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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
Winter Sports Complex (Ice Palace) Under Construction in Ashgabat
Topic: Health, Education, Social
24 July 2005. In the chronicles of our life, new grandiose buildings embodying unprecedented projects and the boldest plans are being realised. Especially, it concerns our fine white-marble capital where every new bulding is an event bringing new unique features and magnificence to its look.

The opening of the Ice Palace in 2006 being constructed by the French company Bouygues Batimant International in the southern district of Ashgabat will be such an event for the people of Ashgabat and all visitors of the capital. The customer of the project is the Turkmenenergogurlushyk Concern of the Ministry of Energy and Industry of Turkmenistan.

The Ice Palace will occupy the area of 18,850 square metres. The new sports complex will have all the opportunities for organising competitions in hockey, skating, figure skating and various ice shows.

The tribunes of the palace are designed for 1,000 spectators. Besides the administrative and functional premises, the children’s playground, first-aid post, buffet and shops will be there too. The facade of the Ice Palace covered with white marble and toned glass is faced the north. The entrances from Archabil Avenue and also a pedestrian subway will lead to it.

At present, construction of the project where more than two hundred Turkmen and foreign specialists work is carried out at a rapid pace. Now, erection of the ground floor of the building and construction of engineering-communication networks are being carried out.

Aysoltan BAKIEVA
Turkmenistan: the Golden Age

Posted by countryturkmenistan at 11:01 PM
Thursday, 21 July 2005
MSF Expanding Activities in Turkmenistan
Topic: Foreign Relations
Ashgabat, 19 July 2005 (nCa) --- MSF – Medecins Sans Frontieres, also known as Doctors without Borders – has thanked the government of Turkmenistan for its cooperation and expressed desire to expand its activities in the country.

Here are excerpts from a letter by Josje Reinartz, Operational Director, MSF-Holland, to the president of Turkmenistan:

MSF would like to congratulate you personally and also the employees of the ministry of public health services and medical industry and the people of Turkmenistan on the tenth anniversary of the national programme ‘Health’ that was initiated by you in 1995.

MSF has been working in Turkmenistan since 1999. MSF cooperated fruitfully with the ministry of public health services and medical industry of Turkmenistan on implementation of DOTS strategy for treatment of tuberculosis, as approved by the WHO, and it has promoted the acceptance of new national policy of Turkmenistan on treatment of tuberculosis from the beginning of this year.

MSF is also very grateful for close cooperation of various ministries and departments of Turkmenistan in transportation of humanitarian aid cargo and movement of international staff of MSF through the territory of Turkmenistan for the support of humanitarian programmes of MSF in Afghanistan.

From the start of 2004, MSF has worked on the programme for treatment and preventive care of children’s diseases in Magdanly area in Lebap province and rendered support for successful realization of government policies in the field of treatment and prevention of childhood diseases.

At present, pending approval, MSF plans to expand its activities in Turkmenistan by including WHO-recommended strategy for protection of the health of the mother. This proramme is for the entire territory of Turkmenistan and we are awaiting approval.

MSF would like to use this opportunity to express its gratitude for the support of our activities in Turkmenistan and hopes for continuation and expansion of cooperation with the ministry of public health services and medical industry of Turkmenistan.

MSF also hopes to continue rendering positive contribution to the national programme ‘Health’.

MSF also uses this opportunity to renew its assurance of highest respect to His Excellency the President of Turkmenistan.

Posted by countryturkmenistan at 3:32 PM
Updated: Thursday, 21 July 2005 3:40 PM
Turkmenistan and China Sign a Number of Bilateral Documents
Topic: Foreign Relations
20 July 2005. The official delegation of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) led by Vice-Premier of the State Council of the PRC Ms. Wu Yi has wrapped up its two-day visit to Turkmenistan. A number of bilateral documents have been signed as a result of talks held in Ashgabat.

As the Ashgabat correspondent of reports, today, Ms Wu YI was received by Turkmen president Saparmurat Niyazov. The meeting that lasted more than one hour was constructive and open and confirmed the friendly and promising nature of the bilateral relations, the Vise-Primer said at an expanded meeting with participation of both sides’ delegations.

“Regardless of changes in the international climate, we regard Turkmenistan as a friendly state and a reliable partner headed by the leader who is not only a politician-strategist but also an economist, Wu Yi said in particular. We had very fruitful talks and look forward to their continuation next year during President Saparmurat Niyazov’s visit to our country.”

In turn, the President of Turkmenistan noted good dynamics of economic partnership between the two countries. Niyazov stressed that the Chinese side provide a lot of help in such spheres as the repair of old oil wells in the country’s western region, establishment of new textile productions, cooperation in transportation and communication. “We have the pragmatic and mutually beneficial cooperation. This cooperation is free of any political or other motives and, thus, it has the great future,” the Turkmen leader said.

Underlining the business nature of the Chinese delegation’s visit, Saparmurat Niyazov urged the heads of state and private enterprises in the delegation of the PRC to actively cooperate with their Turkmen colleagues to raise the partnership to a new level.

The sides also noted that the trade turnover between Turkmenistan and China increased 5 times to US 79,6 mln in six months of 2005 as compared to the same period in 2000. 90% of trade accounted for imports of equipment from China.

As of July 2005, 37 investment projects are registered in Turkmenistan with participation of Chinese companies for the total sum of 383 million USD and 160 million (US $ 19,2 mln) Chinese Yuan.

A number of bilateral documents were signed in the end of talks, including the agreements: on economic and technical cooperation between the PRC and Turkmenistan, on granting a soft credit for the oil and gas sector of Turkmenistan, on cooperation in training of specialists of the Turkmen ministries and establishments and other agreements.

Internet newspaper Turkmenistan.Ru

Posted by countryturkmenistan at 3:05 PM
Treatment and Consultation Centre of Turkmenistan: Services at Highest International Level
Topic: Health, Education, Social
12 July 2005. The Treatment and Consultation Centre of Turkmenistan is the first large patient care institution established in Turkmenistan during the years of independence. In the context of the coming reforms of the national health care it was established not only as the national leading clinic but also as that of the new type providing medical services at the highest international levels. The newly independent state made solid investments to supply the firstling with the up-to-date medical equipment.

To date, the Centre includes 34 departments; 18 of them are in-patient and 16 are subsidiary (admission department, consultative polyclinics, department of functional diagnostics, laboratories, angio-X-ray department and others). The clinic is structured in accordance with the international standards. The clinic includes nine surgical departments in which the surgeons operate on almost all kinds of pathology. Over 40 operations can be performed in 11 operating rooms every day. 8,462 operations were performed last year. To imagine the scope of the clinic it is enough to say that 1,049 people work there, 279 of whom are physicians.

The Centre provides consultative and medical assistance to the people of Turkmenistan who visit the Centre on their own initiative or the patient referrals to treatment irrespective of the place of residence.

For the convenience of patients

The Burn Department has no analogy in the country. The 25-bedded department can take the patients suffering from all kinds of burns: thermal, chemical and electrical. The serious patients are transported by air from the velayats.

“In the department we created maximum comfort to provide high-quality treatment and relieve the patients from pain. First of all, we use 10 multifunctional air beds produced by the Japanese leading companies,” A. Atamuradov, Head of the Burn Department, tells. “A patient can painlessly change the body positions; it prevents a bedsore, pneumonia and other post burn complications.

A patient is transported to a Clinitron multifunctional bed (produced by Russia and France) to dry wounds. The mattress is filled with 250 kg of sand warmed up by airflow by 40 degree. To disinfect the burning wounds the patients undergo the course of quartz physiotherapy procedures and take Sakay rehabilitations baths (Japan).”

Like the magicians

The department of plastic and reconstructive surgery headed by H. Myatiev, Candidate of Medicine, senior physician, is the only one in Turkmenistan. The surgeons working at the Centre are like the magicians. They hold the certificates of authorship and inventor’s certificates including the international ones (Russia, Germany). The scope of the medical services rendered to the people of Turkmenistan is steadily expanded.

Every day the surgeons perform 4-5 operations. Most of the patients applying for medical assistance to the Centre suffer from the burning injuries. Their problems are solved by transplanting skin and post-burn contractures caused by the permanent scars that restrict the functions of the joints.

The remedial nose surgical procedure restoring the functions of the nose and improving the nose shape is one of the new operations performed at the Centre.

Development of the method of surgical correction of facial paralysis is a great achievement of the specialists of the Centre. This operation helps to restore the visual function, mimics and facial symmetry.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation and … Van Gogh

The department of cardiopulmonary resuscitation opened in 1996 is the first resuscitation department in Turkmenistan providing medical services in compliance with the best international standards. It supplemented two other resuscitation departments of the Centre – the department of anesthesia and resuscitation and the department of extracorporal hemodialysis (hemodialyser).

The necessity of placing the Centre on such a level was stipulated by the Health State Programme. Maximum of comfort is created for the patients in six cubicles. A cubicle is equipped with the centralised oxygen and air supply panel, a vacuum unit, a medical ventilation apparatus produced by the Puritan Bennet Company (the USA) and a monitor reading all vitally important indices. The apparatus is equipped with the alarm system that immediately responses to any changes beyond allowable norms. The computers save the information monitoring the course of disease during three days.

The department amazes not only with the up-to-date equipment, comfort, high quality of medical aid and services but also the interior. The walls of the department are decorated with the reproductions of Van Gogh’s pictures.

“Vincent Van Gogh suffered from cardiac insufficiency,” M. Aytmamedov, head of the department tells. “The specialists noted that chrome was a prevailing colour in Gogh’s pictures. The physicians all over the world think that this colour produced a positive effect on the patients. When the patients are watching Van Gogh’s pictures they feel the painter’s intuitive striving to find the way out of the state disease.

Maximum comfort was created for the visitors, too. They can receive necessary information in a special room. He is not allowed to the ward but he can speak with the patients via the special interphone system.

The story about three electro-optical transducers (EOT)

The President of Turkmenistan Saparmurat Niyazov took part in the opening ceremony of the department of cardiopulmonary resuscitation at the Treatment and Consultation Centre. Addressing to the specialists of the Centre the President asked them what they would like to have to improve the quality of medical services. They asked for an electro-optical transducer. Thus, three electro-optical transducers were supplied to the department.

“This unit,” A. Rejepov, Head of the department tells, “takes 95 percent of irradiation projecting the sharp images on the monitor. We use the transducers for the diagnostic as well as for surgical purposes while removing gallstones and renal calculi, approximating bone fragments, removing foreign bodies and operating spinal column.

The advantages of the apparatus are that of the big memory saving the indices of the state of a patient’s health and images. By using the apparatus we can save on costs for expensive X-ray films and developing chemicals, the premises of a photolaboratory and archives.

Since 1997 the specialists of our department have been using a Philips X-ray unit for express diagnostics of trauma patients. One of the rooms is specified for dental X-ray diagnosis. The portable X-ray units allow diagnosing the bed-ridden patients in the wards.

Diagnostics is similar to exploration

The department of functional diagnostics supplied with up-to-date medical equipment has been rendering services since the opening of the Treatment and Consultation Centre of Turkmenistan. Under the supervision of J. Atdekova, the head of the department, the groups of the highly qualified physicians detect the patients’ diseases as well as define the degree of pathological process and detect the pathology of internal organs and systems on the latent stages. The functional diagnostic techniques provide the wide opportunities to take timely preventive measures.

The latest news: some days ago Sonoc-7500 ultrasound scanner produced by the Philips Company was supplied to the department. It allows conducting necessary investigation of heart and internal organs, vessels and soft tissues, endocrine glands and joints.

For the first time in Turkmenistan the MR-image room was opened at the Centre in 1997. Since that time 34,000 patients have undergone the magnetic resonance imaging procedures. This is the latest radiological technique that allows receiving the multi-projection layer-by-layer images of all organs. The patients undergo the magnetic resonance imaging procedures on the recommendation of the specialists of the Centre as well as other clinics of Turkmenistan.


Turkmenistan: the Golden Age

Posted by countryturkmenistan at 2:22 PM
Updated: Thursday, 21 July 2005 2:27 PM

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