Water policy makers reviewed alternative business modelsFeb 24, 2016
Dushanbe, 24 February 2016 – In the conference hall of Dushanbe-Plaza, took place the Inter-Ministerial Working Group meeting on drinking water supply and sanitation in the framework of “National Policy Dialogue on Integrated Water Resources Management” with participation of responsible ministries and agencies, civil society and international organizations, actively involved in development of drinking water supply and sanitation (WS&S) sector in Tajikistan.
The overall objective of the event was to develop practical solutions to improve policy environment and development perspectives for application of suitable business models in organization of drinking water supply and sanitation services for systems in rural Tajikistan.
In particular, participants were presented with the outcomes of the review of national policies and regulatory framework on applicable business models for drinking WS&S, exchanged practical experience on applied business models, reviewed the experience of other countries, and discussed recommendations for prospective development solutions in organization of water supply services in rural settlements and villages of Tajikistan.
In the context of current financial and economic development and limited state budget resources for development of the given sector, attracting financial contributions from private sector, rural communities and international organizations has become highly important for preserve present water infrastructure and ensure further development of the sector, especially in rural areas, where investments are chronic and almost non-existent.
Among presented models that are viable in the context of Tajikistan were both commercial and non-commercial organizations, such as – Limited Liability Companies (LLCs), Dehkan Farms (DFs), Public Organizations (POs), service providers under local self-governing bodies (under Jamoats or Mahalla committees), Productive Cooperatives (PCs), individual entrepreneurs (IEs) and others.
At the end of the meeting, the General Director of SUE “Khojagii Manziliyu Kommunali” noted the following – “For the purposes of sustainability of presented models, as a first priority, we must review tax burden on service providers, in particular transition to cash-based taxation, reduce the value added tax, which is currently set at 18%, as well as reduce royalty tax set at 10% today”.
The Inter-Ministerial Working Group was established by the initiative of the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources and through support of the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan in the framework of the “National Policy Dialogue on Integrated Water Resources Management”.
The IMWG is a permanent and coordinating body, aimed to assist in design and implementation of a unified state policy on development of drinking water supply and sanitation in the Republic of Tajikistan, as well as to carry out results monitoring for implementation of the Law of RT “On drinking water and water supply” and other programs and strategies endorsed by the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan.
The IMWG is guided by the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources of the Republic of Tajikistan and is comprised of various ministries and agencies such as Ministries of Energy and Water Resources, Justice, Finance, Economic Development and Trade, Health and Social Protection; Committees of Environmental Protection under the GoRT, Investment and State Property Management, Construction and Architecture, Emergency Situations and Civil Defense; Agencies for Land Reclamation and Irrigation, Antimonopoly, and Geology under the GoRT; and SUE “Khojagii Manziliyu Kommunali”.
Technical support to the IMGW is provided in the framework of the project “Tajikistan Water Supply and Sanitation” project (TajWSS), funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), and implemented by the UNDP and Oxfam GB in Tajikistan.
TajWSS had been launched in 2009 and is aimed to create favorable conditions for rural communities to access clean drinking water, as well as developing and strengthening water supply sector sustainability. Since 2014, second phase of TajWSS has been launched for the period until 2017 with pilot activities in Rudaki district, and Muminobad and Kulyab districts of Khatlon region in Tajikistan.
Mr. Abduhakim Sattorov, Senior Specialist,
Department of Water Resources, Ministry of Energy and Water Resources of the RT
Telephone: +992 917 83 07 90, 235 97 34
Mr. Shukhrat Igamberdyev, Water Cluster Coordinator
UNDP / Energy & Environment Programme
Tel: +992 93 9999 037, 37 236 00 57;