DUSHANBE , May 3, Asia-Plus - President Emomali Rahmonov presided over a government meeting on May 2.  The meeting was held to consider the country’s economic results in the first quarter of this year and socioeconomic tasks set for near future.

More than 40 issues were discussed during a May 2 government meeting, presidential press service reported.  After considering personnel issues participants at the meeting also discussed preparations for the forthcoming autumn-winter season of 2006-2007, including rational use of water resources, taking adequate measures to organize stable operation of hydropower plants, provision of the population with natural gas, electricity and coal.  

The session endorsed bills on making amendments to the RT Laws “National Budget for 2006” and “On Education” and sent them for consideration to the Majlisi Namoyandagon ( Tajikistan ’s lower chamber of parliament).   

Participants at the meeting also approved the concept of national policy to support employment of the population designed for 2006-2010.  

The session focused on the issues of fighting trafficking in persons in the country.  For the purpose of practically implementing the program for fighting human trafficking in 2006-2010 head of state gave commissions to relevant bodies.   

The government also endorsed an agreement between member nations of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) on providing assistance in case of emergency situations and a series of draft cooperation agreements of Tajikistan with Kazakhstan and Armenia .  

The session also approved the national plan of actions on the environmental protection and rules of purchase/sale, export/import of precious stones and metals, as well as other documents.