26.12.2018, Dushanbe city
Distinguished Members of Senate and Lower Chamber of the Parliament,
The 2018 was indeed a historical year for the noble people of Tajikistan
and the independent state of the Tajiks by its very important and memorable
On World Water Day, 22 March 2018, our fourth global initiative in the field
of water resources – the International Decade for Action: Water for Sustainable
Development (2018-2028) was officially launched with the participation of the
President of Tajikistan in the UN General Assembly.
Due to the climate change the issue of protection of clean drinking water
sources and resources has turned into one of the main challenges of the Globe’s
population, and Tajikistan is recognized as an initiator and champion in this
area at the international level.
The launch of the first unit of Roghun Hydropower Plant, a life-changing
facility of the century and a significant factor for bright future of
Tajikistan, thanks to which the long-awaited aspirations of the noble and
industrious Tajik people have come true, is a milestone event in the history of
independent Tajikistan and a firm step of our country toward the achievement of
our first national strategic objective, i.e. – energy security.
We have addressed the political, economic and trade issues with the
Republic of Uzbekistan that existed during more than two decades which embodies
the third historical event in the social, economic and spiritual life of the
We achieved this objective thanks to bilateral meetings and negotiations,
state visits of the heads of both countries and signing of Strategic
Partnership Agreement between the two friendly and brotherly countries. This
made it possible to ensure movement of people, thanks to which during the nine
months of this year more than two million citizens of our countries visited
their relatives, and the economic, trade and humanitarian cooperation between
our states enhanced by several times.
The Government of the Republic of Tajikistan has been making efforts to achieve
the objectives reflected in our National Development Strategy, and identified
as a supreme goal the improvement of the living standards of the population by
addressing the issues related to sustainable economic growth, human
development, public administration system, our country’s export capacity,
improving of investment climate, private sector development and enhancement of
the labor market.
This year we made solid steps towards achieving the indicators envisaged in
our strategic documents on economic and social development.
As a result of implementation of the tasks outlined in the Address of the
last year, in 2018 our GDP growth made 7.3% and the inflation was maintained at
the rate of 5.4%.
We ensured progress of the various economic spheres, particularly
manufacturing sectors, created more than 150 000 new jobs and for the last
three years the number of our citizens engaged in overseas labor migration
reduced by 25%.
The monetary income of population increased by 11%, their savings in the
banking system of our country increased by 9% in comparison with the last year
and the poverty rate declined to 29,5%.
Positive trends in the social fields continued, and particularly the
indicator of population’s longevity reached 75 years and mother and child mortality
rate decreased by 2.1 and 2.6 times respectively compared to 1998.
The population of our country increased to 9.1m in 2018 against the 5.4m in
1990 and it is expected that in 2023 it will reach 10m.
This requires us to pay an utmost attention to addressing the
socio-economic issues, including improvement of living standards of population
and enhancement of manufacturing capacity of our country.
We need to effectively use the land and water resources and increased food
production in order to improve the public welfare.
In September 2018, the wage of staff in the budget-funded entities,
including educational, science, healthcare, culture, and social protection
agencies and other institutions as well as retirement allowances and
scholarships were increased by up to 15%. The Government of the country will
allocate additionally 1.2 billion TJS for this purpose in 2019.
Based on the programs we adopted we need to make further efforts in order
to lay the necessary foundation for increasing the wage of staff of the
budget-funded entities and pensions in the coming years.
Thus, we need to increase the wage and retirement allowances in the coming
year through increasing the revenue part of the budget.
We have to take into account the fact that the public budget revenue will
ramp up to 24 billion TJS in 2019 compared to 6.5 billion TJS in 2010, the
increase of which will make almost four times and the social expenditures will
account for 43.7%.
The budget of 2019 compared to 2018 will foresee increase of funding for
the spheres of culture and sport by 17.3%, science and education by 14%, social
insurance and social protection of population by 9.5% and healthcare by 7.2%.
According to the plans we approved, compared to 2018 in 2019 the public
budget revenue will increase by 13%, GDP growth rate by more than 7%, and
inflation rate will not exceed 7% and the population’s income will increase at
least by 10%.
In order to ensure the proper implementation of these objectives, the
Government of the country needs to continuously analyze the economic and social
implications of the process of changing international economic relations,
situation in financial markets, trade conflicts and sanctions, and undertake
necessary measures with a view to preventing the negative impact of such
factors on our national economy.
Moreover, the Government should undertake decisive steps to maintain stable
macroeconomic indicators, to ensure solid operation of the banking system,
enterprises and to improve investment climate.
The Ministry of Finance has to implement the Public Finance Management
Strategy based on the country’s priorities, targets of the public budget
revenue and expenditures, transparency of its spending by proposing prospective
reform plans in these areas.
I have to note that the banking system plays an important role in ensuring
socio-economic development of the country, especially enhancement of the real
sectors of the economy, improvement of the national export capacity, creation
of new jobs and expansion of public budget revenue sources.
During eleven months of 2018 the banks of the country issued 7,250 billion
of loan to entrepreneurs and public at large, which increased by 201 mln. or 3%
compared to the similar period of the last year.
In this regard, the National Bank needs to undertake serious measures to
increase the credits offered to the private sector, particularly in
manufacturing sectors, maintain a stable banking system, improve the quality of
services, train highly qualified banking specialists and ensure their professional
It is also important to increase cashless payments and to widely introduce
them for payment of services and in the trade in 2019 in the country.
In 2018, the share of cash applied outside the banking system accounted for
64 percent of the country’s money turnover.
Taking into account the modern trends, we need to enhance our activities
for introduction of digital economy and application of digital technologies in
the social and economic sectors.
We have identified the energy security and energy efficiency, ensuring Tajikistan’s
connectivity and its transformation into a transit country, food security and
access of the country’s population to quality food, as well as productive
employment as our strategic objectives, and we have been implementing our
agenda on transition from agrarian to industrial economy.
The measures undertaken by the Government made it possible to increase the
share of industry in GDP from 15.2 to17.3% during the last 3 years.
Taking into account the importance of industry in addressing socio-economic
issues and creating of new jobs, I propose to proclaim accelerated
industrialization of our country as our fourth national objective. In this
regard, it is important to increase the share of industry in the GDP to 22% by
To achieve this objective it is crucial to strictly control the implementation
of approved sectorial programs and investment projects, and ensure their
effective and quality enforcement.
Hence, the heads of province, towns and districts need to enhance their
activities in attracting direct investments, construction of new manufacturing
enterprises, rehabilitation of idle enterprises and creation of new jobs and
report on their progress to the Government of Tajikistan every semester.
The lack of some raw materials in the country for manufacturing new
products is yet to be addressed.
In this regard, I would like to propose to exempt the imported raw
materials for processing and manufacturing of final products from VAT and
customs duty, except the raw materials available in Tajikistan and excisable
goods, and relevant authorities need to develop the mechanisms of enforcement
of this incentive within a month.
The import substitution measures we have undertaken made it possible to
supply the population with the locally produced basic food products, household
devices and construction materials and to reduce the import of food products by
almost 3 billion TJS or by 31 % during the last three years.
This year the production of 15 out of 20 types of export-oriented products
and goods increased.
However, the lack of competitiveness and high production cost of the
products of some enterprises, inadequate protection of interests of our
exporters in other countries has been impeding the diversity of production and
export of our products.
Therefore, the Government of Tajikistan needs to ensure mutually beneficial
cooperation with the neighboring counties in order to expand our country’s
export and transit capacity for transportation of goods and creation of “green
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry for economic development and
trade, the Exportation Agency and the heads of province, town and district have
to enhance their activities in presenting the products made in Tajikistan,
exploring export markets, finding production and trade partners and protecting
local entrepreneurs’ interests abroad.
Dear Members of Parliament,
The economic reforms we have implemented during the recent years have been
promoting improvement of business environment and investment climate and
encouragement of foreign investments, including direct investment.
Currently 70 public investment projects amounting 30 billion TJS in total
are ongoing in the country.
During the last 10 years more than 33 billion TJS of foreign direct
investments were encouraged into the economy of Tajikistan, the majority of which
are channeled to sectors of energy, communication, construction, extraction and
processing of minerals and infrastructure.
With a view to achieving our objectives, we will continue cooperating with
our development partners, and will channel the encouraged foreign direct
investments to import of the latest manufacturing technologies and machinery,
creation of new jobs and increase of the production of competitive domestic
In this regard, the Government needs to undertake further measures aimed at
improving the investment climate, encouraging foreign direct investments and
promoting investment projects.
I outlined my ideas on many priority issues, including ease of permit
system, inspection of businesses and tax administration at the Entrepreneurship
Forum held on October 15 of this year and instructed the authorities in charge
to address the existing shortcomings.
Based on the Forum discussions and recommendations we developed and
approved a plan of action and the relevant authorities in charge need to follow
up and ensure its implementation.
Currently, with a view to improving the investment climate in the country
we introduced risk based inspection of businesses.
However the provisions of the legislation in this area are not always
respected by some inspection authorities.
This year, with a view to avoiding unreasonable inspections and check-overs
and, thereby creating a favorable environment for development of
entrepreneurship we announced two-year moratorium for all inspections of
manufacturing enterprises, and almost 2000 entrepreneurs have benefited from
In order to compliment this process, I believe it is important to stop all
types of inspections of manufacturing entrepreneurs in 2019-2020 and to ensure
that the provisions of the Law of the Republic of Tajikistan “On the moratorium
for inspection of manufacturing enterprises” are respected by all inspection
and law enforcement agencies, including the Prosecutor General’s Office, Chamber
of Accounts, Agency on State Financial Control and Fight Against Corruption,
National Bank, and the tax and customs authorities.
With a view to ensuring compliance with the provisions of moratorium
legislation, the Prosecutor General’s Office in cooperation with the State
Committee on Investment and State Property Management needs to undertake
necessary actions against the public authorities’ officers, who unreasonably
interfere with the activity of entrepreneurs and create barriers for
development of entrepreneurship.
To improve the level of legal, economic and financial awareness of
entrepreneurs, to provide support in drafting business projects and exploring
the ways of their financing, particularly, to newly established businesses and
involvement of youth to entrepreneurship activities, the Government of
Tajikistan needs to undertake necessary measures to create service centers in
towns and districts of the country, which could also serve as training centers
Additionally, in order to further support our entrepreneurs, I propose to
launch “300 days of reforms for support of entrepreneurship and improvement of
Alongside with this, in order to eliminate administrative obstacles, to
ensure effectiveness of operations and to simplify and modernize the public services
to entrepreneurs and the population, the Government of the country needs to
develop and submit for review the draft Law of the Republic of Tajikistan “On
During the last 10 years we have increased the country’s energy generation
capacity by 1520 MW and installed and launched more than 1300 km of electricity
From the beginning of the ‘Rogun’ HPP construction we spent 24 billion TJS encourages from all sources of
funding, including 3.9 billion TJS in 2018 alone for this facility, and in 2019
we envisage to allocate approximately 4 billion TJS for this purpose and to put
into operation the second unit of this hydropower plant.
In September 2018, we commissioned “Tojikiston” HPP with the capacity of
1500 kW in the high mountainous region of Murghab with the total cost of 80 mln
TJS, which made it possible to fully meet the electricity demand in
Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous province.
Now we have the feasibility study for two other hydropower plants of
“Sanobod” and “Sebzor” with the total capacity of 211 MW in place and we have
been in the process of negotiations with development partners to seek for
funding for the construction of these assets.
The Government of the country, alongside with construction of new
hydropower plants, pays an utmost attention to rehabilitation of existing
We need to be aware that if we do not rehabilitate the existing assets that
have been operating for a long period already, their generation capacity will
Bearing this in mind, now the rehabilitation of “Sarband” HPP amounting 1.3
billion TJS is ongoing and the reconstruction of “Qairoqqum” HPP with the cost
of 1.9 billion TJS and the first phase of reconstruction of “Norak” HPP with
the cost of 3.5 billion TJS will commence in 2019.
After these HPPs are fully renovated, their capacity will increase by 840
MW in total compared to their present generation.
The construction of “Roghun” HPP alone will make it possible to extend the
life of “Norak” HPP for centuries. This means the inflow of sediment clean
water into the reservoir of Norak HPP and it will not fill up with mud and
clay. Additionally, the capacity of all operating hydropower plants on Vakhsh
river will increase by 4 billion KW/hour.
With a view to ensuring stronger sustainability of energy system of the
country, physical activities within the regional project of CASA-1000 started
and are expected to be completed in 2021. The total cost of the project is 11
billion TJS (the section in Tajikistan costs 3.4 billion TJS).
Also, this year alone with a view to ensuring effective operation of Roghun
HPP we installed the Gas Insulated Switchgear (GIS), i.e. substation with the
cost of 530 million TJS, and “Roghun - Dushanbe” 500 KW electricity
transmission line amounting 750 mln TJS and “Ayni-Rudaki” 220 KW electricity
transmission line with the total cost of 250 mln TJS.
This year we made a firm step not only towards energy security but also for
the first time during the last two years ensured uninterrupted supply of
electricity in the country within 27 years of our state independence and we
have exported 3 billion kW/hour of electricity.
In this regard, the Government of the country has to undertake necessary
measures to reform the management of the sector, i.e. to draft a new system for
generation, transmission and dispatch of electricity, and introduce the modern
mechanisms of metering and fee collection with the use of electronic system.
The Ministry of Energy and Water Resources jointly with “Barqi Tojik”
company have to undertake necessary steps to reduce the electricity loss.
With regards to the issues of energy development I would like to emphasize
that the use of the abundant hydropower capacity of Tajikistan would make it
possible to supply the countries of the region with environmentally clean
electricity as one of the main drivers of the development of “green economy”
and significantly contribute to the reduction of CO2 (carbon) emissions.
Currently, international organizations rank Tajikistan 6th in the world in terms of generation of
environmentally clean electricity.
Our country has the necessary potential to be ranked as the 2nd or 3rd country in the world for generation of
electricity from renewable sources after launching new assets, including Roghun
This would serve as an input of Tajikistan in addressing one of the global
issues – reduction of carbon emissions and decrease of negative implications of
With regard to these issues, it is important for us to take seriously the
protection of environment, flora and fauna and ecosystem by revising and
improving the sectorial legislation and improving the environmental awareness
I would like to recall that nowadays the protection of environment is one
of the important factors for attracting tourists.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
In the context of Tajikistan, 93% of which is mountainous, the transport
and communication play an important role in ensuring its socio-economic
During the independence of the country we have constructed and renovated
more than 2100km of international and national roads through implementation of
public investment projects and more than 1000km of domestic roads with the use
of other funding sources.
In 2018 almost 200 km. of domestic and international roads and 45 bridges
have been constructed and renovated.
Currently 14 public investment projects on transport with the total cost of
7.5 billion TJS are under implementation.
During the last years as a result of construction of international highways
connecting Tajikistan with the People’s Republic of China, Islamic Republic of
Afghanistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, resuming the operation of railways and 16
border checkpoints with Uzbekistan, we ensured our country’s connectivity and
thereby achieved our second strategic goal.
The Government of the country needs to undertake additional measures aimed
at expanding transport corridor networks and improving the transport
infrastructure, accessing seaports, constructing border terminals and logistic
centers, improving physical infrastructures of transport parks and their
renovation, as well as increasing the transportation of goods and products.
With a view to increasing the delivery of passengers and freights given the
favorable geographical location of Tajikistan, it is also important to
undertake necessary measures to transform the country into an air transit hub.
Another strategic objective of us that directly facilitates the creation of
new jobs and increases the export capacity of our country is ensuring food
security through development of agriculture.
With a view to ensuring the development of agriculture and achieving food
security through implementation of public investment projects, we have
channeled more than 12 billion TJS from the public budget during the
independence of our country.
As a result of measures undertaken by the Government the overall
agricultural output has increased by three times and reached 21.3 billion TJS
in 2018 compared to 7.4 billion TJS in 2000 and the export of agricultural
products is gradually increasing.
Alongside with this, we need to pay more attention to the issues of storage
and processing of agricultural products in order to achieve our objectives in
this area and create new jobs.
Currently we process only a small part of the cotton produced in our
country and we do not avail the existing potential, particularly for creation
of jobs in the textile sector.
According to statistics only 10-12 percent of cotton fiber is processed in
the country currently. In 2018 the export of cotton fiber increased by two
times compared to the last year.
Therefore, it is crucial to undertake immediate measures to ensure
efficient land use, resume the use of abandoned lands and develop new lands,
improve crop yields and develop the seeds production, expand the permanent
greenhouses and increase the number of cool storages for fruit and vegetable,
enhance the supply of local markets with quality agricultural products and
increase their export.
With regard to this, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Academy of
Agricultural Sciences in cooperation with other ministries and agencies and the
local executive authorities need to ensure the implementation of adopted
sectorial programs and report to the Government of the country every 6 months.
In addition, it is important to expand the horticulture and viticulture
areas, particularly intensive orchards by resuming the abandoned lands and
During 27 years of our independence 190 000 hectares of agricultural
lands were withdrawn and the household plots were increased by 135 000
hectares, including at the expense of irrigated lands. Thus, we allocated land
plot to 1,4 mln households for construction of dwelling as a result of which in
average 7 mln residents of our country (almost another Tajikistan) improved
their living conditions. Albeit during 70 years before our independence only
77 000 hectares of land was allocated for this purpose. We need to expand
our activities on development of new lands, which means to rehabilitate
abandoned lands in order to meet the public demand in food given the growth of
Adoption of Water Sector Reform Program (2016-2025), aiming transition to
latest water management principles and encouragement of new investments to
address the water issues in the country, is a timely initiative to supply the
population with quality drinking water which is an important issue requiring a
special attention. Since water is the source of life and the main source of
Despite the fact that Tajikistan has enormous water resources, supply of
rural population with quality drinking water requires undertaking serious
The Government of Tajikistan in cooperation with development partners has
launched 17 public investment projects on water supply amounting 2.4 billion
TJS, and 50% of them already completed.
We have been implementing 35 projects on agriculture and irrigation
amounting 5.4 billion TJS in total.
However, according to the analysis more than 80% of the amount is channeled
for the development of water supply networks of administrative centers of towns
It is important to pay more attention to this issue in the rural areas,
where more 73% of our population lives.
We always need to bear in mind the growing impact of climate change on our
activities towards sustainable water resources management.
It is obvious that the global climate change has been affecting the amount
and quality of drinking water resources and has been aggravating the environment
in various countries and regions of the world. At the same time, the growth of
population in our region and globally overall has been increasing the demand
for water resources drastically. These two factors set new complex tasks for
With this regard, I would like to emphasize that Tajikistan’s water policy
also focuses on topical socio- economic issues in the Central Asian region. We
stand ready to use our enormous resources of drinking water for the benefit of
I would like to reiterate that the effective use of unique resources of the
mountainous lake of Sarez alone, which is 17km3, enables a long-term and reliable supply of our
region’s population with quality drinking water.
The Action Plan to the International Decade for Action on Water for
Sustainable Development intends to dedicate every year of this Decade to
comprehensive review and gradual solution of the water-related issues.
In particular, the Plan of Development Activities on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of our State independence, alongside
with the construction, rehabilitation and renovation of social facilities, also
envisages measures to address the issue of quality drinking water supply in the
populated areas, particularly in the rural areas.
Proclaiming the 2018 as the ‘Year of Tourism and Folk Crafts’ gave a
serious impetus to understand the significance of the mentioned fields in the
social and economic life of the people. Thus, the number of tourists, who
visited Tajikistan in 2018, increased by 2.5 times compared to 2017. However,
one year is not sufficient to achieve the objectives we set forth.
This year we adopted our “Tourism Development Strategy (to 2030)” and
promoted the tourism advantages of Tajikistan, however, additional measures
need to be undertaken to improve the sector’s infrastructure across the
With a view to speeding up the process of addressing the above-mentioned
issues, and given the need for the rural infrastructure development, I would
like to propose to declare the years of 2019-2021 as the “Period of Rural
Development, Tourism and Folk Crafts”.
Our main objective of making this proposal is the enforcement of the
efforts of the Government of our country to ensure prosperity of Tajikistan and
to address the social issues of the population by improving the infrastructure,
first and foremost, in the fields of education and healthcare, creation of new
jobs, supply of the rural population with quality drinking water, construction and
renovation of local roads, enhancement of tourism infrastructure and
development of folk crafts, bringing the level of services in line with the
latest requirements and improvement of the population’s well-being in every
village and populated area.
The Government of the country needs to undertake additional measures in
order to achieve these objectives, and to promote unique tourism sites, to
protect, develop and ensure effective use of natural resources, flora and
fauna, and historical and cultural heritage, to create conducive environment
for ecological, medical, sport, hunting and mountaineering tourism.
I would like to emphasize that the chairmen of province, town and district
are personally responsible for expansion of development and prosperity activities,
improvement of rural infrastructure, tourism and folk crafts and attraction of
domestic and foreign investment for these objectives. It is also their primary
task to address the issues of population employment and to create opportunities
for occupational education of people.
I would like to take this opportunity to extend my sincere gratitude to the
noble people of Tajikistan, including entrepreneurs and generous individuals
for implementation of creative initiatives and emphasize one point.
Every dedicated citizen of our country needs to contribute to the
prosperity of our Motherland. Every individual should master a craft or
occupation and apply it to run their lives.
We will create favorable conditions for every individual who is willing to
apply his or her skills and abilities, to enable them to enforce their
Every good deed that we fulfill we do it for ourselves, our children, and
future generations and for the sake of our beloved Tajikistan, by thanking the
God for our independence, freedom and sovereignty, since this homeland and this
state is ours and nobody will improve it for us.
Distinguished Members of Senate and the Lower Chamber of the Parliament,
Improving science in the country, introduction of inventions in production,
enhancing the physical infrastructure of the educational institutions,
advancing the quality of education at all levels, wider involvement of young
talents in learning the latest technologies and mastering creative and
technical skills is among the most important tasks of the science and education
Therefore, we will pay a paramount attention to the spheres of science and
education, will constantly continue reforms at all stages of education, and
will eliminate existing challenges step by step.
We need to seriously focus first and foremost on the development of the
pre-school education, and increase the number of pre-school facilities by
several times, and ensure favorable environment for the intellectual
development of our children.
In the framework of state programs and participatory initiatives we plan to
build more than 1050 pre-school and general education institutions within the
next three years, mostly in rural areas of our country.
In this regard, the Government of the country, Ministry of Education and
Science, chairmen of province, town and district need to ensure the development
of educational institutions, including pre-school facilities, and reach 30% of
coverage of children by pre-school institutions by 2021.
In 2018 alone, we commissioned 151 general education institutions with more
than 73 000 seats with the use of funding from all sources, and we will
continue this process in the future.
It is our intention to further reform all levels of education system,
introduce interactive teaching methods and give a priority to the quality of
In this regard, Ministry of Education and Science and the Education Quality
Oversight Administration have to boost supervision in cooperation with
governors of province, town and district and other relevant public institutions
to enhance the quality of education at all levels.
Alongside with this, the Ministry of Education and Science jointly with the
Ministry of Economic Development and Trade and other relevant agencies need to
overcome the issue of the lack of teaching staff by 2020.
We have two main issues in the education sector. First, is the lack of
qualified teachers and second is the improvement of education quality at all
educational institutions of the country.
We always highly appreciate the hard work of teachers and professors and
will continue taking care of those, who make decent contribution in this field.
However, the progress of society, development of science and technology
requires them to continually make efforts towards their professional
We will not be able to improve the education quality by any means unless we
ensure high professional skills of teachers.
In this regard, the Ministry of Education needs to strengthen the
activities within the professional development courses for teachers.
Additionally, teachers, professors and all of the workers in the education
sphere starting from the Ministry headquarters to its agencies on the ground
and educational institutions all over the country, regardless of their form of
property, shall go through examination once in three years.
As early as in 2003 the President of the country issued his order on
improvement of teaching of Russian and English language. The analyses show
unsatisfactory outcomes. We need to take this issue seriously, if we want to
keep up with the advanced society.
In this regard, the Government of Tajikistan, the Ministry of Education and
Science, the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade and the Academy of
Sciences need to develop a new program for improved teaching of English and
Russian languages (to 2030) during the first semester of 2019 and submit it for
I would like to reiterate that we do this only for ourselves, for
improvement of education quality and advancement of the world outlook of our
teenagers and youth, not for any other purpose.
We have been paying a particular attention to the health of society and social
protection of the population and continuously expanding infrastructure of
medical and social protection institutions.
At present we have been implementing “Basic benefit package program for
medical services (2017-2019)” in 19 pilot districts and towns of our country
and we will gradually replicate this scheme throughout Tajikistan.
In addition to this during the next three years we plan to construct more
than 560 hospitals and healthcare centers and other facilities in the country.
Despite the progress in this area, we still notice shortcomings with
primary healthcare services funded by the public budget.
Based on the grievances submitted by population to the Executive Office of
the President, in some medical institutions, the patient’s relatives are requested
to pay for primary healthcare services and bring medications, which is
contradictory to the laws.
One of the challenges remaining despite of the regular notices, is the low
level of services and attitude by healthcare service providers doctors and the
management of the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of the Population
has to undertake effective measure to eradicate this phenomenon.
This year with a view to upgrading administrative and criminal penalties for
illegal import of low quality or expired medications to Tajikistan and their
marketing or production of them in the country and also infection of patients
with transmissible diseases as a consequence of medical services we included
amendments into the legislation.
The Prosecutor General’s Office, the Ministry of Health and Social
Protection of the Population and other relevant agencies need to ensure the
enforcement of the legislation provisions and create strong barriers to avoid
the violations in this area.
Currently 149 000 persons with disabilities, including 15 000 persons
with disabilities of category I, approximately 27 000 persons with
disabilities under age of 18 and 71 000 orphans live in the country.
The total amount of allowances paid to orphans every month from the public
budget makes more than 12 million TJS.
We will continue addressing social issues and rendering support to
vulnerable groups of population, primarily to orphans and persons with
disabilities, persons without custodians and needy persons, pensioners and
people with long service records as we believe this is our utmost duty.
During our independence we have constantly paid attention to the
development of culture, which embodies the spiritual image of the nation,
serves as the unifier of brain power and the narrator of our past and present,
traditions and other national sacraments and formulates decent behavior.
It is worthwhile noting that lately our people have been paying a special
respect to our official language, traditions and values as well as national
During the independence of our country we have revived our national
traditions and customs and cultural values that have ensured spiritual unity of
our people throughout centuries, particularly Navruz, Mehrgon, Sada, Shashmaqom,
Falak, atlas, adras, chakan and similar features.
Thanks to the constant efforts of the Government of our country a part of
those, namely Shashmaqom and Navruz were inscribed on the UNESCO List of
Intangible Cultural Heritage and ancient cities of Sarazm and National Park of
Tajikistan were inscribed on the UNESCO List of World Heritage sites. Next year
we will propose the music of Falak, the historical site of Hulbuk and festivals
of Mehrgon and Sada to this reputable international organization.
Recently, another best example of our folk crafts - art of Chakan
embroidery was inscribed on the Representative List of UNESCO by a resolution
of this organization’s General Assembly.
Acknowledgment of our cultural heritage by the world community demonstrates
the acknowledgement of Tajiks as creators of civilization and culture.
We intend to hold the celebration of Sarazm city - one of the ancient sites
in our country in 2020.
This event will provide an opportunity to decently introduce to the world
community our 5500 years long culture which is acknowledged by the academia at
the global level.
We need to protect and develop our historical heritage and treat them as
integral part of the history of our ancient nation.
This is our duty before the history and future generations.
Distinguished Members of Parliament,
We will further empower women and support their efforts in implementation
of our public social policy.
During the independence period we adopted and implemented a number of
public strategies and programs which created wide opportunities for empowerment
A good example of this statement is that the number of women and girls
engaged in the sectors of education and public health increased by several
times during the recent years.
According to the statistics, in 1991 women accounted only 52% of 95 000
employees of the education sphere, while in 2018 this indicator has reached
70%. In 1998, 25 000 out of 45 000 public health employees were women
and girls. This indicator reached 51 000 in the current year, which is a significant
increase compared to previous years.
Nowadays the number of women in civil service has increased, and in 2018
they made 19% of all managerial staff and 25 % of civil service staff at
central offices and local branches of public authorities.
We are firmly confident with the strong will and sense of responsibility of
women as a great power of society. Alongside with this, we acknowledge that
woman is a mother and the only creature of human being.
In this regard it is our duty to give a special attention to this creature
of humankind and appreciate her efforts.
At the same time we would like to call upon our mothers and women to play
more proactive role in compliance with national laws “On the regulation of
traditions and celebrations” and “On Parents' Responsibility for
Children's Raising and Education”. They also need to train their children to be
able to run independent life, guide them towards the right lifestyle, to be
more thrifty which is a good ancient tradition of our nation, to be pioneers in
revival of our folk arts and comply with our national traditions, customs and
Most importantly, our ladies and mothers need to make efforts to save the
Tajik language, which we call a mother tongue, in its original version and
teach our future generations ethics of communications and conversation skills
in this beautiful poetic language.
I would like to address distinguished parents once again and request them
to pay a priority attention to raising their children.
The youth are pride of our beloved Tajikistan.
We firmly build on the youth, appreciate their sincere support towards the
policy pursued by the State and the Government and feel their valuable role in
all vital sectors in our country.
I would like to offer my sincere gratitude to the youth of the country for
their support of the Government and state policy and their dedicated input.
At present, the youth form the majority of military and law enforcement
Some 40% of the constructors of Roghun HPP, which is the century’s gigantic
facility, are young people under the age of 30 years old.
The Government of Tajikistan avails all possible resources for development
of young people by its efforts on publicity of sports, promotion of healthy
lifestyle and training of qualified sportsmen.
In 2017 alone we have constructed and commissioned 300 sport facilities
amounting 175 million TJS in various towns and districts of our country.
This year we expanded this creative process and launched additionally 230
new sport facilities.
During the last 10 years, the total number of sport facilities we
commissioned reached more than 9300.
High sense of patriotism, self-consciousness and dedication of our youth to
their Motherland, nation, the land of their ancestors is the pledge of social
security and stability, country’s development, as well as present and future
prosperity of independent Tajikistan.
Within the contemporary dynamically changing world it is very important for
our youth not to be subject to the propaganda of religious extremist organizations
and ill-wishers of the Tajik nations like in the 90s of the last century; they
always need to be cautious and stand ready for protection of interests of the
Tajik nation and state.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
The future development of society requires regularly revising and improving
the legislation to ensure proper management of social relations.
This way of legal regulation enables executive authorities to mainly focus
on public administration.
In this regard, the legislator bodies, including the members of parliament,
need to regularly analyze the quality of acting laws and their conformity with
socio-economic development of our State and develop draft legal and regulatory
documents meeting the requirements of contemporary time being.
It is obvious, that improving the legal awareness of population is the main
factor to ensure evolution of a law based state, civil society and the rule of
Hence the Program for public legal education and training (2009-2019) is
completing, I believe it is important to develop and adopt a new program for
the next decade.
Future development of society and implementation of the objective defined
requires ensuring comprehensive access to justice.
It is important to draft a new program for judicial and legal reforms and
improve the structure and performance of court institutions within this
program, and to undertake necessary measures for timely and quality review of
lawsuits and execution court orders.
In this regard, the Constitutional Court, the Supreme Court, the Supreme
Economic Court, the Ministry of Justice and the Execution authorities need to
develop and submit for review a new program of judicial and legal reforms
(2019-2021) at the shortest possible.
During my previous addresses and speeches on other occasions I outlined my
opinion about the growing threat of terrorism and extremism in the
Unfortunately, the tension of these global threats and challenges has still
not come down.
Lately, the law enforcement authorities detained some criminal groups, who
intended to commit terrorist attacks in border districts and other parts of
Tajikistan, which proves the earlier mentioned statement.
In this regard, the law enforcement agencies and military authorities need
to be politically cautious, improve their professional skills and strengthen
their activities on counteraction to terrorism and extremism, transnational
organized crime, illegal drugs trafficking and other offences with the use of
the latest methods.
In this process it is important to pay an utmost attention to prevention of
terrorism and extremism, allegiance of the citizens of our country to terrorist
and extremist movements and organizations and repatriation of deluded citizens
to their Motherland.
In this regard, with a view to improving the legal framework for prevention
of extremism and developing the latest ways and means of counteraction to this
phenomenon, the Prosecutor General’s Office, the Ministry of Internal Affairs
and the State Committee for National Security in cooperation with the Ministry
of Justice have to develop the draft revised Law of the Republic of Tajikistan
“On counteraction to extremism” within three months and submit it to the
Government of the country.
The experience shows that the eradication of sources of terrorism funding,
i.e. illicit drugs trafficking, is an important factor for progress in the
fight against this horrible crime.
Therefore, the Drug Control Agency, the Main Border Troops of the State
Committee for National Security, the Ministry of Interior and other relevant
agencies have to undertake additional steps towards the fight against illicit
Strict anticorruption measures are an important prerequisite for ensuring
mutual understanding in society and trust of the people towards the public
In this regard, the Agency for State Financial Control and Fight against
Corruption, the Chamber of Accounts, the Prosecutor General’s Office and other
designated authorities need to improve their cooperation with population and
undertake effective measures to put solid barrier against corruptive actions.
They also jointly with the Ministry of Justice need to revise the Law of the
Republic of Tajikistan on counteraction to corruption, which was adopted in
2005 and submit the draft version for review of the Government.
Applications of residents of the country addressed to the Executive Office
of the President show that the activity of some local authorities in this area
is not set up in a proper way and the officials do not fulfill their duties in
accordance with the legislation.
Therefore, the Prosecutor General’s Office jointly with the heads of
ministry and agency, governors of province, town and districts need to ensure
strict compliance with the law of the Republic of Tajikistan on applications of
individual and legal entities by the officials and other public servants and to
submit their reports to the Executive Office of the President of the Republic
of Tajikistan every six months.
I believe it is important to reiterate that the stable progress of the
state and society is first and foremost based on security, rule of law,
enhancement of public order and respect of civil rights and freedoms.
Ensuring legal order, security and stability of society, protection of
human rights and freedoms and combating crime is the direct responsibility and
moral duty of every law enforcement officer.
Therefore, all officers of judicial authorities, prosecutors’ office, the
Ministry of internal affairs, the State Committee for National Security, the Drugs
Control Agency, the Agency for State Financial Control and Fight against
Corruption have to undertake serious activities with a view to ensuring public
order, social stability, preventing and revealing crimes in a timely manner,
defining and eliminating causes and factors of their perpetration.
To achieve these goals the law enforcement officers first and foremost need
to strictly comply with the requirements of laws in their performance and be
exemplary in fulfilling their functions.
The current situation in the world and in the region requires from the
armed forces of the country, particularly units and divisions of border troops
to stay always alert.
We fully build on our armed forces and are confident that they will further
shield the independence and sovereignty of our beloved Tajikistan, security of
our State and tranquility of our people.
I would like to highlight that situation in the world in the coming
two-three years will be more complicated. Therefore, the heads of all law
enforcement authorities and military servicemen need to constantly pay an
utmost attention to the enhancement of professional preparedness, dedication to
our people and our Motherland, training of personnel, strict compliance with
charters and bylaws and military discipline, ensuring security of the state and
the society and legal order.
The frontline barrier of fight against terrorism, transnational organized
crime and illicit drugs trafficking is the state border.
In this regard, I would like to reiterate that the protection of border is
not only the duty of the border guards.
Every patriotic individual must cooperate with law enforcement agencies and
military authorities in protecting the borders of homeland, ensuring security
of state and tranquility of society.
The Government of the country has been undertaking necessary steps to
provide favorable conditions for service in the Armed Forces, including Border
Over the last five years 170 new facilities were built for the units and
divisions of Border Troops. Alongside with the state border with Afghanistan
alone, the length of which is more than 1400km, more than 100 border protection
facilities were launched.
Tranquility and stability of the neighboring Afghanistan is vital for us
and Tajikistan, since the first days of its independence, has been making
efforts to promote sustainable peace in this friendly country.
Moreover, during many years, Tajikistan has been serving as a shield from
the spread of drugs, arms, terrorism, extremism, and illegal migration not only
for its own security, but also for the security of the entire region,
post-Soviet and European countries.
Therefore, we constantly urge our partners and the international community
to pay a serious attention to the Afghan case both through multilateral international
organizations and within our bilateral talks with others countries and
We fully support the efforts of the Government of friendly Afghanistan and
the international community towards commencing the peace process in this
country, stabilizing political and military situation and ensuring its socio-
economic development, and reiterate that it is impossible to resolve the Afghan
issue through military solution only.
War and armed conflicts are a tragedy, murder of innocent people, poverty,
bad luck, economic failure, and breakdown of rule of law and governance.
We will never forget the horror of the civil war of 90s of the last
century, which was imposed to our people by the enemies of the Tajik nation and
we believe that our citizens will never be deluded by our nation’s ill-wishers,
who have not given up yet.
We always stand for the peace across the globe and advocate for the
peaceful resolution of conflict situations only through negotiations and
reconciliation disregard of the region or country they take place.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Protection of national interests based on the principles of equality and
friendly relations with all countries of the world, the foundation for which we
laid upon attaining our state independence, will remain the core objective of
the foreign policy of the Republic of Tajikistan.
Foreign Policy Concept of the Republic of Tajikistan, which is under
implementation now, is the logical continuation of our efforts in this area and
provides an opportunity to upgrade our international relations qualitatively
within the new global realities.
The unstable situation in the contemporary world in the conditions of
toughening geopolitical and geo-economic competition and increasing global
threats doubles the importance of expansion of international relations.
Therefore, we will continue our comprehensive cooperation with the far and
near abroad countries, international and regional organizations, and strive to
run in in an effective manner.
In this regard, we attach an utmost importance to the strengthening of
friendly ties and development of multifaceted cooperation in the Central Asian
Our efforts in development and strengthening of relations with the
countries of Central Asia based on friendship and mutual trust, good
neighborliness and fruitful cooperation, are aimed at accomplishment of goals
and objectives, as well as overcoming common issues.
It is gratifying that, after His Excellency Shavkat Mirziyaev was elected
as the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, positive trend on development
of multilateral regional cooperation commenced, and this trend acquired a new
level from the perspective of content and practicality.
I am delighted to reiterate that that in 2018 we have witnessed life-changing
events in our bilateral relations with the friendly neighboring Uzbekistan and
we addressed all the sensitive issues, which occurred between our countries
during the last more than 20 years, and upgraded our relationship to a
strategic partnership level.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other relevant government authorities
have to undertake targeted efforts to expand the creative and long-term
relations of Tajikistan with the countries of the region and its other
Strengthening and expansion of relations in the framework of international
and regional organizations and international financial institutions is of a
particular importance in the foreign policy of the Republic of Tajikistan.
As I mentioned earlier, our fourth global initiative on water issues – the
International Decade for Action “Water for Sustainable Development (2018-2028)”
was launched this year, which will create a favorable and broader framework at
all levels to achieve water related SDGs.
A few days back, on December 20th 2018, the United Nations General Assembly has
unanimously adopted a draft Resolution proposed by Tajikistan under the title
“Midterm Comprehensive Review of the International Decade for Action “Water for
Sustainable Development” 2018 – 2028 which was co-authored by 190 UN Member
This Resolution will regulate a process of mid-term review of the decade
and provides for conduct of two important global events:
The first, to hold from 22 to 24 March, 2023 the UN Conference on the Mid-Term
Comprehensive Review of the Implementation of International Decade for Action
“Water for Sustainable Development” 2018 – 2028;
The second, to convene in March 2021 the UN General Assembly High-Level
Meeting on Promotion of Water-Related Goals and Targets.
Thereby, at our initiative, a topic of water resources is consolidated in
the UN agenda and high-level event on water is going to be called for by the UN
Secretary General for the first time after more than forty years since the
First UN Conference on Water.
In this regard, we need to regularly follow up the implementation of the
new Decade as the initiator of water issues at the global level.
Political situation in the world is very unstable and aggravated and is of
a serious concern of the world community.
As I stated in my speeches on many occasions, the attempts to re-share the
world, rapid militarization, ambitions for power, clash of economic and trade
interests, cybercrimes are increasingly intensifying and drawing the world in
to the new phase of cold war, and nowadays many politicians and experts even
alarm about the threats of the world war III.
This situation undermines the effect of the fight against the current
threats and challenges that requires mutual understanding and joint efforts by
all countries of the world, and rather leads to support of terrorist and
extremist groups by individual vest interests and to use of these horrible
forces against individual regions and states.
The Republic of Tajikistan, by acknowledging the key and coordinating role
of the United Nations and its relevant agencies, takes this organization’s
Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and anti-terrorism conventions, resolutions
of the Security Council and the General Assembly as the foundation for joint
fight against terrorism and extremism, and stands ready to further strengthen
cooperation in this domain.
To this end, Tajikistan will expand its efforts and will remain the natural
ally of all countries of the world and international and regional organizations
in ensuring effective counteraction to the contemporary threats and challenges
as it did before.
Distinguished Members of Senate and Lower Chamber of the Parliament,
I have outlined my thoughts on the socio-economic achievements of our country
during the recent years, the shortcomings and issues in our state and the life
of our society, as well as in the activities of some public administration
institutions and defined the new tasks to overcome these shortcomings.
I would like to emphasize that we can achieve our objectives only through
dedicated efforts, sense of responsibility before our people and our Motherland
and creative initiatives.
I believe that our noble, proud, patriotic, strong and industrious people
will manage to overcome any issue and accomplish good deeds, improve, beautify
and develop our beloved Tajikistan, and create favorable conditions for decent
life of every resident of our Motherland.
In 2021 we will mark the grand celebration of the 30th anniversary of the state independence of our
We are determined to accomplish many improvement and development activities
to decently celebrate this sacred bank holiday.
In this very important period for our country it is the duty of each of us
– starting from the Head of State, members of the Government and the Parliament
down to heads of all governmental agencies, governors of province, town and
district, and public servants to always bear in mind one thing. According to
our Constitution people are the source of executive government, i.e. the
government belongs to public. Therefore everybody of us – heads of all public
authorities and all of the public servants need to serve our people in a
dedicated manner. Thus, we need to make more efforts, to serve our beloved
people truly, sincerely and conscientiously, accomplish our creative plans in a
timely manner and with high quality.
We need to be initiators, channel all our efforts, knowledge, experience
and administrative skills to guide the noble people of Tajikistan and every
conscientious resident towards development activities.
We need to appreciate our independence, freedom and sovereignty, sovereign
and beloved Motherland, love it truthfully, be dedicated to our independent
state, channel all our efforts towards its prosperity, strengthening and
enhancing the reputation of Tajikistan at the international level.
This is the message I would like to address you – distinguished and noble
people of Tajikistan, members of the supreme legislator body of the country,
members of the Government and public servants!
I wish you, esteemed members of Parliament, distinguished participants and
the noble people of Tajikistan, well-being and success!
Thank you very much!