Topical issues of internal and foreign policy are reviewed at the joint session of the Cabinet of Ministers and the State Security Council

Having announced the agenda, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov gave floor to Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan B. Hojamammedov who reported on the work for draft of the State Budget for 2018. It was informed that at present moment, the order of preparation of relative data and calculations necessary for development of the main financial document of the country is completed as well as the deadlines for submission of the documents are set.

Summing up the report, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted that further improvement of the efficiency and implementation of advanced technologies in all branches of the economy, optimum use of investment potential, establishment of new productions and development of non- governmental sector have to be the main targets during development of the draft of the State budget. It is necessary to attach large attention to expansion of modern infrastructure in all regions, to improvement of the system of social protection of the citizens including the issues of improvement of wellbeing of the people, - the Leader of the Nation noted, having addressed the Vice – premier with specific instructions on development of the draft of important financial document of the country.

Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers M. Babayev reported on the preparation to VIII International Gas Congress of Turkmenistan and international exhibition timed to this forum, which are to be held on May 23 – 24 in Avaza National tourist zone.

Having noted the importance of VIII International Gas Congress, which is to be an open ground for discussion of topical issues of cooperation in fuel and energy complex, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted that the forum would promote the expansion of beneficial dialog and share of experience in this strategic sphere, definition of further cooperation with foreign partners.

Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers D. Amangeldiyev gave report on the situation in construction, electrical energy and road construction spheres under his supervision as well as on the works for urban planning of Turkmen capital.

The Head of the State requested to old under strict control the activities of lower organizations as well as to provide the conditions for further successful realization of urban planning programme. In this relation, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov requested to pay special attention to quality of construction works and compliance with commissioning dates.

Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers B. Annameredov spoke with report on the activity of the branches and departments under his supervision, preparation to the summer season in Avaza National tourist zone.

It is necessary to organize summer holiday on the Caspian cost with existing network of comfortable hotels, resorts and recreational centres at the highest level, - the Leader of the Nation highlighted. Having requested to approach all important objectives with full responsibility, the President of Turkmenistan addressed specific assignments to the Vice-Premier.

Deputy Chairman of the Csbinet of Ministers O. Gurbannazarov reported on preparation to Turkmen – Belarusian business forum in Ashgabat and on the work related to “”2017 Trade and Services” Fair.

For expansion of trade and economic relations, the subjects of development of joint documents, establishment of contacts in electrical equipment, building materials, food production spheres, cooperation in high technologies and motor industry fields will be reviewed during the forum.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted the importance of organization of international reviews and business forums for realization of huge export and investment potential of Turkmenistan. Such events have to be aimed at further promotion of Turkmen production in the world market, improvement of competiveness of domestic manufacturers, development of beneficial contacts with foreign producers and consumers, - the Leader of the nation said.

The Head of the State assign the Vice-premier to organize Turkmen –Belarusian business forum and “2017 Trade and Service” fair exhibition on high level.

Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers M. Aydogdiyev reported on preparation to the coming Day of Turkmen Carpet, organizations of International exhibition “Turkmen Carpet – Model of Beauty” and XVII conference of International Association of Turkmen Carpet-making Connoisseurs timed to this date.

Having noted an important role and significance of annually forums in popularization of the achievements of national carpet-making industry in the world, the Leader of the Nation gave number of instructions on high-level organization of the events.

During the session, the President of Turkmenistan signed the Resolution on approval of Turkmen composition of Intergovernmental Turkmen – Belarusian Commission for economic cooperation.

Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers A. Garajayev reported on preparation to the Days of Tajikistan Culture in Turkmenistan on May 29 – 31.

Concerts, movies demonstrations, exhibition of visual, decorative applied arts as well as photography and printing media of Tajikistan are to be held during the art forum.

Having noted that the development of cultural relations is one of the priority directions of interstate cooperation with Tajikistan, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expressed the confidence that forthcoming art event would serve to consolidation of fruitful bilateral relations based on primordial traditions of friendship and meeting the interests of both nations.

Having asked to provide high level of the events planned under the Days of Tajikistan Culture in Turkmenistan, the Head of the State addressed concrete objectives to the Vice-Premier.

President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov signed the Resolution having approved the composition of Intergovernmental Turkmen – Moldavian Commission on trade and economic cooperation from Turkmen side.

After, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers E. Orazgeldiyev reported on the course of seasonal agricultural works and preparation to the coming field works.

Having signed the Resolution “On the Measures for Organized Crops Harvest in Turkmenista in 2017”, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov requested to provide unstoppable and accurate work of all links of the harvest conveyor, efficient use of agricultural and motor equipment.

Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Misniters S. Toyliyev, reporting on the situation in the spheres under his supervision, informed on preparation to traditional “Last Call” in the schools of the country due to the end of the educational year as well as on organization of celebration events of the Day of Ashgabat.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that for the school graduates, the “Last Call” symbolize entering to new self-reliant life. The Head of the State mentioned the necessity of artistic approach to organization of celebration events on occasion of the end of the school year.

After the floor was given to Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of ministers of Turkmenistan, Minister of Foreign Affairs R. Meredov. The Vice-premier, Head of the MFA reported on the working visit of the Republic of Moldova where Turkmenistan delegation took part in the ceremonial opening of Dostluk kindergarten built in Chishmikioy village, Vulkanest Region of ATU Gagauzia by the initiative of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov as a gift to fraternal people.

It was highlighted that this important facility of social infrastructure is a visual symbol of friendship between two countries and nations. At the same time, it was mentioned that the level of comfort, amenities and conditions for harmonic development of the children of such beautiful modern kindergarten has no analogues in the whole Moldova.

Realization of this important social project financed by Turkmenistan entered new page in the history of Turkmen – Moldavian relations, which are successfully developed in all directions including in humanitarian sphere.

Having highlighted that steadily implementing foreign policy strategy, based on the principles of peace-loving, positive neutrality and constructive international cooperation, Turkmenistan tries to realize its creative potential for common benefit, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov stated with delight traditionally friendly steadfast character of Turkmen – Moldavian dialog that received new impulse recently.

The Leader of the nation noted that humanitarian and cultural sphere, cooperation in which serves to consolidation of goodwill, trustful relations between the countries and people and mutual enrichment of the cultures, is an integral part of interstate dialog.

With regards to ATU Gagauzia, they are stipulated by spiritual and historical community of ethnically related Turkmen and Gagauzian people and their commitment to centuries-old traditions and customs. The representative of Gagauzia are the members of the Humanitarian Association of Turkmens of the World what also promotes activation of fruitful contacts.

Further in the report, the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, the Minister of Foreign Affairs informed on the preparation to the working visit of President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev to our country on May 19 – 20. The agenda of another round of negotiations will include broad spectrum of subjects of Turkmen – Uzbek partnership.

Summing up the report, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted that regular character of high-level meetings indicates mutual endeavour and interest of the countries to improve efficient cooperation, which is built in the best traditions of friendship and good neighbourhood on equal, constructive and long-term basis. Having noted the presence of huge potential and perspectives for further fruitful interstate cooperation in all directions, the Leader of the Nation required providing high level preparation to the coming visit of the Head of Uzbekistan to our country.

Chairperson of the Mejlis A. Nurberdiyeva informed on the current activity of the parliament for modernization of the legal base of the country, legal provision of social and economic changes and democratic reforms.

It was mentioned the complex of measures aimed at elimination of such negative occurrences in the society as corruption and bribery and development of the Programme for counteract of this, which is to become an integral part of the strategy of the state development of Turkmenistan, were discussed that during regular session of the Mejlis on May 13. During the meeting, the tasks for improvement of existing criminal law, conducting of the seminars with the representatives of relative law enforcement bodies and other measures for explanation of the provisions of Turkmenistan Laws “on The Governmental Service”, “On Ethics and Service Behaviour of Government Personnel”, “On Counteract of the Corruption” were outlined.

Addressing the participants, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov stressed the attention again on such important issue as the necessity of thorough selection of personnel for the leading positions. The President stated that he has all grounds to say on recent existing shortcomings in this relation, especially after revealed negative facts among accountable government employees.

The candidates for the leading positions have to meet high demands, - the Leader of the nation highlighted. In this regards, it is necessary to develop the list of such demands in accordance with the legislation including qualification criteria, - the Head of the State addressed A. Nurbardiyeva.

These demands will be laid to all leaders of the governmental departments and structural subdivisions regardless of the rank, - the Leader of the nation noted.

S. Toyliyev was requested to review educational programmes of secondary schools and universities as well as the Academy of the Governmental Service under the President of Turkmenistan in order to introduce the lessons on code of conduct, etiquette and science of law.

In this context, the Head of the State requested to present the proposals on improvement of legal education of the population and improvement of its moral awareness.

After, the floor was given to Secretary of the State Security Council, Minister of Defence of Turkmenistan Ya. Berdiyev who reported to the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces on the work over the draft of new edition of the Law “Countermeasures against the Corruption”.

It was mentioned that anticorruption law, which will be considerably amended and supplemented, will outline legal and organizational methods of counteract of the corruption carried out for prevention, detection and reveal of the offences as well as institution of the proceedings for those who perform ,such offences.

Highlighting exclusive importance of the improvement of legislation base taking into account increased counteract of such negative factors as bribery and corruption, the Head of the State said that this work is aimed at protection of rights and freedoms of the citizens, efficient activity of the governmental bodies and provision of national security and stable economic development of Turkmenistan.

During joint session, the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces listened to the reports of other members of the State Security Council who informed on the situations in their fields, fulfilment of the assignments given by the Leader of the Nation previously on improvement of the activity and provision of disciplinary order in their departments.

The Head of the State received the reports on the complex measures undertaken for improvement of equipment and facilities base of military and law enforcement agencies of the country, efficiency of custom and migration control, activation of international cooperation for implementation of advanced experience and new methods of work in relative structures.

Summing up the reports, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov stressed attention of the participants again on the necessity of precise and invariable execution of assigned objectives and most responsible approach in conduct of the reforms in military and legal spheres.

Having highlighted special importance of 2017 declared in our country as the Year of Health and Inspiration, the Leader of the nation pointed the necessity of most serious preparation of law enforcement departments to V Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in September.

Range of other issues, on which appropriate decisions were taken, were reviewed during joint session of the Cabinet of Ministers and the State Security Council.