Meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan

On July 5 2024, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov held a regular meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers via the digital system, to discuss topical issues of the country’s life.

The first speaker was the Chairwoman of the Mejlis D. Gulmanova, who informed about the ongoing legislative work.

As reported, draft laws are currently being prepared aimed at improving civil law relations, bringing the budget system into line with the realities of the time, as well as work carried out in the field of sports in accordance with the provisions of the World Anti-Doping Code.

Along with this, draft legal acts are being developed aimed at introducing a digital system into the activities of the Pension Fund, modernizing the work of the State Sanitary and Epidemiological Service, regulating the participation of persons with various groups of disabilities in international competitions, and creating ample opportunities for young scientists to engage in science.

In addition, changes and additions are being made to the laws on the legal profession and advocacy, acts of civil status, and on seed production.

The credentials from the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Nicaragua to our country were accepted.During the meeting with an international UN expert, an overview of the work being carried out within the framework of the “Framework program for cooperation in the field of sustainable development between Turkmenistan and the United Nations for 20212025” was given.

Deputies of the Mejlis took part in events organized by the relevant government agencies of the country together with the UN Children’s Fund and the OSCE.

In addition, national parliamentarians went on official trips to Tashkent (Republic of Uzbekistan), Minsk (Republic of Belarus), Vienna (Republic of Austria), and became delegates to the 31st annual session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, which was held in Bucharest (Romania).

At the same time, information was given about the participation of people’s representatives in events to explain to the general population the main aspects of the state policy of the independent Homeland, the historical and socio-political significance of the year “The Fount of Wisdom of Magtymguly Fragi,” as well as the goals of the adopted legislative acts.

Summarizing the information, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov noted that special attention should be paid to the development of new bills that correspond to the realities of our time. The emphasis was placed on the need to radically improve activities carried out in this direction.

Then Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers H. Geldimyradov reported on the ongoing work aimed at widespread use of the digital system in economic sectors and improving the quality of banking services through the use of innovative technologies.

As reported, the “Program of the President of Turkmenistan for the socio-economic development of the country for 20192025” it was determined to take measures to increase the volume of loans issued based on online applications and improve credit operations in real time.

In this regard, the Deputy Prime Minister reported on the capabilities and advantages of the Digital Credit system designed for individuals, developed by the Halkbank Joint-Stock Commercial Bank of Turkmenistan. This service provides for remote customer service via the Internet, including the creation of benefits using a digital system in the processing of loans by banks for citizens.

After listening to the report, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov noted with satisfaction that the digital system is currently being widely implemented in all sectors of the economy, and close attention is paid to improving the quality of banking services and expanding their range.

Having approved the submitted proposal to introduce the Digital Credit system of the Halkbank Joint Stock Commercial Bank of Turkmenistan intended for individuals, the head of Turkmenistan instructed the Deputy Prime Minister to carry out the necessary work in this direction.

Then Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers B. Amanov reported on the measures taken by the Türkmengaz State Concern for the widespread introduction of a digital system into the gas supply structure.

As reported, in order to successfully implement the tasks planned in accordance with the “State Program for the Development of the Digital Economy in Turkmenistan for 20212025”, the country is taking the necessary measures to introduce new technologies, in particular, work is underway to install “smart” gas meters in households consuming natural gas.

After listening to the report, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov noted the importance of installing modern gas meters that allow the population and enterprises to be safely and reliably supplied with natural and liquefied gas.

The introduction of advanced technologies at gas supply facilities will make it possible to strengthen control over natural gas consumption, the head of state noted, instructing the Deputy Prime Minister to continue work in this direction.

Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers T. Atahallyev reported on the state of affairs in the agro-industrial sector, in particular, on the progress of seasonal agricultural campaigns in the regions of the country.

As reported, the grain harvest continues at an intensive pace in the velayats, appropriate work is being carried out for the proper storage of the collected grain, its transportation to receiving points, warehouses and elevators.

In order to lay the foundations for the 2025 wheat harvest, plowing is currently being carried out in the fields freed up after the mowing season, as well as preparing agricultural machinery and seeds for sowing.

Farmland sown with cotton is maintained, in particular, inter-row cultivation, fertilizing with minerals and watering.

Every effort is being made to strengthen food abundance in the country. In Dashoguz and Lebap velayats, rice crops are being taken care of, in Mary velayats, sugar beets are being planted, as well as watering the emerging seedlings of this crop.

Having listened to the report and noting the importance of continuing the comprehensive development of the country’s agricultural sector, the President of Turkmenistan instructed to keep under review the issues of organizing mowing in the velayats and transporting the grown crop to receiving points.

In this regard, the head of state emphasized the need to use agricultural machinery at full capacity.

Speaking about planting the next year’s wheat harvest and preparing land for sowing, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov ordered all relevant work to be carried out in a timely manner.

In addition, the head of state focused on the importance of strict compliance with agricultural technology standards when caring for cotton, as well as taking appropriate measures to grow a rich harvest of other seasonal crops and gave the Deputy Prime Minister a number of specific instructions in this regard.

Next, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers B.Annamammedov reported on the steps being taken to strengthen the material and technical base and infrastructure of the domestic chemical industry.

As noted, the Türkmenhimiýa State Concern is carrying out relevant work to supply domestic consumers with chemical products, in particular liquid chlorine, which is used in the production of the chemical and oil and gas industries.

In order to properly store this toxic substance, taking into account the requirements for warehouse premises, it is proposed to reconstruct and modernize the Jebel cargo storage department of the Balkanabat Iodine Plant.

After listening to the report, the head of state emphasized the great importance of organizing coordinated work to supply the country’s domestic consumers with the necessary chemical products.

In this regard, the Deputy Prime Minister was assigned to carry out appropriate work to substantiate the proposal for the reconstruction and modernization of the Jebel cargo warehouse of the Balkanabat iodine plant of the Türkmenhimiýa State Concern.

Next, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers B. Atdaev reported on the ongoing activities to expand mutually beneficial trade and economic relations with neighboring states.

It was reported that in accordance with the Declaration on Deepening the Strategic Partnership between Turkmenistan and the Republic of Uzbekistan, adopted on October 21, 2022, consistent work is being carried out.

In this regard, a corresponding proposal was submitted to the head of state for consideration.

After listening to the report, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov stated that the Republic of Uzbekistan is one of the closest neighboring partner countries, and pointed out the need to continue efforts to further develop cooperation with neighboring states.

ed the proposal presented by the Deputy Prime Minister in this direction, the head of state ordered to take appropriate measures to expand mutually beneficial trade and economic interaction.

Then Deputy Chairwoman of the Cabinet of Ministers M.Mammedova reported on the draft Resolution on holding Culture Week in Ahal velayat next year.

As noted, according to the established good tradition, this creative event is organized annually on the occasion of the Day of Culture and Art Workers, as well as the poetry of Magtymguly Fragi. This year, Culture Week was held in Arkadag city. Within its framework, various events were held aimed at widely popularizing the national cultural heritage.

Continuing the report, the Deputy Prime Minister presented for consideration by the head of Turkmenistan a draft document on holding a cultural forum in Ahal velayat in 2025.

After listening to the report, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov noted that the consistent development of the cultural sector is an important task. In this regard, much attention is paid to improving Turkmen culture and art in accordance with the requirements of the time.

Having signed the Resolution “On holding the Week of Culture in Ahal Velayat” in order to organize an annual creative forum as a holiday of Turkmen culture, art and literature, the head of Turkmenistan sent the document to the Deputy Prime Minister via the digital system, addressing a number of specific instructions.

Next, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers N. Amannepsov reported on the draft Resolution “On approval of the Procedure for the development, implementation and financing of State scientific and technical programs”.

In the era of the Revival of a new epoch of a powerful state in Turkmenistan, the scientific system is constantly being improved, with special importance being attached to creating a solid foundation for the current and future development of the national economy.

A reliable legal framework is currently being formed.In order to improve the regulation of relations related to the development and financing of programs, the Academy of Sciences of Turkmenistan has prepared a draft relevant document, designed to help improve the efficiency of state scientific and technical policy in priority areas of scientific, scientific, technical and innovative activities, the introduction of advanced developments into production, methods and technologies, as well as the latest achievements of science and technology.

Summarizing the report, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov focused on the importance of financing and monitoring the implementation of scientific and technical programs implemented in the country.

Having signed the corresponding Resolution, the head of state sent it to the Deputy Prime Minister via Digital system, giving a number of specific instructions regarding further measures to accelerate the introduction of new technologies and innovative developments into production.

Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs R. Meredov reported on the ongoing work to develop cooperation between Turkmenistan and the countries of Eastern Europe.

As noted, building up a mutually beneficial partnership with the states of the European region is one of the priority areas of the Homeland’s foreign policy.In this regard, steps are being taken to strengthen relations with Eastern European countries that are members of the European Union, including the Republic of Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Romania and the Slovak Republic.

In this context, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has prepared a number of relevant proposals.

Thus, in order to expand Turkmen-Polish relations, inter-Ministry of Foreign Affairs political consultations were held on June 17 of this year in Warsaw.During the meeting, an exchange of views took place on topical issues of interaction in various fields.

A Cooperation Program between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan and Poland for 20252026 was also signed.

During the negotiations, the Polish side, in order to intensify interstate relations, requested a positive solution to the issue of opening a Consular Office or a post of Turkmenistan in Warsaw.

To study it in detail, it is proposed to send representatives of the relevant government agencies of our country on a working visit to the capital of Poland in the fourth quarter of this year.

The issue of creating a bilateral Working Group on Economic Cooperation was also discussed. Currently, proper work is being carried out in this direction with the Polish side.

Along with this, an exchange of views took place on the prospects for interaction in the cultural and humanitarian field, including establishing contacts through museums.In this regard, it is proposed to organize an exhibition of museum exhibits from our country, including artifacts related to Polish culture, in Warsaw during 2025.

On behalf of Poland, Turkmenistan expressed gratitude for the erection of a monument to the famous Polish poet Adam Mickiewicz in the Magtymguly Pyragy cultural and park complex, opened on May 17 in Ashgabat.

Friendly, mutually beneficial relations also connect Turkmenistan and Hungary. In this aspect, first of all, mutual visits at the highest level should be noted. As you know, in June 2023, Prime Minister Viktor Orban visited our country, and in August of the same year, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov visited Hungary.

To discuss issues of further development of multifaceted cooperation and the practical implementation of the agreements reached, inter-Ministry of Foreign Affairs political consultations were held on June 18 of this year in Budapest. As part of the visit of the delegation of Turkmenistan, a meeting was also organized with the Deputy Chairman of the National Assembly of Hungary.

In order to strengthen the fruitful Turkmen-Hungarian dialogue, it is proposed to hold the 6th meeting of the joint Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Cooperation in the first half of 2025.

It was also noted that, at the invitation of the Hungarian side, on August 711 of this year, the delegation of Turkmenistan will take part in the cultural event “Kurultai”.

As part of this visit, it is proposed to hold Days of Culture of our country in Hungary and organize a celebration associated with the opening of the bust of Magtymguly Fragi.

Hungary also expressed gratitude to Turkmenistan for installing a sculpture of the famous Hungarian poet Sándor Petöfi in the Magtymguly Pyragy Cultural and Park Complex.

In the context of interaction in the educational sphere, opportunities for further cooperation within the framework of the Stipendium Hungarikum Program were considered.

Issues of developing a multi-vector partnership between Turkmenistan and the Czech Republic were put on the agenda of bilateral inter-Ministry of Foreign Affairs political consultations held on June 20 of this year in Prague.

As part of the visit, the Turkmen delegation also had a meeting with the Deputy Chairman of the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Parliament.

As a result of the negotiations, a number of proposals were prepared, including the development of a Memorandum or Program of Cooperation between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the two countries, the creation of a Working Group on Economic Cooperation, and the organization of visits to our country by Czech delegations this year and in 2025.

One of the key partners of Turkmenistan in the European Union is Romania. Since 2008, five visits and summits have taken place between the two countries. Contacts are carried out through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on a systematic basis.

The Intergovernmental Turkmen-Romanian Commission on Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation operates, and meetings of special Working Groups on interaction in the energy and transport sectors are held regularly. Humanitarian ties are developing dynamically, including in the field of education.

In order to further strengthen interstate relations, it is proposed to hold political consultations between the Foreign Ministries of the two countries in Bucharest on July 17-18 of this year, as well as to carry out the necessary work in the second half of this year to organize the next, 8th meeting of the Joint Intergovernmental Commission in Bucharest.

In addition, a proposal was voiced to organize a high-level visit to Romania in 2025.

Consistent steps are being taken to develop cooperation between our country and the Slovak Republic. In order to take the interstate dialogue to a new level, in order to intensify political and diplomatic relations, it is proposed to hold bilateral inter-Ministry of Foreign Affairs consultations in Bratislava on July 16-17 this year.

Taking into account the fact that the visit of the delegation of Turkmenistan includes a meeting with the head of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovakia, taking into account the interest of Slovak companies in establishing effective business cooperation with Turkmen partners, it was proposed to organize a visit of representatives to our country in the fourth quarter of this year business circles of a friendly state.

Along with this, it is proposed to complete work on the preparation of the draft Intergovernmental Agreement on Economic Cooperation within 2024 and, in accordance with this, to hold a meeting of the Intergovernmental Turkmen-Slovak Commission in Bratislava in the first half of 2025.

Summarizing the report, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov emphasized that Turkmenistan, based on a policy of neutrality, maintains friendly and fraternal relations with countries of the world, including European ones, and strives to develop mutually beneficial partnerships in priority areas.

In this regard, the Deputy Prime Minister and the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were assigned to continue relevant work to strengthen cooperation with European countries.

Next, the Director General of the Agency for Transport and Communications under the Cabinet of Ministers, M. Chakyev, reported on the measures being taken to modernize the shipbuilding and ship repair industry.

It was noted that as part of the socio-economic reforms carried out in the year “The Fount of the Wisdom of Magtymguly Fragi”, state programs for diversifying the economy, developing industry and producing analogues of imported goods are being successfully implemented.

In this regard, it was reported that the possibilities of using local raw materials in production, including ship repairs, and their export are being studied.

After listening to the report, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov emphasized that in the country, along with the shipbuilding sector, ship repair production is being improved. Having approved the proposal presented by the head of the Agency to use local raw materials, the head of state ordered work in this direction.

A number of other issues of public life were also discussed at the meeting, on which appropriate decisions were made.

State News Agency of Turkmenistan

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