Features of the geo-economic situation of the FEZ “Panj” 

Geographical position of the Republic of Tajikistan: ‒ Central Asia, in the west and north borders with the republics of Uzbekistan – 910 kilometers, Kyrgyzstan – 630 kilometers, in the south – with Afghanistan – 1030 kilometers, in the east with China – 430 kilometers. Total length of borders is 3,000 kilometers. Tajikistan is a typical mountainous country with absolute heights from 300 to 7,495 m, 93% of the territory of Tajikistan is occupied by mountains belonging to the highest mountain systems of Central Asia, Tien Shan and Pamir.


Republic of Tajikistan: 

Capital:  ‒ Dushanbe;     

Territories: ‒ 141.4 thousand square kilometers

Population: ‒ 9.5 million people (2021);

Language: – Tajik;
Currency: ‒ Somoni (1 U.S. Dollar = 11.32 Somoni). (January 2022);

Telephone country code: +992;

Time zone: UTC+5:00;

Big cities: ‒ Khujand, Bokhtar, Kulob, Khorug;

Administrative divisions:

  • Regions of republican subordination 11
  • Sughd region
  • Khatlon region
  • Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous

International language of communication: ‒ Russian, English.

Natural resources: : aluminum, coal, oil, natural gas, iron, zinc, antimony, mercury, gold, silver, tin, tungsten, boron, table salt, carbonates, fluorite, precious and semi-precious stones, etc.


Khatlon region 

Location:  ‒ Republic of Tajikistan

Established:  ‒ 1992

Territory:  ‒ 24.6 thousand square meters. km


Total ‒ 3425,0 thousand people, Town ‒ 611,2 thousand people,  Rural ‒ 2813,8 thousand people.

Economically active population:  – 891,9 thousand people

Population density:  ‒ 139.2 people per sq. km

Administrative center: ‒ Bokhtar city

Climate:  ‒ Subtropical, continental

Rivers: ‒ Vaksh, Panj, K­yzylsu, Yaksu

Cities of Khatlon region:  ‒Bokhtar, Kulob, Nurek, Levakant

Khatlon region is one of the three regions of the Republic of Tajikistan. The region occupies 24.6 thousand square kilometers, which is 17% of the total area of Tajikistan. The region is located on the southern spurs of the Hisor-Alai, it has 4 cities, 21 administrative districts, 133 rural-type settlements and 22 urban-type settlements.

Degree of education: ‒ Number of institutions of higher professional education – 6, The number of institutions of secondary specialized education – 25, Number of students – 49656, The number of students – 28360 people;

Higher educational institutions of Khatlon region graduate specialists of a wide profile from power engineers with extended specialization to philologists, biologists, economists and technologists. Dangara State University supplies the labor market with specialists from practically all areas of agriculture, from veterinarians to hydropower engineers.


Khatlon region is an agricultural region.

Agriculture occupies one of the key places in the regional economy, providing industry with raw materials and the population with food. Total volume of manufactured products agriculture in 2020 in the region amounted to 16985.0 million somoni.

The region’s agriculture has a huge investment potential. The production of clean organic fruits and vegetables annually attracts a large number of domestic and international investors and businessmen

The region’s agriculture has a huge investment potential. The production of clean organic fruits and vegetables annually attracts a large number of domestic and international investors and businessmen

Natural resources

The territory of the region is rich in deposits of gas, oil and rock salt. There are 50 deposits of various metals on the territory of the region. On the territory of Khatlon, many deposits of polychemical, rare and noble metals have been identified: zinc, lead, molybdenum, tungsten, copper, gold, silver, antimony, mercury, fluorspars, tin, uranium, bismuth, iron, manganese, sodium chloride, magnesium. There are deposits of coal, gas, oil, marble, building materials.

The region explored oil fields with a total total reserve of 45.4 million tons: in the Vakhsh zone – 16.6 million tons and the Kulab zone – 28.8 million tons.

 The Vakhsh and Kulab zones contain over 27 deposits of loose gold, 13 of which are being actively developed.

4 deposits of a rare metal – strontium, whose salts are widely used in metallurgy, nuclear, chemical and pharmaceutical industries – have been explored in the region. The total reserves of ores containing strontium at the Chaltash, Daudyr, Chilkutan deposits will make it possible to create a large mining enterprise here with the production of 180 thousand tons of ore per year. Large lead-zinc manifestations have also been identified in this region. The forecast for the total reserves of the largest of them – Baldzhuvanskiy – 1.2 million tons of lead and 1.2 million tons of zinc.

The main reserves of rock salt are concentrated in the south of the republic. The reserves of the Khoja-Mumin, Khoja-Sartez, Tanabchi, Samanchi deposits are estimated at tens of billions of tons.

In Shakhrituz and Kabodiyensky districts, large reserves of raw materials for cement production with reserves of more than 200 million tons have been identified.

Also in the Khatlon region, natural gas fields have been identified and are being developed in the regions of Baldzhuvan and Jaloliddin Balkhi.

Healing clay of Temurmalik region is used in sanatorium treatment.

Medicinal plants have also been identified in the region, one of which is ferula. There is a plant for the processing and production of medicinal herbs in the Bokhtar zone.

Organization and location of FEZ “Panj”: ‒ The free economic zone “Panj” was established by the Decree of the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan No. 145 from March 7, 2009 in the southwestern part of the Republic of Tajikistan, in the Karadum massif of the Jaihun district of the Khatlon region as a separate (limited) territory of the Republic of Tajikistan for a period of 50 years, with a total area of 401 .63 hectares of land.

Distance: – to Kolkhozabad station – 60 km;

‒   to Dushanbe (the capital of the republic) – 180 km;

‒   to Bokhtar (the administrative center of the Khatlon region) – 87 km;

‒   to the nearest checkpoint (Afghanistan border) – 600 meters. 

Annual rent 1 sq. m. land plot for production activities $0.50
Annual rent 1 sq. m. land for service activities 1 US dollar.
Annual rent 1 sq. m. land for trade and commercial activities 1 US dollar.


FEZ “Panj” status 

FEZ “Panj” status is determined by its borders, legislative base and special legal regimes, also by zone budget and own management authorities.

FEZ “Panj”- separate (bounded) plot on the territory of the Republic of Tajikistan, within the bounds of which operate special customs and tax regimes and also the simplified procedure for registration of FEZ “Panj” subjects (hereinafter referred to as FEZ subjects),also rules for entrance and departure of FEZ “Panj” residents and non-residents.

On FEZ “Panj” territory is created preferential regime for creating and operations of organizations, enterprises and individual entrepreneurs, formed with domestic and (or) foreign investments attraction.

FEZ subjects are individual entrepreneurs and organizations regardless of legal forms provided by the legislation of the Republic of Tajikistan, and also branches and their representations.

Budget of FEZ “Panj”

FEZ “Panj” has an independent budget at the expense of income and payments specified in this Regulation, as well as at the expense of other sources of financing, which are not contrary to the legislation of the Republic of Tajikistan.

An independent budget of  FEZ “Panj” shall be in the form of institution and in the form of expenditure of all money resources of  FEZ “Panj” and shall be used to ensure the financial security for the implementation of goals and objectives of  FEZ “Panj”.

The sources for forming the independent budget of FEZ “Panj”are the following:

  • Income from rental of land, buildings, constructions and equipment, which are under the jurisdiction of the FEZ Administration;
  • The cost of the certificate;
  • Payments for entry into the territory of FEZ “Panj”, for vehicles and various equipment (except for motor transport and equipment of the FEZ Administration and FEZ entities);
  • Payments for entry permit into the territory of FEZ “Panj” (except for staff of the FEZ Administration of and the entities of FEZ);
  • Income from rendering various services, including rendering to entities of FEZ;
  • Other payments and earnings provided for in the legislation of the Republic of Tajikistan and this Provision in terms of finance and the state budget.

Address of FEZ “Panch” 

Address: ‒ 735220 Republic of Tajikistan, Khatlon region, Jaihun region, Free economic zone “Panj”;

tel: ‒ (+992) 44 600 55 85;

tel: ‒ (+992) 988 88 18 26; 900 25 43 00;