Asian Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs (AIDIA) and Karobar National Economic Daily
jointly hosted an Interactive Session on,
“Trade and Investment Opportunities in Tajikistan”
At TBI Plaza, Gairidhara, Kathmandu.
In his welcome address Managing Director of the TBI Group, Mr. Shisheer Bhatta highlighted the importance and the potential areas of trade and investment in Tajikistan. Mr. Bhatta stressed on the need to cooperation between the Federation of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) of Nepal & Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Tajikistan. This institutional mechanism will work as a bridge between the industries, traders etc. in the two countries.
H.E. Mirzosharif Jololov, Ambassador of the Republic of Tajikistan to Nepal, delivered the keynote speech. Sharing the Tajik experiences on how the country focused on its social and economic agenda after achieving independence from the erstwhile Soviet Union followed by five years of political turmoil from 1992-1997. Despite several political and social turmoil in the past, Tajikistan has achieved a record 99.97% literacy rate, one of the highest in the world. He further mentioned that Tajikistan is ranked eighth in the world in terms of potential hydropower resources, with its current installed capacity of more than 5000MW. As Nepal has a huge hydro potential, cooperation on this line between the two countries will enhance productivity and technical exchanges. He also pointed that Tajikistan is a major tourist destination and it received 2,00,000 visitors in 2013 to 5,00,000 in 2017. The mighty Himalayas, rich socio-cultural underpinnings being the biggest assets of Nepal, can be another area of cooperation for the two countries in sharing experience and building linkages between tourism entrepreneurs.
While delivering the special remarks in the program, Mr. Ganesh Shah, Former Minister for Environment, Science and Technology, stressed that both countries with huge hydropower potential should exchange the experiences in highest level possible. He further added that optimum electricity generation can boost the industrialization of Nepal and experiences of Tajikistan itself can be the lesson for Nepal. He suggested on promoting Track II diplomacy between Nepal and Tajikistan. Similarly, Mr. Sunil KC, CEO of AIDIA invited the business community of Nepal to explore various dimensions of business opportunity in Tajikistan and assured to facilitate the same at the institutional capacity.