18.08.2018. 24 transactions have been registered at the trades of the State Commodity and Raw Materials Exchange of Turkmenistan.

For foreign currency, the entrepreneurs from Turkey, Uzbekistan and other countries have bought petroleum road bitumen and aggregated petroleum coke produced at Turkmenbashy Refinery Complex. Technical sulphur (the State Concern Turkmengas) was the subjects of transactions of Russian business circles. In addition, the Portland cement, colourless flat glass and cotton yarn have been sold to Russian, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan for foreign currency. Total amount of transactions exceeded 13,485,000 US dollars.

Businessmen from Turkey, UAE and Pakistan have purchased cotton yarn to total amount of more than 1,575,000 manats.

State News Agency of Turkmenistan

18.08.2018. Representatives of sport delegation of Turkmenistan took part in the opening ceremony of XVIII Summer Asian Games. It was held at eh Bung Carno Stadium of Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia.
Turkmen sportsmen among the parade of the athletes have greeted numerous spectators of this remarkable event. Free style wrestler Ziyamuhammet Saparov, the young but titled athlete, was honoured to bear the standard. Last year, the foster of Coach Gandym Gajiyev won two medals in the age category up to 18 years old in the weigh category up to 97 kg – the bronze at the World Championship in Athens (Greece) and the silver at the Asian Championship in Bangkok (Thailand). The sportsman is numerous prize winner of international junior tournaments.
The mountain with thick tropical vegetation built in the middle of the stadium and symbolizing Indonesia with big waterfall and volcano on the top was the main feature of the ceremony. Local singers and artists performed on the background of these grandiose decorations demonstrating modern life of this place and historical moments of the country.
Finishing of the games torch relay was the culmination of the ceremony after the speeches of the Presidents of Indonesia and Asian Olympic Union. The torch bearers went up to the top of the mountain and lit up the volcano. Flags hoisting ceremony took place afterwards and Summer Asian Games were officially opened.

18.08.2018. The capital of Indonesia, Jakarta, welcomed the Turkmenistan National Team that arrived to participate in the 18th Asian Summer Games.
To the solemn sounds of Turkmenistan’s anthem, our country’s flag was raised in the international zone of the Athletes’ Village. The athletes were welcomed by the mayor of the village, Yuni Karkita, who wished them success at the Asian Games. The delegation of our country received a memorable gift from the Organizing Committee of the Games. The flags of Afghanistan, Cambodia, Laos and Kuwait were also raised at the ceremony.
The solemn opening ceremony of the 18th Asian Summer Games will take place today at the Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta. 65 athletes will represent Turkmenistan in 11 sports. Freestyle wrestlers and swimmers will enter the medal race tomorrow.

Dmitry VINOKUROV (www.turkmenistan.gov.tm)

17.08.2018. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, who is currently on the working trip to Balkan Velayat, held offsite joint session of the Cabinet of Ministers and the State Security Council. Realization of the programmes of social and economic development was the main subjects of the session.
Opening the session, the President gave floor to Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Foreign Ministers R. Meredov who reported on the preparation to the Summit of the Heads of the States – the Founder of the International Fund for Saving of Aral Sea in Avaza National tourist zone on August 24.
Our country is chairing the IFAS, therefore, relative Concept, which realization is aimed at the improvement of the activity of the Fund, establishment of firm foundation for further cooperation of the countries in the region in Aral issues on systematic basis, has been developed. Steadfast measures taken by Turkmenistan in this direction find wide response of the world community. This is visually indicated by the fact of unanimous adoption of the UN General Assembly on Cooperation between the United Nations and the International Fund for Saving of Aral Sea on April 12, 2018 initiated by Turkmen side.
Integrated work is carried out for the provision of high organizational level of the Summit. The programme of the forum has been drafted. It will be forestalled by the session of the International Commission on Sustainable Development (ICSD) of the IFAS, Interstate Coordination Water Management Commission (ICWMC) and the IFAS Board. At the same time, the preparation of the number of relevant documents is carried out.

16.08.2018. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, who is currently on a working trip to Balkan velayat, has received Executive Director of the Turkmenistan-US Business Council Eric Stewart and President of OSI Systems and S2 Global Jonathan Fleming.

Appreciative of the personal audience, the guests confirmed the US business community’s keen interest in gaining a stronger foothold in the prospective Turkmen market with its favorable investment climate, having highlighted Turkmenistan’s proactive role in tackling today’s global issues with its ever-increasing prestige in the global arena.

After thanking for the kind words, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov stressed that our country, which is committed to its peace-making efforts and foreign policy based on the principles of neutrality and constructive international cooperation, is always open to a fruitful and equitable dialogue with all partners, including US companies.

In the course of the meeting, an exchange of opinions was held on prospects for closer bilateral trade-economic partnership and boosted investment activities.

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