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In the current difficult external environment, Turkmenistan needs to improve the regulatory and business environment in order to support development of the private sector in the country, which is necessary to maintain a sustainable dynamic and comprehensive growth of the national economy. This is stated in the press release prepared after the recent visit of the IMF mission to Ashgabat. The recommendations of the mission also mention the need to ensure effective reformation and privatization of state-owned enterprises.



Until recently, Turkmenistan was considered the most stable state in Central Asia. It managed to avoid wars, internal conflicts and serious economic crises. However, the situation may well change in this country, as there are reasons to believe that currently the next so-called. “Color Revolution” is being prepared here. The article “Point of No Return. On the Issue of Color Revolutions” that appeared on the Internet recently is devoted to this topic.


For the first time in the history of Turkmenistan, the parliament of this Central Asian republic has elected an ombudsman (human rights commissioner). This position went to deputy Yazdursun Gurbannazarova, as reported by local television channels on March 20. The activities of the new official will be governed by a special law that meets the republic's international obligations in the humanitarian sphere. This law also provides strong guarantees for the protection of human rights and freedoms of a person and citizen of Turkmenistan by the ombudsman.



By 2023, several free economic zones can be created in Turkmenistan. The concept of their development is already being developed by the government of the country. As indicated, the main goal of the future FEZs is to attract investors and introduce advanced technologies in order to maximize the efficient use of resources. In addition, this will enable to accelerate the creation of a number of joint ventures producing high-quality products. Thus, the country's export potential will increase, while its dependence on imports will reduce.



In Turkmenistan, there is nearing completion implementation of a major joint project with Belarus, which envisaged construction of the Garlyk mining and processing complex for production of potash fertilizers. The construction of this facility is carried out in accordance with the contract signed in January 2010. the contract's participants are the Turkmen state concern “Turkmenkhimiya” and the Belorussian JSC “Belgorkhimprom.” The annual capacity of the new complex will be 1.4 million tons of finished products in the form of potassium chloride.


Turkmenistan is interested in discussing the issues related to the possible participation of Qatar's major investment and financial institutions in the project for construction of the TAPI transnational gas pipeline (Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Pakistan – India). Such a statement was made by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov during the talks with the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani in Doha on March 15 and 16. The Turkmen leader also drew attention to the fact that today Qatar is one of the world leaders in the export of liquefied natural gas.


On March 15, Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov arrived in the capital of Qatar with an official visit at the head of the republic's state delegation. During the two-day visit, the Turkmen-Qatar talks were held at the highest level. Initially, the Turkmen president had an expanded meeting with Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani with the participation of official delegations of the two countries, after which a one-on-one meeting took place.



Turkmenistan intends to expand economic cooperation with the countries of the Economic Cooperation Organization, as well as other states of the region. This will primarily be done through the fuel and energy sector, as well as through implementation of new projects for creating transit and transport corridors. All these ideas, as well as the issues related to the development of bilateral relations, were discussed at the twelfth ECO Summit, which was held in Islamabad in March 2017.



Turkmenistan's national tourist zone “Avaza” is hosting an international seminar on the topic “The Caspian Sea: Sustainable Management and Development,” which was organized by the International Ocean Institute. The purpose of this event is the systematic training of specialists engaged in the Caspian Sea management in the areas related to the oil and gas sector. The forum will continue until March 16. It's participated by experts from a number of ministries and departments of the Caspian countries: Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Iran and Turkmenistan.


Presidents of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Shavkat Mirziyoyev jointly opened a new bridge across the Amu Darya River. The opening ceremony took place on the right bank of the river, where the leaders of the two neighboring countries arrived on the modern railway overpass that had been commissioned on March 7. According to the local media, there is a motorway on the coast between the railroads, and it was the route the presidential motorcade took.