Germany grants 54 million euros for development assistance to Tajikistan

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DUSHANBE (TCA) — Agreements on financial and technical cooperation between the governments of Tajikistan and Germany were signed in Dushanbe last week, Avesta news agency reported with reference to the Tajik Ministry of Economic Development and Trade.

The documents were signed by Tajik Minister of Economic Development and Trade Negmatullo Khikmatullozoda and German Ambassador to Tajikistan Holger Green.

The agreements provide for implementation of social projects in Tajikistan through grant funds from the German government.

“In line with the signed documents Tajikistan will receive 54.5 million euros for projects in the spheres of education, energy, vocational education, construction of schools, micro-crediting in rural areas, and rehabilitation of social infrastructure facilities,” the Tajik ministry said.

Germany has been active in development assistance to Tajikistan, the German Embassy in Dushanbe said on its website. The main areas of cooperation are reforms for sustainable economic development and development of the country’s healthcare system and infrastructural projects in the healthcare sector. Activities include vocational training and seminars for the financial sector, rehabilitation and equipping hospitals in the Khatlon province, and improvement of qualification of local medical staff. Germany also funds environmental and climate projects, as well as partial rehabilitation of some hydro power plants in Tajikistan.     

Since the beginning of bilateral cooperation in development assistance in 2002, the government of Germany has provided 250 million euros to Tajikistan.

Sergey Kwan

TCA