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Uzbekistan to cut number of permission procedures

16 July 2012

http://uzdaily.com of 7/16/2012 - President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov signed a decree on measures to cardinally decrease statistic, tax, financial reporting, licensing types of activities and permission procedures on 16 July 2012.

The document was adopted in order to improve business environment, create favourable conditions for businesses due to abolishing red tape, decrease and simplify licensing and permission procedures, improve reporting system and its submission.

According to the decree, from 1 August 2012 Uzbekistan will abolish 80 permission procedures (26% of total number) and 15 licensing types of activities (20% of total number) due to their abolishment and unification.

Uzbek head also approved decreasing number of state statistics, financial, tax and other types of reports due to abolishing and unification of duplicate forms.

From 1 August 2012, according to decree, the licenses to some types of activities will be issued without term limit. At the same time, those licenses, which were already issues, will be non-expiring, the document said.

Uzbek President forbade state bodies, which issues licenses, to reject to issue license, if the business entity submitted the document for the second time after eliminating shortages.

Islam Karimov also abolished system on submission of monthly tax reports on all types and mandatory payments, excluding tax for super profit, from 1 January 2013.

According to the decree, microfirms will submit statistics reports on annual basis, while state statistics bodies can make selective research on quarterly basis.

Islam Karimov warned heads of the authorized bodies that they will be personally responsible for execution of laws on licensing and permission procedures in entrepreneurial activity.

President Islam Karimov also entrusted the Government of Uzbekistan to submission of statistics, tax and financial reports in electronic form by the end of 2014. He also entrusted the government to introduce electronic system on obtaining licenses and permissions via Internet