President Emomali Rahmon yesterday received visiting First Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, Anton Siluanov.

According to the Tajik president’s official website, they discussed state and prospects of further expansion of bilateral cooperation between Tajikistan and the Russian Federation.

Rahmon and Siluanov, in particular, underlined the essential role of the intergovernmental commission for trade and economic cooperation.  Siluanov is co-chairman of this commission.

The two sides also discussed the process of implementation of bilateral agreements aimed at promoting expansion of economic cooperation between Tajikistan and Russia.

In this context, they exchanged views on the economic cooperation support program designed for the period until 2021 and issues related to further development of partnership relations and bilateral trade.

Tajik leader noted that share of raw materials was till large in the structure of the bilateral trade between the two countries and pointed to the necessity of diversifying the two-way trade. 

In this connection, Rahmon proposed to simplify the mechanism of delivery of Tajik goods to markets in Russia and underlined the necessity of expanding of cooperation in the fields of investment for the purpose of launching joint ventures, the Tajik president’s website says.

The sides reportedly expressed readiness to expand bilateral cooperation in light and food industries, fuel and energy sphere, logistics, financial sector, information technologies, agriculture, tourism, education and labor migration.

They also agreed to expand cooperation in exploring and developing mineral resources, according to the Tajik president’s official website.    

Russian remains the major trading partner of Tajikistan.  The two-way trade between Tajikistan and Russia last year valued at more than 1 billion U.S. dollars.  

Anton Siluanov (born April 12, 1963) is a Russian politician and economist who is Minister of Finance of Russia and First Deputy Prime Minister.  In 2011, he was appointed to Minister of Finance by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in place of Alexei Kudrin, who was forced out and dismissed by president Dmitry Medvedev after publicly criticizing the additional defense spending of 2.1 trillion rubles (US$66 billion) through 2014.