Publication: Monitor Volume: 4 Issue: 153

Turkmen President Saparmurat Niazov has offered the French company Bouygues, one of the West’s leading construction firms, the role of modernizing Turkmenistan’s capital Ashgabat. Niazov discussed on August 7 with Bouygues executives a comprehensive development plan for Ashgabat through the year 2020. Bouygues has already built the presidential palace in the capital and the country’s largest mosque in the vicinity of Ashgabat. The same company is now building a palace of congresses, and has been commissioned to build the Palace of Justice and the Defense Ministry buildings. (International agencies, August 7)–VS

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