The state information agency TDH reports that at the Cabinet session held on 30 April, 2021 Deputy Prime Minister overseeing trade Chary Gylydzhov made progress report to President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov to report that members of Turkmenistan’s Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs fully provide the domestic market of Turkmenistan with local groceries.
For instance, according to the Deputy Prime Minister, Turkmenistan produces chicken meat and eggs, pastries and sweets, sausage and meat products, soft drinks, vegetable oil, bread, vegetables, dairy products and other produces.
Gylydzhov put forward some proposals to improve the efficiency of work which is being carried out whereas the head of state instructed that Gylyzhov and Deputy Prime Minister overseeing economy and finance Gadyrgeldy Mushshikov enhance domestic production and decrease import of groceries.
The President also showed interest in the performance of the Textile Ministry by instructing that “consumer demand be closely reviewed to manufacture modern, trendy models of footwear and clothes”.
Government officials were charged with the task of finding financial solutions to encourage entrepreneurs and improve Turkmenistan’s export potential.
Meanwhile Ashgabat state-run stores are experiencing an acute shortage of basic groceries with long queues being formed.
Groceries are available in privately-owned supermarkets, but prices are a few times higher because prices are established based on the dollar exchange rate at the “black market”, which is 11 times as much as the official rate.
Turkmenistan’s State Statistics Committee does not publish official import and export data but, judging by the statistics provided by the EAEU, the import of some groceries from Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia is quite high.The post Berdymukhammedov briefed on full provision of the domestic market with local groceries first appeared on Chronicles of Turkmenistan.