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By the results of January-May of this year, natural and associated gas extraction in Turkmenistan has grown in comparison with the results of the similar period of last year by 10.3 percent. Such information was published by the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Oil and Gas Industry of the Republic which cited data concerning development of the branch in the current year.


Up to 300,000 new job positions will be created in the tourism sector of Kazakhstan by 2020, the announcement made by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Industry and New Technologies Asset Issekeshev during the Government Hour in the lower house of Kazakhstan's Parliament. According to him, the investment law recently signed by the head of state provides benefits for the national tourism industry.



On Friday, June 13 the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov held a session of country's Government, in the course of which development of the national economy within five months of the current year summed up. The participants of the meeting heard a report by Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers Annamahammet Gočyev on macroeconomic indicators in the period from January to May this year, which clearly demonstrated a trend of sustained economic growth.


The President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov recently had a meeting with the Prime Minister of Belarus Mikhail Myasnikovich in Ashkhabad, news reported by the Turkmen presidential press service. The Belorussian Prime Minister is paying an official visit to the republic and heading a delegation of his country's government. During the talks, the Turkmen President and his Belorussian guest exchanged views on the further prospects of the Turkmen-Belorussian cooperation and interaction in the course of implementing the previously reached agreements.



The President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov recently had a meeting with the Director General of the World Health Organization Margaret Chan and the WHO Regional Director for Europe Zsuzsanna Jakab in Ashkhabad, the capital of the republic. During the meeting, the directors of the leading international health organization noted that Turkmenistan has achieved great success in terms of public health care activities.


On Thursday, June 12, the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov


Malaysian state oil company Petronas Charigali signed a memorandum with the State Agency for Hydrocarbon Resources under the President of Turkmenistan on Tuesday, June 10. This was announced by a company representative, who noted that this document is a question of understanding on issues related to long-term cooperation between the parties. The signing of the memorandum took place during the official visit to the Republic of Malaysian Prime Minister Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak, who also met President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.



The President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov received the Chairman of Majlisi (Parliament) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Abdullah Bin Mohammed Bin Ibrahim Al-Sheikh in Ashgabat. The parties discussed issues related to the expansion of bilateral cooperation between the two countries in all spheres of the economy. According to Abdullah Bin Mohammed Bin Ibrahim Al-Sheikh, Saudi Arabia is interested in further comprehensive development of constructive dialogue with Turkmenistan, which has been established in recent years.



As a result of the reorganization of the system of the Academy of Sciences in Turkmenistan, a number of new research institutions in various fields were created. This was reported by local media, which noted that a decree on holding these events was signed by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. For example, for further development of biotechnology and biological research areas, the Institute of Medicinal Plants and the Institute of Botany were merged, on the basis of which the Institute of Medicinal Plants and Biology at the Academy of Sciences of Turkmenistan was established.


According to the press service of the Turkmen government, on Monday, June 9 Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak is going to make an official visit to the country. His visit will last until June 11, and during these days, apart from talks with officials of the republic, he also plans to sign a number of documents dedicated to expanding and deepening of bilateral cooperation. As stated in the text of the government statement on the matter, preparation for the visit of Prime Minister of Malaysia was discussed at the last meeting.