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In 2015, the medical industry of Turkmenistan showed a 38 percent growth as compared to the year 2014. According to experts, this growth rate can be maintained until the end of 2016. This is possible thanks to the efficient development of enterprises related to the “Turkmendermansenagat” group, which is the largest manufacturer of medical devices in the country. In terms of money, the company's 2015 production volume is about 2.4 times higher than it was in 2011.



For the last few days, Turkmenistan has been facing problems related to access to the Internet, as reported by some media. According to “Radio Ozodlik,” 3G Internet was disconnected on June 25. The reasons for the shutdown of the World Network for more than 5 million people have not been commented upon by the authorities.


The French company CIFAL has confirmed its intention to participate actively in implementation of the project for construction of the gas pipeline TAPI (Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Pakistan – India). This is stated in the announcement of the Turkmen government that was distributed on June 29. The document also notes that head of CIFAL Gilles Remy met with Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov a few days ago Ashgabat, and there were voiced specific proposals regarding the project.



On June 15-18, 2016, a delegation of experts of the Institute of History of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, as well as representatives of the Research Center of the Belorussian Language, Literature and Culture participated in the Ashgabat-based international scientific conference “Turkmenistan: the country with a rich spiritual and cultural heritage.” The Belorussian party was involved in the event at the invitation of the Ministry of Culture of Turkmenistan, as well as in the exhibition of products of national arts and crafts.


Textiles produced by Turkmen enterprises could well become an example for beginner Russian designers.


Currently, Turkmenistan has every opportunity to preserve all the existing benefits for the population. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov made such a statement at the meeting with representatives of the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs on June 8. In his speech, which was published by local media on June 9, the head of state emphasized the difficult situation in the global economy, as well as the present significant drop in energy prices.



The private business of Turkmenistan will receive state construction contracts totaling several billion dollars, and a number of other benefits to enhance their ability to export. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov announced this information during the meeting with the members of the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs in Ashgabat on June 9.


A number of global retail brands, such as Adidas, H&M and Esprit, together with global businesses, investors, trade unions and human rights organizations, have appealed to the President of Turkmenistan with a letter, expressing their concern about the reports of the use of forced labor in the cotton industry of the country. In this letter, the head of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov is urged to pay attention to this problem, which, according to the signatories, is a very serious one.



At present, one of Turkmenistan's main priorities is development of energy exports to the European Union as part of the republic's international strategy. This is stated in the text of the government announcement published on June 3. According to it, “we work with our European partners in a constructive and businesslike manner, and we will continue doing so. The project for construction of the major pipeline in the direction of Western Europe seems a promising one; its discussion is currently reaching an active phase.”



The Russian concern “Gazprom” allows for the possibility of pre-trial settlement of the dispute with the Turkmen state company “Turkmengaz” and confirms its readiness to conduct appropriate negotiations. Deputy Chairman of “Gazprom” Alexander Medvedev announced the news to the media. Worth recalling, in early June 2015, “Gazprom Export” (a subsidiary of “Gazprom”) initiated an arbitration against the company “Turkmengaz” in the arbitration court of Stockholm.