ADB to continue supporting enhancement of Tajikistan’s energy sector

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According to the press center of the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources (MoEWR), the two sides discussed prospects of further expansion of collaboration between the Government of Tajikistan and the ADB in the field of energy.

During the meeting, the two, in particular, discussed a number of important issues related to the ongoing reform process in the country’s energy sector, increase in generating capacity of the existing hydropower plants, restoration of energy ties with the countries of the region, and increase in electricity exports.

Mr. Juma and Ms. Campbell also exchanged views on a number of other issues being of mutual interests, the MoEWR press center noted.

The following ADB-supported projects are currently being implemented in Tajikistan: rehabilitation of the Sarband hydropower plant; wholesale metering and transmission reinforcement; and reconnection to the Central Asian power system.

Recall, members of Tajikistan’s lower chamber (Majlisi Namoyandagon) of parliament last week voted for ratification of a grant agreement signed between the Government of Tajikistan and the Asian Development Bank, under which the Bank will provide a US$105 million grant to accelerate the implementation of ongoing reforms and improve the financial sustainability of the power sector in Tajikistan.

Tajikistan joined ADB in 1998. Over 23 years, ADB has become the largest multilateral development partner for Tajikistan by supporting a diverse range of sectors—from strategic road and energy infrastructure to food security and social services for a total of around US$2.2 billion of assistance.

Source: Asia-Plus