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Key Economic Data 
 
  2003 2002 2001 Ranking(2003)
GDP
Millions of US $ 1,303 1,208 1,100 148
         
GNI per capita
 US $ 190 180 180 197
Ranking is given out of 208 nations - (data from the World Bank)

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Area (sq.km) 
143,100 

Population 
7,011,556

Principal 
ethnic groups 
Tajiks 62.3%
Uzbeks 23.5%
Russians 17.6%

Capital 
Dushanbe

Currency 
Tajik Somoni

President 
Emomali Rakhmonov



Update No: 305 - (30/05/06)

The annual address of the president
President Emomali Rahmonov is in a quandary. His country is one of the poorest in Eurasia. He cannot possibly deliver a new life for his people in short order, much as he would like to.
A major problem is that officials feather their own nest only too cleverly. The well of public corruption and chicanery of every kind is only too deep. 
On April 20th, he presented his annual address to the Tajik people at a joint session of both chambers of the Tajik parliament. He initiated the adoption of a new law to deal with this grave matter, involving an amnesty for those who own up to their misdemeanours. 
"How is it possible to speak about transparency of the ministries' activities, when some of our ministries became family businesses, after a new minister has been appointed? Go around the streets of Dushanbe! You will see how many villas are being built, and the majority of them belong to officials, being registered under the names of their relatives. One may ask, where is the money for construction of such villas and palaces coming from?" said Rahmonov. 
Rahmonov recommended the following advice to all officials and entrepreneurs of the republic, to declare their incomes in proper time without fear and to pay their taxes. Also, he warned that if incomes are not declared before a certain deadline, a thorough checking of the activities of all officials will be conducted. 

Safety first
His own life is not exactly tranquil. He has been in personal danger more than once, and that explains the attention he is now paying to security.
Rahmonov handpicked the Russian military for neighbours a year before the international agreement between Tajikistan and Russia made "the Window" (electronic centre of the Space Force) the property of Russia. It was near this electronic centre that Rahmonov had his new luxurious pine-tree dacha built.
The dacha is located barely 800 or 900 metres from the classified Russian military camp. Monitoring airspace above the Commonwealth, it is guarded by special forces of the Russian army. Both the cantonment with Russian military telescopes and Rahmonov's dacha are situated on a small plateau surrounded by nearly impassable gorges.

Iran-Tajikistan relations 
President Rahmonov visited Astana in early May and invited President Nazarbayev to visit Tajikistan. But these are old allies. 
Rahmonov has said that a new chapter has opened in Iran-Tajikistan ties, a more unusual departure. He made the remarks in the annual speech already mentioned to representatives of the Upper Chamber (National Assembly) of the parliament, adding that the two sides are now experiencing deep and friendly ties. 
Given the cultural, historical and linguistic affinities between the two countries, he said implementation of the Anzab tunnel in the north of Tajikistan and construction of a hydro-electric power plant nearby by Iran are among the new political and economic chapters which have opened up. 
The downfall of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan prepared the ground for expansion of ties among countries in the region, especially those sharing a common language (i.e. Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan), he said adding that the construction of the international Mashhad-Herat-Dushanbe road would further enlarge road communications between these countries.
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Electronic directory of Central Asian think tanks launched at the Central Asian Gateway portal
The Electronic directory, launched at the Central Asian Gateway www.cagateway.org portal, presents information on think tanks in Kazakstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, active in the issues of socio-economic and political development in the Central Asian countries. 
The main aim of this web-resource is to support interaction between researchers, governments and international organizations through enhanced access to existing research capacities in the region and involving them into conducting research studies and developing policy advice.
The think tanks database will be constantly updated. The website users will be able to get access to information in the main areas of work, partners, publications, and contact information of the institutions presented in the e-directory. Besides, users have an opportunity to submit information on any other think tank in the Central Asian countries using the on-line form. 
The Central Asian Gateway project aims at facilitating regional development and integration in Central Asia and is being jointly implemented by the Centre for Economic Research (Uzbekistan), AKIpress Information Agency (Kyrgyz Republic) and Asia Plus Agency (Tajikistan) with support from the UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and CIS (Bratislava, Slovakia).

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ENERGY

WB to help Tajikistan appraise Rogun power plant 


The World Bank is to select an independent company to examine infrastructure at Rogun hydroelectric plant in Tajikistan and choose the type of dam, Russian Aluminium RusAl and the Tajik energy ministry said in a joint press release. "In accordance with agreements, to appraise incomplete construction by the company Lahmeyer, and also the draft parameters of a feasibility study prepared by TashGidroproyekt in 2000 and the parameters proposed by Lahmeyer, an independent company, recommended by the World Bank, will be invited," the press release said. RusAl agreed in 2004 to invest more than one billion Euro to build the power plant on the Vakhsh River, 120 kilometres east of the Dushanbe but insists on a concrete one. Tajikistan had long sought an investor to complete construction that was interrupted by a five-year civil war in the mid-1990s. RusAl said that designs of the construction should be built more cheaply and quickly, which will meet modern engineering and safety standards, New Europe reported.

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