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President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov speaking at the VII Congress of the Democratic Party of Turkmenistan decided to withdraw from the duties of the chairman of the political structure, Turkmen government reported on Saturday.


A shipyard will be put into operation at the Caspian port in Turkmenbashi in 2017.

Turkmen Dovlet Khabarlary" (TDH) states in its commentary that the shipyard will become a new enterprise for the national economy, the operation of which will mean the birth of domestic shipbuilding industry.

The project will be implemented by Turkish Gap Inshaat, which, according to world media outlets, became the winner of the international tender on building a modern seaport with the estimated value of about $2 billion in Turkmenbashi.


The President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed the most important aspects of international cooperation in Turkmenbashi on Thursday, a source close to the negotiations said.

The parties confirmed the mutual desire to make long-term cooperation more dynamic.

The two sides expressed their confidence in the successful continuation of fruitful
partnership built on a long term and mutually beneficial basis.


Additional elections for members of local authorities - khalg maslahaty (national councils) and gengeshs (local councils) of Turkmenistan will be held on August 18, the Central Commission for Elections and Referenda of Turkmenistan reported.

The elections are related to the emergence of the newly formed etraps (regions) in the administrative structure of Ashgabat. These are the Ruhabat and Abadan etraps.

The elections to the gengeshs (local councils) of the Derweze district of the Akhal velayat region will also be held on the same day.


In accordance with the decree of Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov a Council was created in the country for supervision of the export of agricultural and commodity products of ministries and industrial agencies, agricultural joint-stock companies belonging to agro-industrial complex, the decree said.


An interagency conference on the main areas of Turkmenistan's environmental activity in the Caspian Sea to be held in Caspian Avaza tourist zone on Monday, Turkmen government reported on Monday.

The event is timed to the entry into force of the Framework Convention for the Protection of Marine Environment (Tehran Convention) in 2006. The issues of pollution control and water quality monitoring and preservation of marine biological resources in accordance with Turkmenistan's National Caspian Action Plan are on the agenda.


Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, received Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu at his residence to discuss prospects for further development of cooperation, the Turkmen government said today.

"Significant potential for intensification of a mutually beneficial partnership in the whole spectrum, including trade, economic and energy along with the transport and communications sectors was stressed," the Turkmen government said.

The sides expressed confidence that Turkmen-Turkish relations will continue flourishing for the benefit of the two friendly countries and people.


August 8, 2013 was declared as a day-off in accordance with Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov's decree on "Celebration of Oraza Bayram (Ramadan)".

According to the decree, Oraza Bayram is celebrated to further strengthen the consolidation, unity and solidarity of the native people in the era of power and happiness, to observe the age-old customs and traditions of the Turkmen people and to preserve the spiritual heritage.


Great importance in the increase of Turkmenistan's rating in terms of tourism sector is attached to the national tourism zone Avaza - the seaside resort of international level in the Caspian Sea, which is associated with grandiose plans, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said said at a special meeting.

As Turkmen media reported on Thursday with reference to the head of state, the project of development of Avaza will continue until 2020.

"The cost of the objects built and those under construction has exceeded $2 billion", the Turkmen leader said.


State National Service Turkmenhowayollary (Turkmen Airlines) has opened a regular flight between the cities of Ashgabat and Lvov (Ukraine), the aviation company reported.

'The comfortable Boeing-737NG will carry out flights between the two cities with a frequency of once a week', the report said. In time, the frequency of flights can increase to twice a week.

Turkmenhowayollary planes have been carrying out flights to Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, with a frequency of three times a week since 2008.