April 12, 2018 the Russian business delegation led by the Deputy Prime Minister - Minister of Agriculture, Food and Processing Industry of the Orenburg region Maslov Mikhail Grigorievich has visited Sughd Free Economic Zone. The guests were accompanied by the Deputy Governor of Sughd region Anvar Yaqubi.
For the guests there was organized an excursion around Sughd Free Economic Zone with the number of visits to several enterprises. In the technical college the minister got acquainted not only with the activities of the educational institution, visited classrooms and the dining room, but also talked with some students.
The delegation has also visited the company for the production of plastic containers “Star Plast”, paint and varnish enterprise “Silkoat Boya”, the aluminum profile plant “Tajprof” and the woodworking enterprise “Archa”.
At the end of the visit the guests were able to once again communicate in “Archa” confrence hall with Administration and mentioned subject’s representatives in an informal atmosphere and ask their intersted questions about the conditions and preferences provided in Sughd Free Economic Zone.
It should be noted that the visit of the Orenburg delegation to Sughd region took place in the framework of the III regional forum of contracting held April 13-14 in Guliston city.
July 4, 2018 the Governor of Sughd area Rajabboy Ahmadzoda held a retreat with the directors of FEZ Sughd’s subjects and reveiwed the course of building works.
The Head of Administration Firdavs Olimzoda reported on the construction progress of new enterprises, whose activities will be geared towards replacing imported goods with goods of domestic origin.
The first site of Chairman’s visit was Tajik-Turkish company “Archa mebel” which is now at final stretch in building of a plant on manufacture of furniture for educational, health and administrative offices. The factory is being built on the base of former plant for gaz supplies that is not functioning from the collapse period of Sovet Union. At the moment, the plant carries out the start-up and adjustment of equipment for the production of school furniture. The metal accessories and components are made in the test mode; the workshop for the production of a wooden bases is being prepared for launching and the warehouse for storaging of finished products is being built. The grand opening of the plant and the release of first products are planned to June this year.
The next point was the enterprise “Asiapolytex” engaged in production of polypropylene bags. Firdavs Olimzoda described the course of construction of the facility. At the moment a construction site on the territory of 6 hectares has been prepared. The works on alignment of the relief, filling of depressions and pits are finished; designing of water supply has been carried out and a pit has been excavated.
The Governor continued by reviewing the job-site of OJSC “Mobile mechanized column of Khujand city” financed with local investments, which plans the release of metal-plastic products. At the moment the construction of the frame of the main workshop has been completed; the finishing works are underway; a transformer unit for 2 MW is under construction; the administrative building and additional workshops are being reconstructed.
While welcoming the progress of the work, the Chairman of the region led the attention of management to the need for improvement and gardening of the territory of Sughd free zone.
March 14, Mr. Valentin Beitler and Heinrich Schaffler the German enterprenurs came to Sughd free economic zone.
The aim of the visit was to explore the possibilities for establishing of a joint venture in providing hotel services and repair and maintenance of cars and trucks.
At the meeting, the Head of Administration Olimzoda Firdavs gave a detailed presentation on investment opportunities in FEZ, as well as he eleborated on the succesfull experience of joint ventures in FEZ Sughd. The issues on land use, communication, logistics and possibilities for further expansion of scope of activties were considered as well.
As the result of meeting, it had been agreed to continue negotiations on the registration of the company and the preparation of a business plan.
February 12, 2018 the representatives of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Naoko Nishikawa – project formulation advisor and Shokirjon Makhmadov - program officer have visited Sughd Free Economic Zone.
The goal of the visit was to study the current situation and the main trends in the development of the logistics industry in the region and FEZ’s the prospects for for participation in the process.
Mirzoyon Mirzomanon Mirzokalon - the Head of the International Department demonstrated the presentation of Sughd FEZ. During the meeting, the initiatives and projects of FEZ aimed at developing the logistics industry, including possible areas of mutually beneficial cooperation were discussed.
At the end of the meeting, it was decided to continue consultations and exchange of views on discussed issues.
February 9, 2018 a press conference had been organized in the Administration of Sughd Free Economic Zone for the representatives of local media.
The head of Administration Mr. Firdavs Olimzoda gave information on the activity results of FEZ in the last year and outlined the main directions in which the efforts in the coming year will be concentrated. A presentation featuring key figures and facts was demonstrated for a convenient and clear provision of information.
Analyzing the results of FEZ‘s activity for the last year Olimzoda F. noted the positive dynamics of development. (For details see results of the year)
In concluding his statement he offered to watch a short advertising video about the achievements of Sughd FEZ.
It should be noted that along with FEZ Sughd the directors of the State Agency for Employment of Population and the Centre of the Revival of Folk Crafts also spoke with media representatives.
Then journalists asked their interested questions.
At the end journalists visited the construction sites of new production facilities in the FEZ territory, which will be launched this year.
The total number of registered enterprises in Sughd FEZ by January 1 2018 is 24, 7 of them with foreign capital. In 2017 only 1 new subject with total amount of investment of 1 million US dollars was registered.
In 2017 the volume of production of Sughd FEZ subjects made 80,14 million TJS (growth rate 13,4%). The export of goods made 12,5 million TJS (growth rate 32,9%). 11 millions of this sum belong to aluminum profiles company – Tajprof. The products of the company had been exported to Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan.
The average number of employees in the subjects of Sughd FEZ is 383 people. The average rate of their salaries is 1100 TJS.
One of the main totals of 2017 due to consideration of Sughd FEZ leaders was an expansion of production of existing subjects. Last year three subjects announced their new projects and extra investments. LLC “Dusti Amirkhon” will be engaged in manufacturing of ventilation air inlets and accessories from galvanized steel. OJSC “MMC(Mobile mechanized column) of Khujand” has begun construction of a plant for production of metal and plastic goods and LLC “Eskhata Sughd Savdo” will render hotel and health-improvement services.
One of the biggest investors of Sughd FEZ in 2017 was “Asiapolitex” company which is specialized in the production of polypropylene packs for everyday necessities and other needs. The investment sum of the company is 1 million US dollars. The company aimed to export its production to CIS. The other largest investor of the last year was OJSC “MMC of Khujand” which will produce toys, bikes, children vehicles, household goods, washing machines, fans, oil radiators and a lot of other plastic spare parts for cars and household appliances. The investment amount of the company is 2 million US dollars.
In 2017 Sughd FEZ has continued the improvement of its infrastructure. Administration of Sughd FEZ has modernized 1km of the water-supply pipeline. The construction of administrative and customs buildings are continued.
On January 4, 2018, Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade Mr. Tojiddin Jurazoda has officially visited Sughd free economic zone. This is his first visit since his appointment as a Deputy Minister in November 2017.
First Tojiddin Jurazoda has walked through the territory of FEZ, during which he got acquainted with the production process of large subjects. Further, in the Administration was held a meeting with the heads of subjects, Administration employees and representatives of the regional tax and customs departments. At the beginning of the meeting, Tojiddin Jurazoda noted that Sughd free economic zone is one of the developed free zones of Tajikistan, the products of which are in great demand both in domestic and foreign markets. He also noted that in his messages the Founder of peace and national unity - Leader of the nation, the President of the Republic of Tajikistan, His Excellency Emomali Rahmon always pays a special attention to the potential and development of free zones, which are one of the sources of attracting foreign capital to the economy of the republic. The Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, which is the authorized state body on free economic zones is always ready to move towards subjects, promote in their activities for the attraction of new investors with projects of an innovative production.
Then, heads of several subjects told to Deputy Minister about the existing problems and barriers in their activities, to which the Deputy Minister expressed his readiness to consider and take appropriate measures in time for their solution.
A memorable conclusion of the meeting was the solemn presentation of the Certificate to the new entity of Sughd free zone – Asiapolytex LLC. Tojiddin Jurazoda, personally presenting the certificate to representatives of the firm and wished them fruitful work and success in their future activities.
It should be noted that the new subject will be specialized in the production of polypropylene bags for industrial and household needs. At the moment the subject has begun the construction of a production complex on an area of 6 ha.
The ceremony award of the Republican contest "Brand of the Year-2017" under the name "Kullai Sharaf" was held on December 13, 2017 in Dushanbe. The event was organized by the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade with the aim of promoting the protection of trademark rights and service marks in the Republic of Tajikistan, identifying and presenting proven brands, as well as proposals for the promotion of firms for the use of branding.
“Promotion of the brand will allow enterprises to continue to develop their business and by increasing the competitiveness of their products, to contribute to the economic development of the country,” said Nematullo Hikmatullozoda in his speech.
The subjects of the Sughd FEZ Tajik-Turkish Joint Venture SILKCOAT BOYA LLC and Ravzana Plastic LLC were awarded by the "Brand of the Year - 2017" in the category of production enterprises of building materials.
Archa Mebel, LLC is a company, affiliated to the Fortuna Co., LLC and specialized in the production of specialized furniture, reported on the release dates of the first products. Construction and commissioning will end in the first half of 2018 and the company will begin production. In this regard, the company plans to attract investments from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
The volume of production is planned to be increased to 7 million somoni per year. The enterprise plans to launch three product lines (products of metal structures, furniture parts using MDF, laminated chipboard and other tile materials, as well as soft furniture), which will use more than 30 modern machines and equipment. After the official launch of Archa Mebel, more than 40 specialists will be provided with a permanent place of work.
On November 6, the official delegation of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development headed by First Vice President Philip Bennett visited the existing woodworking enterprise Archa and got acquainted with the progress of the construction of Archa Mebel, LLC.
In accordance with the preliminary negotiations with the EBRD, and following the results of this visit, a Memorandum of Cooperation was signed to finance the furniture production project.
The opportunities of Sughd FEZ were presented in Dangara, Khatlon region at the Plenary session of the International Economic Forum "Dangara - 2017" that was held on October 13, 2017.
The purpose of the forum was to present the economic potential and prospects for the development of the Khatlon region and free economic zones.
The event was organized by the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of the Republic of Tajikistan with the support of the leadership of Khatlon region and development partners.
The forum was attended by First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Tajikistan Davlatali Said, Minister of Economic Development and Trade of the Republic of Tajikistan Nematullo Hikmatullozoda, heads of several relevant ministries and departments, the executive authority of the Khatlon region and Dangara, representatives of international organizations and diplomatic corps, and foreign and domestic entrepreneurs.
Representatives of the Administration of Sughd FEZ made a presentation at the Plenary session of the forum about the opportunities provided by FEZs to industrial enterprises.