02.02.2018. The Turkmen-Chinese forum on cooperation in the sphere of tourism took place in Beijing on February 2. The forum was organized by the Embassy of Turkmenistan in the People’s Republic of China jointly with the State Committee for Tourism of Turkmenistan and ShuangSun and Beychen Chinese Companies.

Those speaking during the forum opening ceremony underlined that President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov paid significant attention to the tourism industry that plays a crucial role in the socio-economic development of Turkmenistan, revealing the spiritual and cultural potential of our country and enhancing the mutually beneficial relations, the international exchange of experience in the sphere of tourism and health-improving and recreation sphere.

The meeting brought together the representatives of the state structures, businessmen, marketing consultants, experts, air carriers, who specialize in the sphere of tourism, as well as Chinese media. The delegation of the heads of leading travel agencies and hotel business organizations of Turkmenistan arrived in Beijing to take part in the forum.

The main goal of the forum is provide assistance to building up and developing the mutually beneficial cooperation in the sphere of tourism, establishing the system dialogue between the state authorities in this sphere, the business communities and profile institutions of the two countries, as well as popularizing and promoting the tourism potential of Turkmenistan in China.

The meeting participants considered the status of the bilateral political, trade, economic and cultural relations, the prospects of their development given the top-level agreements and ambitious joint work, carried out by the government of our countries in various spheres that opens up wide opportunities for the development of transport communications and humanitarian relations.

03.02.2018. Past week at the auctions of the State Commodity and Raw Materials Exchange of Turkmenistan 15 transactions were registered.

For the foreign currency businessmen from Afghanistan bought diesel fuel manufactured at Turkmenbashi oil refineries complex. Besides it, for the foreign currency knitted products, cotton yarn, dry extract of liquorice root, Portland cement was realised. The countries-buyers: Russia, Turkey, Serbia, Kyrgyzstan. The total sum of transactions exceeded 9 million 804 thousand US dollars.

For the manat representatives of business circles of Armenia purchased cotton yarn for the sum of 126 thousand manats.

For the home market local businessmen bought cotton fibre for the sum of over 2 million 992 thousand manats.

State News Agency of Turkmenistan.

02.02.2018. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov held regular session of the Cabinet of Ministers where outcomes of work for January were summed up, actual issues of domestic policy of the State were discussed as well as the draft of certain documents were reviewed.

Having announced the agenda, the Head of the State gave floor to Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Foreign Minister R. Meredov who reported on the outcomes of the MFA activity in January.

It was mentioned that for the period under review, targeted work for intensification of fruitful international partnership where key role is given to high-level talks and meetings, was carried out. Number of bilateral foreign ministries consultations were held in Turkmenistan and abroad from the beginning of the year. Regular session of Turkmen – British Trade and Industrial Council has also taken place. Regular session of the Board of International Fund for Saving Aral Sea was held in Ashgabat on January 29 – 31.

Having focused on key objectives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and national diplomatic corps under steadfast implementation of foreign strategy of neutral Turkmenistan, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted the necessity of implementation of all existing capability for the development of fruitful cooperation both in bilateral and multilateral formats under competent regional and international organizations and structures.

In this context, the president gave number relative assignments to the Vice-premier, Head of the MFA on expansion of beneficial relations with all interested foreign partners as well as on promotion and practical implementation of constructive initiatives of our country, which are to serve for the provision of global peace, security and prosperity.

02.02.2018. At the meeting of the Government devoted to the results of January 2018 the Deputy Prime Minister Myradov G. informed that according to the total volume of products produced, the growth compared to the same period of last year amounted to 3.8 percent. In general, high results were achieved in the sectors of the national economy. Within the established limits, prices for consumer goods and services rendered to the population are preserved.
For the first month of the year, 81.3 percent of the funds from the state budget's expenditure part were directed to finance the social sphere. In time, salaries, pensions, state allowances and student scholarships were paid.
According to the preliminary results for January, within the framework of the implementation of the new version of the National rural program, 60 objects of various purposes, 31 water and sewerage facilities, over 352 square meters of housing, as well as engineering systems and other structures were being built in the country.
In this regard, the Head of the state noted the importance of further accepting complex measures to ensure sustainable development of the national economy, keeping stable growth trends in all sectors. To this end, it is necessary to effectively use all available potential, as well as regularly conduct an analysis of the macroeconomic situation and forecast it taking into account modern realities, long-term plans for the future and on a scientific basis, the President stressed.


02.02.2018. The program of the upcoming cultural events for February includes the exhibition of selected works of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio that will be featured at the Museum of Fine Arts 5 through 25 February.
Cultural Days of the Islamic Republic of Iran are scheduled for 7-9 February. As part of this creative campaign, Ashgabat will see the exhibition of decorative and applied arts, film screenings, performances by folk, musical and singing groups of the friendly country. Meetings will be organized for representatives of creative communities and children’s joint concert will be held. The guests will visit museums, historical sites and attractions of the Turkmen capital.


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