Tajikistan and ADB
In the Spotlight
President Emomali Rahmon inaugurated the new 500-kilovolt switchyard built with the support of ADB at the Nurek hydropower plant. He was joined at the inauguration ceremony by ADB Country Director for Tajikistan, C.C. Yu. ADB provided a nearly $55 million grant for the switchyard project, with the Tajik government and Barki Tojik contributing $12.1 million.
According to the Asian Development Outlook 2016 report, Tajikistan's economic growth is forecast to slow further in 2016, reflecting the need for accelerating reforms to develop competitive industries and exports, and to create jobs.
ADB has signed a $1 billion framework agreement with the Eurasian Development Bank to expand cofinancing activities in Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, and Tajikistan. The agreement was signed by ADB President Takehiko Nakao and EDB Chairman Dmitry Pankin.
ADB welcomed Tajikistan as a member in 1998. During 15 years of partnership with the country, ADB has helped improve the welfare of the Tajik people. The partnership has promoted social development, restored or built new infrastructure, expanded agriculture production, and encouraged regional cooperation and trade.
With some of the world’s highest mountains covering a staggering 93% of its territory, Tajikistan faces some obvious obstacles to its development. These include a lack of reliable power supply, unstable food security, limited transport connectivity, and low levels of private investment.
Due to its narrow economic base and a heavy reliance on remittances by labor migrants, Tajikistan’s economy remains vulnerable to external shocks.
ADB operations in Tajikistan aims to help the country achieve higher and more inclusive and sustainable economic growth by addressing binding constraints to development.
Projects in Tajikistan
Population living below the national poverty line in Tajikistan (2015)
Average annual population growth rate in Tajikistan (2010-2015)
Population in Tajikistan, in millions (2015)
Maternal mortality ratio in Tajikistan, per 100,000 live births (2015)