CA-NEWS (TJ) – Tajikistan became a full member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in March this year. As a result, it lifted a complete ban on the export of coal, the Minister of Economic Development and Trade of the country Sharif Rakhimzoda said at the press conference in Dushanbe on July 30.
The removal of restrictions on solid fuel export will not affect the domestic coal market, as the demand for this type of fuel is increasing every year in the country. The ban on the coal export was introduced in Tajikistan on May 1, 2012.
The country’s authorities intended to reduce dependence on imported hydrocarbons through the efficient extraction of coal and its wide use in industry as an alternative source of fuel. “In the near future, the country plans to put into operation large industrial facilities, which will lead to increase of demand for coal,” the Minister noticed. Rakhimzoda also noticed that Tajikistan has large reserves of coal, but the main difficulty is to transport solid fuel from the fields to the consumers.
Last spring, the country adopted a law on coal to attract investments into the development of the industry. In late-March 2013, the Tajik Government approved a list of coal deposits of strategic importance. Approximate coal reserves in Tajikistan are estimated at more than 4.5 billion tons.
“Many industrial enterprises are stocking coal to carry out production processes year-round. The rising demand in the country has led to an increase in coal production,” the Minister added. Thus, the coal production doubled in the first half of 2013 compared to the same period last year, comprising 140,916 tons.