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In the early years of the 21st Century


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The World Factbook - Tajikistan

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency CIA

[accessed 17 November 2020]

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[accessed 11 January 2021]

ECONOMIC OVERVIEW - poor, mountainous country with an economy dominated by mineral extraction, metals processing, agriculture, and reliance on remittances from citizens working abroad

GDP - per capita (PPP): $3,200 (2017 est.)

Labor force - by occupation:

agriculture: 43%

industry: 10.6%

services: 46.4% (2016 est.)

Unemployment rate: 2.4% (2016 est.)

Population below poverty line: 31.5% (2016 est.)

Maternal mortality rate: 17 deaths/100,000 live births (2017 est.)

Infant mortality rate: total: 28.8 deaths/1,000 live births

Life expectancy at birth: total population: 69 years

Drinking water source: improved: total: 83.5% of population

Physicians density: 2.1 physicians/1,000 population (2014)

Sanitation facility access: improved: total: 99.4% of population

Electricity access: electrification - total population: 100% (2016)

The Borgen Project - Tajikistan

[accessed 14 March 2021]

The Borgen Project works with U.S. leaders to utilize the United States’ platform behind efforts toward improving living conditions for the world’s poor.  It is an innovative, national campaign that is working to make poverty a focus of U.S. foreign policy.  It believes that leaders of the most powerful nation on earth should be doing more to address global poverty. From ending segregation to providing women with the right to vote, nearly every wrong ever righted in history was achieved through advocacy. The Borgen Project addresses the big picture, operating at the political level advancing policies and programs that improve living conditions for those living on less than $1 per day.

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Central Asian Heat Wave And Drought Creating Water Shortages, Crop Failures

Bruce Pannier, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty RFE/RL, 24 June 24 June 2021

[accessed 24 June 2021]

The Drought -- For several months it has been obvious Central Asia was heading into a period of severe drought.

The massive Toktogul Reservoir in Kyrgyzstan is a bellwether for 2021 in Central Asia.

Already in March, officials in Kyrgyzstan were warning the level of water in the reservoir was alarmingly low -- 8.7 billion cubic meters (bcm) -- well below the capacity of 19.5 bcm.

The World Bank in Tajikistan

[accessed 21 April 2021]

GDP growth in Tajikistan remained strong in 2019 at 7.5%. Growth in 2020 is expected to fall to 1% or lower, reflecting the implications of the pandemic and the slowdown in Russia and China..

Looking back a few years …

Advameg, Inc., Encyclopedia of the Nations

[accessed 12 January 2021]

Tajikistan is the poorest of the post-Soviet republics with a per capita income in 2001 of less than $300 ($1,140 in purchasing power parity terms—PPP—terms) and an estimated 80% of the population below the poverty line.

The official unemployment rate for 2001 was 20% but observers estimate that the true figure is about one-third unemployed. Many Tajiks are forced to go abroad for work, and as of 2001, an estimated 500,000 to 700,000 live and work abroad, permanently or seasonally. With the formal economy failing to lift most of the population out of poverty, it in not surprising that added to the country's problems are reports of increased drug smuggling from neighboring Afghanistan.

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