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On April 24, 2018, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with Foreign Minister Sirojiddin Aslov of Tajikistan in Beijing. Wang Yi expressed that China and Tajikistan are good neighbors sharing weal and woe, good friends enjoying sincerity and mutual trust, and good partners with win-win ...
Muhammadrahim Shoev has finally gotten his wish -- the Tajik man has been reunited with his 10-year-old granddaughter, the only member of his son's family of six to have survived their move to Iraq. Maryam Shoeva was among four Tajik children who were returned home on April 25 following a ...

The former head of a bank in Tajikistan that collapsed under the weight of bad loans has been arrested on suspicion of various illicit financial machinations. Asia-Plus news website cited unnamed sources on April 25 as saying that Jamshed Ziyoyev, ex-chairman of Tojprombank, is being kept at a holding ...
Summary. The Start Fund anticipation window seeks to mitigate harm and loss for communities at risk of crisis. It does so by enabling and incentivising Start Network members to monitor risk and act on the basis of forecasts. Through the Start Fund anticipation window, Non-Governmental Organisations can ...
Heavily indebted Tajikistan has reportedly decided to take another run at the bond market by touting $500 million worth of notes. RFE/RL's Tajikistan service, Radio Ozodi, reported on April 23, citing an unnamed official in the Finance Ministry, that Merrill Lynch, the wealth management division of Bank of ...
Once again, it seems Russia has suggested that Tajikistan take a hard look at the Eurasian Economic Union. Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov told reporters in Moscow on April 20 that the Russian side had suggested observer status to their Tajik counterparts during a meeting of the ...

(Bishkek) – Two detained Tajik activists face deportation to Tajikistan, where they are at risk of possible torture or ill-treatment, Human Rights Watch and the Norwegian Helsinki Committee said today. Turkish police detained Suhrob Zafar and Nasimjon Sharipov, senior members of the Tajik opposition ...
The FINANCIAL -- The EBRD and the Green Climate Fund (GCF) are providing a US$ 88 million financing package to complete the rehabilitation of the Qairokkum hydro power plant (QHPP) to support Tajikistan improve its electricity supply. The loan will complete an ambitious programme of investment ...
Asia-Plus newspaper reported on April 11, citing an unnamed official with the State Geology Department, that Xinjiang-based TBEA has received the concession to develop the Upper Kumarg mine in the Sughd region in northern Tajikistan. The company was previously given the concession for the Eastern ...
Tajikistan's Ministry of Transport has offered the government a draft route plan for the Tajik section of the Tajikistan-Afghanistan-Turkmenistan railway, a project which may turn Afghanistan into a regional hub. The specialists have completed the work on determining the route of the Tajik section of the ...
Asia-Plus newspaper reported on April 11, citing an unnamed official with the State Geology Department, that Xinjiang-based TBEA has received the concession to develop the Upper Kumarg mine in the Sughd region in northern Tajikistan. The company was previously given the concession for the Eastern ...
DUSHANBE (TCA) — Tajikistan's foreign minister says Dushanbe is expecting a Russian delegation to attend an international conference on water resources in Central Asia that his country will host in June. Tajik Foreign Minister Sirojidin Aslov made the comment on April 9 in Moscow, where he met with ...
DUSHANBE -- Authorities in Tajikistan have lodged a formal request for Turkey to extradite two Tajik opposition politicians who were detained in Istanbul on March 19. Tajik Interior Ministry spokesman Umarjon Emomali told RFE/RL on April 10 that Dushanbe is in talks with Ankara on the extradition of the ...
A rare summit held at the strategic crossroads of Russia and China last month signalled a welcome thaw between two regional rivals in Central Asia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Tajik President Emomali Rahmon, who has been in power since 1992, will likely use this reconciliation with his Uzbek counterpart, ...
Tajikistan has begun supplying Uzbekistan with electricity, Tajik media reported this week. According to RFE/RL's Tajik Service, locally known as Radio Ozodi, after a nine-year interruption, the energy trade across the Tajik-Uzbek border has resumed. Specifically, Tajikistan has begun supplying Uzbekistan ...
A 3-3 deadlock or, worse, a 4-3 result in the visitors' favor, would not exactly be an encouraging baon for the Azkals on Tuesday, March 27, when they battle Tajikistan (124th in the latest FIFA ranking) in a make-or-break clash for a slot in the Tier 1 Asian Cup, the region's premier football tournament.
During the entire period of cooperation with Tajikistan, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) invested 300 million euros in the country, the Tajik Telegraph Agency reported March 22. All funds have been invested in the development of small and medium-sized businesses within ...

BISHKEK (TCA) — Both Kazakhstan and Tajikistan are facing the growing threat posed by former Islamic State militants returning back home from Syria to bring in terrorism and extremism to the Central Asian region. So it is a good time to join efforts in addressing the problem. We are republishing this ...
In 2017, 116,000 trips were made from Russia to Tajikistan, which is an increase of 5 percent compared with the corresponding figure of the previous year, the Russian analytical agency TurStat said. The total number of Russian tourists increased by 25 percent up to 40 million in 2017. Tajikistan ranked ...
During the March 14 Astana summit of the leaders of all five Central Asian states (see EDM, March 20, 21), the minister of religious affairs and civil society of Kazakhstan, Nurlan Yermekbayev, and the chairman of the Religious Affairs Committee of the government of Tajikistan, Davlotzada Sulaimon, signed ...
In Tajikistan, as much as 36 percent of the country's territory is under threat from landslides. In the Kyrgyz Republic, avalanches, which numbered over 330 between 1990 and 2009, pose a serious risk to communities. Such natural hazards, which also include floods and mudslides, are often exacerbated by ...
During the entire period of cooperation with Tajikistan, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) invested 300 million euros in the country, the Tajik Telegraph Agency reported March 22. All funds have been invested in the development of small and medium-sized businesses within ...
DUSHANBE (TCA) — The Export Control and Border Security program (EXBS) of the United States Embassy in Dushanbe on March 20 donated a new regional training center for prevention of weapons of mass destruction, nuclear non-proliferation, and export control to the Government of Tajikistan.
The National Bank of Tajikistan has cut its headline rate, continuing an easing cycle that began in January, as inflation becomes lower and more stable. The 75 basis point reduction on March 20 brings the rate to 14%, and follows a cut of 1.25 percentage points on January 23. In a statement, the central ...
U.S. and Tajik officials have opened a new training center in Dushanbe aimed at preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The U.S. Embassy's charge d'affaires, Kevin Covert, inaugurated the center on March 20 along with the president of the Tajik Academy of Sciences, Farhod Rahimi.
A book published by the government in Tajikistan is telling women what they should - and should not - be wearing. The "Book of Recommendations" is published by the Ministry of Culture, and is filled with photos of models wearing outfits suitable for "women from seven to seventy", the Asia-Plus news ...
In Tajikistan, more than 20 percent of children under the age of five are stunted. Stunting and undernutrition in childhood are usually the result of several contributing factors related to environment, food, hygiene, and health. Risks related to malnutrition are most concentrated in rural areas of Tajikistan, ...
Nowruz, the festival of the spring equinox, a ritual celebration of renewal, has for many years in Tajikistan and elsewhere in Central Asia presented an much-loved occasion for piling up food, dancing, singing and partying all week long. Vashan, a village of around 1,500 people tucked behind a crop of hills ...
In Tajikistan, however, the focus has been on some notorious incidents of persecution and detention of researchers. Especially since 2015, the increase in the politicisation of the scientific profession, beyond the usual self-censorship, forced some scholars (myself included) to leave the country.
Tajikistan's foreign minister says Dushanbe is expecting a Russian delegation to attend an international conference on water resources in Central Asia that it is hosting in June. Tajik Foreign Minister Sirojidin Aslov made the comment on April 9 in Moscow, where he met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei ...
Japan has completed implementation of five projects in the Khatlon district of Tajikistan, TajikTA news agency reported. The projects were supported as part of the Japanese government's program of gratuitous aid and humanitarian security for the general population in the Khatlon district , the Japanese ...
One year since a mid-sized bank in Tajikistan collapsed, savers have barely any of their cash back despite promises from the country's president that nobody would be left out of pocket. After Tojprombank was liquidated last February 24, the state-run Savings Deposit Fund paid out 17,500 somoni (around ...
“The customs department of Sughd Region [in Tajikistan] jointly with the intergovernmental commission is currently installing temporary carriages at checkpoints. All the needed conditions for checking individuals, as well as for the customs, border, veterinary and phytosanitary control will be created in the ...
Agriculture plays a vital role in economic growth and poverty reduction in Tajikistan, employing more than half the population and accounting for about a quarter of the country's GDP. Income from agricultural production is the largest source of income for the poorest rural households. Agricultural productivity ...
The Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT), in which Sharipov was a senior representative, says that he was detained in early February by Turkish authorities for suspected violation of the country's migration laws. The IRPT says Sharipov's lawyers were told on February 16 to come back on the 19th ...
The Tajik media usually showers Soviet-style praise on Rahmon, portraying him as the savior who brought peace to Tajikistan following a five-year civil war in the 1990s. Rahmon, 65, holds titles such as "founder of peace and national unity of Tajikistan" and "leader of the nation," and enjoys lifelong ...
“After the withdrawal of our country from the unified energy system, Tajikistan established the supply of its own electricity to the north of the country, which previously used Uzbek and Kyrgyz electricity. Uzbekistan started to provide its Southern territories, which previously consumed Tajik electricity, itself,” the ...
Starting in April through to September, Tajikistan will export 1.5 billion kilowatt hours of electricity to Uzbekistan. Mirzo Ismoilzoda, head of Tajik state-run power company Barki Tojik, said at a press conference on February 14 that although the sales agreement is in place, the sides have yet to land on a price ...
Tajikistan's National Bank carried out intervention in the amount $300 million to support the exchange rate of the national currency, Tajik Telegraph Agency TajikTA reported. "The credit organizations were provided with around $300 million to meet the demand for the US dollar in Tajikistan in 2017," the ...
3.5 magnitude earthquake in the epicenter was registered last night on the Kyrgyz-Tajik border, Kabar with reference to the Institute of Seismology of the National Academy of Sciences of the Kyrgyz Republic reported. According to the information, the tremors were felt at 1:27 local time. The earthquake focal ...
In this distant and isolated corner of Tajikistan, the words have a cruel edge. The roads are in ruins, the local hydropower plant lies idle, employment is sparse and basic staples are barely affordable. It wasn't always this way. Landing on a precise figure for Murghab's population is tricky. The number of ...
In jobless Tajikistan, leaving your loved ones behind to take up menial work in Russia is almost a rite of passage. Local pop music, in turn, has become an important medium to reflect on the social transformations triggered by the exodus of young men from the former Soviet country.
A non-violent rally and “kiss-in” was held this afternoon to protest queer purges and increasing anti-LGBT persecution in Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, and Tajikistan. Spearheaded by grassroots activist organization Voices4 in partnership with RUSA LGBT, a group for Russian-speaking American LGBT people ...
Nazira Sodatsayrova, originally from Tajikistan but now studying at Tsukuba University in Japan and doing research on the mobility of Tajik students, joined the talk. I once did sociological research in Central Asia, so I was interested to hear about the changing environment there, and I threw in a few ...
Academic freedom is imperiled in Tajikistan, and determined action by the international academic community is needed to encourage Tajik authorities to ease pressure on scholars. The dire situation today concerning academic freedom sharply contrasts with that which existed during the late 1990s and ...
Tajikistan is set to ban vehicles manufactured before the year of 2005 in bid to combat effects of environmental pollution, Asia-Plus reported. The deputy head of the Customs Service under the Government of Tajikistan, Azim Tursunzoda, told reporters in Dushanbe on January 26 that President Emomali ...
DUSHANBE (TCA) — Over the past six years Tajikistan has seen decreasing production of primary aluminum, Avesta news agency reported citing Tajik Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade Gulru Jabborzoda. In her words, in 2017 Tajikistan produced 103 thousand tons of aluminum, 175 ...
A two-year moratorium in Tajikistan on inspections of privately owned industrial production facilities looks promising only at a first glance. President Emomali Rahmon's office said in a press release on January 23 that the decree was aimed at creating a “favorable climate for the development of productive ...
MINSK, 25 January (BelTA) – Belarus-Tajikistan cooperation will gain momentum, Belarusian Prime Minister Andrei Kobyakov noted as he met with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Tajikistan to Belarus Mahmadsharif Mahmud Haqdod, BelTA informs. Belarus' PM congratulated ...
A prominent opposition politician from Tajikistan has returned home for a brief visit after years of exile and has met with his long-time foe, President Emomali Rahmon, independent news website Akhbor reported on January 25. Dodojon Atovulloyev left Tajikistan 16 years ago and later received asylum ...


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