Busi­ness li­cens­ing ser­vices to be fully in­te­grated

Azer News - - Business - By Rashid Shiri­nov

State struc­tures will fully in­te­grate their li­cens­ing ser­vices with the new por­tal un­til March 2018, said Deputy Min­is­ter of Econ­omy Sahib Mam­madov.

Ad­dress­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion of the li­cense is­suance por­tal (li­cense.gov.az) in Baku on De­cem­ber 20, he noted that it is nec­es­sary to amend the rel­e­vant leg­is­la­tion to en­sure the op­er­a­tion of the por­tal, say­ing that pro­pos­als have al­ready been sent to the gov­ern­ment and their adop­tion is ex­pected in the near fu­ture.

Mam­madov fur­ther noted the por­tal for is­su­ing li­censes will also have a mo­bile ver­sion.

The li­censes is­sued to en­trepreneurs in Azer­bai­jan mainly cover such ar­eas as phar­ma­ceu­tics, con­struc­tion, ve­teri­nary, plant grow­ing, agri­cul­tural chem­istry, met­al­lurgy, trans­port and other ac­tiv­i­ties. En­cour­ag­ing lo­cal en­trepreneur­ship is one of the pri­or­i­ties for the Azer­bai­jani gov­ern­ment, which sup­ports en­trepreneurs through cre­at­ing nec­es­sary con­di­tions for the de­vel­op­ment of a healthy busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment in the coun­try.

Mam­madov noted that start­ing from 2018, en­trepreneurs in Azer­bai­jan will be able to ap­ply for busi­ness li­censes on­line.

Through the new por­tal, en­trepreneurs will be able to send ap­peals for ob­tain­ing, liq­ui­dat­ing or restor­ing a li­cense. The por­tal will also al­low for a sin­gle regis­ter of li­censes and per­mits.

“The min­istry started to is­sue li­censes through the ASAN Ser­vice cen­ters from Novem­ber 2, 2015, and for the past two years, 4,832 li­censes have been is­sued, 2,676 of which were is­sued for the first time, and 2,156 were re­placed by un­lim­ited ones,” he said.

He added that as a re­sult of the re­forms car­ried out, the num­ber of li­censes nec­es­sary for do­ing busi­ness de­creased from 59 to 37, and the num­ber of per­mits de­creased four times and amounted to 86.

“Em­ploy­ees of the Econ­omy Min­istry through the cen­ters of the ASAN Ser­vice ren­dered con­sult­ing ser­vices to over 35,000 en­trepreneurs,” Mam­madov said. “At the next stage, we aim to en­sure full dig­i­ti­za­tion of li­cens­ing ser­vices, and it will be pos­si­ble to achieve this by means of an on­line por­tal. This will al­low en­trepreneurs, with­out leav­ing their of­fices, to ap­ply for li­censes on­line.”

Speak­ing at the event Chair­man of the State Agency for Public Ser­vices and So­cial In­no­va­tions Inam Ka­ri­mov said that over the past two years, about 5,000 li­censes have been is­sued through the cen­ters of the ASAN Ser­vice.

“In Baku, the li­censes are is­sued through the ASAN Ser­vice Cen­ter No. 5, and in the re­gions through the re­gional cen­ters,” said Ka­ri­mov.

He added that cur­rently, there are five ASAN Ser­vice cen­ters in Baku, and seven in Azer­bai­jan’s re­gions.

“Over 250 ser­vices of 10 state agen­cies and pri­vate com­pa­nies of the coun­try are ren­dered by ASAN Ser­vice cen­ters. The num­ber of ap­peals to the cen­ters reached 19 mil­lion,” Ka­ri­mov said.

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