ArmInfo. The indicators registered in the trade and economic sphere do not reflect the real potential of the Armenian-Tajik relations. Such point of view was expressed by the Minister of Economic Development and Investments of Armenia Suren Karayan and Nematullo Hikmatullozoda on the margins of the third meeting of the intergovernmental commission on economic cooperation on June 13 in Yerevan.
According to the Armenian Minister, the current trade turnover between Yerevan and Dushanbe at $ 350- 380 thousand does not correspond to the potential of both countries. In order to use real potential and identify promising areas of cooperation, as well as a specific list of export goods, a decision was made to set up a working group. Within the framework of the working group, the parties will try to eliminate all obstacles to the expansion of the export/import process. These steps, according to Karayan, will allow to bring the trade and economic relations of the countries to a qualitatively new level.
At this stage, as the head of the Ministry for Development and Trade said, the Tajik side expressed interest in implementing joint programs in the field of industrial cooperation, in particular in the sphere of light industry, jewelry, and IT.
In his turn, Minister Hikmatullozoda noted that over the past 25 years of establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries, the development of bilateral relations has had a positive dynamic. "Unfortunately, the current level of trade and economic cooperation leaves much to be desired, since the volume of mutual foreign trade turnover is only several hundred thousand US dollars." One of the reasons may be the failure to conduct intergovernmental committee meetings during the last 12 years," he said, adding, that it was for this reason that a decision was made to raise the level of co-chairmanship of the commission to responsible ministers. At the same time, Nematullo Hikmatullozoda emphasized solidarity with the Armenian side in building up economic ties, which "meets the interests of not only the two countries but also the region as a whole."
After the meeting, a protocol of intent was signed, as well as a memorandum on cooperation between the ministries of the two countries.