16.02.2018. The program of cultural events was prepared for the celebrations scheduled for February 23 and 26 in Mary and Lebap velayats on the occasion of the start of the construction the Afghan section of the TAPI gas pipeline, Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan power transmission line, the fiber-optic line along the same route, the opening of Serhetabat-Turgundi railway, the international airport in Lebap velayat and the forthcoming launch of the international rally "Amul-Khazar 2018", cycle race and track and field athletics cross. Deputy Prime Minister Abdiyeva B. told about it at the government meeting.
The leading theme of these celebrations will be the history of the Great Silk Road, which will be reflected in the folklore groups’ performances from all velayats of the country. They will introduce the customs of the Turkmen people hospitality, festive rituals and traditions of preparing national dishes, needlework, sports games and spring field works.
Exhibitions of fine and decorative arts of the Turkmen people, as well as the peoples of Afghanistan, Pakistan and India will be arranged.
In this regard, the Head of the state focused on the cultural component of Turkmenistan's foreign policy strategy, as well as in the formation of public consciousness and ordered all planned events to be held at a high level.


On February 16, 2018, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan there was a meeting with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Cyprus in Turkmenistan (with residence in Moscow) Mr. Leonidas S. Markides, who arrived in the Turkmen capital to present his credentials.
At the beginning of the meeting, the Ambassador presented copies of his credentials. Then the sides touched upon the current state and prospects of intensifying cooperation between Turkmenistan and the Republic of Cyprus. Noting the status of positive neutrality of Turkmenistan and the focus on strengthening peace and stability in the region and the world as a whole, the sides expressed interest in expanding cooperation in various directions.
In this regard, it was noted the need to expand the joint legal base. Noting the focus on strengthening and developing ties in the political and diplomatic sphere, the sides underlined the need for political consultations between foreign ministries of both countries on a regular basis. Touching upon the issues of international interaction, the sides discussed a wide range of issues of expanding cooperation within the framework of international organizations.
During the talks, the parties also showed their interest in the development of cultural and humanitarian interaction, as well as cooperation in the fields of energy, transport and tourism.


16.02.2018. The President of Turkmenistan signed the Order, instructing the Deputies Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, the khyakims of the velayats and Ashgabat city to control the completion in due time and with the high quality of construction and commissioning of 65 large industrial and social facilities in 2018.
The Ministry of Construction and Architecture has been instructed to strengthen control over the quality of the construction of the above-mentioned facilities and buildings, and in accordance with the deadlines set the dates of their commissioning by months and ensure that these dates are included in the monthly schedules of holding events and the opening of social and cultural facilities.
In accordance with the document, the Ministry of Finance and Economy is ordered to compile jointly with the khyakimliks of the velayats and Ashgabat city a monthly report on the progress of construction of facilities and buildings according to the schedule and also submit this report to the Deputies Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan respectively.


16.02.2018. Turkmenistan prepares to launch the construction of the TAPI gas pipeline on the territory of Afghanistan. The preparations for this important international event were discussed during the enlarged meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan.

The ceremonies of laying the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan electric power transmission lines, and the fiber-optic communication line along this route as well as the ceremony of putting the new railway – Serhetabat (Turkmenistan) – Turgundi (Afghanistan) will also take place on February 23.

In this regard, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that Turkmenistan carried out the fruitful work in the region to implement the ambitious projects, using the construction of the TAPI project, as well as a number of other important projects, in particular in the sphere of energy, transport and communications, as an example.

The President of Turkmenistan emphasized that the construction of the TAPI gas pipeline, which will be launched together with the heads of the other countries on February 23 and that will supply Turkmen gas to the countries of Asia, would enter the history of our independent neutral state.

The largest gas pipeline of the century will offer a powerful incentive to the development of the economies of the countries in the region and provide new jobs. TAPI will promote the establishment of the electrical power, transport, communication and social infrastructures. Moreover, the power-transmission systems will ensure the supply of electrical energy to the regions in the country as well as the export of power energy to Pakistan through Afghanistan and other countries in Asia.

16.02.2018. Leading branches of national economy received strong impulse to rapid growth in 2017 under the course of large-scale industrialization of national economy successfully realized by Turkmenistan and under bringing of the country among developed country of the world.

These are such major directions as chemical and textile industry, production of building materials. Petrochemical sphere is rapidly developed; its huge potential is laid upon comprehensive processing of hydrocarbons. Strategic measures were taken in creation of new ore mining industry - development of largest in the region deposit of potassium salts has started, which resulted in bringing of national chemical industry to the leading position in the world in production of mineral fertilizers that on high demand in foreign markets.

Last year, considerable measures were taken for the formation of national electronic industry and instrumentation. Fishery has also considerably improved its position including in artificial production of commercial fish species.

The Government pays special attention to the development of chemical industry what has been reflected in the Programme of social and economic development of Turkmenistan in 2018 – 2024 adopted at the Council of the Elders.

Rapid increment of production powers of various fertilizers for full satisfaction of agricultural requirements and improvement of food safety are the priority of branch development. Natural resources, considerable reserves of hydrocarbon and hydrogen sulphide materials, new technologies and methods of processing and ready-made products allowed expanding the variety and increasing the volumes of mineral fertilizers.

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