New Year’s Address by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to the Turkmen People

The year 2018 marked by significant events comes to an end, the year that has passed under the motto Turkmenistan is the heart of the Great Silk Road. We celebrate the year 2018, during which great successes were achieved in various areas of the country's life, but most importantly, we managed to significantly improve the well-being of our native people. And now we are celebrating the year 2019 with great hopes and confidence, the Turkmen leader said in a congratulatory message.

According to the Eastern calendar, New, 2019 is the Year of the Pig. Our ancestors said: In the Year of the Dog, in the Year of the Pig, Reaper, which means the yield and abundance inherent in this year.

The outgoing 2018 in the life of our country and people has become one of the years of successful implementation of large-scale transformations. On March 25, 2018, elections were held for deputies of the Mejlis of Turkmenistan, members of the velayat, etrap, city halls of Maslakhaty and Gengesh. These elections vividly demonstrated the rapid advance of our state along the path of democratization.

In the outgoing year, the next residential complex TA�ze zaman in the metropolitan etrape Bagtyyarlyk, a multidisciplinary clinic and residential complex in the city of Turkmenabat of the Lebap velayat, a children's clinic in the city of Mary, an aqua park with a recreation center and a health center in the Avaza national tourist zone were commissioned . A business complex was commissioned in the capital, an enterprise for the production of glass products in the Ahal velayat, a steam and gas turbine power station on the territory of the Mary state power plant. The plant Garabogazkarbamid, a gas chemical complex for the production of polyethylene and polypropylene, was solemnly opened in the Balkan velayat.

The commissioning of the Serkhetabat-Turgundi railway, the Turkmenabat international airport, the Turkmenbashi international seaport became convincing evidence of the revival of the Great Silk Road in our country in a new format.

We started the construction of the next stage of the transnational gas pipeline Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India, started laying the power line and fiber-optic communication route Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan, laid the foundations of new modern villages and settlements, as well as many other facilities for various purposes.

At the first meeting of the Halk Maslakhaty of Turkmenistan, held in September, we identified the tasks of reforming the agricultural sector, improving the social benefits provided to the population.

In order to allocate land plots to agricultural producers for long-term use, we have created a special Land Fund, which opens up broad opportunities for strengthening the country's food security.

In the outgoing year, their selfless labor cultivated and surrendered to the state over 1 million tons of selected wheat, over 1 million 100 thousand tons of "white gold".

A number of government programs are being implemented in the country aimed at developing and bringing to a qualitatively new level the areas of health care, sports, science and education. We will continue to develop and modernize the health care system. Special attention will be paid to the adoption of the principles of a healthy lifestyle in society.

It is well known that the basis of a prosperous life and a happy future are science and education. They are one of the fundamental bases of the progress of the state and society. In this regard, our urgent task is to give young people modern education and comprehensively develop these areas.

In the year with which we say goodbye, extensive work was carried out on the development of physical culture and sports. We can proudly call the successful rally "Amul-Khazar 2018", a bike ride and a cross-country athletics race on the Silk Road route, and in the capital's Olympic city - the World Weightlifting Championships.

On the initiative of our independent state, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 3 as World Bicycle Day. In the new year we will also pay great attention to the development of sports.

Culture is the soul of our people, the honor of the nation. Therefore, in 2018, a great deal of work was done to develop the culture and preserve and promote our rich heritage.

We will continue to pay increased attention to the development of culture - our spiritual heritage.

In foreign policy, we set ourselves the task of further strengthening the role of our neutral state in the international arena, of bringing relations with other countries and international organizations to a new level. This is precisely the strategic course of our foreign policy.

In the outgoing year, Turkmenistan was unanimously elected a member of the Bureau of the Inland Transport Committee of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.

The election of our neutral state as a member of the United Nations Economic and Social Council for 2019-2021 also demonstrates the growth of the international authority of the country.

In order to further improve the well-being of our native people, from January 1, 2019, we will increase the wages, pensions and government benefits, scholarships to students and trainees by 10 percent.

New, 2019, we meet with great enthusiasm, high goals and specific objectives.

Being proud of our independent country, proceeding from clear goals, we declared the 2019 slogan Turkmenistan - the Motherland of Prosperity.

Patriotism and the inspired work of the courageous people of the country will give us the strength to successfully implement programs aimed at ensuring the happy life of our compatriots and make the Motherland an even more prosperous country.

After a few moments, we will meet New, 2019, the motto of which is Turkmenistan - the Motherland of Prosperity. And may the new year be a year of peace and tranquility, well-being and inexhaustible abundance!

I wish your family centers of unity, happiness, great success and prosperity in the new year! - It is said in the congratulatory message of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

Source: EMBASSY OF TURKMENISTAN REPUBLIC OF UZBEKISTAN - TASHKENT