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Public Policy & Politics, Tajikistan


Over the last 12 years, poverty in Tajikistan has declined by over 50 percent. According to the recent report of the World Bank, in the period 2003-2015, the poverty level fell from 73 to 31 percent in Tajikistan. In general, poverty has declined significantly; however, its level still remains high. According to the World Bank, 13 percent of Tajikistan's population live below the poverty line, and this figure has not changed since 2009. With that, 81 percent of the poor live in rural areas.



While delivering a report at the Geneva Conference of European Statisticians, the leading expert of the World Bank, Joao Pedro Avezededo, spoke positively about the work of the Statistics Agency under the President of Tajikistan. As reported by the Agency's press center, the leaders of the statistical services of many countries, including the CIS countries, took part in the conference held in Switzerland on June 19-22. Tajikistan was represented by the head of the Agency for Statistics of the Republic, Gulnor Khasanzoda.



On June 16, an international round table devoted to the problems and prospects for development of the youth movement in the Eurasian space took place at the Institute of Energy of Tajikistan in Dushanbe. The organizer of the event was the “Eurasian Commonwealth,” a Russian fund for social and economic development headquartered in Chelyabinsk.


On June 11, Tajik President Emomali Rahmon met UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in Dushanbe. According to the press service of the head of the Tajik state, the parties called the cooperation with the United Nations “important in terms of strengthening Tajikistan's statehood, implementing economic reforms, and ensuring sustainable development.” They stressed that today Tajikistan has a total of 23 representative offices of various UN programs, offices, and specialized projects.



In accordance with the decree of the President of Tajikistan, Emomali Rahmon, it is planned to divide the Committee for Sports, Youth and Tourism into two separate structures. One of them will be the Committee for Development of Tourism. Its central apparatus will be financed at the expense of funds allocated from the national budget and a number of other sources, in agreement with the Ministry of Finance. Within the next two months, this body will submit a number of proposals on reforms to the normative legal acts of the republic.



On June 1, the Tajik-Uzbek intergovernmental commission on resolving the border and territorial issues signed a protocol on the demarcation and delimitation of the border in the controversial areas. According to the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan, this was done following the meeting held in Dushanbe on May 30-31. As noted, out of over 1,300 kilometers of the bilateral border, only 60 kilometers remain controversial.



In Tajikistan, the lower chamber of the republic's parliament adopted a number of amendments to the Code of Administrative Offenses and the Law on Advertising. As reported by certain sources in the parliament, in accordance with the adopted changes, the advertising of alcohol and tobacco has been banned in the country. Producers of alcoholic beverages and tobacco products can no longer act as sponsors of commercials or any advertising event. In addition, alcohol and tobacco ads can not be placed on television and radio, in news or information programs.


On May 30-31, Dushanbe hosted a regular meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission, which was aimed at solving the border and territorial issues between Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. During the meeting, representatives of the two neighboring countries discussed the current problems relevant to the disputed border areas. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan Mahmadsharif Khakdod represented the Tajik side, and Ambassador at Large Ilkh Negmatov represented the Uzbek side.



The 201st Russian military base in Tajikistan will be strengthened with a large-capacity MLRS battalion, which will include Hurricane reactive systems. The commander of the troops of the Central Military District, Colonel-General Vladimir Zarudnitsky reported this news on May 25. “The combat capabilities of the 201st Russian military base will be strengthened with the already formed large-capacity MLRS battalion.


On May 23, there began the first stage of the joint anti-terrorist exercises of the CIS special services under the title “Dushanbe Antiterror 2017.” The press service of the CIS Anti-Terrorist Center reported the news on May 24. During the exercises, their participants will work out the cooperation mechanisms in the territory of the six member countries of the Commonwealth. In general, the anti-terrorist exercises will be conducted in two stages during six days.