Turkmenistan president presents country’s development program for 2018–2024

ASHGABAT (TCA) — Speaking at a meeting of the Council of Elders on October 9, Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov outlined the main directions of the country’s investment and industrial policy for 2018–2024, state Turkmen media reported.

The Council of Elders is an unelected body that offers no real check on the powers of the authoritarian Turkmen leader.

Presenting the Program of the country’s development, the President said that some economic and political events in the country had made some negative impact on economic growth of Turkmenistan. First of all, the growth rate of global economy has decreased. It is related to the geopolitical situation, a drop of the prices for hydrocarbon resources in the world markets, insufficiently stable development of the economies of the states that are trade and economic partners of Turkmenistan, fluctuations of foreign currency exchange rates, and instability of securities at stock markets.

According to the Program, Turkmenistan plans to keep a high annual growth rate of GDP at 6.2–8.2 percent.

The share of the industry in the structure of national economy will make 33 percent on average, construction – 14 percent, and agriculture – 10.9 percent.

The president said that the total volume of electricity produced in the country will be brought up to 33 billion kilowatt-hours by 2024, 27.2 percent more comparing with 2018.

The volume of mineral fertilizers produced in the country in 2024 will increase 1.6-fold and will make 3 825 000 tons. 74.5 percent of that amount will be exported.

The president also said that the average salary in Turkmenistan will be increased annually by 10 percent in 2018–2024.

At the same time, Berdymukhamedov said the government would boost state revenues by cutting state subsidies that had been introduced by his predecessor Saparmurat Niyazov. “The time has come to save and use state funds effectively,” he said.

The subsidies introduced in the 1990s granted Turkmenistan citizens free gas, water and electricity.

Sergey Kwan

TCA

Sergey Kwan has worked for The Times of Central Asia as a journalist, translator and editor since its foundation in March 1999. Prior to this, from 1996-1997, he worked as a translator at The Kyrgyzstan Chronicle, and from 1997-1999, as a translator at The Central Asian Post.
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Kwan studied at the Bishkek Polytechnic Institute from 1990-1994, before completing his training in print journalism in Denmark.

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