Main Working Points in Cultural and Information Policy of Turkmenistan Outlined

Today, heads of cultural, media and tourism-related institutions held a meeting to discuss the program of priority actions to perform the tasks outlined by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov for the said branches.

Culture of our country � both professional and folk art; historical monuments and museums; libraries and theaters etc. � is an integral part of Turkmenistan's image. In recent years, greater emphasis was placed on reviving the national traditions; introducing the young generation to the national heritage; organizing recreational and educational activities.

Following the analysis of specialized bodies' and organizations' performance, the participants drew up short-term plans targeted at global promotion of Turkmenistan as the high-potential country not only in terms of economics, but also in spiritual and cultural senses. Comprehensive measures were outlined to intensify the work of cultural institutions and tourism-related organizations; stimulate creative initiatives; support art projects; and develop international cooperation in this area.

Media coverage of preparation for the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games; holding the Games; organization of cultural events during the Games was also discussed during the meeting. It was reported that special working programs had been drawn up.

Advanced personnel training; mastering new methods; and implementing best global practices were named among tasks assigned to newly appointed heads of cultural and media institutions. It was stressed that innovations in the work of cultural institutions; TV and radio services; and media-related activities including electronic media mustn't be purely formal. It is crucial to breathe new life into their work to make the cultural sphere the generator of creative, transformative energy; innovation; and ideas.

Source: Turkmenistan: the Golden Age Online Newspaper