Upgraded Tajikistan Road Drives Regional Cooperation and Trade in Central Asia | Asian Development Bank

Upgraded Tajikistan Road Drives Regional Cooperation and Trade in Central Asia

Video | 7 August 2018

The Asian Development Bank assisted Tajikistan in upgrading the Dushanbe-Tursunzade road, which is part of the CAREC Corridor 3 that spans almost 7,000 kilometers from the Russian Federation in the north to the Persian Gulf in the south.

The improved road in Tajikistan connects the country to its neighbors and opens up opportunities for trade and commerce.

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Dushanbe, Tajikistan - Building and maintaining roads is critical to economic growth across Central Asia.

High quality roads reduce transport costs and open opportunities for trade and investment.

The Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation, or CAREC, Program is developing six economic corridors in the region.

CAREC Corridor 3 links Tajikistan to Afghanistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, and Uzbekistan.

Pradeep Srivastava, Country Director for Tajikistan, says, “Tajikistan is probably one of the most remote countries in the Central Asia region that consists of already, countries that are landlocked. Under the CAREC program, the transport sector has been a major focus for connectivity building by the development partners, including the Asian Development Bank.”

Truck driver Maruf Turamuradov is seeing the benefits.

He regularly hauls cargo from his base in Dushanbe to as far as Iran or Dubai, spending up to a month on the road.

His journeys often start on the recently upgraded road from Dushanbe to the Uzbek border.

Truck driver Maruf Turamuradov, says, “Before the road rehabilitation, I had to repair my truck often. It consumed much more diesel oil.”

Trips are now faster and cheaper.

Eraj Mirzoev, Deputy Director, Project Implementation Unit, Ministry of Transport adds,

“Under this project, 57 kilometers of the road have been rehabilitated. The road used to be a Category 3 road. After the rehabilitation, it has become Category 1B and meets international standards.”

The project also improved infrastructure and facilities at the Dusti border crossing point.

Leading to faster customs processing for vehicles.

Efficient trade facilitation is vital for a landlocked country like Tajikistan and makes the long trips for truck driver Maruf much easier, one journey at a time.