President Berdymukhammedov reports on economic accomplishments but reprimands ministers overseeing economy and industry

The state information agency TDH reports that on 5 July, in the course of the Cabinet session to review the performance for the first six months, in his speech President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov spoke of the sustainable growth of the Turkmen economy. The head of state said that the GDP growth rate amounted to 6,2%, manufacturing had increased by 4,4%, and trade turnover by 19,7%. The state information agency traditionally does not quote absolute numbers.

However, immediately thereafter the President issued several reprimands, including severe ones, to various Deputy Prime Ministers and ministers responsible for the economy.

Deputy Prime Minister Gochmyrad Myradov, overseeing economy and finance, received a severe reprimand for poor performance of job responsibilities and shortcomings at work.

The President demanded that measures be undertaken to facilitate the country's industrialization, large-scale investments in the economy, and the creation of new jobs which will contribute to forming a competitive economy.

Deputy Prime Minister Kerim Durdymyradov, overseeing industry, was reprimanded for poor performance of job responsibilities and weakening of control over the performance of his subordinate ministries and agencies.

Minister of Industry Khoshgeldi Mergenov was severely reprimanded for poor performance of job responsibilities and job-related shortcomings.

The reprimand was announced in connection with identified cases of corruption and embezzlement in the state holding Turkmenkhimia.

Minister of Economy and Finance Batyr Bazarov was severely reprimanded with a final warning for improper performance of job responsibilities and grave job-related shortcomings.

The President was discontent with the performance of the minister responsible for creating new jobs. According to the head of state, about 10 thousand applicants are enrolled in higher educational establishments while 85 thousand graduates completed high school this year.

This leads to the fact that some graduates head overseas to pursue educational opportunities. The other half is doing military service in the national army, � TDH quotes the President.

The number of school graduates and the number of new jobs should be balanced, the Turkmen leader said and emphasized that, after finishing school, graduating from University or doing military service, not a single young person should be left without a job,� the President was quoted as saying.

Minister of Trade and Foreign Economic Relations Dovran Orazmyradov was severely reprimanded for improper performance of job responsibilities and job-related shortcomings.

The head of state demanded that the minister provide residents with high quality merchandise at affordable prices and increase the exports of domestic goods.

Minister of Communications Bairamgeldi Ovezov was severely reprimanded for poor performance of job responsibilities and grave job-related shortcomings.

The President expressed grave discontent with the performance of Turkmenistan's Communications Ministry, � the state information agency reports without providing any further details.

Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan