Issue-related sessions of a joint working group of the Government of Turkmenistan and the United Nations on the socio-economic effect of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country opened in Ashgabat. The parties discussed proposals for a draft Short-Term Action Plan that will allow overcoming the negative impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the socio-economic situation in Turkmenistan.
– The Government of Turkmenistan understands the importance of the global COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the country’s economy and social devel-opment. This issue has been discussed more than once at a meeting of the Gov-ernment of Turkmenistan. We very much hope that the country will not be greatly affected by the coronavirus infection consequences, UN Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan Elena Panova said in her speech.
The Joint Plan to be prepared until June 15 will cover the following five key areas
1. Improving the quality and access to basic health services (maintaining vital health services, ensuring preparedness and strengthening the healthcare sys-tem);
2. Social protection and basic services (ensuring continuity of access to social services and security);
3. Employment, support for small and medium-sized businesses (protection of jobs and workers, production assets, units and production networks, contin-uous operation of small producers);
4. Macroeconomic incentives and multilateral cooperation (quantitative evalua-tion of expenditures, assessment of tax space);
5. Social harmony and sustainability of communities.
These five areas are reflected in the UN Framework Guide for Mitigation of Socio-Economic Consequences of COVID-19, proposed to the governments of all mem-ber countries. The basic principles of the Guide prepared in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals are “People we have to cover”, “Socio-economic support in an emergency” and “More effective restoration”.
The agreed draft Joint Plan will be presented at the second enlarged meeting of the joint working group. Its first meeting took place in April this year.