ADB’s first private investment in Tajikistan will support the growth of AccessBank, a greenfield bank that serves low-income customers, and boost financing for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, and services in the regions outside the capital, Dushanbe.
The Soviet-era Nurek hydropower plant supplies most of Tajikistan’s electrical power, but its technology is antiquated and the land its switchyard is built on is sinking, requiring an ADB intervention of funds and expertise.
In Tajikistan, a new bridge across the Surhob River is connecting once-isolated villages to the amenities of town, saving lives in medical emergencies, and providing a much-needed shot in the arm for small businesses.
No sign indicates where a major ADB road project tapers off in Rasht district, Tajikistan. But close your eyes and it is easy to tell. Smooth concrete road abruptly gives way to jarring, rutted terrain, and vehicles heading east from the capital Dushanbe begin a 60-kilometer (km) crawl.