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After the recent Ashgabat-based talks between the Presidents of Turkmenistan and Belarus, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Alexander Lukashenko, the parties signed 11 documents. They envisage the development of bilateral cooperation in various fields of activity.


On April 1, 2017, Turkmenistan will refuse from using the Russian commercial satellite Yamal-401 for retransmission of the national television and radio channels. The Digital Report portal informed about this decision of the republic's authorities on March 27, citing the information it received from the Turkmen Ministry of Communications. The agency also stresses that from April 2017, the broadcasting in the country will be carried out exclusively using the Turkmen communication satellite TurkmenAlem 52°E (Turkmen Universe) in the HD format.


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.