visuals | 7 December 2013

A Free Zone: The Ishkoshim Free Economic Zone at the Tajik-Afghan border

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A plain of stones between the road that leads to the Wakhan valley and the river that marks the Afghan border – this is the designated Ishkoshim Free Economic Zone. We are participants of the 1st International Economic Forum of Tajikistan’s Gorno Badakshan Region. We listen to the Free Zone’s charismatic director who enthusiastically describes its potential: the strategic location between China and Afghanistan, the tax and customs exemptions, the cheap prices for land. We try to imagine the factory buildings and hotels, the fortress-like entry, the perfect black tarmac and bright green lawn as we have seen it in the brochures handed out: (…)