IFC recommends to improve licensing system in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan, Baku, Aug. 14 / Trend N.Ismayilova /
The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has prepared recommendations for improving the existing system for licensing business activities in Azerbaijan, the IFC report says, the official press reported on Saturday.
The Financial Corporation recommends changes and additions to legislation on the rules for licensing, definition of distinct basis for the need to obtain a new license, increase of legal awareness of entrepreneurs about the licensing procedures.
IFC's recommendations for improving the permits system reflects the reduction in the number of documents, limiting the zone of their action, precise definition of licensing procedures, their numbers and concepts in the existing legislation, provision of comprehensible bases on the introduction of new types of permits, and introduction of "single window" for the issuance of certain types of permits.
The Azerbaijani licensing system is mainly based on the rules of licensing and the decree of the Cabinet of Ministers on the additional requirements for the issuance of special permits, depending on the types of activities.
To date, there are two sources of a permit system in Azerbaijan - rules and technical requirements developed in the Soviet period and not meeting the requirements of a modern market economy, a number of legal acts adopted in recent years to regulate the market economy.
As a result, the acting permit system has a number of contradictions due to lack of a systematic approach. This indicates a lack of clear procedures for issuing, returning licenses and their complete list.
Recommendations to improve the system of licensing and permits in Azerbaijan was prepared under the IFC project to improve the business climate (AzBEE).
Azerbaijan already has a database of 57 licensing forms and over 200 permissions.
AzBEE's project is implemented jointly with BP and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs in Azerbaijan. SECO provided the government with a grant worth $4.3 million and BP also allocated $0.456 million.
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