Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, Oct.23 / Trend, H. Hasanov /
A regular meeting of the Council of Elders of Turkmenistan with participation of the country's President Gurbanguly Berdimuhammadov and members of the government opens today in Dashoguz, a source participating in the event said.
The event is taking place on the eve of the 22nd anniversary of the country's independence, which will be celebrated on Oct.27. The Council meets annually to discuss issues of national importance and functions as an advisory body.
The agenda includes issues of state strategy in the field of development of the country's industrial complex, which should ensure further growth of well-being of the population, social and economic potential of the regions and the industrial power of the country.
President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhammadov stated earlier that the "Council of Elders as part of the historical heritage and centuries-old spiritual experience of the Turkmen people reflects peculiarities of social and political world outlook of our people and traditions of its statehood".
According to the country's media outlets, annual meetings of this format are needed "in order to strengthen the cohesion of the people, the effective use of rich life experience and wise principles of elders in joint discussion and solution of pressing issues of the country."