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Tajikistan

30.01.2017

In 2017, Tajikistan will allocate TJS1.7 billion for construction of the Rogun hydroelectric power plant, which is TJS200 million less than in 2016. First Deputy Minister of Finance Jamshed Karimzoda announced the news on January 27, adding that all the allocated funds in the amount of TJS1.9 billion have been spent in full. As for the violations of the timing of the payment of wages to builders, the Finance Ministry representative suggested that these delays can occur in regard of the additional, previously agreed work.

 

28.01.2017

Tajikistan and Uzbekistan are currently negotiating on the possibility of building a new rail passenger route to Russia through Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. According to representatives of the railway structures of the two countries, it will accelerate the process of passenger transportation, while reducing the length of the path for them.

26.01.2017

According to the 2016 results, the total volume of Tajikistan's gold and currency reserves increased by 37 percent. According to chairman of the National Bank Jamshed Nurmuhammadzoda, as of January 1, 2017, the country's gold and currency reserves amounted to $681.98 million in monetary terms, which is equivalent to about 2.7 months of imports. Worth recalling, as of January 1, 2016, the volume of the Tajik gold reserves amounted to just over $486.6 million.

 

25.01.2017

In 2016, 504,900 people left Tajikistan for Russia, and 12,400 for Kazakhstan. In comparison with the 2015 figures, the number of migrant workers leaving the country decreased by 35,288 people (6 percent); however, the number of people leaving for Kazakhstan grew by 13 percent. According to Minister of Labor, Employment and Migration of Tajikistan Sumangul Tagoyzoda, a total of 517,300 people left the country to work abroad. On the other hand, 437,000 workers returned to Tajikistan, which is 12 percent more than in 2015.

 

20.01.2017

The Asian Development Bank has updated the program for providing financial assistance to Tajikistan in the period 2017-2019. According to the bank's press release, the funds allocated to the country will be spent on solving major issues. These include improvement of the infrastructure (especially the condition of roads), establishment of a favorable investment climate in the republic, as well as maintaining food security. In addition, attention will also be paid to development of the energy sector.

 

20.01.2017

In 2016, Tajikistan's state budget received TJS407 million (about $52 million at the official rate) less revenue than in 2015. Deputy head of the Customs Service under the Government of the Republic Hurshed Karimzod reported this information during the recent press conference in Dushanbe. According to him, these losses amounted to 9.6 percent and were associated with the shortfall of customs payments planned for 2016.

 

In total, TJS3.8 billion were collected in the budget, although the target figure was $4.2 billion (about $537.7 dollars).

 

19.01.2017

At present, Tajikistan continues the study of the matter of entering the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU). This comprehensive discussion analyzes the pros and cons of the republic's possible accession, including the examples of other countries joining the association. First deputy head of the Customs Service of the Republic Hurshed Karimzoda made this statement during the recent Dushanbe-based press conference.

 

18.01.2017

In 2016, the largest in Tajikistan personal pension in the amount of TJS15,000 was paid to nine pensioners; two of them passed away as of early 2017. First deputy director of the Agency of Pensions and Social Security under the Government of the Republic Nazokat Odinazoda reported this information on January 16. She also added, “The size of the minimum pension currently stands at TJS156; the maximum pension is equal to TJS748. The size of a citizen's pension depends on factors such as length of service and the total amount credited.”

 

18.01.2017

This year, another increase in the tariffs for water supply is expected in Tajikistan. Director General of the State Unitary Enterprise “Housing and Communal Services” Alimurod Islomzoda made this statement during the recent Dushanbe-based press conference. He added that the increase will amount to about 10 percent. Worth recalling, in 2016, the water tariffs in the country were increased by 10 percent twice: it occurred on March 1 for the population, commercial and business enterprises, and on July 1 for budgetary organizations.

 

18.01.2017

In the United States, there has been prepared a grant program for students from Tajikistan, as reported by the US embassy in Dushanbe. There has begun the acceptance of applications for grants under the 2017 Democracy Support Program for graduates of the US programs. “The purpose of this program is to award grants to graduates of the US programs or organizations in which they are members for implementation of activities aimed at development of economic reforms and democracy in Tajikistan,” the press release reads.