A round table with the National Commission of the Republic of Azerbaijan for UNESCO took place in Baku on July 29.
UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova attended the event. A Chairman of the National Commission, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan Elmar Mammadyarov delivered an opening speech at the round table. He emphasized close relations between Azerbaijan and UNESCO and said UNESCO Good Will Ambassador and First Lady of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva had attached great importance to the relations with this organization.
Minister of Culture and Tourism Abulfas Garayev said Baku would host a forum dedicated to the dialogue between the cultures next April and heads of states, ministries and organizations, as well as famous cultural figures were expected to attend this event.
UNESCO will support the forum held under the auspices of President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva.
Irina Bokova said UNESCO was protecting traditions, languages and cultural heritages of the countries.
In Bishkek from July 30 to August 1 will take the Central Asian Crafts Fair.
The fair will be presented traditional and contemporary products from felt, silk, natural fabrics, semiprecious stones, carpets and accessories with embroidery, pottery and more.
This event is organized by Resource Center of the Central Asian Crafts Support Association.
Central Asian Crafts Support Association (CACSA) serves as an umbrella for its over 50 members craft development centers and NGOs from Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan by providing communication links, marketing support, product development training, sales opportunities, and other needed services. In 1994, the American NGO Aid to Artisans (ATA) began a four-year program in Central Asia focused on advancing the socio-economic condition of Central Asian artisans and expanding cultural awareness through the development of regional crafts centers. At the conclusion of the program, these crafts centers decided to continue ATA’s efforts and organized themselves into the founding members of CACSA.
Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov set a number of large-scale goals for the horse-breeding industry of Turkmenistan during his visit to a new modern equestrian complex being built in Akhal province.
Relevant officials were instructed to allocate tracts of land in each province for the production of feed for horses, put on a scientific basis preparation of special food for purebred Akhal-Teke horses, as well as provide for the construction of specialized enterprises for production of fortified supplements for nutrition of horses.
He also put a task to open in Ashgabat, and eventually in all provinces of the country, small plants for production of various saddles, bridles, stirrups and other necessary supplies for horses and riders. Turkmenistan’s Steel Works was instructed to set up production of horse hooves.
According to the order of the president, each racetrack of Turkmenistan should be provided with special vehicles for transportation of Akhal-Teke horses.
As for breeding, the President of Turkmenistan issued instructions to set up a Research Institute of Horse Breeding and establish strict control over the conduct of the primary account of racers, build stables for breeding of purebred horses, and establish the work of veterinary services.
“We must also open up schools to train specialists-horse breeders. We should prepare all the necessary literature, from books and various manuals on breeding Akhal-Teke horses up to a set of rules for horse-riders taking part in international equestrian competitions. We should also ensure that special sand is used on racetracks and constantly monitor its quality,” the president said.
Issues relating to achieving these goals will be discussed soon at a special conference of the International Association of Akhal Teke breeding headquartered in Ashgabat.
Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister of Kazakhstan Nurlan Ermekbaev and Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister of Uzbekistan Bakhtiyor Islamov held consultations within the presidency of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
The sides discussed priorities of the SCO for Kazakhstan’s presidency and the action plan of the SCO for 2010-2011.
The negotiations became one of the series of consultations, held by the Kazakh side with the SCO member-states.
Nurlan Ermekbaev also held meetings with the Foreign Affairs Minister of Uzbekistan Vladimir Norov on interaction within the OSCE and Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister of Uzbekistan Anvar Salihbaev on Afghanistan issues.
Mario Ronconi, Head of EC’s Central Asia Section of the EuropeAid Co-operation Office is on a visit to the Turkmen capital in these days.
A lively exchange of views on the major issues related to further constructive cooperation between Turkmenistan and the European Union in the framework of ongoing and future joint projects and technical assistance programs took place during the meetings at the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Mejlis and the Turkmen National Institute for Democracy and Human Rights under the President of Turkmenistan. In this regard a particular role was assigned to President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov’s strategy aimed at intensifying collaboration with the leading international organizations including the European Union.
Emphasizing that the profound potential existed for enhancing the fruitful dialogue, the EuropeAid representative expressed the willingness to consistently expand contacts in compliance with the EU Strategy for Central Asia giving particular attention to relationships with Turkmenistan.
The guest is expected to be received at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan.
The international tourist community will meet in Samarkand, in October of this year, to discuss the development of cultural tourism.
Last Friday, the press service of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has distributed a note, which called on the international tourist community to actively participate in the 5th international meeting on development of tourism along the Silk Road, which will be held in Samarkand October 8-9, 2010. Continue reading →
The Shepherd’s Life Association invites all comers to their “Kyrgyz Kyochu” Festival, (“Kyrgyz nomadic camp”). The festival is planned to be held on Saturday, August 14th on the southern shores of Lake Son Kul. The event will present the traditional migration of nomadic shepherds from the high mountain pastures to lowlands valleys. Guests will be invited to participate in the dismantling and preparation of yurts and other objects for transport. Also, there will be demonstrations of traditional horse games and samples of traditional Kyrgyz cuisine. Tickets cost 650 som per person, including lunch and participation in all the activities.
For further information, contact the KCBTA office: 58, Gorky Street, (at the intersection with Matrossov Street). Tel: (0312) 443331, 540069.
Ministry of Tourism and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan present s travel site- www.visitkazakhstan.kz, which will be launched on July 30th in Astana, reported the press service of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports of the Republic. Continue reading →