Tajikistan sets strategic development goals

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DUSHANBE (TCA) — By 2030 Tajikistan will increase its annual electricity generation capacity from today’s 17 billion up to 45 billion kilowatt-hours and change the country’s export structure in favor of finished products instead of raw materials, Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon said at the meeting of the National Development Council under the President of Tajikistan on June 21, the President’s press service reported.

The meeting with the participation of members of the Council, heads of Tajik ministries and state agencies, representatives and experts of the Coordination Council for Development, international and non-governmental organizations discussed issues related to the National Development Strategy of Tajikistan for the period until 2030 and the Medium-term Program of Development of Tajikistan for 2016-2020.

The meeting focused on strategic issues including sustainable development, raising the living standard of the population, and reducing poverty to the minimum level.

It was emphasized that the Government of Tajikistan had taken permanent measures for strengthening the fight against global and regional threats and achieving strategic objectives, primarily ensuring the country’s energy independence, withdrawing from the communication deadlock, and achieving food security. It was highlighted that the government is committed to ensure sustainable economic development, promotion of the real sector of the economy, expanding exports, improving the investment climate and supporting entrepreneurship, labor market efficiency, and social protection, improving governance and strengthening the human potential.

It was pointed out that due to these measures, the poverty rate in Tajikistan fell from 53% to 31% in the period 2007-2015, and the annual state budget increased from 1.8 billion to 15.7 billion somoni (almost 9 times).

President Rakhmon instructed the Government to establish fruitful cooperation with local businesses, development partners, foreign investors and other stakeholders, as well as to effectively use all available resources and capacity for the implementation of the country’s development goals.

Sergey Kwan

TCA