The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has approved the Tax Administration Reform Project in Uzbekistan, which is designed to improve the operational efficiency and effectiveness of the State Tax Committee and deliver better services to local taxpayers. The project is to be supported by a $60-million concessional credit from the International Development Association, with financing provided to the government at a very low-interest rate and a repayment period of 30 years.
“The Government of Uzbekistan has prioritized reforms in the tax administration system to create a better business and investment environment. The new project will help the Tax committee improve its work in the interest of taxpayers,” said Marco Mantovanelli, World Bank Country Manager for Uzbekistan. “In particular, the project will allow to broaden the tax base, leading to a reduction in the informal sector of the economy, which is estimated to be around 50% of GDP; to increase tax revenues; and to help firms and companies create new jobs, benefiting from a more efficient tax administration system.”
The project includes three key components directed at improving the STC’s operational, institutional, technological and human resource capacities and promoting voluntary compliance across Uzbekistan. (Uzreport/Business World Magazine)