14.03.2018. In the framework of the official visit to the State of Kuwait, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov visited the Arabian Horse Centre and Dar Al Athar Al Islamiya Museum.

Granddaughter of the Emir of the State of Kuwait, Chief Director of the Arabian Horse Centre, Sheikha Sarah Al Fahad Al Sabah greeted the President of Turkmenistan in the Centre. The Turkmen leader visited the library, where over 800 books on the horse breeding history in Kuwait and other countries of the world, about the Arabian horses and other horse breeds are kept. Moreover, various cups and other valuable gifts, won by the Arabian horses at the prestigious international contests, are showcased in the library.

The books dedicated to the work of the Centre and the history of the Arabian horses were presented to President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. Then, the elite Arabian horses were demonstrated to the Turkmen leader. According to historical information, Ahalteke and Arabian horses have common ancestors.

Speaking with Sarah Al Fahad Al Sabah, the President of Turkmenistan demonstrated the interest in the equipment of the complex, the horse breeding conditions and the various aspects of the Centre activities.

The President of Turkmenistan told about the ancient horse breeding traditions of the Turkmen people, who presented Ahalteke horses to the world. It was emphasized the identity of positions of the two countries with respect to the development of equestrian sports, which makes the partnership in this area one of the promising areas of bilateral cooperation.

14.03.2018. People of Bugdaily village, Esenguly etrap received a wonderful gift for the upcoming national spring holiday. A modern sport and recreation complex, erected within the framework of “The National Program of the President of Turkmenistan on improving social conditions of the population of villages, settlements, etrap towns and etrap centers till 2020”, was inaugurated here.

The main feature of the new building is its versatility. Spacious gyms are equipped with exercise machines, tools, sports facilities, where one can engage in basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, tennis, boxing, various types of wrestling, sports competitions at any time of the year. Changing rooms, showers resting spaces, rooms for coaches and judges are at young athletes’ disposal. The landscaped space also comprises outdoor sports grounds, particularly for football games.

Opening of the complex caused the great holiday, which was attended by residents of the village and numerous guests. On this occasion celebrities, musical and dance bands prepared a grand concert. Young athletes demonstrated their skills. The most distinguished builders were awarded valuable gifts.

Addressing the ceremony, the participants noted that the development of sport and mass health and fitness movement is a priority direction of the state policy of Turkmenistan. Both in the capital and in velayats, a lot of work is being done in this sphere – sports complexes, stadiums and other specialized facilities are being put into operation one after the other.

State News Agency of Turkmenistan.

13.03.2018. Official visit of the President of Turkmenistan to the State of Kuwait by the invitation of the Emir, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah has started.
The visit of Turkmen leader to this Arabic country in south-western Asia indicates high-level of the interstate political dialog established recently, which is based on traditional relations of friendship and mutual understanding. Active cooperation of Turkmenistan with the Olympic Committee of Asia, which headquarter is located in Kuwait, indicated by the triumph of V Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat in 2017, is a bright symbol of such trustful partnership.
Concerning the economies of two states, they have both similar and complementary features. While Kuwait is known by its oil deposits, which make almost one tenth of total world reserves, Turkmenistan is famous by its colossal gas resources taking the forth place in the world by volumes. Both countries diversify the industry where oil processing and petro chemistry, production of construction materials, fertilizers and electrical energy occupy leading positions. Such scientifically based branches as electronic industry and other started to be developed with the improvement of education quality.
Practically total absence of the agriculture in Kuwait due to the climate (excluding some livestock farming) causing the country to import many food items can be related to complementary moments. This is perspective sale market and promising trade channel for Turkmenistan with its developed agricultural complex and rapidly growing export potential.
Besides economic interests, Turkmenistan and Kuwait are similar by their role of the peace-making countries in its regions that successfully take mediation efforts in regulation of various conflicts between other states under the UN support for peaceful solution of the disputes and provide its territory as a negotiation ground for conflicting sides. Upholding the interests of peace and stability, Turkmenistan and Kuwait make input to the provision of universal security, establishment of new mechanisms of trade and economic collaboration as the alternative to discrepancies and doing so, they have gained big authority in diplomacy in international organizations and in the United Nations.

13.03.2018. On March 9, 2018, in conjunction with the Oxford Society of the Silk Road, a conference and an official reception was held in the premises of Lady Margaret Hall College of the University of Oxford, dedicated to the role of Turkmenistan in the history and restoration of the Great Silk Road, as well as to the importance of the transport sector in the country's foreign policy strategy.
The event was attended by teachers and students of such higher educational institutions in the UK as University College of London, Brunel University of London and University of Oxford.
Opening the conference, the president of the Oxford Silk Road Society, Marcello Fantoni noted the inalienable connection and deep meaning of the first international event of the society held in the building of University of Oxford and held jointly with the Embassy of Turkmenistan with the announcement in Turkmenistan of 2018 as "Turkmenistan is the heart of the Great Silk Road".
During the conference, Ambassador Y.Seryaev spoke about mass-public and international events, in particular the rally "Amul-Khazar 2018", held under the leadership of President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov on the occasion of the announcement of 2018 as "Turkmenistan is the heart of the Great Silk Road". Also speaking about the successful implementation of transport corridor projects in Turkmenistan, such as the construction of a new sea port and logistics center on the Caspian Sea, the international airport and new railways in Turkmenistan, which are a priority of the country's foreign strategy, especially noted their role in strengthening the economy of not only Turkmenistan, but also the countries of the region.
Then the professor of the Institute of Archeology of the University College of London, Dr. G. Djorayev, in his speech noted the development of international relations in this direction and fruitful cooperation between the scientists and historians of Turkmenistan and Great Britain in studying part of the Great Silk Road passing through Turkmenistan.
At the end of the event, the participants of the conference were given an opportunity to taste Turkmen national cuisine.

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13.03.2018. The Energy Sector Coordinating Committee of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Program (the Asian Development Bank) has started its meeting at the Ýyldyz Hotel in Ashgabat.

Among those in attendance were representatives of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the Republic of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Japan, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Republic of Kyrgyzstan, the People’s Republic of China, Mongolia, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the Republic of Tajikistan, the Republic of Uzbekistan, the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, UNDP, and USAID.

The meeting focused on the current areas of CAREC’s activities, introduction of high technology in the energy sector, an overview of the action plan, and preparation of the energy sector growth forecasts in the Central Asian region and worldwide.

Not only does the representative forum ongoing in our country offer an opportunity to discuss key issues in the field, it also showcases Turkmenistan’s growing reputation. Our country has served as an important meeting ground for discussing prospects of international cooperation in a regional and global context, including in the energy sector.

The countries participating in the CAREC Program have highly praised our country’s plans and specific steps, aimed to increase energy supplies and diversify export routes.

Turkmenistan has drawn up and adopted the 2013-2020 Turkmenistan’s Power Industry Development Conception.

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