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Friday, 29 July 2005
UK, Turkmenistan to Bolster Anti-Terror Cooperation
Topic: Foreign Relations
Ashgabat, 29 July 2005 (nCa) --- Ambassador Peter Butcher, the new British envoy to Turkmenistan, presented his credentials Thursday to President Saparmurat Niyazov.

The sides expressed confidence that mutually beneficial relations based on equality would continue to flourish during the tenure of Ambassador Butcher.

It was agreed that in order to maintain security and peace in the world, there was need for more efforts to combat terrorism and narcotics that are posing threat to the entire mankind.

Niyazov, who had earlier sent a message of condolence to Prime Minister Blair on the recent bombings in London, again expressed his sorrow and grief at the carnage.

Ambassador Butcher said that he would do his best to further develop the good relations between the two countries.

British envoy mentioned even though Burren Energy and Dragon Oil were traditional partners of Turkmenistan, there were many more British firms that were highly interested in entering the Turkmen market.

Ambassador Butcher presented a letter from Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain.

www.newscentralasia.com

Posted by countryturkmenistan at 1:41 PM
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Job Fair Floats 1100 New Vacancies in Turkmenistan
Topic: Economy & business
Turkmenistan Job Fair Showcases 1100 Job Opportunities

Ashgabat, 29 July 2005 (nCa) --- A job fair started Thursday in Ashgabat that showcases 1100 new vacancies for the skilled and unskilled workers of Turkmenistan.

Job fairs are held regularly in Turkmenistan to bring together the employers and job-seekers.

This year’s job fair features about 90 organizations in the public and private sector that have shown interest in hiring.

Major employers are civil engineering and municipal services firms, transportation enterprises, and construction companies. Most of jobs on offer are in the construction sector.

Turkish companies Gap Inshaat, Hayyat and Polimeks are the leaders in this job fair with 129, 55 and 120 available vacancies respectively.

Public sector has also come up with a large number of vacancies. Major slot is available for heavy vehicle drivers where 150 vacancies are available for trolley bus and motor transport drivers.

There is special emphasis for job opportunities for boys and girls of 16-17 years as they must gain two years work experience before entering the institutions of higher learning.

The next job fair would be held in autumn.

Hiring, however, is not limited to the job fairs. District and provincial centres provide year-round service to match the job-seekers with the prospective employers.

www.newscentralasia.com

Posted by countryturkmenistan at 1:37 PM
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Thursday, 28 July 2005
Childern's Park of Turkmen Tales Will Open in Ashgabat Next Year
Topic: Health, Education, Social
26 July 2005. About one year is left before opening a unique children’s park of sideshows in Ashgabat and construction operations are at full swing at the area of 33 hectares. In autumn the specialists of the Turkish company Gap Insaat will start planting trees and shrubs and purchasing equipment for the sideshows. The largest park in the region called the World of Turkmen Fairy-Tales (its total sum is 50 million US dollars) is being constructed by the order of the Ministry of Education of Turkmenistan and is being financed from the State monetary reserve.

According to the architects’ design the main natural and climatic zones of Turkmenistan will be presented in miniature. The playgrounds of the entertaining complex will be surrounded with the reduced copies of the Kopetdag Mountains, the Karakum Desert, the Amudarya and the Karakum River. In that part of the park dozens of sideshows meeting the international standards of safety will be installed. There will be three-dimensional images of the personages of Turkmen fairy-tales and representatives of the vegetable kingdom of Turkmenistan everywhere.

The visitors of the World of Turkmen Fairy-Tales will have a great choice. They will be able to ride various merry-go-rounds and a big dipper, to make a trip along the river or visit a gallery of laser effect. There will be a special playground for small children; the bigger children will be able to visit pavilions with videogames and a covered arcade. The parent will spend time playing billiards, darts, or bowling.

Trees, shrubs and flowers will grow everywhere; there will be benches, arbours, fountains and original lamps along the paths. Cafes, rental agencies, shops and photo studios will also work there. The technical services and administration of the park will occupy a two-storeyed building with the total area of 7,000 square metres.

That district of the city will have changed beyond recognition by the 15th anniversary of independence and it will be a favourite place of rest. Close to the World of Turkmen Fairy-Tales a puppet show will work, an aquatic complex will be opened and the Ashgabat River with a park zone along its banks will stretch to the south of the park.

State Information Agency of Turkmenistan (TDH)

Posted by countryturkmenistan at 6:09 PM
Updated: Thursday, 28 July 2005 6:18 PM
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Wednesday, 27 July 2005
Turkish Company to Build $68 mln Worth of Apartment Blocks, Kindgarten and Trading Centre
Topic: Economy & business
27 July 2005. The Turkish company Sehil has made a record contract for construction of seven tower blocks, a kindergarten and a trading centre in Ashgabat. Almost 280 families will celebrate house-warming parties and 160 children will go to the new kindergarten in the southern part of the Turkmen capital in October 2006. the total sum of the project including construction of the underground parking place and improvement of the adjacent territory is around 68 million US dollars.

The customers and future owners of those objects are the Ministry of Economy and Finance, the Central State Tax Service, the State Insurance Organisation of Turkmenistan, the Central Bank, the Turkmenistan State Commercial Bank and the Senagat Joint-Stock Commercial Bank. The Ministry of Economy and Finance and the Central State Tax Service will be financed from the State budget, the rest will pay for construction at their own expense.

Such a large contract made by the company can be explained by the high quality and timely fulfillment of the construction operations made by it. Last year Sehil put into operation the largest and most comfortable kindergarten in our country, several houses for the law-enforcement agencies and the Turkmen-Turkish Friendship Park in Gindivar opened two months ago.

The Turkish builders complete reconstructing the Ashgabat Hotel. The white-marble building of the hotel, one of the first tower ones in the capital, will be decorated with stained-glass windows and the adjacent territory will be part of the theatre square constructed in that district. Sehil will be also a subcontractor of construction of a metallurgical plant near Ashgabat.

With the beginning of construction of anew complex in Bitarap Turkmenistan Avenue the amount of contract objects of Sehil makes it one of the leaders on the construction market of Turkmenistan.

State Information Agency of Turkmenistan (TDH)

Posted by countryturkmenistan at 1:43 PM
Updated: Wednesday, 27 July 2005 1:44 PM
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Tuesday, 26 July 2005
Co-Operation in the Name of the Common Ideals of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity
Topic: Foreign Relations
On July 14 France celebrates the national holiday, Bastille Day that is seen as the reference point in the modern history of France. On occasion of this remarkable date we cite an interview with Jean-Claude RICHARD, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of France in Turkmenistan.

“The storming of the Bastille is not only an important event in the history of the French people but also a turning-point in the history of humankind, as it embodied the cherished desires common to all peoples. Therefore, it immediately produced an echo that resounded even in America.

The fortress of Bastille, a symbol of royal misrule for the Parisians, was also known for holding political prisoners. Therefore, the storming of the Bastille marked the victory of the ideas of liberty and equality.

It was not occasional that some days later both ideas were embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that solemnly declared, “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”

Another historical value of the storming of the Bastille was the idea of fraternity. It was not enough to attack the Bastille but it should be destroyed. All levels of population took part in the storming of the Bastille.

A year later, on 14 July 1790 a great festival was organised on occasion of the anniversary of this remarkable event in the history of France.

Liberty, Equality, Fraternity. This is the slogan of the French Republic. These words embody the ideals of peoples all over the world. They are inseparable from the forth ideal, the national sovereignty. It became clearly apparent at the moment when the foreign armies, which had conquered France to kill its ideals, were defeated on 20 September 1792 at the Battle of Valmy. It is known that Goethe who was fighting in the ranks of the Prussian army against the French said being greatly impressed with the French volunteers’ enthusiasm, “At this place, on this day the new era in the world’s history begins.”

The ideas of the French Revolution are common to all peoples. Victor Hugo wrote, “14th July does not belong to the French, 14th July belongs to all peoples.”

The Embassy of the French Republic in Turkmenistan adheres to this idea.

One of the priority directions of the Embassy’s activities is respect to Turkmen culture as well as the desire to know the country better. This aim is purposed by the French-Turkmen expedition headed by Professor Oliver Lecomte who is carrying out the archaeological excavations in Ulag-Depe, a historical site located near the settlement of Dushak.

The Embassy regularly organises and holds various cultural actions aiming to introduce French culture to the people of Turkmenistan as well as to develop cultural exchange between both countries and peoples. A composition created by F. Pugeot, C. Barrou and C. Pachett is penetrated with the spirit of Turkmen folk music.

Many other French musicians visited Ashgabat. They were impressed by the Turkmen music lovers’ warm welcome. We have organised eight concerts of classical and modern music in Turkmenistan. Some concerts were arranged in the towns of Turkmenbashi and Mary.

We have also organised art exhibitions such as Water Gardens of Ashgabat, Chanteau, Versailles photo exhibitions, a joint exhibition of the works of the painters from Mary and F. Margeri who delivered lectures on modern painting. On June 23 – July 1, an exhibition of the works of 15 Turkmen painters was organised in Paris near the Eiffel Tower. This autumn the French painters will arrange an exhibition of their works in Ashgabat.

Many young people of Turkmenistan visited France within the framework of the programmes on cultural and scientific exchange either to receive higher education in economy, international law and modern technologies or to attend the extension courses for the French teachers. The laureates of the French Literature Contest made the linguistic tours to France.

Jules Verne French Cultural Centre conducts various activities. Its library includes various French newspapers and magazines, 1,200 DVD and videocassettes with the feature and documentary films, over 200 compact disks of French music and songs, over 500 books and CD-ROM. The Centre regularly conducts the French language contests for children, young people and adults, organises the defence of the students’ diploma theses on the French language in collaboration with the Ministry of Education of Turkmenistan. The cinema-club presents the films in French.

The Embassy granted the textbooks to the French language centres. Closely co-operating with the Turkmen linguists the Embassy plans to publish the first bilingual French-Turkmen dictionary this August.

The French companies are among the first ones to establish close co-operation with Turkmenistan. Every day one can see the construction sites of the Bouygues Company that takes an active part in developing Ashgabat. The buildings constructed by the Bouygues Company in accordance with the international standards are easily recognised by their original style. For less than a year the company built the largest in Central Asia mosque in the settlement of Gypjak, the buildings of Museum of Fine Arts and Daykhan Bank. At present, the company is engaged in constructing dozens of objects, which will adorn the capital of Turkmenistan within a few next years.

Other French companies also made their possible contribution to development of Turkmenistan. For example, the Technip Company modernised the Turkmenbashi complex of oil refineries in 1997-2002. The company’s German partners continue this work. The Tales Company supplies up-to-date navigation equipment promoting modernisation of Turkmenistan’s air transport. The Schlumberger Company, one of the leading companies in the world, provides services in exploring and developing oil and gas fields. The Sersel Company supplies geophysical equipment, the Schneider Company – electrical systems and the Alstom Company assembles the pump stations. The Sifal Group, a long-term partner of Turkmenistan, represents other French companies whose contribution to Turkmenistan’s economic development is no less important.

The French community in Turkmenistan is one of the most numerous foreign communities in your country and the most numerous one in Central Asia.

As a EU member, France also takes an active part in various bilateral programmes, such as TACIS and Tempus, the programmes initiated by the UNDP, UNICEF, UNESCO, NATO, OSCE and Medecins Sans Frontiers.

Last year I visited Brussels to participate in a session of the European Union – Turkmenistan Joint Committee, the first one since 1998, as the EU Chairman in Turkmenistan. I think that development of contacts and co-operation is of common interest, indeed. The last session of the Joint Committee was held in Ashgabat six years ago. I was glad to make my contribution to the common cause.

In this regard, I am glad to witness such measures as withdrawal of an exit visa and registration of non-governmental organisations taken in Turkmenistan. In this way Turkmenistan demonstrates its adherence to the ideals of liberty, equality and fraternity, which we celebrate on Bastille Day.


State Information Agency of Turkmenistan (TDH)

Posted by countryturkmenistan at 1:50 PM
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