The President of Turkmenistan, academician of the Academy of Sciences, Professor, Doctor of Medical Sciences Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has been awarded the academic degree of Doctor of Economic Sciences.
This was announced by Deputy Prime Minister Hydyr Saparliyev on 9 July at the enlarged meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan on the results of the socio-economic development of the country in the first half of 2010. As the Deputy Prime Minister pointed out, the decision was unanimously approved by members of the presidium of the Higher Attestation Commission (HAC) of Turkmenistan on the request from the Academic Council of the Turkmen State Institute of Economics and Management and the Institute of Strategic Planning and Economic Development of Turkmenistan.
In accordance with the special provision, the high academic degree has been awarded to President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov on the basis of a set his fundamental scientific works, including the internationally recognized scientific paper "The Economic Strategy of Turkmenistan: Relying on People, for the sake of People", as well as practical work as the head of state, which were rated by scientists of the country as a significant contribution to the development of the economy of independent Turkmenistan, improving the welfare of the Turkmen people, the State News Agency of Turkmenistan (TDH) said.
The decision of the Higher Attestation Commission of Turkmenistan on awarding the degree of Doctor of Economic Sciences to President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov was read out at an official ceremony. The honorary elder, chairman of the Central Commission for Elections and Referendums in Turkmenistan, academician, Doctor of Pharmacy, Professor Murad Garrye handed the diploma to the head of state.
According to the Turkmen leader, he regards such a high evaluation of his scientific and public work "as a recognition and support of the path chosen by modern Turkmenistan, the key goal of which is economic prosperity, well-being of every Turkmen citizen, and spiritual revival of the nation."