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Contributing to the Outstanding Achievements of the Motherland

More than one and a half years have passed since the privatisation of the fishery enterprises by members of the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Turkmenistan in accordance with the Decree of the President of Turkmenistan. The results show that the reform in Turkmenistan’s fishing industry aimed at promoting market relations and expanding activities in the non-state sector has promoted to improving the supply of fish products to the domestic market.

Wit­hin the Fra­me­work of the Na­tio­nal Stra­te­gy Rea­li­sa­tion

The na­tio­nal stra­te­gy for achieving the ob­jectives of the Ash­ga­bat Decla­ra­tion on the Preven­tion and Cont­rol of Non-Com­mu­nicab­le Di­sea­ses (NCDs) in Turk­me­nis­tan in 2014–2020 iden­ti­fied the areas of develop­ment for a num­ber of health services. The­se inclu­de en­docri­no­lo­gy, in par­ticular dia­be­tes preven­tion and cont­rol. First of all, it should be no­ted that its high prevalence ma­kes this di­sea­se is one of the key and sig­ni­ficant me­dical and social prob­lems. The prevalence of dia­be­tes mel­li­tus, a non-com­mu­nicab­le di­sea­se has be­en stea­di­ly increa­sing glo­bal­ly. So­me peop­le who have this di­sea­se do not even sus­pect it. De­layed dia­be­tes diag­no­sis leads to severe comp­lications.

For the Health and Development of the Younger Generation

The key priorities of the state policy pursued by esteemed President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov include maternal and child health care. Our country is taking significant measures to facilitate the development of the health, physical and intellectual capabilities of children and adolescents within the National Socioeconomic Development Programme for the period until 2030. Creating conditions conducive to optimal child development is the primary task of every family, the state and society as a whole. The main task of the paediatric service was and remains disease prevention that should ensure the improvement of the health and development of children. An important role in fulfilling the tasks set before the paediatric service is attached to the development of a modern network of health institutions, including perinatal and diagnostic centres and specialised clinics.

A Mysterious Greyhound

A lightning-fast predator flies above the ground, a quick-footed assistant runs on the ground and a big-eared wretched animal is between them. This is a riddle for children that are many in folklore of our people. Everyone can easily guess these are a falcon, a greyhound and a hare. If an entertaining riddle always has an interesting clue, then it is not always easy to find a clear explanation for the no less mysterious ingenuity and insight of the graceful tazy. When Aydogdy and I arrived at the shepherd’s camp of our experienced falconer Chary aga, the summer sun had just disappeared behind the wavy ridges of sand dunes. Together with my friend, we quickly unloaded the big packages with fresh vegetables, fruit and sweets and hurried to the owner of the herd who was coming towards us. As usual, he welcomed us cordially and invited us to a spacious enclosure, built neatly from dry sandy bushes. This nomadic abode with a slight slope inward, with the walls as tall as a man, creates a quite liveable microclimate for its inhabitants. When water is sprinkled on the bottom of the wall of a summerhouse, a weak draft makes it surprisingly cool and cosy inside the enclosure.

Medieval scientists of Merv

In the history of Turkmenistan, the role of Merv as a large city and important transit trade point along the Great Silk Road is hard to overestimate. Over the Middle Ages, Merv was the most important cultural and scientific centre not only in Khorasan, but throughout Central Asia. One of the main factors of its formation in this capacity was its political significance, “Madinat Khorasan” (the capital of Khorasan) - as Merv was called by an Arab geographer Ibn al-Fakihi. The development of irrigation, construction and numerous crafts inevitably stimulated the development of the natural sciences. And it is not surprising that Merv became the birthplace of famous mathematicians, physicists and astronomers. The formation of them as scholars and the dissemination of their ideas were facilitated by the favourable cultural environment, the city was famous for its educational institutions (madrassahs) and a number of libraries with rich manuscript collections. At the beginning of the 9th century, during the reign in Merv of al-Mamun (the son of Caliph Harun al-Rashid), who gained fame as a philanthropist of sciences, many well-known Central Asian scholars worked in the city. Among them were Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi (“the father of algebra”), a famous astronomer and geographer Al-Farghani and an astronomer Khalid ibn Abd al-Malik al-Marwarrudhi. One of the leaders of the historic

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President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov conducted an extended sitting of the Cabinet of Ministers, to which representatives of the Mejlis, heads of ministries and departments, higher educational institutions and the media, the hyakims of Ashgabat and velayats and their deputies were invited. At the sitting, the results of the development of the sectors of the national economic complex for six months of the current year were summarised, relevant reports were listened to, the work done was assessed, the implementation of the Presidential and other programmes of the country’s socioeconomic development was discussed, priority tasks for the second half of the year were identified and personnel issues were considered.

On the principles of constructive partnership

Relying on its neutral status and being based on the principles of maintaining peace, stability and sustainable economic development and improving the social wellbeing of all people in the world, independent neutral Turkmenistan is actively involved in consolidating the efforts of the world community within the framework of the United Nations to address global strategic issues. Entering the UN level with constructive initiatives, Turkmenistan, in essence, is forming a new security architecture aimed at ensuring stability and sustainable progress in the modern world, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov emphasises. Undoubtedly, the adoption of the Resolution of the UN General Assembly “Permanent Neutrality of Turkmenistan” on December 12, 1995, on the initiative of the independent Turkmen state, became a fundamentally new phenomenon in the practice of international relations and in the history of the UN, the most authoritative international organisation. As President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov emphasises, time has shown that this decision is consistent with the long-term goals of the United Nations, the interests of the development of the states and peoples of the world in peace. Turkmenistan has become a reliable UN partner in supporting and maintaining peace and political stability in the region and also developing friendship and cooperation.

Turkmenistan–WHO: Promoting Partnerships

The World Health Organisation mission arrived in Turkmenistan on a Turkmenhowayollary charter flight from Frankfurt am Main (Germany) to work jointly with the Government and national experts on various aspects of COVID-19 preparedness and response. The mission is led by Dr Catherine Smallwood, Senior Emergency Officer, WHO Regional Office for Europe. Our country has done its best to make this visit possible. At one of the recent briefings at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, it was noted that “this is the principled position of Turkmenistan – a visit of international experts, their joint work with national experts and an objective assessment of the current situation in Turkmenistan. Our country will ensure the arrival of the expert group and its departure for Europe. For this, Turkmenistan is ready to provide all necessary resources, including transport.”

Standing Guard over the Health of the Turkmen People for a Quarter of a Century

The year 2020 is an anniversary one for Turkmenistan’s healthcare sector – the Saglyk State Programme is 25 years old. The Programme, adopted in 1995, was intended to lay a solid foundation for a new healthcare system based on the best international practices in public health management. Its key aspects include the improvement in the efficiency, accessibility and quality of preventive health services, establishment of a healthy lifestyle and creation of a healthy habitat. The Saglyk State Programme, implemented in phases under the patronage of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, has brought Turkmenistan’s healthcare sector to a qualitatively new level for a quarter of a century. A fundamentally new model of protection of human health has been created and started working effectively in our country, which allowed delivering medical care to every citizen and significantly widening the range of medical services.

Neutrality and the Development of the Oil and Gas Sector

The foreign policy strategy of Turkmenistan, built on its universally recognised international legal status of permanent neutrality, being filled with a qualitatively new meaning and content in the present historical period of the Era of Might and Happiness. In this regard, the peace-loving policy of the Turkmen state, aimed at good neighbourliness and equal and mutually beneficial cooperation with other states and international organisations, is reaching a higher level. From the economic and legal point of view, the neutrality of Turkmenistan contributes to attracting foreign investments in the 21st-century ambitious projects for the development of the depths of the Caspian Sea and energy transit to world markets. Today, the companies from China, the United States, Japan, Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, Iran, Malaysia, the Arab states and EU countries effectively operate in the country. They took an active part in creating the textile industry, modernising the oil and gas sector and agriculture; large-scale road and housing construction is under way and communications infrastructure has been reequipped. The neutrality of Turkmenistan to a large extent predetermined the success of these international projects.

Hospitality industry: Experience and Prospects

A new recreation area Altyn Köl has appeared in the hospitality industry of Ashgabat. It was created on the initiative of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov on the banks of Lake Altyn Köl, located in the territory of the Bagtiyarlyk etrap of Ashgabat. The national leader attended the opening ceremony of the building complex of leisure facilities. The new recreation area opens up ample opportunities for hotel managers to organise recreation for people with a wide range of interests. It should be noted that the new social facility has been opened this year that is marked for our country by the event of particular significance – the 25th anniversary of the status of permanent neutrality. The achievements of independent neutral Turkmenistan in all areas illustrate the fundamental importance of it for the development of the state and the wellbeing of the people. Over the years, neutral Turkmenistan has become for the world community a symbol of peace and cordial hospitality, the regional centre that hosts international meetings, conferences and cultural and sporting events at a highly professional level. In this regard, the youngest, but very promising for the national economy, hospitality industry has received an impetus to develop.

Specialists for the country: New Directions of Specialisation

The current admission campaign at the higher educational establishments of our country has undergone noticeable adjustments compared to similar events last year. Not only did the number of entrants increased significantly, but the scope of the areas of specialisation offered to them expanded greatly. First of all, this is due to the fact that time does not stand still. The dynamics of active innovative transformations along almost all vectors of the national economy dictates its current requirements for the training of personnel in different areas. First of all, we need truly fine workmen, distinguished by high professional qualifications, rich baggage of knowledge and skills and a broad worldview, demanded by realities of our country’s development in the Era of Might and Happiness in order to reach other significant heights along the path of progress and prosperity. In total, the list of specialisation areas has increased by more than thirty items in all higher education establishments. So, for example, at Magtymguly Turkmen State University, on a paid basis, they begin training personnel on a new vector of study – Linguistics and Literary Criticism with an emphasis on the specialisation in the Russian Language and Literature. In the same oldest higher school in our country, also on a paid basis, at the undergraduate level, for the first time, admission is carried out for suc

Beneficial Material of Ancient Architects

The history of architecture of Turkmenistan is several millennia old. The evolution of local architecture techniques passed from small settlements of the first agricultural communities in the foothill zone of the Kopetdag Mountains and the temple of the Altyn-depe civilisation to the cities of the legendary country Margush and the cult complex of Nisa, and later enriched with typical solutions within the framework of Muslim culture. But even when large trade and craft centres grew along the routes of the Great Silk Road, and their look was decorated with high minarets, majestic mosques and mausoleums, having an image of a colourful oriental fairy tale, and much earlier builders and artists used material available to them to realise their plans. That was a soft and plastic, amenable to moulding and gaining strength and durability after burning material – clay. It became the basis for standard and patterned bricks, tiles and decorative elements of façades and interiors of buildings. Particularly, its widespread use can be seen in the study of artefacts of the citadel of Old Nisa. How Parthian architects took advantage of the possibilities of clay, one can see by visiting the ancient settlement of Nisa, the scientific and cultural value of which has already gone beyond national borders, which is evidenced by the inscription of the historical monument in 2007 on the UNESCO World He

Right behaviour – a guarantee of your health!

Weather in summer is characterised by diversity. It can have sunny, hot, cloudy, windy and dusty days. In order to prevent the undesirable effect of weather on the human body, in the summer period it is necessary to regularly consult with family doctors and to strengthen preventive measures. As a result of the analysis of the state of atmospheric air in the city of Ashgabat and the velayats during the last days, wind and dust activity due to the impact of airflow that entered the territory of Turkmenistan from the southeast, northeast and north was observed. An increased dust content in the air, which is unfavourable for human health, namely for the respiratory system, was recorded.

Farap Sanatorium: Not Only Water Cures

This year is a special one in the biography of the modern health resort; it will be 10 years since the solemn opening ceremony attended by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. The sanatorium, built in accordance with the Saglyk State Programme, is designed for 250 patients and meets the highest international requirements. It makes sense to look back. Mineral exploration was conducted in that territory on the right bank of the Amudarya River in the late 1950-ies. Instead of natural gas, hot water came out at a depth of 330 metres. Drilling continued up to 870 metres, but the result remained the same. Further exploration activity was suspended, and the well was shut down. However, over time, underground waters began to come out and formed a small warm lake. Local people swam in the lake, and they were surprised to find out that its water cured various diseases, most often skin ones.

Wonderful Garden of Eastern Peris

A valuable layer of the intangible cultural heritage of the Turkmen people is associated with unique natural places, each of which stores the events of the past and is covered with beautiful traditions and legends. “Paradise”, “a wonderful garden of oriental beauties, peris” – the village of Nohur has long been awarded such epithets. According to one ancient legend, the inhabitants associate the name Nohur with a Persian legend of the winged virgins, Peris, since “No” and “Hur” are translated as “nine Peris”. According to another legend, the place received its name from “Noh” (Prophet Noah) and “Ur” (swim). According to the stories of the elders living in the village, the righteous Noah and the inhabitants of his ark landed in Nohur after the Great Flood.

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At the request of the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers Sh. Durdyliyev and the hyakim of Ashgabat Y. Gylyjov, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov acquainted himself with the state of affairs at the facilities being built in the capital city, the beautification of the city and the maintenance of its sanitary state at the proper level. * * *

On the way of economic reforms

The year in which the 25th anniversary of permanent neutrality is celebrated marks a new stage in the sustainable state development of Turkmenistan. Today we can confidently speak of rapid economic recovery. This is evidenced by figures and facts – our country is keeping a dynamic pace of its development, GDP is growing also through the diversification and modernisation of the economy, strengthening of the trade and financial sector and carefully thought-out investment policy. The results of the socioeconomic development of our country eloquently testify to this. The fact that Turkmenistan is among the top ten countries in the index of attracting foreign direct investments is a vivid confirmation of the success of the national leader’s economic policy. For example, rural workers have significantly increased the volume of gross crop production. This is a direct result of state support for the agroindustrial complex, a consequence of the measures, taken to raise the Turkmen village as part of the agrarian reform, and to develop the food industry. New heights are conquered by small and medium-sized enterprises, which carry out not only construction work, but also render numerous services with state support. Investments in science, health care, culture and social infrastructure are growing. Today, Turkmenistan has turned into a socially oriented state with a highly developed econo

Contributing to the Outstanding Achievements of the Motherland

More than one and a half years have passed since the privatisation of the fishery enterprises by members of the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Turkmenistan in accordance with the Decree of the President of Turkmenistan. The results show that the reform in Turkmenistan’s fishing industry aimed at promoting market relations and expanding activities in the non-state sector has promoted to improving the supply of fish products to the domestic market.

Prevention Measures to Protect the Health of the Citizens of Turkmenistan

The health of the people has always been a key priority of the policy of the Turkmen state within the framework of the integrated national strategies and programmes. The Saglyk State Programme particularly aims to improve the efficiency, accessibility and quality of preventive health services and ensures concerted efforts of a number of state and public institutions and international organisations in addressing health issues. The Turkmen state is taking pro-active, effective preventive measures to protect the health of its citizens during the novel coronavirus pandemic that has spread throughout the world. As it is known, since the start of the pandemic, the Government of Turkmenistan has been conducting large-scale measures to prevent the entry of the infection into the territory of our country and its spread. The Government Commission on the Control of Dangerous Infectious Diseases holds meetings on an ongoing basis to discuss urgent issues and to adopt appropriate decisions supporting the implementation of prevention and control measures in various areas of activity.