US government promotes innovative water management in Tajikistan

DUSHANBE (TCA) — US Ambassador to Tajikistan Elisabeth Millard on July 26 participated in a forum on “Innovative Water Management for Sustainable Development”, organized by the USAID Local Governance Project and chaired by the Tajik First Deputy Minister of Energy and Water Resources Mr. Sulton Rahimzoda, and focused on improving the quality and management of drinking water supply services in Tajikistan, the US Embassy in Dushanbe said.

More than 60 participants, including key government counterparts, representatives of the water sector, chairmen of districts and jamoats, and development partners discussed the current state of the drinking water supply in rural Tajikistan and identified ways to increase access through investment and improved management. At the end of the forum participants drafted a resolution with recommendations on ways to improve rural water management, which will be forwarded to the President’s Executive Office for approval.

The event was a part of the USAID Local Governance Project, which works in 10 districts and 20 municipalities to improve the quality of local governance and service delivery, particularly in clean drinking water, and strengthens citizen participation in local government decision-making. To date, the project has installed 17 drinking water systems across Tajikistan, delivering clean drinking water to close to 42,000 people.

Over the past 25 years, the U.S. Embassy in Dushanbe has provided more than $1.8 billion in programs that support Tajikistan’s security, democratic institutions, social sector, and economic growth. Throughout 2017, Tajikistan and the United States celebrate 25 years of diplomatic relations.

Sergey Kwan


Sergey Kwan has worked for The Times of Central Asia as a journalist, translator and editor since its foundation in March 1999. Prior to this, from 1996-1997, he worked as a translator at The Kyrgyzstan Chronicle, and from 1997-1999, as a translator at The Central Asian Post.
Kwan studied at the Bishkek Polytechnic Institute from 1990-1994, before completing his training in print journalism in Denmark.

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