28 Dec

The esteemed President  of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov held the final New Year meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers and the State Security Council of this year. The hyakims of Ashgabat and velayats were also invited to the meeting.

Turning to the consideration of issues on the agenda, the head of state gave the floor to the Chairman of the Mejlis G. Mammedova, who informed about the results of the country’s legislative body and noted that the year 2019, which was held under the motto “Turkmenistan – Homeland of Prosperity,” was marked by important political, economic, cultural events .

According to the chairman of the Mejlis, in order to widely popularize domestic and foreign policies based on the principles of peacefulness, good neighborliness and mutually beneficial international cooperation, as well as on the occasion of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of neutrality next year, proposals were studied to determine the motto of 2020.

In accordance with the results of the work carried out on this issue, it was proposed to declare the following year’s motto: “Turkmenistan – the Homeland of Neutrality”.” Also, a sketch of the emblem of the year, selected as part of the competition, was submitted to the head of state for consideration.

In the continuation of the meeting, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov briefly described the results of 2019.

The head of state noted that the experts of the International Monetary Fund, gave a positive assessment of the work carried out in this direction, confirmed the fidelity of the concrete steps taken in the economic sphere, as well as the path we had chosen.

As a result, despite the difficulties, this year it was possible to carry out large-scale activities and resolve many issues, with satisfaction stating the high level of measures of international importance, the implementation of almost all the plans.

The Turkmen leader also positively assessed the adopted State budget for the coming year, which once again provides for an increase of 10 percent in wages, pensions and state benefits. It was also noted that the country paid wages in a timely manner and the construction of more than 2 thousand industrial and social facilities with a total contract value of about 35 billion US dollars, which are distinguished by the scale of the projects.

The Turkmen leader also positively assessed the adopted State budget for the coming year, which provides for an increase of 10 percent in wages, pensions and state benefits. Continuing the theme, it was also noted that a salary was paid on time in the country, and more than 2,000 industrial and social facilities were under construction with a total contractual value of about 35 billion US dollars, differing in the scale of the projects.

Touching upon the topic of international activities this year the government delegation of our country made 7 visits to foreign countries, 28 heads of state and government from abroad visited Turkmenistan.

In 2019 the President of Turkmenistan held numerous meetings with official representatives of various states and international organizations, ministers, heads of authoritative regional structures, heads of diplomatic missions accredited in our country, leading world corporations and companies.

The chairmanship of Turkmenistan in 2019 in the Commonwealth of Independent States and in the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea, active participation in the United Nations Special Program for the Economies of Central Asia (SPECA), as well as membership in 11 specialized UN structures, is a testament to the success of our national diplomacy.

The year 2019 for all countries was full of various difficult events in politics and economics. However, good indicators are expected in Turkmenistan, first of all, this is the growth of GDP at the level of 6.3 percent.

Focusing on the priority areas of the upcoming work, the head of Turkmenistan emphasized that next year two big and important events will take place in the life of our country. Amending the Basic Law – the Constitution of the state, transforms the legislative body at the highest level. A bicameral parliament will be created.

In addition, the 25th anniversary of Turkmenistan’s neutrality will be widely and solemnly celebrated, the President said, emphasizing that the events planned in connection with these events should be held at a high level.

In continuation of the meeting, the head of state focused the attention of the audience on some urgent tasks.

Addressing the participants in the meeting, the President emphasized that every year a new motto is announced, which serves as a guide for moving towards the goals.

After approving the proposals on this issue presented by the head of the Mejlis G. Mammedova after discussion with deputies and the general public, the head of state approved and declared, as the motto of 2020, “Turkmenistan – the Homeland of Neutrality”.”

Noting that the New Year is coming on Wednesday, the President announced his decision for a good rest and celebration by the Turkmen people of this holiday to postpone the day off on December 29 to the 31st.

By signing the relevant Decree, the President drew the attention of the audience to the organization of duty on holidays and the coordinated work of all structures that ensure the uninterrupted operation of the relevant services of cities and villages.

The President also instructed the Deputy Chairmen of the Cabinet of Ministers, hyakims to hold meetings with the heads of supervised ministries and industry departments on the establishment of holidays on duty in structural units, hakimliks, to organize the activities of public utilities, electricity and water supply, health care, passenger transport at the appropriate level, shops. The heads of law enforcement agencies are tasked with keeping the rule of law in the spotlight.

Concluding the meeting, the esteemed President of Turkmenistan congratulated everyone on the upcoming New Year, wishing them good health, family well-being, and great success in their work.