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The main direction of Turkmenistan's foreign strategy is expanding and strengthening partnerships with the neighboring countries of the Asian region. The statement was made by the President of the republic Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov during the government meeting held on Friday, August 1. “One of the main vectors of the foreign strategy of our country has always been the strengthening and all-round development of fruitful partnership with our neighbors in the region of Central Asia, which includes Pakistan,” the head of state said.



The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan held ministerial consultations between the Turkmen and Chinese parties attended by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of China Chen Gopin, who had arrived in Ashgabat on a working visit. The press service of the Foreign Ministry of the Republic reported the news, adding that during the talks the parties exchanged views on the current state and prospects of the strategic partnership between the two countries, as well as the priority tasks faced by their Foreign Ministries.


On Friday, August 1, an interregional thematic conference "Economic assessment of land degradation" began its work in the Turkmen capital Ashgabat. It is organized and carried out by the Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification. In addition, the organizer of the event from the Turkmen party is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic.


In execution of the Law of Turkmenistan "On denationalization and subsequent privatization of state property", the President of the republic Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov signed a decree on creating a central interdepartmental commission of the Ministry of Development and Economy of the Republic. In addition, he have also been issued another decree that approves the Regulations on Decentralization and further privatization of state-owned property, as well as the procedure for assessing the value of the property, subject to divestiture or privatization.


On Thursday, July 31, the regular meeting of the Turkmen-Uzbek joint commission on economic, trade, cultural and scientific cooperation was held at the Tashkent International Business Centre. The event was attended by heads of ministries and departments, companies and enterprises of the two countries that are engaged in areas such as trade and industry, foreign economic relations, energy, investment, oil and gas, transport and communications, agriculture, water management, railways, automotive industry, culture and sports. 



On Monday, July 28 at the higher educational institutions of Turkmenistan entrance exams started. This was reported by the State News Agency of the Republic, referring to the data of the Ministry of Education, according to which this year, a total of 25,182 applicants have applied for admission to 19 state universities. "In 2014-2015 school year 6,861 people will enter state universities of the country, which is 761 people more than compared to last year" - so it is said in the text message.



August 1 and 2, the capital of Turkmenistan will host the regional conference on the economic assessment of land degradation. The event will be organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic and the Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification. The conference will be attended by experts and scientists, representatives of regional and international organizations in Europe and Central Asia. According to representatives of the Turkmen government, the issues related to the preparation of this event were discussed during the recent government meeting.


The international conference and exhibition “Saglyk 2014” was opened the capital of Turkmenistan, the event being confined to the Day of Medical Industry and Health. The activities were organized by the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce of the republic. The exhibition “Health 2014” (that is the name of the event translated into English) was attended by representatives of 41 countries.



In the capital of Turkmenistan, the President of the republic Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov had a meeting with the President of Slovenia Borut Pahor, who arrived in Ashgabat on an official visit. After the official welcoming ceremony, the leaders of the two states conducted negotiations in the 'face to face' format. The parties discussed issues related to bilateral cooperation in different fields: political, economic, trade, cultural and humanitarian.


A number of new construction projects prepared by experts of VINCI Construction Grands Projets (France) were presented to the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, who reviewed them in the House of the Government. Worth recalling, the said facility is very important for the country and its construction has entered the final stage, the works carried out by the aforementioned French company, which has established itself as a reliable partner.