President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov held an extended meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers, which summed up the work of the branches over the past four months, and considered topical issues of state life. Representatives of the Mejlis of Turkmenistan, hakims of velayats, cities and etraps, rectors of universities, heads of the media and other organizations were invited to participate in the meeting.
Vice-premiers, a number of ministers and hakims of velayats reported on the carried out work, which was given a weighted assessment. During the meeting, the Head of State voiced fundamental remarks and demands, placing specific tasks for the heads of the corps for the immediate period. Personnel decisions were also made.
As it was reported at the meeting that for four months of 2017 GDP increased by 6.2 percent, including in the industrial sector by 2.1 percent, construction - by 4.3 percent, transport and communication sector - by 10.8 percent, trade - by 10%, agriculture - by 3.5%, and services - by 10.7%.
According to the results of four months, the volume of products produced compared to the same period last year increased by 3.6 percent. High indicators have been achieved in virtually all sectors of the national economic complex.
Prices for consumer goods, as well as tariffs for rendering services to the population, are kept within the established limits. In large and medium-sized enterprises, in comparison with the same period in 2016, wages increased by 9.1 percent.
The revenue part of the State Budget amounted to 5.6 billion manat, and the expenditure part - to 5.3 billion manat. Wages, pensions, state allowances and student scholarships were paid on time.
During the reviewed period, the volume of capital investments utilized at the expense of all sources of financing amounted to 12.2 billion manat.
According to the preliminary results for the four months of 2017, within the framework of the President's National Program for the transformation of social and living conditions of the population of villages, settlements, cities, towns and etrap centers for the period until 2020 (in new edition) laying of 200.4 kilometers of engineering networks and 1243, 3 kilometers of communication systems, as well as construction of 329.2 thousand square meters of housing, 65 social facilities, 30 water and sewerage treatment facilities have been implemented. 500,8 thousand square meters of residential buildings and various infrastructure facilities are being constructed.
The President of Turkmenistan noted the importance of further development of accounting and statistics, demanded that appropriate measures be taken to improve the statistics system. Declaring severe reprimands for the shortcomings in the work of the chairman of the Central Bank M. Annadurdyev, the leader of the nation ordered to eliminate existing shortcomings and carry out strict constant monitoring of the activities of banking structures. Pointing out that the Ministry of Finance does not adequately control the financial condition of ministries and departments, the Head of State announced to the Minister of Finance M. Muhammedov a severe reprimand for unsatisfactory performance of his duties and shortcomings.
The meeting reported on the results of the work of oil and gas enterprises for the reporting period. Thus, the plan for oil and gas condensate production was fulfilled by 106.9 percent, processing of hydrocarbon raw materials by 103.6 percent, export of the "blue fuel" by 108.8 percent. At the same time, the growth rate of natural and associated gas production was 101.1 percent. The planned targets for the production of a number of oil products were exceeded, including gasoline by 11.8 percent, diesel fuel by 5.4 percent, polypropylene by 7.6 percent, and liquefied gas by 27.6 percent. The plan for the development of investments was fulfilled by 120.7 percent.
At the meeting, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expressed extreme dissatisfaction with the pace of construction of the Recreation and Entertainment Center with an aqua park in the Avaza National Tourism Zone, and ordered to take measures to put it into operation on time and ensure high quality of work.
Also at the meeting it was reported that from January to April of this year, works on 137,361,500 manat were carried out for the city of Ashkhabad, which amounted to 111.4 percent of the plan. The growth rate compared to the same period last year was 137.6 percent. A separate topic of the report was the ongoing work on further improvement of Ashgabat and the creation of a developed urban infrastructure.
110.3 percent of the planned works and services were rendered for the reported period by the Ministry of Energy. The growth rate of indicators in this structure compared to the results of the four months of last year was 101.9 percent. For the considered period of time, 7 billion 955 million 063 thousand kW/h of electric power were produced. Thus, the growth rate of electricity production reached 105.8 percent, and the growth rate of its exports was 103.9 percent.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov touched upon the preparations for the Asian Games-2017 and demanded to take measures for the timely completion of ongoing work, ensuring the uninterrupted operation of communications, air and road transport. Also, the President of Turkmenistan demanded to accelerate the pace of airport construction in the industrialized centers of the country - Lebap and Balkan velayats, in particular Garlik and Kiyanly.
It was reported at the meeting that industrial goods worth 173 million manat were produced by the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, whose volume if production has increased by 32.6 percent, and agricultural and food products - by 298.3 million manat with an increase of 26.4 percent. Construction and installation works for the amount of over 1.1 billion manat were completed. The volume of trade turnover amounted to more than 3.7 billion manat with a growth of 12.6 percent. In the service sector, work was carried out for the amount of 321.6 million manat - an increase of 14.9 percent.
The leader of the nation stressed the importance of working more actively on programs aimed at producing import-substituting products and increasing export volumes. Carrying out effective work with our entrepreneurs, we should create joint ventures, new jobs, achieve stable activity of the industries, ensuring their profitability and profit to the state, continued President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
As reported at the meeting, from January to April Turkmen schoolchildren won 45 medals of international subject Olympiads - 5 gold, 19 silver and 21 bronze, and students - 7 medals, 1 of them gold, 1 silver and 5 bronze. In the Internet competitions pupils of schools of the country were awarded 10 medals, representatives of universities - 154 awards.
In January-April, 117 internal competitions and 60 mass sports events were held in Turkmenistan. Our athletes took part in 52 international tournaments, where they won 342 medals (124 gold, 109 silver and 109 bronze medals).
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that final examinations start in secondary schools, and also the academic year in high schools is about to end. Then there is a reception campaign in universities and secondary specialized institutions. By the summer season, children's recreational and entertainment centers should be fully prepared. The Head of State also instructed to establish public control over the entrance examinations to higher educational institutions, to work out the questions of sending gifted graduates to study in foreign universities.
The President of Turkmenistan expressed his dissatisfaction with the solution of issues of providing the population with medicinal products, obliging them to take control of the work of the enterprises of the country's pharmaceutical industry. For the admitted shortcomings in the work of the Minister of Health and Medical Industry, N. Amannepesov was severely reprimanded.
It was reported at the meeting that on May 10th, the 71st General Assembly of the United Nations, as an official document, published in the six official languages of the community the Final Declaration of the International Sports Congress "Asian Games 2017: International Sport Cooperation for Peace and Development", held on April 7th this year in the National Tourist zone "Avaza".
The participants of the meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers have also reported on the agro-industrial complex, the growth rate of the volume of production - works and services performed reached 103.4 percent. Compared with the same period last year, the volume of flour production increased by 4.2 percent, pasta by 10.7 percent, bread and bakery products by 1.7 percent, dairy products by 4.6 percent, eggs by 5.1 percent, vegetables - by 12.9 percent. The plan for the development of investments by the Ministry and sectorial departments was fulfilled by 119.4 percent. There was information about the pace of seasonal agricultural work.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov gave the task to develop proposals on fundamental issues related to the development of agriculture, which will be considered at the Council of Elders this year.
Then the President of Turkmenistan gave the floor to the Chairman of the Supreme Court B. Charyev who reported on the results of the inspections in a number of agencies that identified cases of corruption and bribery among persons holding managerial positions. The results of the trial on criminal cases of some employees of the prosecutor's office were announced. Also, the results of investigative actions, the measures taken in criminal cases of a number of former heads of organizations and enterprises that used official powers for mercenary purposes and tarnished themselves in bribery and corruption were presented.
Then, turning to the consideration of personnel issues, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov announced the decision to release B. Atdaev from the post of vice-premier in connection with the transfer to another job. To coordinate his appointment to the post of Prosecutor General, the Head of State sent B. Atdaev's documents to the Mejlis of Turkmenistan.
Orazmyrat Gurbannazarov was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, overseeing the trade complex. As the vice-premier supervising the industrial sector, the President of Turkmenistan appointed Muhammetmyrat Aidogdyev.
Expressing critical remarks about the lack of systematics in landscaping, insufficiently effective activity within the framework of the International Fund for Saving the Aral, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov released M. Annabayev from the post of chairman of the State Committee for the Protection of the Environment and Land Resources. Batyrmyrat Orazmyradov was appointed to this post.
M. Nurmammadov was dismissed from the post of the chief of affairs of the Office of the President of Turkmenistan and the Cabinet of Ministers. Temporary execution of posts by the managers of the Office of the President and the Cabinet of Ministers is entrusted to the head of the department for managing the complex of the Palace of the President of Turkmenistan and the capital construction of the Department of Affairs of the Office of the President of Turkmenistan - Hadzhimyrat Hadzhimyradov.
The Head of State also produced a number of other personnel reshuffles.
In the course of the meeting, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov delivered a speech summarizing the results of the work carried out for four months of this year. The leader of the nation also said that he instructed the State Security Council, together with the Mejlis of Turkmenistan, to develop a program to combat corruption and bribery. The program should become an integral part of the strategy of state building.
State News Agency of Turkmenistan