Getting The Deal Through – Islamic Finance & Markets 2015: Uzbekistan

Until recently the banking and financial services sector and business in Uzbekistan have had limited exposure to and understanding of Islamic finance. The key laws such as the Civil Code, the Tax Code and laws on banking and investment do not refer to Islamic finance or to Islamic finance instruments. It is therefore important that Islamic finance and Islamic banking instruments are first recognised as a legislative concept before any regulatory mechanisms are put in place. Foreign banks including Islamic banks may open representative offices or set up subsidiary outlets in Uzbekistan provided they comply with minimum criteria and qualify under requirements imposed by the CBU in accordance with the Regulation on the Procedure for Registration and Licensing of Banking Operations.