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The World Bank will provide Tajikistan with $225.7 million for the Nurek Hydroelectric Power Plant rehabilitation project. According to the bank's office in Dushanbe, these funds will be taken from the International Development Association. “After the approval of their allocation, the population and entrepreneurs of the republic will be able to access electricity with higher reliability. 25 percent of the funds allocated by the World Bank will be a grant. The remaining 75 percent will be accommodated as a loan.


The main consular department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan has introduced a number of changes to the procedure for obtaining visas by foreign citizens. To obtain a visa for a period of 45 days, foreign citizens will have to register on a special website which will be authorized to issue visas for citizens of 78 countries included in the special list of the MFA. To do this, the applicant needs to fill in the appropriate questionnaire in advance, and then to receive an electronic confirmation.



The aviation authorities of Tajikistan and Russia have managed to resolve the problem related to the organization of bilateral air communication between the countries. As reported by the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation, this occurred as the result of the consultations that had been held with the aim to resolve the issues related to the air communication sphere. In addition, the parties reached an agreement on continuing the mutually beneficial cooperation.



Tajikistan's government have been submitted a draft law providing for the introduction of an alternative service in the republic. Minister of Defense Sherali Mirzo reported this news during the consideration of the law “On Military Service and Military Duty” on April 26. According to the head of the defense department, significant financial resources will be needed to implement this project. In his words, in case of martial law, up to 45,000 officers will be needed in Tajikistan, and currently there are a total of 1,270,000 officers in reserve.



Tajikistan is hosting the International Forum of Volunteer Initiatives “Family Hearth.” It's organized with the assistance of the CIS member countries and dedicated to the Year of the Family. According to the press service of the Committee for Tourism, Sports and Youth Affairs under the government of the republic, the participants of this event will share their volunteer movement experience, and talk about the practical implementation of programs aimed at promoting a healthy lifestyle.



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.