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11 January 2011
Turkmen leader sets out priorities for 2011

ASHGABAT. Jan 11 (Interfax) - Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow has outlined ten priorities the republic will have to tackle in 2011, which marks the 20th anniversary of Turkmenistan's independence.

Speaking at a government session on Monday, Berdimuhamedow said that the results achieved in 2010 serve as a good example of Turkmenistan's comprehensive development, demonstrating the success of all of the reforms under way in the country, the Foreign Ministry has reported.

The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), having studied a report describing the economic and financial situation in Turkmenistan, gave high marks to the country's ongoing economic, financial and fiscal reforms, the Turkmen leader said.

Among this year's priorities, Berdimuhamedow mentioned a search for new ways of national development to make sure that "the coming generation lives happily," as well as continuing to play a proactive role in the international arena in compliance with Turkmenistan's neutral status.

"Our country will continue pursuing its open-door policy, realizing the principles of the state's neutral status for the sake of maintaining and strengthening peace and stability in the region," the president said.

This year, Turkmenistan will take further steps to diversify its economy, which should continue developing at a rapid pace, he said.

More reforms will be implemented in key areas like culture and education, Berdimuhamedow said.

The Turkmen government will continue working to bolster the development of the country's financial and banking system, the fuel and gas sector, electricity generation, the chemical industry, engineering, the production of construction materials, the consumer goods industry, agriculture, transport, communications, tourism and the services sector, he said.

"Addressing the building of pipeline infrastructure, the president announced Turkmenistan's readiness to deliver natural gas to European states as well. The construction of liquefied gas and gas processing plants in the country will play a key role in the development of its gas sector in the future," the Foreign Ministry said.

Further efforts will be made in 2011 to improve the functioning of all of Turkmenistan's government agencies, and an electronic government project will be implemented.