DUSHANBE (TCA) — Asian Development Bank (ADB) Vice-President Mr. Shixin Chen met with the President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon and senior government officials during his first official visit to the Central Asian country on 17–18 June. Mr. Chen reiterated ADB’s support for Tajikistan’s development priorities through the country partnership strategy (CPS) and national development programs, ADB’s country office reported.
“ADB and Tajikistan have partnered for 21 years to improve the lives of the Tajik people. The country has made significant development progress, but challenges remain,” said Mr. Chen. “ADB is strongly committed to continuing to support government-led reforms to improve the investment climate, promote private sector development, and diversify the economy.”
ADB’s current CPS for 2016–2020 with Tajikistan focuses on improved connectivity, energy security, and private sector development. It also supports the country’s effort to upgrade the skills of the labor force and improve food security and disaster risk resilience. The preparation for the new CPS for 2021–2025 will begin in 2020.
“ADB is the largest multilateral development partner for Tajikistan,” Mr. Chen said. “ADB’s grant assistance in 2019 is expected to support the construction of the Obigarm–Nurobod bypass road, the development of tourism sector, livestock production, and improved water resource management.”
ADB’s first assistance to Tajikistan was approved in 1998 and supported post-conflict reconstruction. Since then, ADB has mobilized almost $1.8 billion for the country, including more than $1.1 billion in grants. The assistance has helped improve the country’s transport and energy infrastructure, support social development, expand agricultural production, and strengthen regional cooperation and trade.