Monday, January 16, 2012 -
A new ski resort and a refurbished drug factory are among the newest economic projects to be sponsored by the Turkmen government, the Turkmenistan.ru news agency reported Monday.
The ski resort is planned for the northern slopes of the Kopetdag mountain range on the Turkmen-Iran border.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov told a cabinet meeting he envisages a ski trails complex equipped with restaurants and viewing platforms.
"Visitors should be able to enjoy a cultural pastime, enjoying the beautiful scenery,” Berdimuhamedov said, according to Turkmenistan.ru.
“The area has cold winters and the snow does not melt during the year, creating opportunities and conditions for full employment in skiing,” the president added.
He directed that the government launches an international tender in a bid to attract constructors with experience in this field.
Deputy Prime Minister Deryageldy Orazov was tasked with overseeing this step.
Though temperatures average between 19 and 45 degrees in January, the most snow Turkmenistan has received in the past 10 years amounted to 2.4 inches.
Berdimuhamedov’s pet project is the development of a tourism center, Avaza, on the shores of the Caspian Sea.
In another construction project, the Turkmen health and medical industry ministry have been tasked to modernize the oldest and leading pharmaceutical company Saglyk (‘Health’), according to the pro-government web site.
The Turkmen government commissioned private enterprise Kara to carry out construction of the new facilities.
The project includes installing advanced equipment and training specialists on working with new production lines.
The initiative comes within the 2011-2015 medical industry state program.