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Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Alexei Overchuk, together with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Tajikistan Kokhir Rasulzoda, held a meeting of the co-chairs of the Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Cooperation between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Tajikistan. The event was held via videoconference.

The parties discussed measures for the further development of trade and economic cooperation between Russia and Tajikistan, interaction in the field of industry, energy, agriculture, mass communications, interregional cooperation and partnership in the cultural and humanitarian sphere.

Particular attention was paid to the issues of bilateral cooperation raised during the meeting of the Presidents of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Tajikistan on December 27, 2021. The progress in fulfilling the agreements reached at the 17th meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Cooperation was also considered.

Alexey Overchuk emphasized that Russia and Tajikistan are long-standing strategic partners and are interested in a wide-ranging dialogue.

“We cooperate closely in many areas, and this is a natural consequence of active trade operations, diversified industrial ties and joint economic interests. In April 2022, we plan to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and Tajikistan. This is a certain milestone that allows us to sum up the results of our interaction, including in the economic part, where Russia is one of the leading trade and economic partners of Tajikistan. The volume of Russian accumulated investments in the economy of the republic is 1.6 billion US dollars. About 300 enterprises with Russian participation operate in Tajikistan. And we are taking steps to consolidate such positive dynamics,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

The prospects for further deepening and continuation of interaction between the regions were also noted. “We have a good potential for the development of interregional dialogue in a wide range of economic sectors. Trade and economic relations with Tajikistan are supported by about 60 constituent entities of the Russian Federation,” Alexey Overchuk said. He called the practice of holding conferences on interregional cooperation between Russia and Tajikistan an effective tool for expanding interaction at the regional level (the eighth conference was held on November 30, 2021 in Bokhtar).

“The conference once again confirmed the status of a platform for discussing topical issues of bilateral cooperation between Russia and Tajikistan. I am sure that the holding of the ninth conference will serve to further expand interregional relations between Russia and Tajikistan,” Alexey Overchuk stressed.

Cooperation between Russia and Tajikistan in the cultural and humanitarian sphere was noted as an important component of bilateral relations. During the discussion of this issue, special attention was paid to the progress of the project for the construction of five schools with teaching in Russian in the Republic of Tajikistan, the start of education in which is scheduled for September 2022.

The Deputy Prime Minister noted that the countries also maintain positive dynamics in the development of Russian-Tajik cultural cooperation. Among the key events was the holding of the Days of Russian Culture in Tajikistan, held with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Tajikistan.

The parties confirmed their readiness to continue a constructive dialogue aimed at strengthening Russian-Tajik relations in all areas of cooperation between the countries.

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