Thursday, 11 February 2021, Ashgabat, Republic of Turkmenistan: HE President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov issued a decree appointing LtCol Dr Serdar Berdimuhamedov ‘Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan for Innovation and Digitisation’, a novel position in charge of bringing new technologies to Turkmenistan. He was simultaneously appointed a member of the National Security Council, and in the capacity of Chairman of the Supreme Control Chamber of Turkmenistan.
Chairman Serdar Berdimuhamedov’s career has been remarkable. He was appointed head of the newly established Ministry for Construction and Industry in February 2020.
The previous year, in June 2019 he was promoted to Governor of Ahal province, six months after being appointed Deputy Governor in January 2019. Before that, Serdar Berdimuhamedov had been serving as a Deputy Foreign Minister since March 2018, after holding the chairmanship of the parliament’s legal affairs committee starting in March 2017. In 2016 he gained a seat in Turkmenistan’s parliament in snap elections and led the foreign ministry’s international information department.
Serdar Berdimuhamedov (b. 22 September 1981) holds a PhD from the Turkmen Academy of Sciences, studied at the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, and spent time as a counsellor at the Turkmen mission to the U.N. in Geneva. He holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Turkmen Armed Forces.
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