As part of the project “Stabilization of Tajikistan’s Southern Border Region with Afghanistan,” the first stage of construction  of the National Training Center for rescuers from Tajikistan, Central Asia’s nations and Afghanistan began on January, says press release issued by the Emergencies Committee under the Government of Tajikistan.

An official ceremony was attended by Rustam Nazarzoda, Head of the Emergencies Committee under the Government of Tajikistan, Valeriu Chiveri, Head of the OSCE Programme Office in Dushanbe, Ms. Marilyn Josefson, Head of the European Union Delegation to Tajikistan, head of Shahrinav District, ambassadors of Germany, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine and France as well as heads of a number of international organizations active in Tajikistan.  

Opening the ceremony, Emergencies Committee head noted that implementation of the project would allow improving skills of rescuers and consolidating regional rescue forces to respond natural disasters and other crises.  

The center is reportedly located in Qaratogh Gorge in an area of 28 hectares and it will consist of training, administrative and residential blocks, canteen, gym, stadium as well as training-simulation and modular complexes. 

The aim of the project “Stabilization of Tajikistan’s southern border region with Afghanistan” is to address various threats and risks related to natural disasters, which Tajikistan frequently faces along its southern border.  The project is implemented by the OSCE Programme Office in Dushanbe.

The project enables the Emergencies Committee officials, representing different regions of the country, to improve their skills and strengthen the capacity of the Emergencies Committee to respond effectively to natural disasters and other crises, thus contributing to the overall security of Tajikistan.

Capacity-building through training courses is one part of this EU-funded project.  The project also assists in conducting renovation and construction work of the Committee’s training center in Qaratogh in order to host training courses on a regular basis.  Other project activities include providing specialized equipment for first responders.