Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, Oct.19 / Trend H. Hasanov /
As a result of 2010 growth in gross domestic product of Turkmenistan can reach 107.5 percent, the country's officials said at an international investment forum opened in Ashgabat.
In 2009 GDP growth was close to the mark of 106.1 percent, in 2008 - 110.5 percent. Turkmenistan ranks a key position in the region for natural gas supply - importers are Russia, China and Iran. At the same time, the Caspian littoral state besides searching for new markets - in Europe, Pakistan and India, headed for diversifying its economy - in recent years, the oil and gas processing, textiles, tourism develop.
The Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhammadov said recently that at this stage there has been a "downward trend in the share of energy sector in gross domestic product (GDP)", calling it a" positive change ".
Berdimuhamedov noted that, despite the global crisis, the growth rate remains high: a steady growth in GDP, industrial and agricultural production amount, foreign trade, investments directed at construction of new facilities and extension of industries.
He also stressed that the most optimal conditions are created for implementation of investment projects and enhancing economic partnerships.
"Investors are provided with substantial government support in the form of tax, customs, visa, insurance and other benefits," Berdimuhammadov said.