Central Asia is returning to normal as COVID-19’s slowly loosening its grip
Coronavirus loosened its grip on Central Asia, so the countries of the region started easing quarantine restrictions. This is done in order to quickly restore the economy that was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The leaderships of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan are trying to support the businesspeople of their countries in every possible way. Entrepreneurs were exempted from paying a number of taxes. They were also provided with concessional loans.
Uzbekistan abolishes excise tax on imported passenger vehicles
President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a decree on the development of the domestic automotive market, Uzbek Ministry of Justice reported. According to the document, the excise tax on imported cars will be abolished from August 1.
Currently, there is a 30-percent excise tax for imported cars in Uzbekistan. For comparison, the excise tax on new cars in Russia, Kazakhstan and Ukraine is set at 2 percent.
Currently, one needs to pay value added tax, as well as customs and excise duties in order to import passenger vehicles to Uzbekistan from overseas. According to local automotive websites, after the elimination of the excise tax, the prices of cars imported from abroad will decrease by no less than US$2,400.
Media ombudsman institution begins operating in Tajikistan
From now on, the media ombudsman institution in Tajikistan will be monitoring the objective and impartial coverage of events as well as adherence to journalistic ethics in the country’s media.
The media ombudsman institution was established under the support of the ‘Internews Network’ international organization in Tajikistan. Chairperson of the National Association of Independent Media of Tajikistan Nuriddin Karshiboyev said that media ombudsmen will work with six regional media outlets. Previously, all of the ombudsmen attended a lecture course by the ‘Internews Network’ organization and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).