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News: October 2006

FREE USE OF ELECTRICITY, GAS, WATER PROLONGED IN TURKMENISTAN - NIYAZOV

Turkmenistan's governmental program which allows the country's population to use electricity, gas, water and table salt free of charge has been extended until 2030, President Saparmurat Niyazov said, opening the 17th national forum in Ashgabat on Wednesday.

"I think that this decision will guarantee our people a worry-free life," he said.

The state subsidies came into force in Turkmenistan on September 30, 1992.

The Turkmen economy has been growing at a rapid pace and its industries have sound potential, Niyazov said, adding that it will be possible to double the country's salaries, stipends and social benefits starting from January 1, 2008. A further 50% rise will take place in 2010, the president said.

GDP per capita exceeded $8,300 in 2006, as compared with $20 in the past, he said.

A development program for Turkmenistan's oil and gas sector until 2030 features high on the forum's agenda. Niyazov suggested amending the program to ensure that petrol prices on the domestic market remain unchanged.

Source: Interfax, 25.10.2006

FIRST INTERNATIONAL SPECIALIZED EXHIBITION- SALE OF MINI - TECHNOLOGIES OPENS IN TASHKENT

First international specialized exhibition-sale of mini-technologies and compact equipment for an agriculture " Uzbekistan Agrominitech Expo - 2006 " opened on Saturday, 21 October in Uzexpocenter.

The Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations, Investments and Trade, Commerce and Industry Chamber of Uzbekistan and Farms Association of Uzbekistan organized the exhibition within the framework of performance of corresponding Decree of the President of Uzbekistan from 24 August 2006.

Over 200 companies from 25 countries of the world, particularly from Germany, Israel, Italy, China, Poland, Russia, Turkey, France, present their hi-tech production in the exhibition. It is the compact equipment on manufacture and processing of fruit-and-vegetable and meat-and-milk production, manufacture of flour and mixed fodders, mini-techniques for gardening and wine growing, packing equipment, chemical faculties for protection of plants, equipment for processing of leather, organization of hothouse facilities and many other things what developing agriculture of our country today requires.

The exhibition has caused great interest in the representatives of small business, functioning in this branch of economy.

It is expected that over 3 thousand farmers, heads of firms and small enterprises from all areas of the countries will visit the exhibition. Here they get acquainted both with modern technologies and equipment, and also purchase them on beneficial terms, to establish direct contacts for signing of contracts on their delivery in the future.

A. Ivanova

Source: UzA, 25.10.2006