Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, July 16 /Trend, H.Hasanov/
President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expressed dissatisfaction with slowdowns in the facilities built in the Avaz national tourism zone on the Caspian Sea, Neutral Turkmenistan newspaper reported on Saturday.
This issue was raised at a special meeting.
Turkmenistan in recent years has announced a series of international tenders for the construction of facilities and structures intended for tourism, sport, recreation, health and other public purposes in Avaz in the Caspian Sea.
The tourism industry plays a special role in the strategic plans of Turkmenistan, and an example is Avaz - the country's first free economic zone, where the working investors, firms and companies are granted tax and customs privileges.
According to some official figures, the total cost of facilities being built in Avaz already totals over $1.5 billion.
A new airport, power station, desalination and wastewater treatment plants have already been commissioned. Furthermore, a number of sanitaria and health resorts have recently been put into operation.