Dushanbe, Tajikistan, February 23, 2015
– The World Bank Group is helping Tajikistan improve its investment climate
and promote foreign investment and international trade by streamlining
government administration and eliminating red tape.
Rustamjon Soliev, Tajikistan’s Ambassador to Belgium, the Netherlands,
and Luxembourg, today deposited Tajikistan’s instrument of accession to
the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of
Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents.
Known as the Apostille Convention, it is one of the world’s most successful
legal cooperation treaties in private international law. Following the
usual procedural steps, the Convention will enter into force for Tajikistan
on October 31, 2015, making it the 108th Contracting State to
This will replace the traditionally lengthy legalization process with an
authentication certificate, greatly simplifying the process of producing
public documents abroad and providing foreign companies with a higher degree
of juridical confidence in cross border issues.
“The Government of Tajikistan has sought the support of both the World
Bank Group and the Permanent Bureau to make the accession of Tajikistan
to the Convention possible,” said Christophe Bernasconi, Secretary General,
Hague Conference on Private and International Law. “The Permanent Bureau
congratulates Tajikistan and is grateful for the ongoing cooperation of
the government, in particular the Ministries of Justice and Foreign Affairs.
We look forward to welcoming Tajikistan to the Apostille Convention.”
“Tajikistan’s accession to the Apostille Convention comes at an excellent
time to support the country’s economic growth,” said Christopher Miller,
IFC Program Manager. “It will contribute toward strengthening Tajikistan’s
credibility in the international trade arena, making it a more attractive
place to do business because the legalization of documents will require
less time and money. We also expect significant benefits for Tajik citizens
working and studying abroad.”
The initiative is part of World Bank Group efforts to improve the investment
climate in Central Asia by facilitating investments and reducing compliance
costs for businesses. The IFC Central Asia Investment Climate Program is
part of the World Bank Group Global Practice on Trade and Competitiveness.
The Practice’s focus is on driving economic growth and job creation by
strengthening competitiveness, increasing trade, promoting investment,
fostering innovation, and promoting entrepreneurship, in partnership with
policymakers and the private sector worldwide.
The program is implemented in partnership with the Government of Switzerland
and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID).
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