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Abstract to the Strategy of e-commerce development of the Republic of Uzbekistan

This Strategy was developed within the framework of the project "Central Asia is ready for trade", funded by the European Union.

The project aims to support the development of intra-regional and international trade in the five Central Asian countries by increasing transparency of cross-border requirements, removing regulatory and procedural barriers, strengthening the capacity of businesses to comply with trade formalities and standards, as well as by improving cross-border e-commerce.

The launch of the strategy development project together with international experts in the field of e-commerce by the International Trade Center UNCTAD/WTO was carried out in January 2021.

In July 2021, the Ministry of Investment, Industry and Trade formed the composition of the working group for the strategic development of e-commerce and submitted it for approval to the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

During the July-November months of 2021, meetings of the working group were held on a working basis and on an ongoing basis to jointly develop a draft strategy.

After discussing the visions and prospects of a wide range of stakeholders from the private and public sectors, which together make up the national ecosystem of e-commerce in 2022, the draft Roadmap was agreed with the working group and submitted for approval to the Cabinet of Ministers.

This strategy was approved by the Minutes of the meeting of the Government commission on foreign trade, investment, local industry development and technical regulation №106 dated December 27, 2022.

In order to further create additional conditions for the development of entrepreneurship, improve the business environment and organize a digital market infrastructure that meets international standards, this Strategy provides for the following practical measures:

- preparation of proposals on the formation of a regulatory framework for the introduction of Special arbitration for the consideration of disputes between e-commerce participants, including export transactions, in order to protect the interests of e-commerce participants and increase public confidence in e-commerce;

- development of export of goods through e-commerce through trade representatives in the diplomatic corps of the Republic of Uzbekistan abroad;

- creation of a virtual exhibition platform for the purpose of wide promotion of domestic products in foreign markets;

- simplification of the delivery system for the export of goods through e-commerce systems;

- attracting investments to create logistics, distribution and sorting centers for efficient and uninterrupted supply of goods;

- exchange of experience in the field of logistics and courier solutions in order to expand the coverage of domestic courier companies and apply market trends in the field of logistics;

- automation of customs duties on goods and products imported into the republic;

- creation of a "sand regulator" tool to provide financial and innovative solutions aimed at promoting technologies and products to the foreign market.

UZB_E-commerce strategy_final ENG.pdf