Azerbaijan issues over 5,000 licenses for business activity (UPDATE)

Details added (first version posted on 13:03)

Baku, Azerbaijan, March 14

By Anvar Mammadov – Trend:

The Ministry of Economy of Azerbaijan issued 5,311 licenses for entrepreneurial activity so far, the country’s Deputy Economy Minister Sahib Mammadov said during the presentation of the portal for electronic issuance of licenses and permits.

He noted that 51 percent of the licenses issued through the ASAN Service Centers are new.

The remaining licenses, according to the deputy minister, were issued when replacing fixed-date licenses for indefinite ones.

Mammadov said that as a result of economic reforms in Azerbaijan, the business climate has become even more favorable and the number of licenses and permits for doing business has been reduced.

The number of licensed activities was reduced from 59 to 37, and the number of permits – from 330 to 86. The volume of state duty for obtaining licenses was almost halved, and was decreased by four times for districts. Meanwhile, the timeframe of issuing licenses was reduced from 15 to 10 working days.

Speaking about the portal for issuing the licenses, the deputy minister said that the portal has been working in a test regime since March 1, 2018.

“We presented this portal in December 2017. Afterwards, we collected proposals of entrepreneurs, which were taken into account in the process of improving the portal. The portal will be put into use in two stages: at the first stage, licenses of the Ministry of Economy of Azerbaijan will be issued via the portal, and at the second stage, permits will be issued. The first applications for obtaining licenses have already been received via the portal,” Mammadov noted.

The Economy Ministry started issuing business licenses through the ASAN Service Centers since November 2015.

Licenses have been issued in the fields of pharmaceutics, construction and installation activities, private medical activities, sale of veterinary drugs, fire protection, imports of agrochemicals and plant protection products, mining activities, education, transportation of dangerous goods and other areas of activity.

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