Dushanbe Mayor Rustam Emomali, who is also the speaker of Tajikistan’s upper house (Majlisi Milli) of parliament, has given an exclusive interview to Jumhuriyat newspaper, which is an official mouthpiece of the Government of Tajikistan.   

Rustam Emomali spoke, for example, about how the city administration had over his time in office, which started in January 2017, built 47 new bus stops at a total cost of 12.9 million somonis (equivalent to US$1.14 million at the current rate).  That breaks down to more than $24,000 per bus stop – enough to buy an entire home in many parts of the country.

The mayor noted that 483 industrial enterprises based in the Tajik capital last year produced a total of 2.7 billion somonis worth of industrial goods.

Rustam Emomali said major strides forward have been made improving the city’s economy. Over the past year, 33 manufacturing enterprises opened, creating work for 1,600 people, he said. No details were provided about where these enterprises are or what they produce.

The mayor said that more than 9,300 jobless people were provided with work in Dushanbe last year.

The mayor listed ongoing construction of modern new hotels among his other achievements.  According to him, President Emomali Rahmon participated in groundbreaking ceremonies for construction of seven modern hotels in Dushanbe 

To-date, 3,516 facilities have been rehabilitated and constructed in the city, which is 85 percent of the target.