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October forum to highlight Uzbekistan’s strengths in IT outsourcing

On October 23, Uzbekistan, Central Asia’s most exciting market for opportunities in the IT sector, will host ICT Week 2023 in Tashkent.

Over the last five years, Uzbekistan has seen rapid development in the field of Business Process and IT Outsourcing, achieving an 82-fold increase in the export of IT services. The event, which will bring together companies, investors, thought leaders and policy makers, will explore opportunities in IT outsourcing and provide access to some of the region’s most exciting investment opportunities and potential partners.

The development of Uzbekistan’s IT and BPO sector has been led by IT Park, a regional hub that offers investors unique privileges to enter the market and access the country’s natural advantages. The total volume of services exported by IT Park residents came to 145.3 US dollars in the first six months of 2023. This is up from a total 140.9 million US dollars in 2022.

By becoming a resident of IT Park, companies receive exemption from all corporation taxes, and incoming founders, investors and specialists may access the preferential IT Visa for up to three years. This simplifies acquisition of residence permits and access to a full range of social services, including in healthcare and education.

In addition, in 2023, IT Park launched the Zero Risk programme, designed to streamline the relocation of foreign businesses to the market. Its advantages include free office space for up to 12 months; assistance with the technical setup of the office; and reimbursement of up to 15 per cent of payroll expenses for Uzbek employees, and of up to 50 per cent of costs incurred in attracting international mentors to the country.

Furthermore, a ‘One Stop Shop’ programme facilitates the easy and swift establishment of a legal entity in Uzbekistan and the opening of a bank account. A ‘Virtual Office’ service also enables companies to work remotely, saving on physical office space rent and maintenance costs while minimising tax risks.

Since inception, over 1400 companies have taken advantage of the benefits and opportunities provided by IT Park.

Among them are major international companies including EPAM Systems, Exadel, East Games, Itransition, Vention, Dyninno, Abcbridge, Qulix, all of whom successfully export their services to the USA, the UK, the UAE, and other countries in Europe and Asia.

All companies benefit from Uzbekistan’s natural advantages, including a young, dynamic population of over 36 million people and high education and literacy standards.

The October conference builds on the Digital Leadership Forum which was held in Tashkent in July. The event bought together over 300 BPO companies worldwide, defining a target to increase the export volume of IT services from Uzbekistan to five billion US dollars by 2030.

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