Tajikistan

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 11th January 2017.

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Photo of Nigel Mills Nigel Mills Conservative, Amber Valley 12:00 am, 11th January 2017

What recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of her Department’s work in Tajikistan.

Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel The Secretary of State for International Development

UK development assistance has helped to reduce poverty and promote stability in Tajikistan since 2002. Between 2011 and 2016, DFID’s work has improved rural lives, promoted women’s economic empowerment, and delivered an important investment climate and managed public financial reforms.

Photo of Nigel Mills Nigel Mills Conservative, Amber Valley

I am grateful for that information. During a recent visit to Tajikistan I saw the good work that DFID had been doing, but many people have expressed concern about the fact that certain projects have been quite slow to be approved. Will my right hon. Friend update the House on the Department’s commitment to Tajikistan, and on when those projects might be signed off?

Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel The Secretary of State for International Development

I thank my hon. Friend, both for his question and for going to see DFID’s work in-country. The Minister of State, my hon. Friend Rory Stewart, is overseeing new international development programmes, details of which will be published in due course.

Central Asia, including Tajikistan, represents an important strategic imperative in terms of our wider development objectives. We are, of course, committed to ensuring that commitments are implemented, and that we start to deliver on those programmes later in the year.

Photo of Kerry McCarthy Kerry McCarthy Labour, Bristol East

Tajikistan is very much at risk from climate change, which could threaten all the good work that is being done to improve livelihoods and economic development. Is dealing with that an element of DFID’s programme?

Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel The Secretary of State for International Development

As the hon. Lady will know, a variety of challenges exist in this part of central Asia. Dealing with climate change is one, but others are economic security, financial management and performance issues. DFID’s combined approach will help to deliver greater economic security in the long run.