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IFC and Uzbekistan Government Partner to Improve the Business Environment and Assess Impact of Regulations

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Anvar Meliboev
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Tashkent, Uzbekistan, August 18, 2008—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, will work with the government of Uzbekistan to establish a new system for assessing the impact of regulations on the business environment.

Lars Thunell, IFC Executive Vice President and CEO, and Rustam Sadikovich Azimov, Uzbekistan’s First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, today signed a cooperation agreement to introduce a screening mechanism for policy proposals in Uzbekistan during the 2008-2010 period. This will help the government build its capacity to review regulations and incorporate regulatory review into its daily operations.

“We look forward to helping the government introduce a system to assess the impact of regulations affecting businesses,” Thunell said. “We will build on IFC’s extensive experience in implementing business environment reforms in the region to improve the quality of regulation and ensure the sustainability of reforms in Uzbekistan.”

Since 1994, IFC has invested $55 million in 14 projects in Uzbekistan’s food processing, construction materials, banking, and leasing industries. IFC’s current investment portfolio is worth about $6 million, most of which is invested in Asaka Bank, ABN AMRO Bank NB Uzbekistan, Hamkor Bank, Parvina Bank, and Uzbek Leasing International.

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