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Public Policy & Politics


Turkmenistan intends to cancel all the current social benefits related to paying for communal services. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov gave such an instruction to the government during the meeting in Ashgabat, as reported by local mass media. “The head of the country instructed Deputy Prime Minister Byashimyrat Khodzhamammedov to prepare proposals providing for the cancellation of all benefits. In other words, the benefits will be provided only to those who really need social assistance,” the media report.



During President Xi Jinping's upcoming visit to Kazakhstan, a number of new trade and economic agreements will be signed. According to the official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, Li Huilai, the PRC leader and his counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev are going to discuss the prospects and opportunities for Kazakhstan's participation in the One Belt, One Road project, as well as a number of other key issues of the regional level.


The International Central Asian Environmental Forum “Initiative for Cooperation in the Sphere of Sustainable Development and Environmental Protection in the Central Asia Region” started its work in the capital of Turkmenistan. Ashgabat hosts this event for the first time. Its organizers are the State Committee for Land Resources and Environmental Protection and the Regional Environmental Center for Central Asia.


On January 1, 2018, Kazakhstan plans to introduce a new format of social targeted assistance. As a result, the social benefits will increase by an average of 25 percent. Minister of Labor and Social Protection of the Population Tamara Duisenova made such a statement on June 6. “The total amount of the three benefits currently provided for each member of a low-income family is KZT6,396. Within the new system, the amount of assistance to each member of the family will grow by about KZT2.500.


On June 5, Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev signed a law that was previously passed by the republic's parliament. It provides for conducting the presidential election in the country on October 15, 2017. According to the press service of the head of state, the law “On the election of the president of Kyrgyzstan and deputies of the national parliament” was adopted on May 31. In accordance with the new legislative norms, the presidential election will be held on the third Sunday of October.



This summer, a total of 1,290 children's camps will be operating in Uzbekistan. Of them, 214 camps are stationary, 936 are day camps, and 140 are classified as labor and recreation camps. According to the press service of the Federation of Trade Unions of the Republic, the number of children's camps in the country has increased by 140 units as compared to the 2016 figure. As a result, at least 284,350 children will have the opportunity to get well and relax this summer, which is 7,100 more than the 2016 figure.



President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov held a regular meeting of the State Security Council in Ashgabat. Its participants summed up the work of law enforcement and military bodies during the first five months of 2017. According to the State News Agency of Turkmenistan, the heads of the law enforcement agencies reported on the state of affairs in their departments.


On June 1, the Tajik-Uzbek intergovernmental commission on resolving the border and territorial issues signed a protocol on the demarcation and delimitation of the border in the controversial areas. According to the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan, this was done following the meeting held in Dushanbe on May 30-31. As noted, out of over 1,300 kilometers of the bilateral border, only 60 kilometers remain controversial.



In Tajikistan, the lower chamber of the republic's parliament adopted a number of amendments to the Code of Administrative Offenses and the Law on Advertising. As reported by certain sources in the parliament, in accordance with the adopted changes, the advertising of alcohol and tobacco has been banned in the country. Producers of alcoholic beverages and tobacco products can no longer act as sponsors of commercials or any advertising event. In addition, alcohol and tobacco ads can not be placed on television and radio, in news or information programs.


In Kyrgyzstan, the SMS survey “M-Report” has been conducted in order to find out the factors that influence the choice of the university, and how many graduates of higher education institutions manage to find occupational work. This survey was initiated by the National Institute for Strategic Studies of the Republic and dedicated to the topic “Choosing a University.” The survey was participated by 946 people from all provinces of Kyrgyzstan.