In his telephone conversation with Foreign Minister Sirodjiddin Mukhriddin of Tajikistan, Dmytro Kuleba stressed the importance of the Asian vector for Ukraine. The Minister confirmed Ukraine’s intentions to invigorate political contacts with Tajikistan on various levels.
The parties spoke highly of the promising start of this year which, among other things, was marked by the first round of political consultations held by heads of relevant departments and re-launch of the Joint Intergovernmental Commission for Economic Cooperation gathered for its fifth meeting after a 7-years interval.
“We must concentrate on the economy and trade. Ukraine is interested in continued participation of our companies in constructing hydroelectric facilities in Tajikistan, industrial, agricultural, transportation and other projects”, said Dmytro Kuleba.
To revive human contacts, boost cooperation in tourism and facilitate direct links between businesses, the parties have agreed to take steps to restore direct flights between the two countries.
The parties also discussed coordination in international institutions and outlined issues for further contacts and visits.
Minister Kuleba thanked Tajikistan for its decision not to sanction those Ukrainians who were unable to leave the country when the restriction measures were introduced.
According to the State Statistics Agency, in 2019, the trade turnover with Tajikistan amounted to over US$29 mln. Ukraine is a key partner for Tajikistan in hydroelectricity. Ukrainian companies have been supplying equipment for energy facilities in Tajikistan, in particular, for its pivotal project of a hydroelectric plant in Rohun.
In 2019, Tajikistan considerably expanded its imports to Ukraine by increasing its shipments of vegetables by times.