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Tajik Minister Wants 2009 State Budget Revised

DUSHANBE (RFE/RL) -- Tajik Finance Minister Safarli Najmiddinov wants the state budget that was allocated for 2009 to be revised due to the global economic crisis, RFE/RL's Tajik Service reports.

Najmiddinov said that since the beginning of 2009 the Tajik economy has suffered due to an abrupt downturn in the export of Tajikistan's two major commodities -- cotton and aluminum.

Also, he pointed out that the Tajik national currency -- the somoni -- has devalued some 14 percent against the dollar, adding to the problem.

At the parliamentary session on March 18, Tajik deputies discussed possible reforms in the country's taxation system and measures to help withstand the economic crisis.