At the initiative of Turkmenistan, it was proposed to declare 2021 the Year of Architecture and Urban Planning in the CIS. The development of a plan of measures in honor of this year was discussed at the 39th meeting of the Intergovernmental Council for Cooperation in the CIS Construction Activity held in Tyumen today.
As part of the Year of Architecture and Urban Planning, it is planned to organize and conduct international competitions and contests, conferences, forums, industry exhibitions. The CIS member states will send their proposals on holding these events to the Commonwealth Executive Committee until August 5.
The Turkmen initiative to declare 2021 the Year of Architecture and Urban Planning in the CIS has aroused great interest in the Commonwealth, especially in the professional environment. In particular, such an authoritative organization as the International Association of Architect Unions has already announced its willingness to cooperate on participation in events dedicated to the Year of Architecture and Urban Planning.
And, of course, it should be noted here that Ashgabat did not accidentally offer such a theme for 2021. Architecture and urban planning in Turkmenistan received a tremendous development. This is evidenced by the capital of the state – Ashgabat, which turned into a modern metropolis. Today it is recognized as one of the most beautiful cities in Asia. And many of its architectural sites have become world champions. That is, according to the degree of uniqueness, they are listed in the Guinness Book of Records.
The day before, on June 21st, the 82nd meeting of the Economic Council of the Commonwealth of Independent States was held in Minsk under the chairmanship of Turkmenistan. The agenda included a wide range of issues, including work on the draft free trade in services agreement, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2019.
The relevance of the development of trade and economic relations in the CIS at the meeting was stressed by the Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Igor Petrishenko. In particular, he noted that during the meeting of the Council of Heads of Government, which was held in May in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan raised the issue of strengthening the trade and economic component of cooperation in the CIS. In this regard, the Economic Council is expected to offer proposals aimed at giving the partnership in the Commonwealth proper specifics, focus on outcomes.
“We fully support the approaches of our Turkmen colleagues,” said Petrishenko. For the implementation of these initiatives, he proposed using the already existing tools – the new strategy of economic development of the CIS for the period up to 2030 being developed by experts, providing for joint projects and events.
The meeting participants agreed on the following, the 83rd meeting of the CIS Economic Council, to be held on September 13 in Ashgabat.