An international scientific and practical conference titled “Turkmenistan – Land of Great Spiritual and Cultural Values” has started in the city of Dashoguz (regional center in the north of the country). The conference is part of the events hosted by the city of Dashoguz in its capacity as the 2016 cultural capital of the CIS. The forum has brought together scholars, literary critics and art historians from the CIS countries.

At the opening plenary session, speakers stressed that implementation of the program “Dashoguz – the Cultural Capital of the CIS” will provide the city with new opportunities to demonstrate its historical and cultural wealth and tourism potential, increase relations with the CIS countries and present the sights of Turkmenistan at the international level.

The participants noted the importance of cultural interaction in the modern world. According to speakers, establishing scientific relations with foreign research and academic centers, exchanging experiences and scientific achievements contribute to a more comprehensive study of the history and spiritual-cultural heritage of the peoples of the CIS and defining their role and place in development of world civilization.