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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.


The joint project of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the European Union for the disposal of radioactive waste in the north of Tajikistan will cost 30 million euros. The EBRD's program manager for radiation safety, Martin Andersen, announced this information while delivering his speech at the presentation of this project. “Having completed the two-year study, we have concluded that the joint EBRD-EU project for the disposal of radioactive waste in Tajikistan will require funds in the amount of at least 30 million euros,” he said.


In Dushanbe, President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon met with Pratibha Meht, the new head of the UNDP (United Nations Development Program) and UN Permanent Coordinator. According to the press service of the head of state, the parties to the negotiations discussed the state and future prospects of cooperation between Tajikistan and the UNDP. In particular, the new head of the UNDP reported that the structure planned to allocate $363 million to Tajikistan over the next five years.



This year, Tajikistan's economic growth rate will slow down to 4.8 percent, as stated in the forecasts of the ADB (Asian Development Bank) delivered in the ADB Development Review 2017. This is explained by the high credit losses that limit bank lending and the reduction in consumption due to low remittances. However, in 2018 the growth rate of the Tajik economy will increase to 5.5 percent. Earlier, the Central Bank of the Republic reported that Tajikistan's GDP growth was 6.9 percent in 2016.



Tajikistan and Uzbekistan were able to achieve mutual agreement of all clauses of the intergovernmental document providing for the resumption of air communication between the capitals of the two countries. Deputy Minister of Transport of Tajikistan Sherali Ganjalzod announced the news on April 7. According to him, work on the final version of the document was completed in the Uzbek capital on April 6. In his words, now the agreement should be approved by the leaders of the governments of both countries.



At the training ground “Kharbmaidon” of the Armed Forces of Tajikistan, there have been conducted joint command and staff exercises of servicemen of the Tajik republic and the Russian Federation units deployed in its territory. The press service of the Central Military District of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation reported this news on March 31, adding that the military servicemen worked out joint actions to detect, block and destroy illegal armed formations during the tactical rally.