Turkmenistan: President reports economic growth, reprimands ministers overseeing economy

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ASHGABAT (TCA) — At the Cabinet session on July 5 to review the country’s performance for the first six months of this year, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov spoke of the “sustainable growth of the Turkmen economy”. The head of state said that the GDP growth rate amounted to 6.2%, manufacturing increased by 4.4%, and trade grew 19.7%. However, immediately thereafter the President issued several reprimands, including severe ones, to Deputy Prime Ministers and ministers responsible for the economy, the foreign-based independent news website Chronicles of Turkmenistan reported with reference to the Turkmen state information agency TDH.

Deputy Prime Minister Gochmyrad Myradov, overseeing economy and finance, received a severe reprimand “for poor performance of job responsibilities and shortcomings at work”.

The President demanded that measures be undertaken to facilitate the country’s industrialization, large-scale investments in the economy, and the creation of new jobs which will contribute to forming a competitive economy.

Deputy Prime Minister Kerim Durdymyradov, overseeing industry, was reprimanded for “poor performance of job responsibilities and weakening of control over the performance of his subordinate ministries and agencies”.

Minister of Industry Khoshgeldi Mergenov was severely reprimanded for “poor performance of job responsibilities and job-related shortcomings”.

Minister of Economy and Finance Batyr Bazarov was severely reprimanded with a final warning “for improper performance of job responsibilities and grave job-related shortcomings”.

Minister of Trade and Foreign Economic Relations Dovran Orazmyradov was severely reprimanded “for improper performance of job responsibilities and job-related shortcomings”.

The head of state demanded that the minister provide residents with high quality merchandise at affordable prices and increase the exports of domestic goods.

Sergey Kwan

TCA