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Turkmenistan has begun this year's harvest campaign in Balkan, Akhal, Mary and Lebap provinces of the country. According to the forecast, not less than 1.6 million tons of grain will be harvested from 760,000 hectares of winter crops. Of this volume, it is planned to harvest 450,000 tons in Akhal Province, 380,000 tons in Mary Province, 350,000 tons in Lebap Province, 300,000 tons in Dashoguz Province and 120,000 tons in Balkan Province.



On June 3-4, the Turkmen capital hosted the international exhibition “Turkmen Textile 2017.” It included 56 expositions of various types of textile products. This event was timed to coincide with the Day of Textile Industry Workers of Turkmenistan. Its participants were 26 enterprises that are part of the structure of the Ministry of Textile Industry. In addition, 67 foreign companies represented their expositions, including such well-known ones as Thies, Trützschler and Saurer Schlafhorst (Germany), Bezema and Rieter (Switzerland), Savio and Marzoli (Italy).


Turkmenistan intends to cancel all the current social benefits related to paying for communal services. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov gave such an instruction to the government during the meeting in Ashgabat, as reported by local mass media. “The head of the country instructed Deputy Prime Minister Byashimyrat Khodzhamammedov to prepare proposals providing for the cancellation of all benefits. In other words, the benefits will be provided only to those who really need social assistance,” the media report.



The International Central Asian Environmental Forum “Initiative for Cooperation in the Sphere of Sustainable Development and Environmental Protection in the Central Asia Region” started its work in the capital of Turkmenistan. Ashgabat hosts this event for the first time. Its organizers are the State Committee for Land Resources and Environmental Protection and the Regional Environmental Center for Central Asia.


President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov held a regular meeting of the State Security Council in Ashgabat. Its participants summed up the work of law enforcement and military bodies during the first five months of 2017. According to the State News Agency of Turkmenistan, the heads of the law enforcement agencies reported on the state of affairs in their departments.


During the first five months of 2017, Turkmenistan's economy demonstrated high growth rates. Deputy Prime Minister for Finance and Economics B. Khojamammedov made this statement during the government meeting on June 2, which was devoted to the results of the country's socioeconomic development.


The capital of Turkmenistan has hosted the forum of the International Energy Charter held under the motto “Towards a framework multilateral agreement on the transit of energy resources.” Its agenda contained a wide range of issues related to the current state of world energy and the prospects for its further development, as well as the formation of a new architecture of the global energy security system.



Turkmenistan is set to begin to recognize the documents on secondary vocational and higher education issued by foreign educational institutions. As reported by a number of local media, the procedure for recognizing such documents was approved by Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov's presidential decree. In accordance with this document, the Ministry of Education of Turkmenistan is required to ensure the recognition of such documents in the prescribed manner.



“Gafney, Cline & Associates” has carried out an independent audit of the gas reserves of the Galkynysh gas field in Turkmenistan. According to its results, taking into account the two other fields of the country (the Garakel and the Yashlar), Turkmenistan's gas reserves are estimated at about 27 trillion cubic meters. This information was voiced during the International Gas Congress of Turkmenistan held in the Avaza tourist zone on the Turkmen coast of the Caspian Sea on May 23-24.


On May 24, there took place the grand opening of an automobile bridge located in the eastern part of Turkmenistan, which connected the banks of one of the largest rivers of Central Asia, the Amu Darya. According to local publications, this bridge belongs to the pontoon type structures. Its length is 842 meters; its carrying capacity is 36 tons. Its total width is 7.5 meters; its carriageway consists of two bands (one on each side). The new bridge connects the peasant associations “Pelwerth” (in Khalach District) and “Mekan” (in Khodzhambaz District).