Presidents of Turkmenistan and Tajikistan Hold Talks
On August 23, Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov received Tajik President Emomali Rahmon in Ashgabat. Berdymukhamedov stressed Turkmenistan’s interest in increasing oil and gas exports to Tajikistan, expanding transport and transit connections, and intensifying economic cooperation. The Tajik President expressed confidence that the trade turnover between the two countries can increase significantly in the coming years. Both focused on cooperation in regional security and combating modern threats.
Source: gundogar.org, trend.az
Turkmenistan, Tajikistan to Expand Cooperation in Power Engineering and Transport
In a joint statement signed during Tajik President Emomali Rahmon’s August 22-24 visit to Turkmenistan, , Berdymukhamedov and his Tajik counterpart named the production and transportation of electric power, oil products, nonferrous metallurgy, transport telecommunications, and textiles as priority areas for Turkmen-Tajik cooperation. During the visit, Rahmon and Berdymukhamedov also signed seven documents: Agreement on cooperation between the chambers of commerce; Agreement between Tajikistan’s National Bank and Turkmenistan’s Ministry of Finance on combating money laundering and financing of terrorism; Agreement on cooperation between the Academies of Sciences; Program of cooperation in arts and culture for 2013 - 2014; Program of cooperation between the Foreign Ministries for 2013 - 2014; Intergovernmental agreement on allocating plots for mutual embassies; and a joint communiqué.
Sources: trend.az, gundogar.org
Turkmen President Awards Tajik Counterpart with Order
During the Tajik President’s visit to Turkmenistan, the Turkmen President signed a decree honoring his Tajik counterpart with the "Bitaraplyk" Order, the State News Agency of Turkmenistan reported. The Order was granted to Tajik President Emomali Rahmon for his “significant contribution to the development of bilateral economic, cultural and scientific cooperation between Turkmenistan and Tajikistan, and for the great personal contribution to the strengthening of friendly and brotherly relations between the Turkmen and Tajik peoples."
Turkmenistan Ranks 81st of 177 in Failed States Index
The US non-governmental organization The Fund for Peace published its eighth expert rating of 177 countries based on a set of indicators assessing stability and vulnerability. The research is guided by 12 primary social, economic, and political indicators, each split into an average of 14 sub-indicators, including demographic pressure, numbers of refugees, level of poverty, uneven economic development, respect for human rights, brain drain, and the role of the military. Somalia was named the most unstable state, followed by the Congo, Sudan, and Chad. Among the former republics of the Soviet Union, Uzbekistan was declared the most unstable (39 place). Kyrgyzstan took 41st place, Tajikistan 46th, Georgia 51st, while more stable countries included Moldova rated at 73, Turkmenistan at 81, Russia at 83, and Belarus at 85. Finland is at 177 ranked as the most stable state.
Sources: fundforpeace.org, gundogar.org
Bloomberg Published World’s Healthiest Countries Ranking
The Bloomberg news agency compiled World Health Organization, UN, and World Bank data to analyze life expectancy, child mortality, and reasons for death in 145 nations to assess the heath of their populations. In Central Asia, the healthiest populations are in Tajikistan ranked at 84, and Uzbekistan at 85. Kyrgyzstan took 101st position, Turkmenistan – 104th, and Kazakhstan – 111th.
Sources: bloomberg.com, gundogar.org