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21 March 2020

On March 20, 2020, the State Committee on Investment and State Property Management of the Republic of Tajikistan conducted a meeting of the Interdepartmental Working Group on the Protecting Minority Investors to improve the position of the Republic of Tajikistan in international assessment reports.

The meeting was opened by the Deputy Head of the Working Group, Deputy Chairman of the State Committee on Investment and State Property Management, Khurshedai Qodir. She has reminded instructions of then Founder of Peace and National Unity, Leader of the Nation, President of Tajikistan, the Chairman of the Consultative Council Emomali Rahmon given at the XX Session of the Consultative Council to ministries and agencies regarding simplification of business procedures, strengthening activity to improve favorable investment and business climate and timely implementation of the Action Plan of the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan for improvement of country's position in the World Bank Doing Business report 2019-2022 (#223 as of May 2, 2019).

According to the meeting agenda, the process of implementation of the Government reforms in the framework of the Action Plan on strengthening the protection of rights, interests of investors and improvement of sectoral legislation and measures to raise awareness of entrepreneurs and population were discussed.

In this regard, reports of representative of the State Committee on Investment and State Property Management, Burikhonov M. on the process of drafting amendments to laws “On Joint Stock Companies” and “On Limited Liability Companies”, National Expert on Corporate System Management, Director of “Imkon” consulting company, Samadova Z. on requirements of international standards to legislation managing activities of joint stock companies and limited liability companies and senior economic adviser to the Secretariat of the Consultative Council, Madjonova M. on the protection of rights and interests of minority investors, and needs to improve sectoral legislation in this area were presented to participants.

The discussions were attended by representatives of the Dushanbe Economic Court, the Tax Committee and the National Bank, and proposals were considered to address existing issues.

Following the discussions and exchange of views on the existing problems, the issue of active participation of ministries and agencies in the process of assessment of the World Bank Doing Business report was discussed.

In this regard, it was noted that the survey phase was initiated by the World Bank Doing Business team, and the main purpose of the survey is to evaluate the reforms result, identify existing challenges in the reforming process, as well as enhance the reputation of investment opportunities to attract more investment to the country's economy.

In conclusion, the decisions were made on considered issues and solution of existing problems in the framework of implementation of the Action Plan of the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan to improve the country's position in the "Doing Business" report for 2019-2022.

20 March 2020

In accordance with the instructions of the Founder of Peace and National Unity, Leader of the Nation, President of Tajikistan, the Chairman of the Consultative Council Emomali Rahmon on March 19, 2020 there was conducted a regular meeting of the working subgroup on "Dealing with Construction Permits", "Getting Electricity", "Getting Credit" indicators of the World Bank Doing Business report.

The meeting was opened by the Deputy Head of the Working Group, Deputy Chairman of the State Committee on Investment and State Property Management, Khurshedai Qodir. She has reminded instructions of the Founder of Peace and National Unity, Leader of the Nation, President of Tajikistan, the Chairman of the Consultative Council Emomali Rahmon given at the XX Session of the Consultative Council to ministries and agencies regarding development of e-government and introduction of digital economy principles, implementation of the registry for movable property and real estate, electronic procedures within the framework of the "Single Window" for registration of business entities, real estate, construction permitting, export, import and transit of goods, connection to electricity, development and dissemination of instructions, list of services, price lists and references.

It was mentioned that all instructions and tasks are aimed at improvement of investment and business climate and timely implementation of the Action Plan of the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan for improvement of country's position in the World Bank Doing Business report 2019-2022 (#223 as of May 2, 2019).

Regarding the first issue of the meeting, the reports of Safarzoda A., Director of the SUE "Single Window, Monitoring and City Planning Cadastre" of the Committee for Architecture and Construction, Alovudinov Sh. Deputy Head of the Main Department of Architecture and Urban Planning of Dushanbe regarding implementation of the "Single Window" for construction permits in Dushanbe, representatives of SUE "Obukorezi Dushanbe", OJSC "Dushanbe Electric Networks", OJSC "Dushanbe Heating Networks" and the Communication Service on provision of technical specifications under the "Single Window" system for obtaining a construction permits were presented to participants.

Regarding the second issue of the agenda, Sharipov R., Planning and Technology Manager of OSHC “Barki Tojik” and Yatimov J., Head of Development and Planning department of the OJSC "Dushanbe Electric Networks" reported on the implementation of the Single Window in Dushanbe, number of provided technical specifications through the system, the publication of SAIDI / SAIFI standards and launch of project directed to introduction of automatic control tool for power shortages.

Regarding the third issue of the agenda, Qodiri N., Head of the Department for Registration of Mortgage Liabilities of the Ministry of Justice reported on registration of mortgage liabilities in the electronic registry, conduction of trainings in cooperation with the National Bank and the Association of Micro Finance Organizations of Tajikistan and e-registration of 742 subjects of real estate as of February, 2020.

Also, during the reports of the Director of LLC "Credit Bureau of Tajikistan", Abdusamadzoda M. and representatives of engineering networks there was mentioned existence of artificial barriers for exchange of information provided by the Tax Committee, OSHC "Barki Tojik", SUE "Obukorezi Dushanbe", OJSC "Dushanbe Heating Networks" and the fact that from 2018 necessary legislative framework was not established.

During the discussion on issues of reform implementation Yazdonzoda I. - Deputy Head of the Licensing Department of the State Investment Committee remined on the need to align internal regulations of government agencies with general regulatory legislation, eliminate duplication of procedures and permits in this area, Shoimzoda J. Deputy Minister of Energy and Water Resources noted the process of development and agreement of internal regulation for OSHC "Barki Tojik", free provision of technical specifications to connect to the electricity supply network, as well as Umarov U., Director of the State Unitary Enterprise "Scientific-Research Institute of Construction and Architecture", senior economic adviser to the Secretariat of the Consultative Council, Madjonova M., Deputy Chairman of the National Bank, Mashrabzoda H. expressed the need for revision of engineering networks database and its integration with the Credit Information Bureau database.

At the end of the meeting, relevant instructions were given to the ministries and agencies on expansion of outreach activities with entrepreneurs, active participation in the survey process and quality implementation of the relevant points of the abovementioned Action Plan.

18 March 2020

In accordance with the instructions of the Founder of Peace and National Unity, Leader of the Nation, President of Tajikistan, the Chairman of the Consultative Council Emomali Rahmon on March 18, 2020 there was conducted a regular meeting of the working subgroup on "Starting a Business", "Paying Taxes", "Registering Property" indicators of the World Bank Doing Business report. 

The meeting was opened by the Deputy Head of the Working Group, Deputy Chairman of the State Committee on Investment and State Property Management, Khurshedai Qodir. She mentioned effective use and full implementation of the registry for movable and real estate, electronic procedures within the framework of the "Single Window" for registration of business entities, real estate, construction permitting, export, import and transit of goods, connection to electricity, development and dissemination of instructions, list of services, price lists and references.

It was mentioned that all instructions and tasks are aimed for the improvement of investment and business climate and timely implementation of the Action Plan of the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan for improvement of country's position in the World Bank Doing Business report 2019-2022 (#223 as of May 2, 2019).

Mr. Solehzoda Ayubjon, First Deputy Chairman of the Tax Committee, spoke about reforms for simplification of registration process for business entities under the “Single Window” system, abolition of state registration fee in order to reduce cost of this procedure from January 8, 2020 (currently there was completed 2600 registrations), introduction of electronic procedures for submission of registration documents through the portal of tax authorities and application of 14,530 citizens, taking extensive explanatory measures through workshops, meetings, and the use of mass media opportunities.

At the same time, the information was presented on elimination of 1% corporate income tax and its impact on reducing the tax burden, coverage of electronic forms by 143,200 business entities, direct payment of taxes, implementation of a simplified application mechanism (direct submission) for VAT refund, insufficient internet speed, lack of sufficient skills to use electronic services of tax authorities.
Sharifzoda Safol, Deputy Director of SUE “Real Estate Registration”, reported on simplification of real estate registration procedures, including implementation of simplified real estate registration procedures in accordance with the “Single Window” and “Complaints Guide” for services provision, direct access of private sector to information on relevant procedures, establishment of digital database on real estate, e-registration of real estate and collateral, geoportal, issue of insufficient speed of Internet connection to provide high-quality e-services and operation of the e-database.

The importance of active participation in evaluation process of the World Bank Doing Business report was also highlighted during the meeting. It should be mentioned that active participation in this assessment and full coverage of reforms result will further increase country's investment credibility in the international area and attract more investment to the country's economy, as well as assess effectiveness of public services.

Representatives of the Secretariat of the Consultative Council under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan, the Agency on Statistics and other ministries and agencies discussed issues at the meeting and expressed their views.

2 March 2020

On February 26, at Atlas Hotel in Dushanbe, in cooperation between the State Committee on Investment and State Property Management of the Republic of Tajikistan, the Secretariat of the Consultative Council on Improvement of Investment Climate under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan and International Trade Center there was conducted a round table on "Increasing the competitiveness of agricultural products and export capacity of the agricultural sector".

Stakeholders from respective ministries and departments, nongovernmental organizations and business network, international organizations operating in this area, presented the current condition and existing challenges in the management system of agricultural chemicals and food production in order to improve quality and competitiveness of domestic products and to attract investments in the agricultural sector.

In particular, during the opening speech of Senior Economic Consultant of Secretariat of the Consultative Council, Manuchehra Madjonova mentioned that the Chairman of the Consultative Council, the Founder of Peace and National Unity, Leader of the Nation, President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon gave special attention to inconsistent import and utilization of pesticides, chemicals and other biological tools in agricultural production at the last session of the Council, dated on February 12, 2020.

Therefore, adequate use of chemicals and biological tools in accordance with international standards will increase competitiveness of domestic products in the world markets and strengthen export potential of the country.

During the round table National Expert of the International Trade Center - Kosim Kurbonov, Head of Plant Protection Department of the State Institution "Plant Protection and Chemicalization of the Agricultural Sector" Vohidov Abdulmanon, Deputy Head of the Department of Veterinary Control and Breeding of the Food Security Committee, Avgonov Abduvahob, UN World Food Programme experts Masuda Saidova and Tolib Hakimov made presentations on various aspects of the use of chemical and biological approaches in stock-raising, crop production, fruit and vegetable production and state regulation in this sector.

It was mentioned that the regulatory act controlling this area - “List of chemical substances and biological tools that are permitted in the Republic of Tajikistan” was approved on June 11, 2004. Considering current requirements, the Ministry of Agriculture and experts included 256 new types of pesticides and biological tools to the updated draft list of chemicals and biological tools permitted in the Republic of Tajikistan.

In this regard, at the 20th Session of the Consultative Council the Chairman of the Consultative Council, the Founder of Peace and National Unity, Leader of the Nation, President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon instructed the Ministry of Agriculture, Committees for Environmental Protection, and Food Security to develop a framework for introduction of international standards, including “GLOBAL GAP”, revised “List of chemical substances permitted for use in the Republic of Tajikistan” and submitt to the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan.

In this context, it was advised to revise legal acts and sub-acts to regulate import, utilization, registration, protection, safety, storage of toxic chemicals and chemicals in general and develop recommendations for revisions and additions to the current legislation.

At the same time, establishment of laboratories for testing agricultural products for existence of chemicals and other recommendations were considered within cooperation between the public, private sectors and development partners at the group work session.

At the end of the event, it was pointed out that the results of the roundtable with active participation of the private and public sector in discussion of registration, import and utilization of chemicals in agricultural sector, sharing experience and knowledge in provision of services to farmers on utilization of pesticides and improvement of their quality and availability, and development and implementation of unified approach to improve policy and management chemicals utilization in agriculture will have significant outcome.

17 February 2020

The Founder of Peace and National Unity, Leader of the Nation, President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon took part in the 20th Session of the Consultative Council on Improvement of the Investment Climate.

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The main point of the session related to the implementation of decisions of 19th session, results of the analysis of cluster development in the agro-industrial complex and issues of draft agenda for the next session of the Consultative Council.

President Emomali Rahmon raised a number of issues related to the improvement of the country's position in the Doing Business report, modernization of public services for businesses with utilization of electronic documentation, simplification of business activities and provision of a favorable investment climate in the country, activities of regional Consultative Councils and activity assessment of regional, city and district executive authorities on improvement of investment and business climate, increasing employment opportunities, encouraging private investments, conduction of national rating, establishing a single window for export-import operations, provision of high-quality internet connection for introduction of electronic public services, establishment and development of value-added chain of final products in the agro-industrial sector of the country.

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Farrukh Hamralizoda, the Council’s Executive Secretary and Chairman of the State Committee on Investment and State Property Management spoke about the results of the implementation of decisions of 19th session. He informed the attendees that Tajikistan became one of top ten reformer countries in the world, and increased its position by 20 points moving to the 106th place out of 190 countries in the World Bank Doing Business Report 2020. He also briefed those present on the extension of the period of simplified taxation - 5% VAT for private educational facilities and 7% VAT for constructional activity until December 2023, exemption from VAT, road users tax, real estate tax and land tax for poultry, fishery and mixed poultry and livestock production facilities as well as exemption from VAT on import of technology, equipment and raw materials for poultry farming, fishery and import of goods used for direct activity for facilities in these sectors, adoption of the procedure for exemption from VAT and customs duties import of raw materials for processing and production of final products, exemption of state fee for registration for business entities starting from January, 2020 and abolishment of all taxes and registration fees for entrepreneurs manufacturing common consumption goods according to the list in the law amendment, abolishment of 1% income tax for enterprises, launch of the "Single Window, Monitoring and City Planning Cadaster" in Dushanbe, introduction of online application submission for getting technical conditions in connection to power supply network starting from March 1, 2019 and consideration of these applications within 10 days.

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Concerning the second issue of the session, Minister of Agriculture Salimzoda Amonullo presented results of an analysis of cluster development in agro-industry sector, in particular draft of the concept and action plan on the development of agro-industrial clusters and inclusion of Global GAP standards.

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On the last issue, Minister of Industry and New Technologies Faizullozoda Zarobiddin Kudrat proposed for discussion the analysis of the conditions of country's industry and discovering new opportunities to enhance the sector capacity during the next session, which was supported by council members.

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The Chairman of the Coordination Council of Development Partners, the World Bank Country Manager in Tajikistan Jan-Peter Olters, head of the German Agency for International Cooperation in Tajikistan Sabine Olthof, Representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Tajikistan Oleg Guchgeldiev, Member of the Consultative Council, Director of Resandai Tojikiston Ravzabonu Negmatulloeva, Chairman of the National Association of Milk and Dairy Products Producers of Tajikistan Umed Shomurodov and others, also expressed their opinions and considerations.

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22 November 2019

On November 22, 2019 there was the First Intersessional Meeting of the Consultative Council on Improvement of Investment Climate under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan with chairmanship of the First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Tajikistan, Mr. Davlatali Said.

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The meeting was attended by members of the Consultative Council, leadership and officials of ministries and agencies, chairmen of regions, cities and districts of republican subordination, development partners and invited persons.

The First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Tajikistan, Mr. Davlatali Said mentioned that necessary measures are being taken to implement the instructions of the Founder of Peace and National Unity - the Leader of the Nation, the President of the Republic of Tajikistan on the XIX Session of the Consultative Council on solutions of current issues, removing barriers for domestic and foreign entrepreneurs and investors, conduction of intersessional meetings of the Council and monitoring the progress on Council’s decisions implementation.

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In this regard, it was mentioned that on April 3, 2019, under the leadership of the First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Tajikistan, there was a meeting on improvement of country’s position in Doing Business report of the World Bank.

It was also noted that the Leader of the Nation, the President of the Republic of Tajikistan, H.E. Emomali Rahmon, pays special attention to strengthening public-private dialogue at national and regional levels as well as realization of Consultative Council decisions on this issue.

Concerning the issue, the Chairman of the State Committee on Investment and State Property Management, Hamralizoda Farrukh noted that the Article 17 of the Law of the Republic of Tajikistan “On State Protection and Support of Entrepreneurship” provides legal basis for creation of regional and local councils. Relevant instructions have been given at VII, XIV, XV, XVIII and XIX sessionss of the Consultative Council as well as at high level events with the President of the country, investors and entrepreneurs’ participation.

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Based on this Consultative Councils on Development of Entrepreneurship and Investment were established under the Chairmen of provinces and executive public authorities in cities and districts of the country, and their total number increased from 40 to 69 units in 2018-2019.

In the speech the issues of introduction of mechanism of assessment of executive authorities’ activity in regions, cities and districts of the country on their contribution for creation of favorable climate for entrepreneurship, creating new jobs and enhancement of private investments, including subnational Doing Business Report as one of the methods to assess the effectiveness of the local public bodies activity.

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Regarding the first issue, Mr. Umed Shomurodov, Chairman of the National Association of Dairy and Milk Producers of Tajikistan and Ms. Naoka Takasu, UN Deputy Resident Representative to the Republic of Tajikistan delivered their speeches.

According to the issue, the First Deputy Chairman of the State Committee on Investment and State Property Management, Mr. Sheralizoda Sharaf reported on the challenges of investors and entrepreneurs, the trends of foreign direct investment attraction, strengthening the mechanisms to attract foreign and domestic investment to ensure country's national strategic goals for economic development.

Also regarding the issue, the DCC Chairman – Mr. Jan-Peter Olters, General Director of Shiver Tajikistan – Mr. Philip Marsion and the Head of EBRD Resident Office in Tajikistan, Ms. Ayten Rustamova delivered their speeches.

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During the meeting, the First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Tajikistan, Mr. Davlatali Said also reminded on a number of issues, including strengthening institutional framework of public-private dialogue at the local level within the UNDP project, removing barriers for investors and entrepreneurs, simplifying the tax system and improving tax administration, development of Tax Code in a new edition, inspections of business entities and moratorium on inspection of business entities, solution of issues of companies with foreign investment, the level and quality of implementation of the decisions taken by the Consultative Council.

At the end of the meeting relevant instructions were given to ministries, agencies and other responsible structures.

31 October 2019

The Automobile Code of the Republic of Tajikistan was adopted by the Resolution of the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan dated October 2, 2019, №480 and submitted for consideration of the Parliament of the Republic of Tajikistan.

It should be mentioned that Automobile Code of the Republic of Tajikistan has been drafted in 2016-2017. According to the protocol instructions point 1.1. of the XVIII Session of the Consultative Council on Improvement of Investment Climate under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan dated January 26, 2018 it has been improved in line with international practice and submitted to the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan.

This Code takes into account the main provisions of international conventions and agreements in the field of international road transport ratified by the Republic of Tajikistan. It was developed with the support of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

The timely adoption and implementation of this resolution will help Tajikistan to become a transit country.

2 July 2019

In accordance with XIX session of the Consultative Council the Founder of Peace and National Unity, Leader of the Nation, President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon initiated extension of VAT simplified period. (i.e. to establish a 5% value added tax for private entrepreneurs in education sector)

This point was reviewed and approved by the Parliament of the Republic of Tajikistan on June 28, 2019.

At the same time:

The VAT rate for catering and construction companies will be set to 7%.

28 June 2019

The Founder of Peace and National Unity, Leader of the Nation, President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon signed the Law of the Republic of Tajikistan “On craftsmanship” on June 20, 2019.

The development of the Law was initiated according to the protocol of the XVII session of the Consultative Council for Improvement of the Investment Council under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan on January 30, 2017.

2 May 2019

A meeting of the focus group on getting access to credits of the Interagency Taskforce on improvement of the country position in the Doing Business report has been conducted on April 29, 2019 at the Secretariat of the Consultative Council under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan on Improvement of Investment Climate.

Members of the focus group including relevant public bodies, business associations and credit unions representatives of the country have been participated in the meeting.

Participants have discussed issues of the legal framework of credit unions regulation, including registration, taxation, their features and difference from banking institutions, simplification of regulation by amending the legislation, procedures of reporting to the NBT, exemption from taxes to ensure attraction of their funds to the banking system as well as providing support by development partners in the early stages of starting their activity.

As it has been noted by the senior economic consultant of the Secretariat of the Consultative Council under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan on Improvement of Investment Climate, Manuchehra Madjonova, legalization of the credit unions activity can significantly improve the country position in the Doing Business report on getting credits indicator through the widening the population coverage with credit history form credit unions.

According to the Doing Business report ranking despite of operating the two credit history bureaus in the country since 2013 coverage of population with credit histories is 44,9% of adults in compare with 42,8% in the region and 63,7% coverage in OECD countries.

Thus arrangement of the exchange of information among the credit unions and credit history bureaus will ensure enhancing the coverage of the population with credit histories, consequent decrease in banking system risks and credits percent rates significantly as well as improvement of the country position in international ranking.

At the end of the event results of discussion have been summarized and relevant decisions have been made by participants.


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