Turkish Embassy in Dushanbe

Info Notes

Economic and Commercial Relations with Tajikistan, 09.06.2017

Turkey’s economic and commercial relations with Tajikistan developed at a more slower pace than with other Central Asian Countries due to the civil war that took place in the country between 1992 and 1997. Nevertheless, substantial developments have been recorded after the stabilization ofTajikistan.

Turkey is the fourth trade partner of Tajikistan after the Russian Federation (RF), China and Kazakhstan. However the volume our bilateral trade depends on imported aluminum from Tajikistan. After aluminum, raw cotton is the second most imported product by Turkey. On the other hand, Tajikistan imports food products, textiles and chemical products from Turkey.

Bilateral trade numbers (million USD) with Tajikistan are presented below:  

YEAR  EXPORT      IMPORT            BALANCE             VOLUME

2005       46,716              47,309                -0,592                   94,026

2006       71,786             118,395              -46,608                  190,182

2007       118,107           143,351              -25,244                  261,459

2008       176,448           147,727               28,721                  324,175

2009       126,461           107,266               19,194                  233,727

2010       143,890           283,689             -139,578                 427,800

2011       172,683           324,282             -151,599                 496,965

2012       235,038           345,177             -110,139                 580,215

2013       283,757           371,358              -87,602                  655,115

2014       277,505           160,947             116,558                  438,452

2015       162,928           203,760             -40,832                  366,689

Direct capital investments by Turkish firms in Tajikistan are around 50 million USD. Turkish companies operates in various fields such as construction business, construction materials, carpet business, furniture production, food and trade in Tajikistan.

Turkish companies particularly show interest in projects financed by foreign finance institutions and tendered for contract at international standards.

Turkish construction companies have undertaken projects nearly at the value of 562 million USD so far.

Established in the framework of the Commercial and Economic Cooperation Agreement, signed between the Republic of Turkey and the Republic of Tajikistan on 8 April 1993, the 7

th
 and 8th Term Meetings of Turkey-Tajikistan Joint Economic Commission were held in Dushanbe on 19-23 April 2009 and in Ankara on 29-30 November 2012.

An important part of the land transportation from Turkey to Tajikistan is carried out via the Turkey-Iran-Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Tajikistan land route. This route takes nearly one week. Another alternative route is the Russia-Kazakhstan-Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Tajikistan railroad. Transportation on this line takes 20 to 30 days. However transportation costs significantly increase due to geographical distance.

Last meeting of Ground Transportation Joint Commission, established between Turkey and Tajikistan by International Ground Transportation Agreement signed on 6 May 1996, was held on 3-4 July 2012 in Dushanbe. In accordance with Ground Transportation Joint Commission Protocol, signed on 4 July 2012, in Dushanbe, 1500 “Single-Type Pass Documents” are given to our TIR drivers for carrying bilateral, 200 for third country and return freights. For 2017, 1000 “Single-Type Pass Documents” and 200 third country and return freight documents were provided.

An Air Transportation Agreement was signed between Turkey and Tajikistan on 10 September 1995, in Dushanbe. Turkish Airlines has three scheduled flights between Istanbul and Dushanbe every week. Somon Air has two flights every week at the same route. Somon Air started its flights on 3 December 2009.

Protocol for the Establishment of the Turkish-Tajik Business Council was signed during the H. E. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s visit toTajikistan on 23-24 October 2003 and its first meeting was held in Dushanbe during same visit with his participation.

The Last meeting of the Council was organized by the Turkish Undersecretariat of Foreign Trade within the framework of H.E. President Abdullah Gül’s visit to Tajikistan on 28-30 May 2009. The official opening of the Business Council was made by H.E. President Abdullah Gül and H.E. President Imamali Rahman with participation of 90 Turkish and 200 Tajik firms.

During the last visit of H.E. President Rahman to Turkey, in 17-18 December 2012, the Second Turkish-Tajik Business Forum was held in Konya. On that day, more than 700 Turkish and Tajik businessmen participated in the forum.

Turkey has made about at the value of 91 million USD financial support and aid to Tajikistan so far, including Türk Eximbank credits and aids of TİKA and other Turkish Institutions.