Dushanbe hosts the 4th Session of the EU – Tajikistan Parliamentary Cooperation Committee

09/11/2015 10:27
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DUSHANBE, November 9, 2015, Asia-Plus -- Co-chaired Ms. Iveta Grigule (European Parliament) and Mr. Sharif Rahimzoda (Majlisi Namoyandagon – Tajikistan’s lower house of parliament), the 4th Session of the EU – Tajikistan Parliamentary Cooperation Committee concluded at the National Library of Tajikistan in Dushanbe on November 6.

“In a statement delivered at the session, Rahimzoda informed those present about economic and social reforms being carried out in the country, investment climate in Tajikistan and impact of the economic situation in Russian and China on Tajikistan’s economy, as well as a role of Tajik Diasporas in development of the economy and society of Tajikistan,” Muhammadato Sultonov, a spokesman for Majlisi Namoyandagon, told Asia-Plus in an interview.      

According to Rahimzoda, trade between Tajikistan and the European Union countries in 2014 valued at 443.0329 million U.S. dollars, while over the first nine months of this year it has valued at about 200 million U.S. dollars.

Tajik MP noted that the economic situation in Russian had negatively impacted Tajikistan’s economy.  Annual remittance inflows from Russia to Tajikistan have amounted to about 4 billion U.S. dollars.  The sharp devaluation of the Russian ruble has led to a 37 percent decrease in remittance inflows from Russia to Tajikistan, Rahimzoda noted.

“As far the economic situation in China is concerned, we have not yet felt its influence on our economy,” Tajik PM said.

The government has actively involved Tajik Diasporas in foreign countries in development of the country’s economy, Rahimzoda noted, adding that senior representatives of Tajik Diasporas are invited to president’s annual meetings with entrepreneurs.  Plots of land are allocated to them for organization of production and creation of new jobs, he said.

The European Union is the world’s biggest aid donor.  Tajikistan got the main share of bilateral assistance in the Central Asian region (€66 million for 2007-2010 and 62 million for 2011-2013) in support to sector programs, technical assistance and grants.  It focuses on social protection, health and private sector development, underpinned by public finance management.

Tajikistan also receives regional and thematic assistance in areas like border management and drug control (BOMCA/CADAP), education (TEMPUS, Erasmus Mundus), water / environment, migration, human rights and democracy (EIDHR), non-State actors (NSA) and SME development (CA-Invest).  The EU is active in Tajikistan since 1992 and provides approximately EUR 25 million annually in development assistance.

The EU’s relationship with Tajikistan has matured and deepened since its independence following the dissolution of the USSR in 1991.

During the 2014-2020 period covered by Tajikistan multi-national indicative program 2014-2020, a total EU grant of EUR 250 million is planned for Tajikistan under DCI (Instrument for Development Cooperation), equivalent to an average annual budget of EUR 35 million per year.

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