The state information agency TDH reports that on 18 October Deputy Prime Minister overseeing trade Chary Gylydzhov gave a progress report to President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov on the measures carried out with the view of supporting small and medium business, as well as extending the manufacturing of import substitution and export-oriented products.
Based on the results of the report the head of state charged Gylydzhov with the task of reviewing the market, analyzing the requests of domestic consumers and introducing innovation technology to produce competitive products and supply high quality agricultural produce to the domestic market.
Moreover, as viewed by Berdymukhammedov, the work on expanding foreign trade relations needs to be facilitated new overseas distribution channels to sell the surplus of groceries need to be identified.
It has not been reported what groceries were in surplus. Independent media outlets, however, have repeatedly reported that over the past few years there has been an acute shortage of flour, oil, eggs, sugar and bread in the domestic market.
Residents join the queues for groceries starting from 4 a.m. but they are not delivered every day. The appointment of a new khyakim of Akhal velayat and other innovations in the agro-industrial sector has not brought about any results so far.
Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan