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Tajik Government to Go Hi-Tech

By Shahodat Saibnazarova











After conferring with international experts, the authorities in Tajikistan have decided e-government is the way to go.

The technological revolution might come at a cost, but there is a sense that improved communications are even more important as a factor for economic growth in poor countries than is the case in wealthier ones. That at least is the recommendation heard at a recent conference in Dushanbe bringing together experts from former Soviet states like Georgia, Moldova and Russia, as well as others like Afghanistan and the Philippines.

Tajikistan has already taken some steps in the right direction. People can pay their taxes online, President Imomali Rahmon has a website and the mayor of Dushanbe Mahmadsaid Ubaydulloev is available on a social networking site.

Shahodat Saibnazarova is IWPR Radio Editor in Tajikistan.

The audio programme, in Russian, went out on national radio stations in Tajikistan, as part of IWPR project work funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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