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On April 8, there was held an expanded meeting of the Government of Turkmenistan under the chairmanship of Head of State Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov. The speakers delivered reports on the main indicators of economic development in the period January-March 2016, and summed up the activity of ministries and departments in the first quarter. In addition, they reported about the personnel changes in the government apparatus. As said at the meeting, Turkmenistan's GDP increased by 6.3 percent as compared with Q1 2015.


Due to the introduction of modern technologies at enterprises, Turkmenistan's productive industries have every opportunity to create a flexible market-based economic system, which will be susceptible to scientific and technological innovations. According to the analytical materials provided by the Institute for Economic Development and Strategic Planning of Turkmenistan, the integration of the Turkmen productive industries into the world economy is performed through the mining and manufacturing sectors.


Turkmenistan intends to export the excess electricity generated in the country, and considers Tajikistan and Pakistan to be the most promising directions of construction of power transmission lines. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov made this statement at a regular selector meeting of the government on April 12. “We intend to finally address the issues related to construction of electricity transmission lines in such promising directions as Tajikistan and Pakistan,” the head of state said.



On April 7, the capital of Turkmenistan hosted the signing of an investment agreement, to which the parties were the shareholders of the management company TAPI Pipeline Company Limited – a consortium for construction and operation of the gas pipeline TAPI (Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Pakistan – India). This document was compiled during the 24th meeting of the Managing Committee on construction of the gas pipeline, which was participated by heads of oil and gas ministries of the TAPI countries.


Turkmenistan is carrying out a month-long sports and health campaign “Health and Happiness,” which is dedicated to the World Day of Health. As reported by local media, this campaign includes mass sports, cultural and socio-political events, competitions in national games and in various sports to be held in the capital of the country and in the provinces. In addition, there will be held concerts and other mass actions.



The Ministry of Foreign Affairs held a meeting with the delegation of the CADAP (Central Asia Drug Action Program). The Turkmen Ministry published the report on April 7, indicating that the delegation was headed by supervisor of the project Ernesto Robello. Worth recalling, the CADAP is financed from the funds provided by the European Union.



Turkmenistan intends to sign a Framework Partnership Program with the United Nations Organization. The Program will contribute to development of cooperation between the parties in the period 2016-2020. According to local media, the project of the program was considered at a recent government meeting. According to deputy prime minister and head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov, over the last ten years, the republic has implemented 264 projects in various fields with the support of a number of specialized UN agencies.


Turkmenistan and Belarus are interested in further expansion of bilateral cooperation and interaction, particularly in such priority areas as mutual trade, services and business contacts in particular industries. This statement is included in the text of an announcement published by the Belorussian Embassy in Ashgabat on March 31, after the meeting of Ambassador Oleg Tabanjuchov and deputy chairman of the Turkmen government Batyr Atdaevym.


Turkmen Parliament has considered and adopted the new law “On civil service,” which aims to further improve the efficiency of state bodies. This document defines the institutional and legal framework of the public service, the procedure and conditions for realization of the right to public service in respect of Turkmen citizens. The law also regulates relations that arise as a result of civil service, and defines the status of civil servants.



Ashgabat has hosted the Turkmen-Russian business forum, which was aimed at strengthening the economic and trade cooperation between Turkmenistan and the Russian Federation. The event was held at the Turkmen Chamber of Commerce, which was one of its organizers. The forum also determined new areas of cooperation between the parties, discussed creation of an enabling environment for activation of partnership between business structures of the two countries.