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In early November 2016, Turkmenistan and Afghanistan intend to start operation of the railway “Atamyrat – Imamnazar – Akin,” which is to become an integral part of the railway transport corridor “Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Tajikistan.” According to the Turkmen media, at the same time the customs point “Imamnazar” will put into operation a terminal specialized in reception, storage and shipping of oil products with an annual throughput capacity of 540,000 tons.



In Turkmenistan, the commissioning of the Garlyk Mining and Processing Plant is jeopardized. Originally, the plant was scheduled to be put into operation in March 2017. At the meeting with the Turkmen ambassador in Belarus, Chairman of the Board of the Republic Mikhail Myasnikovich explained that Ashgabat would need to take urgent and immediate measures in order to successfully complete construction of this facility. Worth recalling, the Belarusian company “Belgorkhimprom” obtained the contract for designing and constructing the plant back in 2010.


Recently, the capital of Turkmenistan hosted a meeting of the Central Commission for Elections and Referendums. Its participants discussed the problems related to the upcoming presidential election. As reported by the local media on September 30, the meeting was participated by observers from the following political parties: the Party of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, the Democratic Party, and the Agrarian Party. In addition, the meeting was also attended by representatives of public associations, organizations and the media.



On September 26-27, Tashkent hosted a regular meeting of the joint Uzbek-Turkmen commission on scientific and technical, social, economic and cultural cooperation. The participants discussed issues related to further development of mutually beneficial partnership between the two neighboring Central Asian countries. The agenda of the negotiations included various aspects of economic and trade relations, the parties' cooperation in the energy sector, transport sector, agriculture and water management, chemical industry and mechanical engineering.


In accordance with the previously signed contracts, the financial and industrial company “Altcom” (Ukraine) is engaged in construction of a number of transport infrastructure facilities in the territory of Turkmenistan. However, currently it is tearing the deadlines for commissioning of a new terminal in the Turmenabat airport. As reported by a number of sources, the reason for this is the very dire financial situation the company is in. In turn, it is caused by the current economic situation in Ukraine.


In Turkmenistan, there has begun a layoff of employees of the Ministry of Railway Transport. In total, the structure will lay off about 30 percent of the total staff number by the end of 2016. As reported by several local media, the layoff will mostly touch upon the employees of engineering and technical services and conductors of passenger trains. In addition, for the past three months, the staff of the railway industry, as well as representatives of other state-owned enterprises have received no wages.



The Asian Development Bank aims to continue financial support of the projects implemented in various spheres of economy of Turkmenistan. This statement was made by president of this financial institution Takehiko Nakao during his Ashgabat-based meeting with Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. He also made a special emphasis on the relevance of the proposals aimed at ensuring energy security and creation of new transit corridors.



Ashgabat hosted celebrations dedicated to the presentation of the new international airport in the capital of Turkmenistan. As reported by the country's government on September 19, the project was implemented in the framework of the strategy to transform Turkmenistan into a major transportation and logistics hub. The new government strategy is associated with the pressing need to compensate for the decline in revenues due to the cessation of gas export to Russia and the fall in world prices for hydrocarbons.



Since the beginning of 2016, law enforcement agencies of Tajikistan returned more than 150 citizens who had been accused of committing extremist and terrorist crimes. The press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs reported the news on September 19. It cited the statement of Minister of Internal Affairs Ramazon Rahimzoda, which he had made during an international meeting of participants of the “Kalkan” project under the auspices of Interpol.


The Russian concern “Gazprom” suspends purchases of natural gas from the Turkmen national operator “Turkmengaz” until the end of 2018. Deputy Head of the Board of “Gazprom” Alexander Medvedev said, “We have taken two years, until the end of 2018, to analyze the situation and find the potential for such cooperation. Further, we will regularly meet and discuss various issues.”