The Sixteenth Session of the Consultative Council
of the 16th Session of the Consultative Council on Improvement of Investment Climate under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan
12 April, 2016
1. Update on implementation process of decisions of the Consultative Council on Improvement of Investment Climate under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan.
• Qodiri Qosim, Council’s Executive Secretary
• Richard Jones, Resident Representative of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in Tajikistan
• Nabot Dodkhudoeva, Representative from Private Sector in the Council, Head of LLC “Madina va Hamkoron”
Questions and Answers
2. Presentation of the result of analysis and Draft Action Plan on Improvement of Investment Climate on Agriculture and Agribusiness Sectors.
• Izatullo Sattori, Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Tajikistan
• Shorauf Shorahmatov, Chairman of Association of Agrobusiness of Tajikistan
• Viorel Gutu, Head of FAO (UN Food and Agricultural Organization) Representation Office in Tajikistan
Questions and Answers
3. Presentation of Preliminary analysis on challenges in tax Administration and possible solutions.
• Nematullo Hikmatullozoda, Minister of Economic Development and Trade of the Republic of Tajikistan
Questions and Answers
4. Proposing issues of Draft Agenda for the next Session of the Consultative Council.
- Improvement of Investment and Business Climate in Transport sector.
• Qodiri Qosim, Council’s Executive Secretary
|Permanent members of the Council:|
|Prime Minister of the Republic of Tajikistan||Qohir Rasulzoda|
|Chairman of the State Committee on Investment and State Property Management of the Republic of Tajikistan (Executive Secretary of the Council)||Qodiri Qosim|
|Head of the Secretariat of the Consultative Council on Improvement of Investment Climate under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan||Numon Abdughafforzoda|
|Non-permanent members of the Council:|
|Ambassador, Head of the EU Delegation in Tajikistan||Hidajet Biščević|
|General Director of “Sangtuda – 1”||Pavel Lavrov|
|Chairman of Association of Agrobusiness of Tajikistan||Shorahmatov Shorauf|
|Chairman of LLC “Kafolat”||Muzaffar Saymuddinov|
|Chairman of CJSC “Ghayur”||Akbar Ghulomov|
|Chairman of CJSC “Madina va Hamkoron”||Nabot Dodkhudoeva|
|First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Tajikistan||Davlatali Saidov|
|Assistant to the President of the Republic of Tajikistan on Economy Policy||Farrukh Hamralizoda|
|Deputy Head of Executive Office of the President of the Republic of Tajikistan||Fayziddin Qahhorzoda|
|Senior Referent of the President of the Republic of Tajikistan||Matlubkhon Davlatov|
|Minister of Economy Development and Trade of the Republic of Tajikistan||Nematullo Hikmatullozoda|
|Minister of Finance of the Republic of Tajikistan||Abdusalom Qurboniyon|
|Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Tajikistan||Izatullo Sattori|
|Minister of Justice of the Republic of Tajikistan||Rustam Shohmurod|
|Minister of Transport of the Republic of Tajikistan||Sherali Gannjalzoda|
|Chairman of Committee for Land Management and Geodesy of the Republic of Tajikistan||Rajabboi Ahmadzoda|
|Chairman of Tax Committee under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan||Nusratullo Davlatzoda|
|Chairman of National Bank of Tajikistan||Jamshed Nurmuhammadzoda|
|Director of Agency on State Financial Control and Fight against Corruption||Rustami Emomali|
|Chairman of Committee on Local Development under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan||Qosim Rohbar|
|Director Agency of Land Reclamation Irrigation and under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan||Kholmurod Rahmon|
|Head of Customs Service under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan||Abdufatohi Ghoib|
|Director of “Tajikstandart” Agency||Qurboniyon Ibodullo Karim|
|Director of SUE “Tojikagrolizing”||Akramzoda Yusuf Akram|
|Deputy Chairman of the State Committee on Investment and State Property Management of the Republic of Tajikistan||Nigina Anvari|
|Head of Secretariat of Prime Minister of the Republic of Tajikistan||Maqsudjon Mahkamzoda|
|Head of Department of Legal of Executive Office of the President of the Republic||Zafar Azizzoda|
|Head of Department of Strategic Planning and Reforms of Executive Office of the President of the Republic of Tajikistan||Yusuf Majidi|
|Head of Department of Agriculture and Environment of Executive Office of the President of the Republic of Tajikistan||Pirzoda Jalil Safar|
|Head of the State Enterprise||Isfandiyor Usmonzoda|
|Head of Association of farm of Tajikistan||Azizbek Sharipov|
|Country Director of Asian Development Bank in Tajikistan||C. C. Yu|
|Resident Coordinator of Representation of United Nation in Tajikistan||Alexander Zuev|
|Resident Representative of European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in Tajikistan||Richard Jones|
|Senior Country Economist of World Bank Resident Office in Tajikistan||Marina Bakanova|
|Head of DFID Central Asia||Peter Fernandos Cardy|
|Ambassador of OSCE Office in Tajikistan||Markus Mueller|
|Director of Representative Office of Eurasian Development Bank in Tajikistan||Rashid Kadirov|
|Head of IFC Representative in Tajikistan||Manizha Mamadnabieva|
|Head of International Monetary Fund Resident Office in Tajikistan||Aidyn Bibolov|
|Head of FAO Representative in Tajikistan||Viorel Gutu|
|Resident Representative of JICA I Tajikistan||Kiyoshi Ishii|
|Director of Kfw Office in Tajikistan||Kerstin Laabs|
On April 12, 2016 the Prime Minister of the Republic of Tajikistan opened the Sixteenth Session of the Consultative Council on Improvement of Investment Climate under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan.
The session began with the report from Qodiri Qosim, the Executive Secretary of the Council and Chairman of the State Committee on Investments and State Property Management, on the progress of the implementation of the Council’s past decisions. At the previous session, the Council made decisions on the development of industry and support for national producers, on lowering export costs for competitive products, and increasing access to electricity for businesses. The Fifteenth Session also addressed the development of the insurance market, a timely review of requests from entrepreneurs, the stable development of businesses and investments inflows as well as the establishment of Entrepreneurship Day.
It was noted that 14 October 2015, the first anniversary of Entrepreneurship Day, with the participation of the Founder of Peace and National Unity, the Leader of the Nation, the President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rakhmon, was marked by a number of business events and culminated in the International Business Forum Dushanbe - 2015, “Entrepreneurship and Investment for Sustainable Development”.
The Secretary of the Council, Qodiri Qosim, noted that in response to the decisions of the Council, the Government developed the Laws of the Republic of Tajikistan on Investment, On Inspection of Business Entities, and the Government Action Plan for the development of the secondary securities market and stock exchanges, taking into account best international practices. He observed that the draft Government Action Plan on industry and support for entrepreneurs in manufacturing had been finalized in coordination with the relevant ministries and agencies and presented to the Government for consideration.
On the second agenda item dedicated to the agricultural sector, Mr. Izatullo Sattori, the Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Tajikistan, reported that an inter-ministerial working group under the Ministry of Agriculture had completed a comprehensive analysis of the agricultural sector to identify ways to improve the investment climate and promote agribusiness. The working group elaborated 104 specific recommendations and a 39-point plan of action, which will help to improve the investment climate in the agricultural sector and promote agribusiness development.
The third agenda item of the Council session addressed taxation. Mr. Nematullo Hikmatullozoda, the Minister of Economic Development and Trade of the Republic of Tajikistan, on the basis of a preliminary analysis of the taxation system, highlighted the existing shortcomings in tax administration and outlined possible ways to address them.
Ms. Kerstin Laabs, KFW Director in Tajikistan and the deputy Head of the Donor Coordination Council representing Development Partners noted the importance of the tax system evaluation and expressed the readiness of development partners to support a detailed study of the tax system and development of specific recommendations for the government.
Mr. Qodiri Qosim, summarizing key points and decisions from the Session, proposed to consider investment and business climate issues in the transport sector at the upcoming session of the Consultative Council. The selection of the topic for the agenda was unanimously approved by members of the Council.
Representatives from the private sector and Development Partners also made respective presentations.
Ms. Nabot Dodkhudoeva, the Head of LLC Madina and Partners, spoke on the role of the private sector in implementing the previous decisions of the Council: creating jobs through the establishment of small and medium-sized enterprises, translating local resources into final products, and the full processing of fruit and vegetables.
Mr. Richard Jones, Head of the Representative Office of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in Tajikistan, praised the role of the Consultative Council as a public-private dialogue platform to improve the investment and business climate in the country. EBRD’s contribution to the development of the private sector, through financing infrastructure projects, including in energy, industry and the financial services, was also noted.
Further, Mr. Shorauf Sharahmatov, the Head of the Agribusiness Association of Tajikistan, noted the potential adverse impact of the draft Farming Accounting Regulation which is currently under development. The regulation, by introducing additional expenses and representing a distraction for farmers, would likely be detrimental to the efficiency of the agricultural sector.
Mr. Viorel Gutu, Head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in Tajikistan, spoke of the need for agricultural reform across all value-chains, for the introduction of various financial incentives and for the expansion of ‘extension services’ to attract investment for agribusiness. In addition, a greater commercialization of seed, equipment and agricultural insurance would help to support farmers. Mr. Gutu also emphasised the need to strengthen the national Food Safety System and further reduce barriers to trade.
On the conclusion of the session, the Prime Minister tasked the responsible Ministries and Agencies with implementing the corresponding provisions of the decisions taken by the Council.