President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov held a regular meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers using the digital video link system, during which the implementation of national socio-economic development programs was reviewed, the state news Agency of Turkmenistan reported.
The President was the first to call the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, G. Myradov. The Vice Premier reported on the preparation of the draft Decree "On approval of structure of Central balance-sheet Commission under the Ministry of Finance and economy of Turkmenistan", as well as on the ongoing work on the introduction of "E-tax" in the workflow of the Tax Department and subordinate organizations of the Ministry of economy and Finance.
Informing about the activities of the balance Commission, the Deputy Prime Minister said that appropriate work was being carried out to ensure financial stability and improve solvency.
According to the decree of the head of state dated November 3, 2019, adjustments were made to the Regulations on the Central Balance Commission. Due to changes in the structure of a number of ministries and industry departments, the composition of this Commission has been revised and a draft Resolution has been prepared.
After hearing the report and stressing the importance of improving the work of this structure, the head of state signed the submitted document and sent it to the Deputy Prime Minister for the electronic document management system Further, during the digital video session, the Deputy Prime Minister informed the President about the planned introduction of the "Electronic tax" system, developed in accordance with the concept of digital economy development in Turkmenistan for 2019-2025 and in order to optimize activities in the field of taxation.
Stressing that the state pays special attention to accelerating the process of digitalization of industries, the President addressed a number of specific instructions to the Deputy Prime Minister to intensify work in this direction.
The meeting continued with the report of the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, M. Meredov, who reported on the state of Affairs in the structural divisions of the fuel and energy complex. Information was given about the work being carried out to further improve the activities of the supervised industries, increase the production of gas and chemical products, and introduce world best practices in these areas.
A draft document was submitted for consideration by the head of state, according to which the State concern "Turkmengaz" will enter into a contract with the Japanese company "Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd" to provide consulting services for the management of the Akhal plant for the production of gasoline from natural gas.
After hearing the report, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov focused on key aspects of the state economic policy, according to which large investments are directed to the development of basic industries, including the fuel and energy complex.
Stressing that Turkmenistan, taking a course towards industrialization, intends to continue to focus on the creation of production facilities based on the latest high-efficiency and environmentally friendly technologies, advanced developments and know-how, the head of state called for further study and practical application of the experience of foreign partners in this field.
Here, a concrete example of productive cooperation is the commissioning of the world's first plant for the production of environmentally friendly synthetic automobile fuel in the Akhal velayat. The implementation of this project has become an important milestone in the diversification and development of not only the national economy, but also the entire global oil and gas industry, which is confirmed by certificates and prestigious awards from international organizations.
This ultra-modern complex is equipped with the latest technologies and equipment from world-famous manufacturers from the United States, Great Britain, France, Holland, Sweden, Japan, the Republic of Korea, India and other countries. The company is designed to process 1 billion 785 million cubic meters of "blue fuel" and produce 600 thousand tons of ESO-93 gasoline that meets the EURO-5 standard, as well as diesel fuel and liquefied gas per year.
Using a unique technology for producing automobile fuel from natural gas, developed by the Danish company "Haldor Topsoe", allows you to produce high-quality products with the lowest energy costs and minimal impact on the environment.
After signing the Decree "on the conclusion of a contract for consulting services by the State concern "Türkmengaz", the President sent it to the Deputy Prime Minister for the electronic document management system and instructed him to monitor the implementation of the provisions of this document.
The head of state also ordered to take appropriate measures to accelerate the implementation of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline project, which is designed to give a new impetus to the socio-economic development of the region's countries, as well as to solve problems in the field of environmental protection – through the use of environmentally friendly "blue fuel".
Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers Ch. Purchekov reported on the work done by the inter-sectoral Commission to check the technical condition of road and railway bridges of national importance on the territory of Turkmenistan.
According to the Deputy Prime Minister, there are 582 similar structures of national importance in the country. The report included information about the results of research on their operational status, as well as verification of bridges of local significance.
After hearing the report, the President stressed that in recent years, along with other goals of social and economic development, Turkmenistan has achieved high rates of progress in the construction and commissioning of unique engineering and transport communications that meet the highest international standards.
All the measures taken directly contribute to the promotion of Turkmenistan's initiative in the field of global partnership on sustainable transport and strengthening international cooperation in this area.
The head of state emphasized the importance of ongoing projects to improve the country's transport and logistics capabilities, construction of road and railway bridges, and other important infrastructure facilities.
Modern structures and advanced technologies must be used in their construction, and their engineering and operational parameters must fully comply with international standards for bridge construction. In the process of their construction, it is necessary to perform a complex of research, geophysical, geological and construction and installation works, the President said.
During the meeting, the head of state focused on the implementation of programs for the development of the electric power sector and outlined a number of important tasks related to the implementation of the country's energy policy, in particular, the implementation of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan power line (TAP) project.
In this context, the Turkmen leader pointed out that special attention should be paid to attracting investment and keeping the timing and quality of work under strict control, and addressed specific instructions to the Deputy Prime Minister in this regard.
Next, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers B. Ovezov reported on the activities to establish new industries in the textile industry, as well as the results of the meeting of the inter-Industry Commission for the development of the digital economy in Turkmenistan.
Increasing the volume of production of import-substituting goods of a wide range, strengthening the country's export potential-this task, set for the leading sectors of the national economy, is successfully solved by enterprises of the textile industry.
In this regard, the Deputy Prime Minister said that it is planned to create a new spinning enterprise for processing camel and goat wool, as well as production for processing textile and wool residues, waste reeds and cotton. There was information that these facilities will be equipped with modern innovative equipment.
In continuation of the report, the Deputy Prime Minister reported that during the meeting of the inter-Industry Commission for the development of the digital economy in our country, it was decided to create a Working group and an appropriate action plan.
Summing up the report, the President stressed that the textile industry has important tasks to increase output, form new high-tech complexes, and create processing enterprises for the production of diverse and competitive products based on the effective use of local raw materials.
Recalling the importance of programs for the industrialization and digitalization of the country, the production of import-substituting and export domestic products, and the creation of new jobs, the President stressed that it must meet all quality and environmental standards. To do this, textile enterprises need to be equipped with advanced high-tech equipment, the head of state said, addressing the Deputy Prime Minister with instructions on this matter.
The process of digitalization of the economy also includes the achieving success on the level of regions, the President said, giving an indication to continue implementing the National program on transforming social and living conditions of population of villages, settlements, towns of etraps and etrap centers in a new way.
Focusing on the key tasks of the inter-Sectoral Commission to implement the adopted Concepts of development of the digital economy and digital education system in Turkmenistan, the head of state demanded to pay great attention to accelerating the transition to the digital system.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov also focused on the work of the "Turkmendemiryollary" Agency of the Ministry of industry and communications, stressing the need to modernize and further strengthen the material and technical base of this sphere, and gave the Deputy Prime Minister a number of specific instructions.
Then Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers Ch. Gylyjov reported on the work of the supervised structures, including the Union of Industrialists and entrepreneurs, and the organization of trade activities in the context of the development of foreign economic relations of Turkmenistan, expanding the geography of coverage of domestic product markets.
In this context, the head of state was presented a draft "Strategy for improving the activities of the State commodity exchange of Turkmenistan for 2020-2025".
This Strategy is aimed at increasing the export potential by creating favorable conditions for the participation of Turkmenistan's producers in international trade. Its implementation will also contribute to ensuring effective commercial activity of enterprises, including through the use of a digital system and information networks, the "one window" principle, and the introduction of new exchange instruments. The main objective of the Strategy is to increase the competitiveness SCET both in the region and in the world.
After hearing the report, the President stressed the importance of modernizing organizational approaches in the work of the State commodity exchange and other institutions of the country's trade complex, and improving export-import procedures based on digitalization. The head of state also emphasized the need to search for new directions and forms of business activity.
Domestic business plays an important role in diversifying the country's industrial sector and its foreign economic contacts, the President said, giving the Deputy Prime Minister a number of specific instructions on further development of market mechanisms, creating conditions for active participation of entrepreneurs in state programs and large-scale projects.
Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers P. Agamyradov reported on the activities in the fields of science and education, the ongoing work on the implementation of a set of measures aimed at solving the tasks set by the head of state in the field of digital development.
In particular, he reported on the implementation of instructions for building an effective model of digital learning and creating an electronic platform for the development of domestic research projects, increasing the country's scientific and technical potential.
Digitalization is a strategic direction for the development of our economy and social sphere, the President said, noting that its key tool should be the formation and expansion of the appropriate infrastructure, material, technical and information base.
The head of state also pointed to the need to study the best foreign practices, including the management and protection of digital networks, placing special emphasis on the importance of training highly qualified specialists in various areas of the digital economy.
Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers B. Abdyeva reported on the organization of expeditions to collect national cultural values and their thorough study, which will be held in the first half of 2020 in the country's velayats.
It was reported that the participants of the planned expeditions will collect information about the customs, traditions and rituals of the Turkmen people, songs and other intangible cultural values.
After hearing the report, the President noted the importance of unique evidence of the rich history and cultural identity of the Turkmen people. Therefore, participants of expeditions should pay special attention to the collection and systematization of sayings and Proverbs, winged expressions, and obsolete words. All this is our priceless asset, the Turkmen leader said.
You need to carefully collect and study samples of oral folk art, and prepare the information for publication. This has not only a great educational value, but also a great educational power, the Turkmen leader stressed.
And, of course, it is important to continue educational activities to disseminate information about such national values as the Akhal-Teke horse, the Turkmen Alabai, and the handmade carpet. Of particular importance to the world historical science are preserved in the territory of our country archaeological sites belonging to different eras.
In this regard, the head of state addressed specific instructions to the Deputy Prime Minister to prepare and conduct upcoming expeditions to the country's velayats at a high organizational level.
In turn, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers E. Orazgeldiyev reported on the progress of reforms in agriculture and ongoing seasonal field work in the regions. Currently, preparations for the spring sowing campaign are continuing. Plowing, levelling and washing irrigation are carried out in fields intended for cotton sowing, and agricultural machinery is also being repaired.
Along with this, winter wheat is being cared for. The draft Resolution "On the purchase of chemicals and micronutrients for agricultural crops" was submitted to the President for consideration.
Summing up the report, the Turkmen leader focused on the importance of large-scale transformations in the agricultural sector, designed to increase the efficiency of agricultural production, including through the widespread introduction of advanced scientific methods in this area.
At the same time, the President gave specific instructions on increasing the pace of work on caring for winter grain crops and preparing for spring sowing. Speaking about this, the head of state demanded to take appropriate measures in order to obtain generous harvests of wheat, cotton, vegetable and melon crops in each velayat this year.
After signing a Decree on the purchase of plant protection products and their supply, the head of Turkmenistan sent it to the Deputy Prime Minister for the electronic document management system and instructed him to monitor the conclusion and execution of contracts for their purchase.
Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of foreign Affairs R. Meredov reported on the implementation of the initiatives of the head of state put forward at the International conference "Turkmenistan and international organizations: cooperation for peace and development".
As noted, the speech of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov at the forum held on January 14 in Ashgabat, dedicated to the celebration of the 25th anniversary of neutrality, covered all areas of cooperation between our country and international organizations. Currently, a Plan for implementing presidential initiatives and a program of events for the year "Turkmenistan – homeland of Neutrality" have been prepared.
In the political and diplomatic sphere, a meeting with foreign ambassadors is planned for the UN headquarters in New-York soon. A proposal to develop a Set of rules for the application of the principles of neutrality in ensuring peace and security, as well as to create an international group of friends of neutrality, is being submitted for discussion.
In the context of the peaceful development of Afghanistan, a draft Program of Turkmenistan's humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan for 2020-2022 has been developed.
Appropriate work is being done to enhance dialogue with international financial institutions such as the world Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the European Bank for reconstruction and development, the Islamic Development Bank, and others.
Referring to the issues raised in the President's speech on the implementation of the sustainable development Goals adopted by the UN, the Deputy Prime Minister and foreign Minister noted that 12 annual Plans were signed in this direction following the international conference.
Currently, the relevant state institutions and public organizations, together with foreign partners, are carrying out their practical implementation. The Ministry of foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, directly participating in this process, simultaneously serves as a General coordinator.
The development of a framework program for cooperation between Turkmenistan and the United Nations for sustainable development for 2021-2025 has begun. The Ministry of foreign Affairs has started to carry out tasks to expand cooperation with specialized UN agencies. In particular, work is being done to bring relations with the UN Food and agriculture organization to a new level.
In order to strengthen relations with international organizations such as the United Nations industrial development Organization and the United Nations Conference on trade and development, it is planned to conduct joint activities for the further development of the customs and statistical system of Turkmenistan.
In the direction of implementing the tasks set in the field of ecology and the environment, the Deputy Prime Minister and foreign Minister noted the importance of developing a Special UN program for the countries of the Aral Sea basin and preparing a draft resolution of the Economic and social Commission for the countries of Asia and the Pacific. This document is proposed to be considered at the next meeting of the Commission, which will be held in Bangkok this year.
The Deputy Prime Minister and the foreign Minister went on to highlight the President's humanitarian initiatives, in particular, to further develop Turkmenistan's multifaceted cooperation with relevant international organizations in order to improve the country's democratic institutions and effectively implement its human rights obligations.
In this regard, a proposal was made to hold a regular meeting of the Interdepartmental Commission on ensuring the implementation of Turkmenistan's international obligations in the field of human rights and international humanitarian law in February this year, with the participation of representatives of authoritative organizations working in this area in Turkmenistan and Central Asia.
The Deputy Prime Minister said that a working plan has been prepared between the Ministry of health and medical industry of Turkmenistan and the WHO regional office for Europe for 2020-2021.
It was also noted that during the conference the issues of activation of work with UNESCO, one of the main partners of our country in the development of international socio-cultural relations were considered. It was emphasized that there is a need to improve the Charter and structure of the national Commission for UNESCO, as well as to form a new composition.
In this context, based on international experience, taking into account new areas of cooperation with UNESCO – the field of digital technologies, statistics, and water resources management, work is underway on the drafts of these documents, and specific proposals will be submitted to the President for consideration in the near future.
If approved, the state bodies, together with international organizations, will carry out the relevant work in accordance with the legislation of Turkmenistan and international standards.
Having approved the submitted proposals, the head of state gave the Deputy Prime Minister relevant instructions to ensure a high organizational level of all planned events.
In this regard, the President welcomed the information about the opening of the foreign Ministry's special website dedicated to the anniversary date and coverage of events held in honor of the significant event.
Chairman of the Mejlis G. Mammedova informed President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov about the activities of the national Parliament.
As reported, the Deputy corps is carrying out systematic work on the modernization of the legislative framework of Turkmenistan, legal support for reforms aimed at the successful implementation of programs for social and economic development of the country, strengthening its democratic institutions.
The Mejlis of Turkmenistan is taking appropriate steps to enhance international cooperation, including inter-parliamentary multilateral dialogue.
The President stressed that legislative activity is a key tool for implementing large-scale state programs and is designed to help improve the standard of living of the people, strengthen civil institutions and establish democratic values in society.
Summing up the meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers on digital video, the Turkmen leader, to all the members of the Cabinet noted that the direct responsibility of senior managers is the control over execution of state programs and development strategies.
Speaking about the priority issues in the government's activities, the President stressed the need to take effective measures to implement plans for the transition to a digital economy and the establishment of a system of electronic services, the privatization of state-owned enterprises and facilities, and their reorganization into joint-stock companies to tap existing growth reserves in various industries.
The head of state noted the need for new approaches to management, the active use of market mechanisms of management, the use of effective foreign developments in this area, as well as the diversification of the national economy.
It is necessary to carry out systematic work to increase the employment of the population, industrialization, development of new types of import-substituting products, creation of high-tech, innovative industries, the head of state continued.
The President also focused on organizing events dedicated to the year "Turkmenistan is the homeland of Neutrality". By pursuing a policy of "open doors" and multilateral economic diplomacy, our country opens up to the world as a state with a rich cultural and historical heritage, which we must popularize widely.