Tajikistan, a former Soviet state in the Central Asian region, plans to significantly increase production of precious metals and other minerals within the next several years, according to recent statements, made by the Minister of Industry and New Technologies of Tajikistan Sherali Kabir.
According to him, exploration works are underway, the results of which will allow the country to take one of the leading places, in terms of mineral reserves and their production, not only in the CIS region, but also on global scale.
According to him, Tajikistan has the largest reserves of silver in the entire Central Asian region. In addition, the country has large reserves of gold, tungsten, zinc, copper, bismuth, cadmium, tin and other minerals.
Most of these reserves were discovered during the Soviet times, although a significant part of the country's territory has been little explored, while many of the data obtained in Soviet times are outdated.
According to the Tajik Ministry of Industry, so far, more than 600 fields have been explored in the country, of which more than 100 are being developed today.
In general, more than 50 types of mineral resources have been discovered on the territory of the country, the development of which is carried out by more than 30 companies.
In regard of gold reserves, the gold sector of the country currently consists of 28 known gold fields, the explored reserves of which are estimated at 450 tons, of which only about 200 tons are confirmed.
By: Eugen Gerden