President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov chaired an expanded joint meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers and the State Security Council of Turkmenistan, held in a video conference format on Thursday.
Heads of ministries and sectoral departments, higher educational institutions, mass media, hyakims (governors) of velayats and the city of Ashgabat also participated in the meeting, TDH news agency reports.
The meeting considered appointments and dismissals of high-level government officials, and drafts of a number of documents.
In accordance to the Resolution of Turkmen President, Shahym Abdrahmanov was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan overseeing oil and gas complex. Abdrahmanov previously held the post of rector of the International University of Oil and Gas of Turkmenistan.
Addressing the new Vice-Premier, Turkmen President said the Türkmennebit (Turkmen Oil) State Concern should practice new forms of cooperation with international companies in the field of prospecting, exploration and development of oil and gas fields, attract foreign investments for drilling new wells and extracting hard-to-recover and residual oil reserves from old wells.
The Head of State added that the Türkmengaz (Turkmen Gas) State Concern should expand the geography of sales of natural gas and gas chemical products, study the logistical possibilities of entering new international markets.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov also instructed to increase the pace of construction of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline, organizing its timely completion.
In addition, the Head of State appointed Baymyrat Annamammedov to the post of Minister of Industry and Construction Production of Turkmenistan, relieving him of the post of Deputy Minister of Industry and Construction Production.
During the meeting, President Berdimuhamedov promoted Allanur Altiyev from the post of Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Environmental Protection to the head of the Ministry.