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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.



The capital of Turkmenistan hosted a regular meeting of the Government chaired by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. It addressed topical issues relating to the situation in the country, and projects of some important documents. At the meeting, reports were delivered by heads of several ministries and agencies, who informed on the work done during the reporting period.



At the end of 2016, the capital of Turkmenistan will host the first UN Global Conference on Sustainable Transport Systems. The Turkmen government announced so in the message published on March 26. According to the announcement, the event is envisaged in the resolution entitled “Ways to ensure the full interaction of all modes of transport with a view to facilitating creation of sustainable multimodal transit corridors” that was adopted at the 70th session of the UN General Assembly on December 22, 2015.



Ashgabat hosted the Turkmen-Czech business forum, which was attended by business leaders and government agencies of the two countries. In particular, the Czech delegation was headed by Chairman of the Chamber of Deputies of Parliament Ian Gamachek. The delegation also involved representatives of companies that specialize in fields such as the gas transport sector, logistics, healthcare, insurance, banking system and a number of others. The event was held at the Chamber of Commerce of Turkmenistan, where the Czech guests were acquainted with the economic potential of the country.


Turkmenistan is putting to an order the system of imports and sales (wholesale and retail) of tobacco products. In accordance with the decree signed by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, the Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations and Trade has received the exclusive right to import tobacco products and set minimum retail prices for them in the prescribed manner. As reported by local media on March 19, persons arriving in Turkmenistan can bring two packs of cigarettes for their own use.



In Turkmenistan, the national tourist zone “Avaza,” which is located on the coast of the Caspian Sea, hosted the 10-day training attended by experts of relevant ministries and agencies of all five Caspian littoral states (Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and Iran). As reported by the state news service on March 17, the event was dedicated to efficient management and sustainable development in terms of issues related to the Caspian Sea.


Ashgabat hosted a number of meetings of EU Special Representative for Central Asia Peter Buriyan with deputies of the Turkmen Parliament, heads of several ministries and agencies to discuss the prospects of further development of cooperation and partnership between Turkmenistan and the EU. As reported by the Turkmen government on March 10, the relations between the parties are built on mutual benefit and equality, trust and respect for each other's interests.


President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has criticized the performance of the State Commodity and Raw Materials Exchange at the government meeting on March 8th. According to local media, the head of the country “demanded the adoption of measures aimed at correcting the shortcomings.” In January-February 2016, the state exchange conducted a total of 40 biddings, which resulted in 2,172 registered contract worth more than TMT4.2 billion.



On March 7, Ashgabat hosted negotiations participated by President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, who arrived in the country on an official visit. According to local media, during the meeting the Turkmen president pointed out the friendly nature of the current Turkmen-Qatari relations, noting that there is capacity for further expansion of the mutually beneficial cooperation in the trade and economic sphere, as well as in the sphere of strengthening of humanitarian contacts.