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People’s Council of Turkmenistan was held

People’s Council of Turkmenistan was held

On September 25, 2018, the first session of the People’s Council chaired by
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov was held.The initiative of the President of
Turkmenistan to organize the highest representative authority- thePeople’s Council was
supported and adopted in October last year at the meeting of the Elders Councilwhich
was held in Ahal velayat.
Elected members of the People’s Council, heads of the government authorities,
political parties and public organizations, deputies of the Mejlis, hyakims of the velayats,
etraps and cities, ambassadors of our country to foreign states, honored elders,
representatives of all layers of the population as well as invited guests took part in the
first session.
The agenda of the national forum, which became a landmark event in the life of
the country, discussed the priorities for the further comprehensive development of the
Turkmen state and society, the steady implementation of progressive reforms, the key
goal of which is to ensure the prosperous life of the people, to lay a solid and long term
foundation for the prosperity of the Turkmenistan.
The President of Turkmenistan, in his speech, noted with satisfaction the great
importance of creating an independent state in the history of the Turkmen people and
supporting its permanent neutral status throughout the world. In particular, over the years
of independence, Turkmenistan has become a reliable partner, has become a coordinating
center, which is the guarantor of openness and security in Central Asia, the leader of the
nation said.
Within short period of time Turkmen nation could demonstrate itself to the whole
world as peace-loving, friendly and creative nation. Therefore, our country is proud of
achievements made during independence years and historical successes, the head of State
stated.
National Leader expressed his sincere gratitude to the whole nation, especially
esteemed elders for supporting domestic and foreign policies, active involvement to
develop our country and underlined that new pages are created in the history of our
nation where ancient trade caravans passed across our territory.
Huge investments, including foreign ones, were attracted to diversify the economy
and improve the entire infrastructure.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov drew attention to the formation of a deep
base of powerful economic development. Over 27 years of independence, the volume of
major investments in the country’s economy has grown more than 350 times and reached
about 500 billion manat, or 185 billion US dollars. Of these, 68 percent, which is about
335 billion manat, or 124 billion US dollars, is directed to the production sphere, which

made it possible to build over 2,600 facilities for industrial, technical and socio-cultural
purposes.
The result was a formed diversified economy, which incorporated such areas as
the electric power industry, the oil and gas industry, engineering, metallurgy, the
chemical industry, construction, electronic, light and food industries and other spheres.
Focusing on long-term plans, the head of Turkmenistan noted that, despite the
continuing negative circumstances in the world and the difficult financial and economic
conditions, this year and next year will see a growth in gross domestic product of 6.2
percent.
The development of mutually beneficial foreign economic relations is facilitated
by the intensification of bilateral government commissions, the holding of trade forums
and exhibitions, and the opening of Trading Houses in dozens of states.
In Turkmenistan, the development of medium and small businesses is ongoing.
Excluding the fuel and energy complex, the share of the non-state sector in the country’s
GDP reached 68 percent, the head of state said. The members of the Union of
Industrialists and Entrepreneurs make a worthy contribution to ensuring the commodity
abundance of the domestic market, diversifying the economy, strengthening the export
potential of the state.
In his speech, the Turkmen Leader, noting the important tasks of the state strategy,
highlighted the need to improve the fuel and energy sector, in particular the oil and gas
and petrochemical industries. From this point of view, investment projects carried out in
recent years, in particular, the construction of new gas pipelines to China and Iran, as
well as the construction of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline,
which are viewed as the contribution of our state to the development of international
energy partnership. This, in turn, has a positive impact on the overall situation and
progress in the Central Asian region, turning it into one of the energy centers of world
importance, the President of Turkmenistan said in his speech.
For the raise of the material and technical base of the transport industry to the
modern level, the expansion of existing and the creation of new directions of the transport
and communication network, national programs have been developed and are being
successfully implemented. The favorable geographical location of our country creates
opportunities for the formation of large logistics centers for combined multimodal
transport. In this context, the importance of the Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran railway
was noted, as well as the establishment of combined road, rail and sea links between the
CIS and Central Asia, opening up wide opportunities for both our state and neighboring
countries. The commissioning of a diversified modern port in the city of Turkmenbashi
allowed to increase several times the number of transit traffic through our country and
increase the export potential, the leader of the nation said.
As the leader of the nation noted, it would be expedient to transfer agricultural
land of unprofitable daihan associations, which have extremely low production
indicators, to transfer to agricultural producers who are able to work best on the land. To
this end, it was proposed, in accordance with the law, to create a special land fund, and
on the basis of the decision of the working committee, to allocate land to those who wish
for a period of 99 years.
Speaking about improving the agro-industrial complex under the leadership of the
national leader, the forum participants noted the ongoing work to further reform the
agriculture, scientifically based regulation of crops, in the current period of transition to a
market economy, the introduction of new technologies is important.
In this regard, the President of Turkmenistan expressed confidence that the
implementation of the relevant document adopted in this direction will produce good

results. Noting its great importance, the President of Turkmenistan, the Chairman of the
Halk Maslakhaty, signed the Resolution “On the Further Improvement of Reforms in the
Agricultural Sector”.
Turkmenistan today at the UN level has been recognized by the state with
developed economy. The consistent increase in the size of wages and profits in the years
of independence is a good example of ensuring social security and protection from the
state, and raising the standard of living of the people. This, in turn, is a vivid example of
the consolidation of the rights and responsibilities of residents, the result of the
implementation of the “State for Man!” policy in reality. In this regard, the leader of
Turkmenistan, taking into account the approval at the national forum, signed the
Resolution “On streamlining the provision of Turkmenistan’s population with electricity,
gas, drinking water and table salt”, and also on streamlining payment of housing and
communal services. Also in his speech, the President of Turkmenistan noted that the most
important task is to ensure social protection of the population by increasing wages,
pensions and scholarships (at the level of at least 10 percent), indicating that the amount
of social financing should be at least 75-80 percent of the total the volume of state budget
expenditures. The emphasis was also placed on the importance of adopting measures to
protect mothers and children.
In the speech of the President of Turkmenistan, special attention was paid to the
protection and promotion of cultural heritage, the development of health care, and the
improvement of education and science. In all regions of the country and in the capital,
modern clinics and research and clinical centers have been built. The reconstruction of
health and medical institutions has been carried out. In recent years, the Cardiological
Center, the Scientific Clinical Center for Mother and Child, the Centers for Neurology,
Morphology and Prevention of Infectious Diseases, Public Health and Nutrition, the
International Educational and Scientific Center, the International Center for Surgery and

Endocrinology have been built. A children’s hospital in the city of Mary, a multi-
disciplinary hospital in the city of Turkmenabat, a sanatorium “Avaza” in the city of

Turkmenbashi, and ambulance centers in the provinces were commissioned.
Currently, Turkmenistan clearly shows an example of sports cooperation. In this
regard, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expressed his firm conviction that,
having a strong sports base and support from the people, representatives of the national
team in the future will successfully perform at the Asian and also the Summer Olympic
Games.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov proposed to convene a regular meeting of
the Halk Maslakhaty on September 25, 2019 in Ashgabat and signed the relevant
Resolution.

Press center
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

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