President of Turkmenistan: our goal is the prosperity of the country and the well being of the people

In the capital, under the chairmanship of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, a meeting of the Halk Maslakhaty of Turkmenistan took place. The priorities of the further development of the country, the implementation of fundamental transformations and reforms were put on the agenda of the national forum.

The atmosphere of special solemnity, universal unity and inspiration reigned under the arches of the Ruhyet Palace, where delegates from all regions of the country gathered.

Standing, stormy prolonged applause is greeted by the assembled President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. The head of state passes on to the stage of the hall and warmly welcomes the participants and guests of the forum.

Addressing the audience, the President noted that the next meeting of the Halk Maslakhaty was attended by members of the Government and the State Security Council, deputies of the Mejlis, compatriots who had made a significant contribution to the country's socio economic, spiritual and cultural development, as well as representatives of the media, political parties and public organizations. Ambassadors of our country abroad, other numerous guests are invited to this representative forum.

A solemn moment comes: the President of Turkmenistan, the Chairman of the Halk Maslakhaty Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov announces the meeting of the Hulk Maslakhaty open.

The national anthem of Turkmenistan sounds. Then the President of Turkmenistan delivered a keynote speech to the audience.

Welcoming the participants of the forum, the President emphasized that today is the second meeting of the country's highest representative body Halk Maslakhaty, on the agenda of which are the urgent tasks of further economic and social development of our independent state.

Outlining among the main topics the strengthening of the constitutional foundations of the country and the improvement of democratic principles of public administration, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that very important decisions would be made on these issues, as well as some results of the implementation of the country's socio economic development program for 2019 2025 were summed up. .

The high milestones and successes achieved by Turkmenistan in the modern era, the cardinal transformations carried out in the life of the native people, have a wonderful foundation, said President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, emphasizing that this is our state independence.

Successfully implementing national programs, Turkmenistan both at the regional level and in the world community has achieved full recognition as an economically developed state based on democratic principles.

Our state, whose status of permanent positive neutrality has been twice recognized at the level of the United Nations, as a result of activities carried out to implement international obligations, has established and develops friendly relations with various countries of the world, authoritative organizations, the head of Turkmenistan said.

Speaking about the accumulated very valuable experience in developing new effective ways and methods of international cooperation, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov emphasized that Turkmenistan is currently chairing the Commonwealth of Independent States, the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea, and is also a member of a number of United Nations commissions, actively participating in implementation of various programs of this organization.

In this context, it was also noted that the Turkmen state, carrying out multi vector interaction with the countries of the world community, has made its worthy contribution to the formation of a modern international system of global partnership in the name of ensuring security on the planet.

Focusing on the development of the national economy, the head of Turkmenistan cited a number of macroeconomic indicators. As noted, over the nine months of this year, it is expected that the total gross domestic product will be more than 110 billion manat, and its growth rate is 6.3 percent.

GDP growth in such volumes as this year is forecasted for next year. The industrial sector, which accounts for 32.6 percent of the total GDP, is gradually developing at a steady pace.

Investment is the key instrument for diversifying our economy, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov continued, noting with satisfaction that the amount of capital spent on the country from all sources will amount to 29 billion manat (26.2 percent of gross domestic product).

The implementation of the strategic course focused on the industrial innovative development model is ensured by sending about 66 68 percent of investments to the manufacturing sector.

Over the past period, industrial and social facilities were erected and commissioned factories, factories, schools, hospitals, kindergartens, villages and residential buildings. Enormous work has been done to improve Ashgabat.

Speaking about long term plans, the President emphasized that in a few years a new city will be erected in the northern part of the capital with modern residential buildings, social facilities, innovative and high tech institutions that meet the requirements for business or leisure infrastructure.

In this context, it was noted that the foundation of the new center of the Akhal velayat was laid on the territory of the Geoktepa district, where velayat administrative institutions, residential complexes, schools, kindergartens, offices, the Ruhyet Palace, a drama theater, a library and a museum will be built.

A similar policy in the social sphere will be carried out in subsequent years, which can be confidently stated on the basis of the country's economic potential. This serves as a clear confirmation that the key, priority direction of our state policy is comprehensive care for the well being of our native people, each citizen of the country, the Turkmen leader emphasized.

In continuation, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that natural resources, favorable environmental and climatic conditions, modern industrial production, agriculture, transport and communications, services create great opportunities for accelerated development of the country's regions.

Large industrial facilities commissioned last year were named as vivid examples: a polypropylene film production company at the Turkmenbashi complex of oil refineries, a urea gas chemical complex in the city of Garabogaz in the Balkan province, a gas chemical complex in Kiyanly, and a Turkmen ayna Alnumleri enterprise in the Geoktepe district of the Akhal velayat, in Ovadandep, as well as the world's first plant for the production of environmentally friendly gasoline commissioned this year from natural gas.

As the head of state emphasized, it is planned to build gas chemical complexes for the production of various products from natural gas in Lebap, Mary, Dashoguz, Balkan provinces. The construction of large industrial and social facilities continues, the head of state said, with satisfaction stating that 55 objects are expected to be commissioned in the first 9 months of this year.

The National Rural Program is also being successfully implemented, within the framework of which it is planned to develop investments in the amount of 1.8 billion manat, which is 93.3 percent of the annual target. The construction of water treatment and sewage communications, roads, gas pipelines, telephone lines. Domestic entrepreneurs continue the construction of the Ashgabat Turkmenabat high speed highway.

Speaking about the achievements in the agricultural sector, the President of Turkmenistan noted that this year's grain harvest has been completed. Over 1 million 651 thousand 100 tons of wheat were harvested in the country, and more than 2 thousand tons of cocoons were handed over, the obligation was fulfilled by 111.5 percent.

Work continues on increasing cotton productivity, improving its quality and developing new varieties. This year it is planned to collect more than 1 million 50 thousand tons of white gold.

Privatization of state property is ongoing at a fast pace.

It is expected that over the nine months of this year, the volume of foreign trade turnover will amount to 11 billion US dollars. Compared to the same period in 2018, this is 3.8 percent more, the head of state said.

A large scale program is underway to build and modernize enterprises focused on expanding the range of products supplied abroad, said President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, noting that as a result, export volume grew by 8.4 percent compared to the corresponding period last year.

It is expected that in 9 months the revenue part of the State Budget of Turkmenistan will significantly increase, GDP will reach 1.2 percent, namely, about 16 billion manat.

In continuation of the speech, the head of Turkmenistan noted that reforms are currently being carried out at an accelerated pace in the political, economic, cultural and social fields, aimed at strengthening the economic potential, achieving the level of the most developed countries in the world, improving the well being of the people.

In the modern period, the tasks facing us are becoming increasingly complicated, which is influenced by the many financial and economic situations that have developed in the world, which are associated with new opportunities in the development of a high level of scientific and technical thought, achievements in technology. Speaking about this, the President noted that our colossal resources and available potential should be effectively used to keep up with the times and keep up with developed countries.

The integration of the domestic banking and financial sector into the global financial system should also be given great importance, the head of Turkmenistan noted, emphasizing the need to pay special attention to eliminating and reducing the impact of economic crises on the economy, to take all measures to ensure the stability of the budget system, and clear fulfillment of government spending obligations, increase rationality and cost effectiveness.

Among the promising tasks, the President identified accelerating the development of trade and market relations, creating macroeconomic conditions to achieve the stability of money circulation in the country, and stable economic progress.

In order to increase the stability and efficiency of the financial system in the context of the ongoing global economic crisis and changes in the consumer sector, it is important to strengthen the work on the formation of a constructive and stable tax system.

In this context, the need to improve tax management, the introduction of flexible and scientifically sound interest rates, as well as tax and customs tariffs at the level of developed countries of the world was noted. Along with this, it was emphasized that it is necessary to expand the share of private property in the investment sphere, associated with the development of the economic system and providing for the transition to market relations.

Speaking about the importance of achieving a dynamic pace of socio economic development of all the regions of the country in the current era, the head of state outlined the creation of high tech industries in the regions as the main material base for supplying the domestic market with consumer goods and exporting these products, dramatically improving and bringing in accordance with international standards of social conditions of citizens.

All this activity will be another important step in achieving the main goal bringing the welfare of the people to the level of the advanced countries of the world, the President of Turkmenistan said.

In the current state policy, special attention should be paid to creating conditions for the successful management of labor resources, the positive resolution of issues related to the labor market, the implementation of the constitutional rights of our citizens to work, the head of state continued, focusing on the need to strictly control the construction of production and technological facilities providing new jobs, a high level of employment.

Turning to the topic of social security, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov emphasized that caring for a person in Turkmenistan is and will remain a key guideline of state policy.

Every year we systematically increase the size of wages, pensions, state benefits, student scholarships, which is aimed at improving the social and living conditions of the country's population, clearly demonstrating the successful implementation of the policy.

Focusing the attention of the meeting participants on the practical implementation of decisions taken at the last Halk Maslakhaty, the head of Turkmenistan noted that along with the modernization of the most important sectors of the economy, work is underway on a radical reform of agriculture.

Examples were the expansion of poultry, livestock, meat and dairy production, radical transformations carried out in order to improve agricultural management, its restructuring, rational use of land and water resources, environmental protection, the reorganization of the activities of production structures of the agro industrial complex through the introduction of better world experience, advanced achievements of science and technology.

A rich crop of wheat and fine fiber cotton is grown in the agricultural complex, the President emphasized, noting the success of the daihans in delivering high quality grain and livestock breeders to the bins of the Motherland in increasing the number of cattle and small cattle, camels, number of birds, as well as in increasing the production of meat and dairy products.

The domestic market is provided with high quality food products in a wide assortment, which is visible evidence of the successful implementation of state policy in the field of agriculture. The production of a rich cotton crop is also expected this year, the head of Turkmenistan said, noting that work is currently underway to collect it.

At the same time, there are numerous untapped resources and opportunities in this industry, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov emphasized, emphasizing the importance of each leader, every daikhan in realizing the strength of the foundation of the national economy, and the fact that the power of the state largely depends on hard work, cohesion, creative potential.

Touching upon the ecological aspect of the state strategy, the President noted the ongoing comprehensive work to address the urgent tasks of protecting the environment, valuable species of flora and fauna, the careful and rational use of natural resources, and ensuring the environmental friendliness of social and economic facilities. In this area, at the national and regional levels, we are joining forces with UNDP, the United Nations Environment Program, the World Environment Facility and other reputable international organizations.

Along with this, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that large scale closed cycle production facilities are being created based on the principles of a green economy. These complexes are the first steps in the further development of the domestic economy, the President said, emphasizing the need to continue work in this direction at an accelerated pace.

Focusing on the development of the country's oil and gas and energy sectors, the head of state emphasized that great importance should be given to its diversification, the construction of new modern complexes specializing in oil and gas processing.

Among the main goals in this area are defined as increasing the volume of processing of fuel raw materials, accelerating the industrial development of new fields, including the Turkmen sector of the Caspian Sea and the Galkynysh field, expanding the entire spectrum of digital technologies used in these works, in particular through the application of methods 3D modeling.

The creation and diversification of a multi vector system of transcontinental and Asian gas pipelines opens up new opportunities for the supply of hydrocarbon resources to world markets, the head of Turkmenistan stated, saying that in this regard, the country's export potential should be significantly increased.

Among the important issues, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov named the acceleration of the construction of the Afghan section of the Turkmenistan Afghanistan Pakistan India gas pipeline, power lines and fiber optic communications Turkmenistan Afghanistan Pakistan.

Solving the problems of introducing a digital system in the domestic economy should also be one of the priority directions of the state policy, the President said, emphasizing that without creating a digital economy it is absolutely impossible to imagine the development of our country. In this context, the President of Turkmenistan determined the actual directions of the forthcoming work.

First, the introduction of a digital system in the domestic economy should be considered as an important basis for the sustainable development of the state. Assess this as a fundamental factor in the development of public administration, the economy, and society as a whole.

Secondly, the fourth industrial revolution, which means a combination of physical, digital, and biological technologies in the world, is already beginning to exert its influence on the country's political, economic, and social systems. In accordance with this, the development of a new program for the development of sectors of the domestic economy, in which it is advisable to provide for the establishment of the Information Technology Center of Turkmenistan, should be considered as a priority.

During the transition to the digital economy, the demand for such specialists as programmers, engineers, technologists was envisaged, the head of state continued, emphasizing that for this purpose, the study of new directions and training of personnel in professions were included in the programs of higher educational institutions of the country meeting the requirements of the time, and the Institute of Telecommunications and Informatics of Turkmenistan was created.

At the same time, the sources of all the transformations carried out in the transition to the digital economy should be research institutes, higher educational institutions of the country, said President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

The president also drew attention to the need to strengthen the work to educate the younger generation.

Noting that in accordance with the program aimed at the socio economic development of the country, construction of 205 secondary schools with a total cost of 3.5 billion manat, as well as 165 preschool institutions with a total value of 1.5 billion manat is provided for in 2019 2025, the President drew attention on the need to exercise strict control over the construction of these facilities.

Based on successes in the fields of education, science and technology, it is necessary to develop a national educational system, educate and train competent, hardworking, highly qualified specialists with a broad outlook, well versed in advanced technologies, the head of Turkmenistan said, stressing that this is the most important task of leaders and all workers of the national education system, primarily teachers.

Touching upon the issues of humanitarian development, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that culture is seen as a unifying and inspiring force that allows us to bring our lives in line with moral and ethical principles.

Further improvement of this area, the widespread introduction of the latest technology in electronic and published publications, the media is the main and important task facing us in the near future.

Focusing on key aspects of the foreign policy, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that, based on the understanding that complex issues of the present can only be resolved jointly, relations based on a conscientious approach and openness are being established with the international community. Guided by such invariable humane principles in foreign policy, Turkmenistan maintains international relations from the standpoint of mutual respect and equality.

The constantly neutral legal status of our country, twice recognized by the General Assembly of the United Nations, has become a clear symbol of peace, friendship and equal partnership, which contributes to the continued multiplication of the international authority of our neutral state.

As the President emphasized, political, economic, cultural and humanitarian relations are consistently expanding with such leading international organizations as the United Nations, the European Union, the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Non Aligned Movement, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation , with all countries of the world.

The transformation of our neutral state into a venue for the systematic holding of major international forums is a concrete result of the systematic implementation by Turkmenistan of an active, innovative policy, said President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. In many cases, these events have become the starting point of the most important, completely new vectors in world politics.

Addressing the members of the Cabinet of Ministers, the head of Turkmenistan focused on the need to discuss another issue that is important for the life of the state and society.

The Constitution of Turkmenistan is the fundamental legal basis of a sovereign state, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov emphasized, noting the constitutional reforms of 2008 and 2016 that were carried out in connection with the fundamental transformations carried out in recent years in the country's socio economic and political life.

This made it possible for the legislative consolidation of fundamental changes in all spheres of life of society and the state, as well as bringing the Basic Law in line with the requirements of the time, the President stated, emphasizing that the continuation of constitutional reforms dictates the need to reflect some requirements of public life in the Constitution of Turkmenistan.

Further development of the legislative system in the country also requires modernization of legislative activity, the head of state said, emphasizing that in this regard, it is also necessary to improve the legal status of the Halk Maslakhaty of Turkmenistan.

Taking into account the changes taking place in the world and the experience gained in many countries, it is advisable to switch to a bicameral system and add the Halk Maslakhaty of Turkmenistan and the Mejlis of Turkmenistan to the system of bodies that implement the tasks of representative legislative power, the President continued.

The transition to a qualitatively new, bicameral system will provide an opportunity to represent the interests of all sectors of the Turkmen society, create conditions for the exercise of control functions in law enforcement practice, give impetus to the establishment by local deputies of closer contacts with voters, strengthen control over the implementation of laws and national programs.

In order to develop scientifically substantiated proposals for amendments and additions to the Constitution of Turkmenistan, the President noted that a decree would be signed on the establishment of a Constitutional Commission to amend and amend the Constitution of Turkmenistan. In this regard, the Mejlis of Turkmenistan was instructed to create an appropriate working group under this Commission.

The head of state invited the Constitutional Commission in 2020 to submit for consideration to the Halk Maslakhaty of Turkmenistan proposals for improving the structure of the state authority that carries out tasks in the field of lawmaking, regarding the upcoming tasks of this structure, which has state powers, which consists of two houses.

In reforming the legal system of Turkmenistan and improving its Basic Law, one should proceed from the best world practice, international standards and focus on the fundamental norms of international law, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov emphasized.

The long term goals of enormous importance and the foreign policy that we are facing will remain unchanged, the President said.

Congratulating the Turkmen people, guests and participants of the Halk Maslakhaty on the Independence Day, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov wished everyone good health, longevity, a happy and prosperous life, and great success in their activities.

The keynote address of the President of Turkmenistan was heard with deep attention and received widespread applause.

Then the head of state suggested proceeding to discuss issues on the agenda of the national forum, giving the floor to its participants.

The first to speak was the elder of the Vekilbazar district of Mary province, the tenant of the Mekan daikhan association Atajan Charyev, on behalf of the older generation, congratulated the head of state on the upcoming holiday Independence Day of Turkmenistan.

As A. Charyev emphasized, as a result of the unprecedented efforts of the head of state, independent neutral Turkmenistan has become a prosperous country. As emphasized, today every family has the opportunity to build a solid house, to acquire an economy. The peaceful and united Turkmen people enjoy all the benefits of modernity.

Stressing that at the current meeting of the Khalk Maslakhaty, vital, crucial issues for the people are being discussed, A. Charyev said that the elders fully support the initiatives of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, voiced in his historical speech regarding the main directions of the country's socio economic development.

Next, the floor was given to the mechanic of the maintenance enterprise of the Serakhs district of the Akhal province Shatlyk Ovezberdiev. On behalf of rural workers, the forum participant cordially congratulated the President of Turkmenistan and all those present on the upcoming 28th anniversary of independence of the Fatherland.

It was noted that the current meeting of the Halk Maslakhaty, held in the year under the motto Turkmenistan is the Homeland of Prosperity, will go down in history as an event that launched great undertakings.

Thanks to the steadfast attention of the head of state, farmers are provided with high quality seeds, mineral fertilizers, powerful high performance agricultural equipment is systematically acquired for the agricultural sector, the latest scientific and technological achievements are being introduced into production, which allows industry workers to achieve success in work.

At the first meeting of the Khalk Maslakhaty held last year, the Resolution On the Further Improvement of Reforms in the Agricultural Sector was adopted, which gave impetus to fundamental changes in this area. In accordance with this historical document, some of the skilled domestic farmers are already working on their own land, obtained for use for a period of 99 years, S. Ovezberdiev noted.

Daikhan was immensely pleased with the creation of conditions for a scientifically based crop rotation on the lands taken for use, an increase in government procurement prices for wheat and cotton, starting this year's harvest, the provision of soft bank loans for agricultural producers, as well as other preferences. In a word, this Decision brought the workers of the village even closer to their native land.

Turkmen machine operators, managing modern specialized equipment, make a worthy contribution to the cultivation of high yields of agricultural crops, the speaker noted, expressing great gratitude to President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov on behalf of workers in the agricultural complex. The current policy of transition to a digital economy is also being implemented in agriculture, which will allow using the equipment with greater efficiency and increasing labor productivity.

Then the floor was given to the teacher of the children's art school of the Dashoguz velayat Sayat Nurmedova, who, taking this opportunity, heartily congratulated the head of state and all participants in the meeting of the Halk Maslakhaty on the upcoming Independence Day of Turkmenistan on behalf of cultural and art workers.

As emphasized, in the state policy implemented by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, science, education and culture are given great attention. Thanks to the tireless ascetic activity of the head of Turkmenistan, such tangible and intangible national values as the monuments of Merv, Kunyaurgench, Nisa, as well as the traditions of celebrating Novruz Bayrami, the disheveled art of Gorogly, the dance and song art of kushtdepi, are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List and a Representative List of the Intangible cultural heritage of mankind. This is a matter of sincere pride of the Turkmen people.

On behalf of the workers of educational and pedagogical institutions of the country, the teacher expressed full support for all the proposals made in the keynote address of the head of state at the current meeting of the Halk Maslakhaty.

The next entrepreneur, founder of the Ter Alnum economic company, Dovlet Ballyev, on behalf of the members of the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Turkmenistan warmly congratulated President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and all participants in the national forum on the 28th anniversary of independence of the Fatherland and the beginning of the meeting of the Halk Maslakhaty.

Focusing on the activities of the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, created 11 years ago at the initiative of the head of Turkmenistan, the speaker noted that this decision marked a new stage in the country's economic development. Today SPPT unites thousands of purposeful and hardworking representatives of private business, who are capable of building modern villages and cities.

As it was emphasized, the decisions adopted at the first meeting of the Halk Maslakhaty on improving the agricultural sector, in particular, providing land plots for up to 99 years, long term soft loans, exempting agricultural entrepreneurs from taxes, are warmly supported by representatives of the private agricultural sector, who express great appreciation to the head of state for the effective measures taken in this direction.

Speaking about the modern achievements of the SPPT members, D. Ballyev noted the role of business structures in implementing the strategy initiated by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to develop the digital economy and industrialization of the country.

Today, enterprises and private sector farms produce environmentally friendly fruits and vegetables, construction materials, textile, carpet and leather products, household chemicals, glass, as well as polyethylene and polypropylene products. High quality goods manufactured by Turkmen entrepreneurs are in great demand among the population, which indicates the contribution of SPTT to the country's prosperity.

Speaking about the high confidence shown by the President of Turkmenistan to domestic entrepreneurs, the speaker assured that the members of the SPTT will do their best to successfully solve their tasks.

On behalf of the members of the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, D. Ballyev expressed support for the proposals on the main areas of socio economic development of the country, as well as on improving the activities of the legislative authorities, Halk Maslakhaty, introducing relevant amendments and additions to the Constitution of Turkmenistan, made in the keynote address of the head of state.

Then the floor was given to the head of the cultural society of Afghan Turkmens named after Makhtumkuli Fraghi, who is the foreign branch of the Humanitarian Association of the World Turkmens, Abdulrahman Ahmet. On behalf of the Turkmen of the world, the speaker warmly congratulated President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and all those present on the 28th anniversary of the independence of Turkmenistan, as well as on the grand opening of the meeting of the Halk Maslakhaty.

Today, every Turkmen in the world is infinitely proud of being a Turkmen, the GATM representative emphasized. As a result of the ambitious activity of the head of state, the international authority of the Fatherland has reached unprecedented heights.

As it was emphasized, at the expense of its own funds, Turkmenistan built transport and communication facilities, social facilities in Afghanistan, as well as power lines that brought heat and light to many houses. Among other significant initiatives of the head of state is the construction of the Dostluk kindergarten in the village of Cismicioi of the Autonomous Territorial District of Gagauzia of the Republic of Moldova, the school named after Makhtumkuli Fraghi in the village of Funtovo, Astrakhan Region of the Russian Federation.

Wishing the head of state good health, long life and great successes in his colossal activities, Abdulrahman Ahmet concluded his speech with poems dedicated to independent neutral Turkmenistan.

The next speaker was Kerim Myradov, an officer at the Military Institute of the Ministry of Defense of Turkmenistan.

On behalf of the personnel of the national Armed Forces, the forum delegate congratulated the President of Turkmenistan, the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the country, Army General Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and all those gathered with the start of the next meeting of the Halk Maslakhaty. This significant event in the life of our state and society embodies the commitment to the original national traditions and principles of genuine democracy, the soldier emphasized.

K.Myradov noted the importance of the military reform being carried out on the initiative and under the leadership of the head of state, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, undertaken within its framework to strengthen the material and technical base of the National Army, develop military science, improve the training of defenders of the motherland, improve the living conditions, life and service of military personnel and members of their families, patriotic education of the younger generation.

On behalf of the Turkmen military personnel, K. Myradov assured the President of Turkmenistan, the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the country, Army General Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, that the defenders of the Fatherland would honor their sacred duty and would do their best to adequately represent the National Army at the military parade in a solemn military parade honor of the 28th anniversary of independence.

Then the floor was given to Ruslan Dzhumaev, a student of the veterinary faculty of the Turkmen Agricultural University named after S.A. Niyazov, and Gulnar Tatova, a student of the faculty Communal Infrastructure and Engineering Systems of the Institute of Engineering and Transport Communications of Turkmenistan.

On behalf of the country's students, they congratulated President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and all those gathered on the 28th anniversary of the independence of the Fatherland.

Representatives of the young generation expressed their full support for the proposals on the main directions of further socio economic development of the country, the improvement of the national education system, made in the keynote address of the President of Turkmenistan.

Summing up the discussion, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov thanked everyone who spoke and took an active part in the meeting.

As the head of state noted, today the most important issues of state and socio political life of the country were discussed. Having noted with satisfaction that all speakers spoke in support of the initiatives put forward at the current national forum, the head of state emphasized that all the proposals and comments voiced would be considered.

In the speeches made by the participants of the meeting, it was noted that today the main task is the need to completely transfer the national economy to market rails and innovative development. And this requires constitutional and economic reforms, said President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. The adoption of documents developed on the basis of the proposals received is fully consistent with the development goals of an independent neutral Turkmen state in the near and long term.

Continuing the theme, the head of Turkmenistan emphasized that, as he already noted in his speech, in order to further modernize the country's legislative system, bring the activities of the national parliament in line with the requirements of modern society, ensure the phased development of socio political relations, as well as improve the work of state legal authorities, it seems appropriate to change the legal status of the Halk Maslakhaty.

It is also necessary to review the powers of the Mejlis of Turkmenistan. In this context, it will be correct to transform a representative legislative body into a bicameral body.

Speaking about this, the President signed a decree on the establishment of a constitutional commission to develop and summarize proposals in connection with amendments and additions to the Constitution of Turkmenistan and approval of its composition.

Further, following the established good tradition, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov signed the relevant documents on awarding state awards to distinguished citizens and on conferring honorary titles.

As the head of state noted, recognizing the high personal merits and taking into account the great contribution to strengthening and developing international cooperation, implementing the foreign policy of our neutral state, as well as many years of service in the diplomatic field, it was decided to give the Permanent Representative of Turkmenistan the highest state award with appreciation and respect UN Axoltan Ataev confer on her the high rank of Hero of Turkmenistan.

As an experienced diplomat with a high level of professional excellence, she has for many years worthily represented the country at the United Nations. As a result of her fruitful work, a number of initiatives of our state were adopted, aimed at strengthening universal peace and security, mutually beneficial international partnership.

In this regard, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov emphasized that he regarded this highest award, which A. Ataev was awarded, as a high assessment of Turkmenistan's foreign policy and the work of all diplomatic services.

Wishing the diplomat good health, prosperity, new successes in responsible activities in the name of further prosperity of the sovereign Motherland, the Turkmen leader signed a decree.

Further, addressing the audience, the President noted that among those awarded a high state award there is also the glorious son of Turkmenistan, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko. He was awarded the highest title Hero of the Russian Federation, as well as numerous orders and awards.

The cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko's flight into space began from the Turkmen land, namely from the city of Turkmenabat, where he was born, grew up, worked and played sports. We are watching with great interest the great successes of our compatriot, which he achieves in space exploration, the President said. The Turkmenistanis are sincerely proud of the achievements of the illustrious fellow countryman, who has accounted for four space flights and five spacewalks.

It is gratifying to note, the head of state continued, that today Oleg Kononenko has been at the International Space Station for longer than all modern cosmonauts. For four flights to the ISS, he was in Earth orbit for 737 days. To date, no one has achieved such a result.

And therefore, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted, it is a great honor for him to announce the decision to award Oleg Kononenko the highest state award to confer on him the title of Hero of Turkmenistan for his personal heroism in the exploration of outer space for peaceful purposes, high professionalism and successes achieved, as well as for outstanding services to the country and society.

As for bilateral interstate relations, the President noted with satisfaction that currently the traditionally friendly dialogue between Turkmenistan and the Russian Federation, based on the principles of strategic partnership, the age old bonds of friendship and trust, has been successfully developing in a wide range of areas.

The positive character is inherent in the Turkmen Russian cooperation in the political, trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian spheres and other areas, the head of state emphasized, noting the continued interest in the systematic build up of bilateral relations and effective cooperation.

Confirming his readiness to further develop fruitful ties between the two countries, to make mutual efforts to unlock the enormous potential of the partnership, expand its directions, and as a result, bring friendly Turkmen Russian relations to a qualitatively new level, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov signed a decree on assigning Oleg Kononenko a high titles Hero of Turkmenistan.

Then, addressing the forum participants, the President proposed to hold the next meeting of the Khalk Maslakhaty in 2020 in the city of Ashgabat, by signing the relevant Resolution.

The head of state also signed the Resolution of the Halk Maslakhaty on approving the main directions of socio economic development of Turkmenistan in 2020.

Further, the meeting of the Halk Maslakhaty continued with the ceremony of presenting state awards. To announce the decrees on awarding, the floor was given to the Chairman of the Mejlis G. Mammadova.

To the applause of the audience, the President presents the Permanent Representative of Turkmenistan to the United Nations A. Atayeva the highest state award, once again congratulating her on conferring the title of Hero of Turkmenistan.

Expressing to the head of state and deep appreciation for the great honor rendered and emphasizing that this is also a special responsibility, the diplomat assured that she will continue to make every effort to consistently implement the constructive foreign policy strategy initiated by the head of state and increase the country's credibility in the international arena.

In a festive atmosphere, the head of state presents the highest state award to pilot cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko. Warmly congratulating our compatriot on conferring the title of Hero of Turkmenistan, the President wished him further success in the field of peaceful exploration of outer space.

Expressing heartfelt gratitude to President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and the entire Turkmen people for the honor, Oleg Kononenko emphasized that for him this high award does not simply mean recognition of merit, but is, above all, a symbol of inextricable communication with the Motherland beloved Turkmenistan.

According to Oleg Kononenko, on the eve of the great Independence Day, he would like to express his gratitude to the Turkmen leader for his continued attention, for the support provided during the space flight. And it is no accident, the astronaut said that in his fourth space mission he took the book of the head of state, Turkmenistan is the heart of the Great Silk Road.

Once again expressing profound sincere gratitude to the President of the country, Oleg Kononenko congratulated all Turkmenistan citizens on Independence Day.

Then, the Chairman of the Mejlis G. Mammedova reads out the relevant Decrees of the head of state on conferring the title of Turkmenistan Hormatly il yasulusy and on awarding the Order of Turkmenistan Zenan kalby.

In a festive atmosphere, the head of state presents the appropriate badges and certificates to representatives of the older generation who are awarded the title of Honorary Elder of the People, and awards to our compatriots awarded the Zenan kalby order for their conscientious inspired work in various fields, and educating the younger generation in the spirit of patriotism and high spiritual and moral values of the nation.

Then the floor is again given to the chairman of the national parliament, G. Mammedova, who reads out the Resolution of the Mejlis on conferring on President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov the title of Turkmenistan Hormatly il yasulusy.

The title Hormatly il yasulusy was awarded to the head of Turkmenistan for his enormous personal contribution to the cause of strengthening the sovereignty, independence and permanent neutrality of the Fatherland, particularly outstanding services to the state and society, large scale fruitful work to form unshakable pillars of statehood by substantiating the vivid and thoughtful principles of the new time, implementation positive reforms, for exemplary constructive, conscientious and selfless work for the good of the Motherland, and also taking into account numerous requests and proposals, upayuschie from public organizations and our citizens working in various industries, and in connection with the celebration of the 28th anniversary of independence.

In a festive atmosphere, to the applause of the forum participants, the head of state puts on the traditional Turkmen don and white telpek. The Turkmen leader is also awarded the corresponding badge.

Addressing the audience, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov emphasized that strengthening the independence of the native Fatherland, preserving and developing the original national traditions and customs, strengthening the unity and unity of the people, educating the young generation, demonstrating a good example to follow, is a sacred duty of each of us.

Being one of the powerful states, Turkmenistan occupies a worthy position in the international arena, the head of state said, emphasizing that we will further increase our contribution to world development. If each of us will study hard, faithfully and honestly work for the good of the country and people, if we go forward together in a united and united manner, we will be able to reach any heights, the head of state said.

Stressing that conferring the title of Honorary Elder of the People places even greater responsibility on him, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said that he would not spare his strength, knowledge and experience in the name of the prosperity of the Fatherland, ensuring a peaceful and happy life for the Turkmen people.

Then, addressing the audience with a concluding remark, the head of state noted that the constant will and intentions of the people of Turkmenistan to actually implement scientifically based programs of economic and social development of the country were confirmed at the current representative forum.

This meeting has demonstrated that we will solve all the tasks with honor, and we will achieve great success on the path to achieving great goals to ensure a happy life for the people, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov emphasized.

Summing up the meeting, and stating that all issues on his agenda were considered, the head of state once again thanked the delegates of the forum, and especially those who actively participated in its work and organized conduct, and wished everyone good health, well being, great success in work.

At this, the President of Turkmenistan declared the meeting of the Halk Maslakhaty closed. At the end of the meeting, the Halk Maslakhaty, the head of state warmly said goodbye to everyone and left the Ruhiet Palace.