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The JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) will allocate $3.9 million dollars (356 million yen) for the second phase of the project for modernization of the Dushanbe international airport. According to the press service of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic, from the Tajik side, the document was signed by head of the department Abdusalom Kurboniyon. From the Japanese side, it was signed by head of the JICA office in Tajikistan Hideki Tanabe.


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.



Tajikistan and the United Arab Emirates will create a joint Investment Fund and the Commercial Council. This news was announced following the recent Dushanbe-based meeting of Tajik President Emomali Rahmon with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Abdullo bin Zayyid Oli Nahyan. These structures are necessary for the development and strengthening of economic, investment and trade cooperation between the two countries, for strengthening inter-parliamentary cooperation, as well as creating inter-parliamentary friendship groups.


Before the end of 2018, Tajikistan plans to put into operation three units of the Rogun HPP. Deputy chairman of the Budget and Economy Committee of the lower chamber of the parliament of the republic, Bahodur Akramzoda, made such a statement. Akramzoda recently visited the construction site of the hydroelectric power station, accompanying President Emomali Rahmon. In his words, 200 specialists are currently performing erection works on the first two units of the HPP.



During the recent meeting in China, the SCO hosted a discussion on the draft strategy for the development of Tajikistan until 2030. This event was organized by the Embassy of Tajikistan in China together with the SCO Secretariat and attended by about 60 representatives of business circles, the diplomatic corps and the scientific community of China and Tajikistan. SCO Secretary-General Rashid Alimov noted in his welcoming speech that the adoption of this strategic document would determine the future direction of continuous development of Tajikistan.



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.



This year, the size of Tajikistan's external debt continues to grow. It was $2.274 billion at the beginning of January, but the total amount increased by another $10 million by April 1. Of this amount, $2.1 billion is directly attributable to public debt; the amount of debt with a state guarantee is $23.3 million. The largest ammount of Tajikistan's loans accounts for the World Bank ($294 million), followed by the Asian Development Bank ($225 million), the Islamic Development Bank ($110 million), and the International Monetary Fund ($108 million).