As was reported, this topic is widely covered in the book by Head of State Serdar Berdimuhamedov “Anau – culture dating back to millennia”. Inspired by this wonderful work, Turkmen specialists and scientists began the spring season of relevant works.

At the same time, in order to timely publish the scientific data collected in recent years, pass them on to future generations, as well as introduce them to domestic and foreign specialists and scientists, specialized scientific works were published such as “Antiquities of Turkmenistan”, “Architectural heritage of Kunyaurgench”, “Historical and cultural monuments of Ancient Merv”, “Parthian fortresses of Nisa”, “Traces of centuries”. In addition, on the eve of this year’s Culture Week, it is planned to publish the “State Register of Historical and Cultural Monuments of Turkmenistan” in the form of a book.

In accordance with the agreements signed between the Ministry of Culture and well-known scientific centers of different countries the work is to be continued by the joint archaeological expeditions, in particular, by the Turkmen-Russian expedition at the Gonur Depe Monument, the Turkmen-Italian expedition at the Togolok 1 Monument, the Turkmen-Italian expedition at the Old Nisa Fortres, and the Turkmen-American expedition at the Dandanakan Fortress.

Summing up the report, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov stressed that one of the objectives of national importance is the comprehensive study, protection, restoration and popularization of the country’s rich cultural heritage. In this context, the instruction was given to systematically carry out archaeological research and restoration work at historical and cultural monuments located in the regions. The President of Turkmenistan also instructed the deputy prime minister to continue the relevant activities provided for in this area according to the State Program.

Further, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan N.Amannepesov reported on the preparations for the International Scientific Conference “The Fount of Wisdom of Magtymguly Pyragy”, which will be held on May 18 as part of the events on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of the birth of great thinker and classic poet Magtymguly.

Thanks to the support from the head of state, today the works of this outstanding philosopher and poet of the East, who made an invaluable contribution to the improvement of the modern Turkmen language, and is the founder of a new national trend in Turkmen literature, have been translated and published in dozens of languages, becoming the property of the international literary and scientific community.

It should be noted that the literary heritage of Magtymguly Pyragy occupies a special place in the books by the National Leader of the Turkmen people, our Hero Arkadag and President Serdar Berdimuhamedov.

In order to attract international attention to initiatives aimed at studying Magtymguly’s work, the Institute of Language, Literature and National Manuscripts named after Magtymguly of the Academy of Sciences of Turkmenistan is organizing an international scientific conference “The Fount of Wisdom of Magtymguly Pyragy”.

It is expected that, along with the scientific community of our country, representatives of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Organization of Turkic Culture (TURKSOY), as well as foreign scientists from 34 countries, will take participation in the upcoming forum.

Having heard the report, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov said that events on the literary heritage of the great thinker are successfully held in the country and abroad on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of the birth of Magtymguly Pyragy, and international cooperation in this field is actively developing.

The head of state instructed the deputy prime minister to ensure a high organizational level of the International Scientific Conference “The Fount of Wisdom of Magtymguly Pyragy” to be held in the capital on May 18 this year.

Then the floor was given to the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Foreign Minister R. Meredov, who reported on the good news from the United Nations headquarters in New York. At the session of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Turkmenistan was unanimously elected a member of the UN Commission for Social Development for the period 2025-2029.

Having cordially congratulated President Serdar Berdimuhamedov on a new international success, the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs expressed his best wishes to the head of state.

Having heard the information with satisfaction, the President of Turkmenistan, addressing the members of the Cabinet of Ministers and all compatriots, said that on April 9 this year, during the elections held during the session of the United Nations Economic and Social Council, our country was unanimously elected a member of the UN Commission for Social Development for the period 2025-2029.

According to the head of state, this is evidence of the wide recognition by the world community of the foreign policy of positive neutrality being pursued by the Homeland. Stressing that Turkmenistan will continue effective cooperation with the UN in this area in the future, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov cordially congratulated everyone on this significant occasion.

Then the deputy prime minister reported on the work to develop cooperation between Turkmenistan and foreign partners in the field of ecology, being carried out for the practical implementation of important international initiatives of the head of state.

In this regard, based on the priority positions of our country, a number of relevant proposals were prepared at the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Thus, in order to implement the “Caspian Environmental Initiative” announced by President Serdar Berdimuhamedov, it is proposed as a first step to hold a round table in the second half of April with the participation of representatives of the Office of the Permanent Coordinator of the United Nations and other international organizations operating in Turkmenistan, jointly with the Institute of the Caspian Sea, the Academy of Sciences, ministries and sectoral departments of our country.

A proposal on Turkmenistan’s accession to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was also announced. This document is a unique international legal instrument aimed at preserving biodiversity on the planet. To date, more than 180 States are parties to this Convention. Its list includes over 33 thousand species of animals and plants, many of which are common in Turkmenistan. As a result of the relevant analysis, our country’s accession to this Convention will create an opportunity for more effective protection of rare and endangered species of fauna and flora.

At the same time, a proposal concerning Turkmenistan’s membership in the Eurasian Regional Association of Zoos and Aquariums (EARAZA) was submitted for consideration by the head of state. This will make it possible to establish mutually beneficial cooperation with zoological parks of the EARAZA member countries, and will facilitate the exchange of experience and professional development of specialized personnel.

In order to preserve biodiversity in our country and in neighboring regions, in particular, the protection of migratory species of wild animals, and strengthen the international legal framework, it is proposed to sign a Memorandum of Cooperation in the field of wildlife protection in the Ustyurt Plateau between the relevant ministries of Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

In preparation for the Conference of Youth (COY-19), which will be held on the eve of the 29th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP-29), a Roadmap for Turkmenistan’s youth initiatives in the field of climate change for 2024 has been developed. This document is aimed at environmental protection and includes activities related to improving environmental knowledge and scientific research.

Summing up the report, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov specified that Turkmenistan attaches great importance to environmental protection and safety.

Having joined dozens of UN conventions in this area, our country is thoroughly approaching the issues facing the world community in the field of sustainable development.

Stressing the necessity to continue systematic cooperation with many international and regional organizations in the above-mentioned area and effective work to strengthen this partnership, the head of state gave the deputy prime minister, the foreign ministry leader relevant instructions.

Director General of the Transport and Communications Agency under the Cabinet of Ministers M.Chakyev reported on the preparations for the 38th meeting of the Conference of the Heads and Responsible Representatives of Railway Transport Organizations of the Member Countries of the Organization for Cooperation between Railways (OSJD) to be held in Ashgabat on April 15-19 this year.

The meeting agenda includes the review of the performance of specialized commissions and permanent working groups of the Organization in 2023, discussion of the Work Program for the coming years, studying the feasibility of developing a draft Strategy for the Development of the Organization, professional training and education of employees of the railway system, etc.

Summing up the report, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov said that our country is implementing targeted measures to develop international transport corridors of regional importance, and developing mutually beneficial international cooperation.

In this regard, the head of state instructed the Agency leader to prepare for holding at the high-level of the 38th meeting of the Conference of the Heads and Responsible Representatives of Railway Transport Organizations of the Member Countries of the Organization for Cooperation between Railways (OSJD), scheduled for April 15-19 this year in Ashgabat.

A number of other issues of public activity were also considered at the Cabinet meeting, on which appropriate decisions were taken.

Concluding the regular meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers via a digital system, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov wished the participants sound health, family wellbeing and great success in their work for the prosperity of the sovereign Homeland.

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