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Mixed Reports about Electricity Rationing in Tajikistan

Electricity rationing in the center of northern Sughd Province has been suspended in Tajikistan.

Electricity rationing in the center of northern Sughd Province has been suspended in Tajikistan. The Barqi Tojik, the energy supply company, said that higher temperatures and additional power imports from neighboring countries have allowed for the suspension. However, other reports suggest otherwise and state that rationing in the districts and villages of the northern province remain unchanged. Locals have reported that they still only have one hour to thirty minutes of electricity a day. Rationing in Sughd Province started in October.

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Tajikistan Establishes Two Free Economic Zones

Tajikistan has established two free economic zones according to the Tajik Deputy Minister of Economic Development Larissa Kislyakova.

Tajikistan has established two free economic zones according to the Tajik Deputy Minister of Economic Development Larissa Kislyakova. The two assigned regions are the Suhd region near Khujand city in the north and Panj region in the souther Tajik province of Khatlon. The regions will be permitted as free economic zones for the next twenty-five years. The first seven years will allow operating companies in the regions to be exempted from taxes.

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Tajikistan to Continue to Build Power Plant Despite Global Crisis

Despite the global financial crisis, Tajik government has re-stated its commitment to budget for the largest hydroelectric power station in Central Asia.

Despite the global financial crisis, Tajik government has re-stated its commitment to budget for the largest hydroelectric power station in Central Asia. Prime Minister of Tajikistan, Oqil Oqilov, visited the region in which the Roghun hydroelectric power station is being constructed and is satisfied with the progress that is being made. He also announced that the government remains committed to launch its first unit by 2012. The project costs an estimated $2.2 billion.

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Tajiks Lose Jobs and Hopes as Crisis Hits the Poor

Many previous members of the Former Soviet Union have been impacted by Russia's financial crisis.

Many previous members of the Former Soviet Union have been impacted by Russia's financial crisis. Tajikistan has been no exception. The nation is plagued by poverty, crime and failed incomes. If the nation is incapable of reversing its current track, Tajikistan can see itself as a failed state. This could potentially prove problematic for the West, which are looking to Tajikistan to be a new supply transit station for the American troops. Half of the workforce in the nation of 7 million mostly work abroad in Russia, with remittances accounting for 43 percent of Tajikistan's GDP.

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Tajikistan Weathers Energy, Food Shortages through Winter

Last year Tajikistan was faced with energy infrastructure failure that left hundreds of Tajiks dead due to the extreme cold and the crop devastation that left many without food.

Last year Tajikistan was faced with energy infrastructure failure that left hundreds of Tajiks dead due to the extreme cold and the crop devastation that left many without food. This year the United States had pledged $5 million in emergency aid to help needy Tajiks. According to the International Crisis Group, Tajikistan is on the way to a failed state. The farther a city is from government centers the less access they have to basic necessities such as running water and electricity. The border is heavily patrolled by soldiers and guards, including American drug enforcement officials, trying to tamp down on the burgeoning poppy drug smuggling coming out of Afghanistan. Tajikistan is also facing a high unemployment rate, use of child labour in the cotton fields and crop devastation due to last year's winter.

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Uzbekistan Curtailing Gas Deliveries Due To Tajik Debt

Uzbekistan is forcing Tajikistan to fully repay its $18 million debt before Uzbekistan will restart full gas export services to the country.

Uzbekistan is forcing Tajikistan to fully repay its $18 million debt before Uzbekistan will restart full gas export services to the country. The director of the state-owned utility Tajiktransgaz, Saidmamad Sharofiddinov, told sources that Uzbekistan currently exports only 50 percent of the gas Tajikistan needs this year. The reason why Uzbekistan does not export all of its gas is due to the unpaid debt. Tajiktransgaz has reported paid $4 million, and civilians owe $1 million, whilst various companies owe the other $13 million. Earlier in the year, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan increased gas prices, which means Tajikistan now pays $240 per 1,000 cubic meters of gas compared to $100 per 1,000 cubic meters of gas a year ago.

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China Potential to Become Tajikistan's Main Economic Partner

In the past, Tajikistan's main economic trading partner has been Russia but China may soon replace Russia.

In the past, Tajikistan's main economic trading partner has been Russia but China may soon replace Russia. Tensions between Russian and Tajik government have been strained due to the lack of fiscal aid provided to Tajikistan from Russia. Tajik's president had visited Moscow in late February. He was expecting an assistance package that included re-commencing the construction of the Rogun Dam but returned back to Tajikistan empty handed. The lack of assistance has opened the door for Beijing, where already Chinese companies are completing road infrastructure projects. Once road infrastructure has been completed, the belief is that the Chinese companies will also take part and assist in hydro-power projects.

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Tajikistan to Allow Foreign Banks to Operate

From the capital city of Tajikistan, Dushanbe, the Tajik Parliament's lower house has recently approved legislation that permits foreign banks to operate in the country.

From the capital city of Tajikistan, Dushanbe, the Tajik Parliament's lower house has recently approved legislation that permits foreign banks to operate in the country. The permitting of foreign banks is said to push local banks to compete for clients and bring down high rates of debt. The legislations seeks to increase bank competitiveness, which would be healthier for the economy. The bill is now awaiting the president's signature.

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Tajik Cotton Farms Picked Clean

Falling cotton prices has pushed Tajikistan's cotton industry on the verge of bankruptcy.

Falling cotton prices has pushed Tajikistan's cotton industry on the verge of bankruptcy. Tajik's government had launched a scheme last year that made loans more accessible to farmers. But, the falling prices might potentially mean that farmers shall be unable to repay their debts because last autumn's harvest was worse than expected. A huge part of Tajikistan's economy comes from cotton export, which has contributed around a firth of export revenues and provides half of the country's workforce.

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Yemen, Tajikistan Hold Official Talks Session

The Republic of Yemen and the Republic of Tajikistan held talks on Friday in the capital of Tajikistan, Dushanbe.

The Republic of Yemen and the Republic of Tajikistan held talks on Friday in the capital of Tajikistan, Dushanbe. The talks yielded greater cooperation in the investment and medical field. President Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen expressed his content with the visit and the talks that hosted a number of ministers from both countries. President also noted that the bilateral ties are still strong and both nations wish to continue the partnership. President Emomalii Rhamom of Tajikistan noted that a number of important agreements were signed during this visit to strengthen ties especially in the investment sector.

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Tajikstan: After a Dalliance with Washington, Is Dushanbe Getting Back Together with Moscow?

Russia is likely to renew financial assistance to Tajikstan.

Russia is likely to renew financial assistance to Tajikstan. Tajik President Imomali Rahmom scheduled a visit to Moscow on February 24. The Rogun Dam project has had a couple of set backs due to lack of capital funding since the project began in 2004. The slow construction of the hydropower energy center is be connected to the lack of capital in Tajikistan. The talks between Moscow and Tajik's President will be focused on restoring bilateral relationships between the two nations.

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