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Tajikistan: Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridor 3 (Dushanbe–Uzbekistan Border) Improvement Project

Evaluation Document | 18 December 2018

Tajikistan is a small, sparsely populated, and landlocked country highly dependent on trade for economic growth and wealth creation. To promote efficient growth, it is essential for key corridors to be cost-effective and of high standard. The road section Dushanbe–Uzbekistan Border had been identified initially in an ADB-funded study in 2005. The key roles of the road project were to provide access to the border crossing at Dusti, accounting for 25% of the total cross-border trade including agricultural exports (accounting for 23% of the gross domestic product), and serving aluminum exports from Central Asia’s largest processing plant at Tursunzade.

The expected project outcome was improved connectivity and mobility along the Tajikistan sections of CAREC Corridor 3. There were four project outputs: (i) reconstructed and upgraded Dushanbe-Tursunzade-Uzbekistan road sections of CAREC Corridor, (ii) improved infrastructure and facilities at the Dusit border crossing point, (iii) gender and border communities developed, and (iv) improved road operations.

This report validates the completion report's assessment of the project. IED overall assessment: Less than successful.