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    The Minister of Justice of Uzbekistan took part in the sixteenth meeting of the Council of Ministers of Justice of the CIS member States

    On June 30, 2022, the sixteenth meeting of the Council of Ministers of Justice of the member States of the Commonwealth of Independent States was held in St. Petersburg as part of the jubilee X St. Petersburg International Legal Forum. The Minister of Justice of the Republic of Uzbekistan Ruslanbek Davletova took part in the meeting on behalf of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

    One of the main topics on the agenda of the meeting was the role of the Ministries of Justice in the implementation of state legal policy and legal reform in the CIS member States. During the event, the heads of the Ministries of Justice also discussed topical issues in the field of advocacy and trends in the development of the field of forensic examination.

    Minister of Justice R. Davletov, in particular, spoke about the large-scale reforms being implemented in Uzbekistan in the above areas. The emphasis is placed on the systematization and digitalization of the legal framework, the use of modern methods of legal expertise (including anti-corruption, gender-legal), assessment of regulatory impact, openness of regulatory decision-making, improvement of legal culture.

    It was noted that the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Uzbekistan has set goals, firstly, to optimize the functional and organizational structures of public administration, to define a clear procedure for the creation and abolition of ministries and departments, requirements for their structure and staff. Secondly, de-bureaucratization and elimination of discretionary powers, which is designed to minimize corruption risks, and thirdly, decentralization of public administration both vertically and horizontally, including the transfer of a number of public functions to the private sector.

    In addition, R. Davletov separately focused on the issue of providing public services. It was emphasized that work is underway to optimize public services by modernizing business processes. Thus, it was reported that over the next five years, the number of public services provided will be increased to 22 million per year.

    At the same time, attention is focused on reforms in the field of advocacy institutions and the development of forensic expertise.

    The members of the Council agreed to hold the 17th meeting of the Council of Ministers of Justice of the Commonwealth of Independent States in 2023 in the Republic of Tajikistan.

    The meeting was held in an open, friendly atmosphere and an atmosphere of mutual understanding. As a result, appropriate decisions were made, the Public Relations Department of the Ministry of Justice reports.

    For information: The Council of Ministers of Justice is a body of the Council of Heads of State and the Council of Heads of Government of the CIS member States, performing its functions and tasks on issues within its competence, including cooperation with the ministries of Justice, harmonization of legislation of the CIS member States, exchange of information on the formation and implementation of the legal policy of the member States, etc.

    The members of the Council are the Ministers of Justice of the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Belarus, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Tajikistan and the Republic of Uzbekistan. Uzbekistan became a full member of the Council in 2019.