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PRESIDENTIAL DECREE OF THE REPUBLIC OF UZBEKISTAN

of December 21, 2018 No. UP-5600

About measures for further enhancement of system of coordination and management of activities of free economic zones

(as amended on 08-06-2021)

In the country the legislation regulating activities of free economic zones is created, the controling mechanism by their activities due to decentralization of administrative functions and expansion of powers of administrative boards of free economic zones and small industrial zones in the Republic of Karakalpakstan, areas and the city of Tashkent is simplified (further - administrative boards).

At the same time, studying of practice of creation and functioning of free economic zones testifies to availability of the system problems and shortcomings interfering ensuring efficiency of their activities.

In particular, insufficiently effective work of administrative boards and directorates of free economic zones, and also poor development of transport and engineering and communication infrastructure complicate the accelerated implementation of investment projects and reduce their attractiveness for potential investors.

Duplication of functions of state bodies in the organization and coordination of activities of free economic zones leads to tightening of the solution of the organizational matters connected with implementation of investment projects.

For the purpose of further simplification of system of coordination and management of activities of free economic zones, improvement of conditions for investment attraction, ensuring the accelerated implementation of investment projects, the organization on this basis of new workplaces and increases in the income of the population:

1. Determine that:

the decision on provision of the parcel of land for implementation of investment projects is drawn up by the protocol of administrative boards on selection and placement of investment projects for realization in the territories of free economic zones, accepted on the basis of results of electronic online auction without adoption of the separate solution of hokim of the area (city) on provision of the parcel of land;

adoption by administrative boards of the decision on project implementation in the territory of free economic zones is performed only in the presence of the positive conclusion SUE The Center of Complex Examination and Import Contracts under the Ministry of Economy and Industry of the Republic of Uzbekistan (further - the Center) according to business plans or feasibility statements on implementable projects;

the term of issue of the conclusion of the Center for business plans or feasibility statements on implementable projects shall not exceed twenty calendar days;

aggregate term of consideration by administrative boards of investment requests for placement of productions in the territory of free economic zones shall not exceed thirty calendar days, including process of issue of the conclusion of the Center;

the customs clearance of all goods imported by members of free economic zones using privileges on customs payments is performed in the presence of the positive conclusion of the Center for results of complex examination of inventories;

the term of issue of the conclusion of the Center for results of complex examination of inventories shall not exceed fifteen calendar days;

the privileges provided to members of free economic zones are applied only to products made in the territory of free economic zones;

master plans of free economic zones affirm administrative boards in coordination with the Ministry of construction and the Ministry of investments and foreign trade of the Republic of Uzbekistan;

directors of directorates of free economic zones are appointed to position and dismissed by administrative boards in coordination with the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

The Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan on quarterly basis hears reports of heads of directorates of free economic zones on the course of implementation of the approved investment projects.

2. To the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan to introduce the draft of the regulatory legal act on enhancement of activities of the free economic zone of Navoiy on the basis of the best international experience providing in a month:

transformation of form of business SUE Directorate of the Free Economic Zone Navoi in joint-stock company with transfer on its balance of objects of the engineering and communication networks located in the territory of the free economic zone of Navoiy as the state share, and also all parcel of land of the free economic zone of Navoiy on the right of permanent use;

rendering the free economic zone of Navoiy of services by directorate for members of the free economic zone, including the marketing, consulting, logistic, household, hotel, educational, insurance and other types of service which are not prohibited by the legislation;

implementation in the territory of the free economic zone of Navoiy of the simplified visa regime and procedure for hiring of employees, including foreign citizens;

establishment of the simplified procedure for licensing and receipt of permissions for members of the free economic zone. At the same time the directorate of the free economic zone of Navoiy is allocated with power to accompany the participant and to confirm the applicant's compliance to qualification requirements;

establishment of procedure according to which in case of non-compliance with placement of projects by the participant of conditions in the territory of the free economic zone of Navoiy agreement cancelation with it is made exclusively judicially;

creation in the territory of the free economic zone of Navoiy of comfortable conditions for work and accommodation of foreign citizens.

3. Confer responsibility on:

a) The ministry of investments and foreign trade of the Republic of Uzbekistan for:

investment attraction, including foreign, on the territory of free economic zones;

timely implementation of investment projects in the territory of free economic zones;

carrying out permanent monitoring of the course of implementation of investment projects in the territory of free economic zones with identification of the reasons interfering their timely input, and also efficiency of activities of members of free economic zones with taking measures to rendering the practical help in the solution of the arising problems to them;

b) The Ministry of Economic Development and reducings poverty of the Republic of Uzbekistan for:

creation of necessary conditions in free economic zones for attracting investors, including ensuring with engineering and transport infrastructure, subjects to social-household and cultural and public appointment;

determination of specialization of free economic zones, roles in social and economic development of the territories and establishment taking into account it specific selection criteria of projects, the provided privileges and other types of the state support;

c) The Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan for:

implementation of coordination and monitoring of activities of administrative boards and directorates of free economic zones;

introduction in accordance with the established procedure offers on further enhancement of the legislation for the purpose of creation of more favorable conditions for the investors realizing projects in the territory of free economic zones and also increase in deliveries of products made by them at export;

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