BRIEF August 20, 2018

World Bank Improves Tajikistan’s Road Connectivity, Increases Access to International Markets


Tajikistan is Central Asia’s least connected, most isolated country. Tajikistan has only limited regional and international connectivity and transportation by road is often the only option, given the country’s alpine topography and small rail network.

The Second Phase of the Central Asia Road Links Program – CARs-2 focuses on the rehabilitation of approximately 70 kilometers of cross-border roads in the Sughd Oblast, which connects Tajikistan’s road network with that of Uzbekistan and the Kyrgyz Republic and accounts for 40 percent of the country’s overall freight turnover. The first phase of the Central Asia Road Links (CARs) program, covering the Kyrgyz Republic, focused on the rehabilitation of cross-border road links in Tajikistan’s Batken Oblast.

By financing the rehabilitation of these critical links, the project is expanding opportunities for trade and increasing the competitiveness of domestic products - leading to private sector growth and job creation.

The sections being rehabilitated in Tajikistan by this phase of the project include the Kuchkak-Kim-Isfara-Guliston border crossing (45.1 km), the Dehmoi-Proletarsk-Madaniyat border crossing (16.9 km) - including a link to the intermodal rail terminal in Proletarsk – and the Kanibadam-Patar border crossing (5.7 km).

The CARs project is a collaborative, regional, multi-phase program initiated by governments of Central Asia and financed by the World Bank. More than 13 million people in the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan will benefit from improved connectivity and better market access across borders.

The CARs-2 project is financed by the World Bank in the amount of $45 million, consisting of $38 million provided as a highly concessional credit and $7 million as grant. The Government of Tajikistan is providing $9 million in co-financing for the project.


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Jan-Peter Olters, Country Manager, World Bank in Tajikistan speaking about the benefits of the project for regional integration in Central Asia and beyond.


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Alisher Bozorov, local resident, Konibodom, speaks on the benefits of improved road infrastructure for local residents.


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Abdurasul Sattorov, Director of school 65, Konibodom on improved safety for schoolchildren with building new road infrastructure.


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Sukhrob Mirzoev, First Deputy Minister of Transport of Tajikistan and Yokubjon Mamajonov, Head of the Kalachai Mazor community, Isfara speaking about flood protection system installed under the project, which helps protect communities and infrastructure.


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Local residents of Konibodom speaking about the benefits of the project for local farmers.


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