Tajik president Emomaly Rakhmonov has pronounced for a sped-up elaboration of projects of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), first of all, in transport, power engineering, agriculture, water supply and micro-financing in the agrarian sector. He pointed to this need meeting ADB director for Central Asia Geert van der Linden on Thursday. The Tajik president confirmed his country's intention to pursue the mid-term economic program for 1999-2001 and continue to actively cooperate with the ADB, including in the field of the reduction of poverty.
The Americans came to realise that they would have to either leave the region or weaken their presence there. It is Russia that is filling the vacuum now