Helping Tajikistan Overcome the COVID-19 Crisis

Video | 18 June 2020

The Asian Development Bank has approved a $50 million grant to help the Government of Tajikistan mitigate the adverse economic and social impacts of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

ADB’s COVID-19 Active Response and Expenditure Support (CARES) Program will support the government in scaling up the availability of medical supplies and establishing quarantine facilities in at least 14 hospitals nationwide. Salary increases will be provided for all frontline COVID-19 medical personnel, of which at least 80% are women.

ADB’s financing will also support the government in extending its targeted social assistance program to at least 207,000 poor households. Food security will be ensured through food price monitoring and controls, and provision of agricultural inputs for farmers to increase production. Subsidized lending and tax relief will be extended to affected micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises.

Transcript

The COVID-19 crisis is hampering Tajikistan’s growth.

But ADB is helping to mitigate the impact with a $50 million grant that will help finance government measures to lessen the pandemic’s impact.

These include establishing quarantine facilities in 14 hospitals and a 100% salary increase for medical staff working with COVID-19 patients; social assistance transfers expanded to 207,000 families; 5,000 farmers receiving agricultural inputs; and tax relief for 40,000 small businesses.

ADB earlier delivered $100,000 worth of PPEs and other emergency medical supplies and continues to work closely with the government and development partners to help Tajikistan overcome the crisis.