Tajikistan: new plant to assemble Turkish buses in Dushanbe

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DUSHANBE (TCA) — A plant to assemble Turkey’s AKIA buses will be opened in Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe in the near future, First Deputy Mayor of Dushanbe Mahmadsaid Zuvaidzoda told journalists, Avesta news agency reported.

In his words, the state enterprise for the assembly of trolley buses and bicycles has signed a cooperation agreement with the Turkish company AKIA. According to the agreement, the municipality of Dushanbe will purchase 100 AKIA buses from Turkey.

Most of the buses will be assembled in Dushanbe by Tajik and Turkish specialists.

Dushanbe’s Deputy Mayor Kurbon Saidzoda told journalists that the production capacity of the new plant will be 250-300 buses per year.

“A group of Turkish specialists earlier arrived in Dushanbe to train Tajik specialists for working at the future plant. Twenty local specialists have been trained and are ready to work,” said Saidzoda.

In his words, the new bus assembly plant is being built in Dushanbe’s Gulbutta district and the plant’s opening is planned during celebrations of the Navruz spring holiday (late in March).

At the Government meeting earlier this month, Dushanbe Mayor Rustam Emomali reported to President Emomali Rahmon that with the purpose of improving the public transportation services in the capital city, this year the municipality planned to buy 100 modern buses, 13 of which had already arrived in Dushanbe.

Sergey Kwan

TCA