Ashgabat hosts meeting of Hulk Maslakhaty of Turkmenistan

In Ashgabat, under the chairmanship of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, the second meeting of the Halk Maslakhaty (People's Council) of Turkmenistan was held.

The meeting was attended by members of the government, leaders and deputies of the Mejlis (parliament), heads of regional, district and city administrations, elders, employees of state institutions, delegations of the country's regions, heads of diplomatic missions of Turkmenistan, accredited abroad, representatives of political parties, public organizations, journalists and guests of the capital.

During the meeting, a wide range of issues of socio economic development of the country, improving the activities of public authorities and the constitutional foundations of the country were considered.

At a meeting of the People's Council, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov made a keynote address. The head of state described the pace of socio economic development of the country in 2019. According to him, over the nine months of this year, the country's GDP is expected to reach more than 110 billion manat, and the gross domestic product growth rate will reach 6.3 percent.

Berdimuhamedov emphasized that the industrial sector is developing at a steady pace, which accounts for 32.6 percent of the total GDP. The head of state called investments a key tool for developing the Turkmen economy through diversification, noting that the amount of investments spent from all sources will amount to 29 billion manat (26.2 percent of gross domestic product).

The Turkmen leader also said that the implementation of a strategic course focused on the industrial innovative model of progress is ensured by directing about 66 68 percent of investments in the manufacturing sector.

At the meeting, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov took the initiative to create a bicameral parliament by combining the Halk Maslakhaty and the Mejlis into a single system of representative and legislative bodies.

According to the head of state, the transition to a qualitatively new, bicameral system will make it possible to represent the interests of all sectors of the Turkmen society, creating the conditions for supervision in law enforcement practice. This will give an impetus to closer interaction of deputies with local voters, strengthening control over the implementation of laws and national programs.

In order to develop proposals for amendments and additions to the Constitution of the country, the President signed a decree on the creation of the Constitutional Commission to introduce the relevant amendments and additions to the Basic Law of Turkmenistan. The Mejlis of Turkmenistan was instructed to create a working group under the Constitutional Commission, which will study and generalize proposals for amending and supplementing the country's constitution. The head of state proposed submitting proposals to the Constitutional Commission on the formation of a bicameral parliament at the next meeting of the Halk Maslakhaty of Turkmenistan, which will be held in 2020.

During the meeting, the President of Turkmenistan for his services in the development of Turkmenistan awarded the group of citizens with state awards orders, medals and honorary titles.