5 October 2010
In October 5, 2010 in Dushanbe Round Table on: “The Consultative Council on Improvement of Investment Climate under the President of Republic of Tajikistan — as an instrument to facilitate open dialogue between the state and private sector” have placed where was presented the Annual report of the Secretariat of the Consultative Council on improvement of investment climate under the President of Republic of Tajikistan for the past year period and further activity plans. The goal of the roundtable was to provide information on the activities and achievements of the Consultative Council on Improvement of Investment Climate under the President of Republic of Tajikistan (the Consultative Council) and the Secretariat of the Consultative Council, and to chart out the future activities of the Consultative Council. The public private dialogue is one of the key components of the ongoing reforms and is aimed at helping with identification and elimination of administrative barriers on the way of private sector development. The participants of Round table discussed existing problems and ways of decisions. Mr. Davlatali Saidov, in his presentation pointed out that the round table is conducted with the view to provide information on the activities and achievements of the Consultative Council on Improvement of Investment Climate under the President of Republic of Tajikistan (the Consultative Council) and the Secretariat of the Consultative Council, and to chart out the future activities of the Consultative Council and the support of the donor community for reforms to improve business climate in the country. It was pointed that the improved political and business climate through decisions and recommendations of the Consultative Council on reforming legal and administrative procedures are aimed at supporting economic development, attraction of investment and private sector development. For example, the recognition that Tajikistan has gained last year as one of the top ten reformer countries according to the World Bank Doing Business Report, is evidence that the country notwithstanding with difficulties and adverse effects of the global financial crisis is taking serious actions to improve the business climate.Head of the Secretariat of the Consultative Council — Mr. Zafar Khotamov spoke about the role and work of the Secretariat of the Consultative Council and have provided his vision on improvement of the work of the Secretariat and the Consultative Council. He pointed that today a number of good suggestions and recommendations for strengthening the work of the Secretariat and the Consultative Council were provided. He suggested to Donors organizations to establish close cooperation with Secretariat in order to preparation of agenda of Council’s Sessions, filtration of proposals for consideration of Consultative Council’s Sessions, selection of Consultative Council’s members, also he expressed readiness to accommodate those comments and recommendation in the work of the Secretariat and to have further discussions and consultations. Thereafter, the representative of International Finance Corporation (the IFC) in Republic of Tajikistan Ms. Christine L. Bowers, the Head of European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the EBRD) Office in Tajikistan — Mr. Ulf Hindstrom and Head of the German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ) Project on development of small and medium enterprises Mr. Hartwig Ungethuem made presentations. Every of them in their presentation pointed about the achievements through mutual benefit cooperation and issues for the consideration in the Consultative Council Sessions. They mentioned that the Consultative Council is gradually strengthening and the public private dialogue is entering higher levels as the dialogue is becoming more open and better results of the reforms are achieved. The Donors Community is interested in interested in improvement of the investment climate in the country as we would like to have more investment projects in the country. In the round table the representatives of private sector have actively participated. Mr. F.Rajabov — Chairman of Association of builders of Tajikistan made presentation and provide information about the history of establishment of the Association, main goals, cooperation of Association with state bodies, international organizations/donors and private sectors. In conclusion he addressed to donors to provide adequate technical assistance to the Agency for Construction and Architecture of the Republic of Tajikistan by donor projects for implementation of single window on construction permits, also for implementation of other reforms.Deputy Head of Center for entrepreneurship support and development of Dushanbe Mr.Kadirov M., made proposal on strengthening of monitoring for implementation of the Consultative Council decisions by state bodies and inform the society. The representatives of private sectors made suggestions and recommendation with the view to strengthen the joint work for improvement of the business and investment climate in the country by the strengthening of mutual cooperation with state bodies and private sectors and opportunities to strengthening the technical assistance by international organizations. The senior adviser to the President of Republic of Tajikistan on economy — Mr. N.Buriev has expressed his views on the discussions of the round table. He emphasized with specific examples the achievements of the Consultative Council in the areas of advancing reforms and establishment of public private dialogue during the three years of its work. He expressed his gratefulness to the international organizations such as World Bank, EBRD, IFC, USAID, GTZ and other donor organizations for their support of the Secretariat and Consultative Council. He also thanked the representatives of the private sector for their active participation.In the round table the participants noted that the Consultative Council during the three years of its activity, have passed the early stages of establishment and have demonstrated a capacity to maintain public private dialogue at a highest level in the country and suggested to organize such round tables and discussions regularly.