Welcome speech by ADB Vice President Wencai Zhang at the reception to celebrate 20 years of ADB-Tajikistan partnership on 13 August 2018 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

Honorable Governor Davlatali Said,
Dear Ministers, Excellencies,
Distinguished Guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen, good evening!

On behalf of ADB, I would like to thank and welcome all of you for joining us today to celebrate 20 years of development partnership between the Republic of Tajikistan and the Asian Development Bank.

Since 1998, ADB has been privileged to partner with Tajikistan in its endeavor to achieve inclusive and sustainable growth. ADB values the deep ties with our host government, development partners, civil society, and the private sector. Let me thank all of you for your strong support and partnership with us.

ADB is proud to be the largest multilateral development partner in Tajikistan with total approved portfolio of $1.6 billion. During 20 years of our partnership, ADB has used its financial resources and technical expertise to help improve the welfare of the Tajik people through restoring and building the country’s transport and energy infrastructure, supporting social development, gender equality, expanding agricultural production, improving investment climate, regional cooperation and trade. ADB has always tried to be a listening, understanding, and responsive partner that supports government-led initiatives and programs.

ADB commends the government for taking a strong lead and ownership in all our joint projects. Results on the ground depend critically on the skills to plan, design, and implement projects effectively and efficiently. And I am pleased to note that Tajikistan project portfolio is among the strongest performing in ADB.

Let me take this opportunity to thank our government counterparts and project staff for their support and efforts. I would also like to thank my ADB colleagues at both the Tajikistan Resident Mission and Headquarters for their hard work and dedication.

Two weeks ago, ADB Board of Directors approved a new long-term corporate strategy, Strategy 2030, that sets out ADB’s broad vision and strategic response to the evolving needs of the region. We will need to enhance the work with our countries and other development partners to achieve a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific. Strategy 2030 will give us new opportunities to be stronger, better, and faster.

Ladies and Gentlemen, as we celebrate the results of our 20-year partnership, we should not lose sight that despite Tajikistan’s impressive economic growth since independence, challenges remain. ADB stands committed to supporting Tajikistan’s development agenda and looks forward to many more years of productive collaboration for the benefit of the Tajik people.

Thank you.