Mr. Parviz Kamoliddinov, ITC National Consultant on Trade Policy developed a Policy Paper on strengthening the role of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) of Tajikistan. The Paper focuses on policy and regulatory reforms stemming from the WTO membership. Based on the Action Plan for the last quarter of 2013 developed according to this paper, the Information Bureau was established within the CCI, as well as five brief notes and five thematic briefs were prepared on specific on-going policy and regulatory reforms, and disseminated among the CCI members.
The Information Bureau will monitor the ongoing policy formulation process and draw the attention of the CCI members. The Bureau will also conduct surveys among members to collect their views on the on-going reforms, establish and operate a request-service on “policy and advocacy” for the private sector, aimed at responding to any query from the private sector on policy and regulatory issues, and organize stakeholders’ meetings on trade policy/regulatory issues.
The topics of the brief notes developed under the Action Plan included the reforms of the Technical Regulation System in Tajikistan, Trade Facilitation and International Conventions, etc. The thematic briefs focused on the impacts and implications of Tajikistan’s WTO accession on priority sectors (Agriculture and Food Industry); Light and Textile industry; Metallurgy, and general overview of Tajikistan’s commitments in trade in services.