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Turkmenistan

07.01.2017

In 2016, Turkmenistan's construction industry expanded considerably, in accordance with the two related national programs. They are the National Program of Socio-Economic Development of Turkmenistan in 2011-2030 and the National Program for Transformation of Social and Living Conditions of the Population of Cities, Towns and Villages in the period before 2020. According to the Ministry of Construction, the 2016 results demonstrated that the country put into operation a total of 202 facilities worth more than $5 billion.

 

07.01.2017

On January 1, 2017, the Law of Turkmenistan “On the Ombudsman” became effective. It determines the powers, rights, duties, guarantees, and the main activities of the authorized representative for human rights. The post of Ombudsman was established in order to provide state guarantees of the protection of freedoms and rights of a person and citizen, and the compliance with them on the part of state authorities, officials and local authorities.

06.01.2017

As of December 31, 2016, the construction of a gas and chemical complex in the vicinity of the Kiyanly village in the western part of Turkmenistan was 90 percent completed. According to representatives of the Turkmen oil and gas industry, to date, the enterprise under construction already has dozens of different pieces of equipment installed, overpasses built, pipes laid, tanks for water and hydrocarbons installed. Construction of most of the major buildings and structures is already virtually completed; in the beginning of 2017, plans are afoot to start the commissioning.

05.01.2017

The Turkmen Foreign Ministry issued an official statement, commenting on the recent media reports regarding the situation in the Turkmen-Iranian relations, specifically in the field of natural gas supply. The document states that its purpose is “to truly determine the situation that has been prevailing in the gas sector in recent years.” This is related to the controversial publications regarding the ceasing of gas supplies to the Islamic Republic of Iran.

 

31.12.2016

Ashgabat hosted a meeting of the government and the National Security Council; it was chaired by President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov and participated by regional leaders. The main theme of the event was summing up the outgoing year 2016. According to the participants of the meeting, the current global crisis “has not affected the welfare of citizens of Turkmenistan,” and moreover, the country managed to continue implementation of social programs.

 

31.12.2016

By March 31, 2017, Turkmenistan will put into operation the Garlyk mining and processing plant; its construction is currently nearing completion. The press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus made this statement on December 28, adding that this issue was discussed during the recent meeting of Belarusian Ambassador to Ashgabat Oleg Tabanjuchov and deputy chairman of the Turkmen government and co-chairman of the Belarusian-Turkmen intergovernmental commission on economic cooperation Batyr Ereshov.

29.12.2016

On December 26, the Central Election Commission of Turkmenistan registered five candidates for the presidential election in the country, thus bringing the total number of applicants for the highest state post to nine. The upcoming election will exceed the 2012 presidential election by the number of registered presidential candidates. Four years ago, only eight candidates claimed the post of the President of Turkmenistan. Worth recalling, the presidential election is scheduled for February 12, 2017.

 

29.12.2016

“Dragon Oil” continues its work in Turkmenistan, implementing projects for intensification of oil production in the country. As reported by local media, a few days ago the company started to work in the framework of the project on flooding the Jeitun field that is part of the Cheleken block located in the Turkmen sector of the Caspian Sea.

23.12.2016

After the imposition of sanctions against Iran in 2012, the country still has not paid the debt to Turkmenistan for natural gas delivered previously, which amounts to about $2 billion. Representatives of the Turkmen authorities made this statement, reminding that the debt must be repaid as soon as possible. The Iranian side believes that if Turkmenistan has any claims against Iran related to the gas debt, it must appeal to the international court.

 

23.12.2016

Turkmenistan continues the preparations for the upcoming 2017 presidential election, which is scheduled for February 12. The Central Commission for Elections and Referenda reported on the progress of the election campaign on December 20, noting that the current deputies of the national parliament hold election meetings in the capital Ashgabat and in the administrative centers of the provinces.