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Tajikistan and Kazakhstan are in a position to increase the volume of bilateral trade to one billion dollars. Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Kazakh Invest company Meijeran Mikenov made such a statement during the Dushanbe-based business forum held on April 21. “Kazakh products are well-known to Tajik consumers; they are widely present in our country. According to marketers, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan have every opportunity to increase mutual trade to one billion dollars,” Mikenov said.



In Tajikistan, travel companies have been exempt from income tax during the first five years of their operation. Any imported equipment and building materials intended for the construction of tourist facilities are also exempt from this tax, as well as from customs payments. The lower house of the national parliament made such amendments to the Tax and Customs Codes of the country on April 21.



During the first Dushanbe-based industrial business fair of Uzbek goods, representatives of the business circles of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan signed a total of 20 agreements worth $35 million. The press service of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Tajikistan reported this information, summing up the results of this event and the subsequent business forum. The exhibition was held in the shopping center “Poytaht-90” and lasted for four days. The visitors were presented Uzbek products and textiles, as well as other goods.



On April 20, Dushanbe hosted a joint meeting participated by a delegation of the Council of the Collegium of the Military-Industrial Commission of the Russian Federation on military-economic cooperation in the CSTO format. The event was also attended by representatives of the interested ministries and departments, as well as organizations and enterprises that are part of the defense industry complex of Tajikistan. During the joint meeting, a protocol was signed on cooperation in the defense industry, with the participation of CSTO Acting Secretary General Valery Semerikov.


The first business forum “Uzbekistan-Tajikistan” was held in Dushanbe on April 19-20. The event took place at the National Library of Tajikistan; it was organized with the support of the chambers of commerce of both countries. The forum was held in the framework of the first fair and exhibition of Uzbek-produced industrial goods in Tajikistan. The fair began its work at the Poytakht-90 complex.


Tajikistan plans to issue government bills worth TJS530 million in order to raise funds necessary for development of the republic's energy sector. A number of local media published such information on April 19, citing a source in the country's finance ministry. To date, the government has already drawn up the corresponding resolution, under which the Ministry of Finance undertakes to issue the said amount of securities.



In the first quarter of 2017, the trade turnover between Tajikistan and China declined by 61 percent, amounting to about $84 million in monetary terms. The Agency for Statistics under the President of the Republic reported this information on April 18. The volume of the Tajik-Kazakh trade increased by 38 percent and reached the mark of $193 million dollars. The main trading partner of Tajikistan was Russia: the volume of bilateral trade with this country amounted to $221 million, which is 3.4 percent more than in Q1 2016.



This year, Tajikistan plans to reconstruct four motorways that run across the country. As reported by the press service of the Ministry of Transport of the Republic, the primarily goal of the project is to repair the Dushanbe-Kurgan-Tyube highway. In addition, restoration works will be carried out at certain sections of the Kulyab-Shamsiddin Shokhin, Kulyab-Darvaz and Shkev-Darvaz District roads.



On April 12, the Tajik Embassy in Moscow held a briefing participated by Imomuddin Mirzoyev, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary in the Russian Federation. This event was devoted to the theme “International Water Initiatives of the Republic of Tajikistan and the International Action Decade 'Water for Sustainable Development' in the period 2018-2028.” The meeting was participated by representatives of foreign embassies in Russia, as well as journalists.


The Government of Tajikistan has signed an investment agreement with Kryso Resources Limited and Pakrut in the framework of the project to develop the gold-bearing deposit Pakrut located on the territory of the country. The press service of the State Committee for State Property Management and Investments of the Republic reported the news a few days ago.