The year 2022, declared as the "People's Friendly Era", is coming to an end. Soon we will say goodbye to this year and welcome the new year 2023 with great joy.
2023 is the year of the rabbit according to the Eastern calendar. Our people consider this year to be blessed, peaceful and prosperous, and step into the new year with good hopes and great confidence.
The past year was a year of successful continuation of large-scale reforms in our independent, neutral state. On this joyous occasion, let's take a look back at a history-making year!
This year started with the opening of Ashgabat - Kerki - Ashgabat, Dashoguz - Kerki - Ashgabat air flights. We launched a residential complex named after Mälikguly Berdimuhamedov in the Choganly district of Ashgabat, and a repair and service center for energy equipment in the Buzmein district of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. In Avaza, we inaugurated a modern "Rowach" cottage complex, multi-purpose and oncology hospitals in Turkmenbashi, Dashoguz, including "Dashkent" park in the capital, a complex of flood water cooling facilities, and recently, a modern village "Galkynysh" in Balkan Velayat. We commissioned new passenger cars in Balkan, Dashoguz, Lebap and Mary provinces.
We laid the foundations of the buildings of the 1st specialized military school named after Berdimuhamet Annayev of the Ministry of Defense, the new road bridge crossing the Garabogazköl Bay. We have commissioned residential buildings, modern schools, kindergartens, health care, sports facilities, parks, and many other facilities in the country. Thousands of happy families moved into apartments with all amenities and got married. All this clearly shows that our country is an economically powerful country.
On March 12 of this year, the elections of the President of Turkmenistan were also held. Our compatriots expressed their will on a democratic basis and voted for a bright future.
In the coming year, an extraordinary meeting of the People's Council of Turkmenistan was held under the chairmanship of our Heroic Friend. "Revival of the new era of stable state: National program of socio-economic development of Turkmenistan in 2022-2052" was adopted there, which defined the main directions of development of our country in the next 30 years. These socio-political events are another step in strengthening the unity of power with the people and improving democratic norms.
Fundamental reforms are being carried out in agriculture, which is one of the basic sectors of the economy. We will continue our work on reforming the agricultural sector.
Great achievements have been made in the country's oil and gas, transport-communications, trade-telecommunications sectors, and the employees of these sectors make their worthy contribution to the development of the country.
A solid national health care system has been established in our independent country. The health of our people is our greatest asset. Accordingly, efforts to protect human health, extend human life, prevent diseases, and introduce healthy lifestyles will continue in the future.
Physical education and sports are another priority area of our state policy. We are proud of our athletes who shine the green flag of the Motherland in international competitions. In cooperation with the International Olympic Committee, the Olympic Council of Asia and other sports federations, we will actively develop various sports in our country.
Education is one of the fundamental foundations of our happy future, harmonious development of society and the state. Accordingly, we attach great importance to bringing this system to a modern state, raising spiritually mature, physically healthy, broad-minded generations. We consider it important to introduce new achievements of science, innovative methods, and digital technologies into the system.
The importance of science is very important in strengthening the economic power of the state, in the successful implementation of large projects and national programs. The conditions we create for the development of science are a solid foundation for our country's competitiveness in all fields in the future.
Young people are our future. In accordance with the Law "On State Policy on Youth" adopted this year, we will attach special importance to promoting healthy lifestyles among the young generation, educating them in the spirit of patriotism, hard work, morals, and civic responsibility, and supporting youth entrepreneurship.
We have clearly defined the main tasks and priorities of the foreign policy of an independent, neutral state. This policy finds broad support in the United Nations. This year, the unanimous election of Turkmenistan as the vice-chairman of the 77th session of the General Assembly of this organization and as a member of the Commission on International Trade Law for the period of 2022-2028 is a clear example of this.
With our initiative, the 76th session of the General Assembly, "Incorporating public cycling into public transport systems for sustainable development", "Central Asia - a zone of peace, trust and cooperation", and the 77th session, "2023 - As a guarantee for peace" Resolutions entitled "International Year of Dialogue" were adopted. The awarding of an international certificate to the city of Ashgabat for its contribution to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe's "Gardens in Cities" initiative is a recognition of the country's achievements in environmental and environmental protection.
In the future, we will pay great attention to protecting nature, preserving and increasing its resources, and introducing "green" technologies into the economy. We will contribute to ensuring ecological well-being and solving important problems such as climate change by organizing mass gardening activities in the country.
Cooperation with the United Nations is and will always be the main direction of Turkmenistan's foreign policy.
Large-scale work is carried out in the country to develop our national culture, preserve our heritage, and promote it. Recently, the inclusion of Turkmen national painting art in the list of intangible cultural heritage of mankind by UNESCO was another clear proof of this.
It has become a noble tradition to hold various international creative events, culture days and weeks, conferences, festivals, exhibitions, concerts and other events in the country. A number of such events were held in the past year.
The events organized as part of the Culture Week held in Mary Province were of particular importance in enriching our culture, art, literature, and studying our national heritage. As luck would have it, next year we will hold the Culture Week in our capital Ashgabat at a high level.
Our national culture is the spiritual wealth of our people. Accordingly, we will continue our work in this area.
"The state is for people!", "The state is only a state with its people!" in accordance with our principles, starting January 1 of the new year, we will increase wages, pensions, state benefits, student and audience fees by another 10 percent. This is a continuation of our efforts to further improve the welfare of our people and the safety of life.
If luck, the new year we welcome with clear goals and high hopes will be a year of peace, great success for the country and country, and efficient work.
Holding our pride in our independent Motherland, our faith in bright tomorrows, and our clear goals high, we named the upcoming year 2023 as "The Year of Happy Youth with Friend Serdar". This is a great confidence given to the youth who are the future of the Motherland.
Based on the patriotism, talent and enthusiasm of our people, including our youth, we will sincerely work to turn our dear Motherland into a prosperous country in the new year.
And soon we welcome the new year 2023. May the new year be a year of peace, happiness, great success and prosperity! In the new year, may your holy family hearths be blessed with prosperity, unity, and happy days!
Happy New Year!
Source: Turkmenistan: the Golden Age Online Newspaper