To turn international donors’ attention to Tajikistan’s economic problems, President Emomali Rakhmon often reminds visitors of his country’s enormous hydropower potential. But in Central Asia, water resources are a constant source of friction between the post-Soviet states. Never deterred, Rakhmon has become adept at shifting attentions to harmony and coexistence – with a little pomp and circumstance. Yes, another regional water consortium has come and gone in Dushanbe.
Rakhmon helped convince the UN General Assembly to declare 2002, “The International Year of Fresh Water,” and 2005-2015, “The Water for Life Decade.” Both came to Dushanbe with large conferences and dozens of jet-setting experts. Earlier this month, speaking at another gathering, Rakhmon suggested 2012 be declared, “The Year of International Water Diplomacy.”
The city does have ample new premium hotel space.
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