Tajikistan may become the 145th signatory to the Apostille Convention

25/09/2014 14:24
Asia-Plus
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DUSHANBE, September 25, 2014, Asia-Plus -- Shukurjon Zuhurov, Chairman of the Majlisi Namoyandagon (Tajikistan’s lower chamber of parliament), today met here with visiting Secretary-General of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH), Mr. Christophe Bernasconi.

Muhammadato Sultonov, a spokesman for the Majlisi Namoyandagon, says the sides discussed issues related to Tajikistan’s joining the Apostille Convention.

Tajik parliament speaker, in particular, noted that accession to the Convention was important for protection of rights and freedoms of Tajik migrant workers and attraction of foreign investments for development of the country’s economy.

Mr. Bernasconi expressed confidence that Tajik parliament will ratify an agreement on Tajikistan’s joining the Apostille Convention and stressed that Tajikistan may become the 145th signatory to the Convention, Sultonov said.

We will recall that IFC and the American Chamber of Commerce are partnering with the Tajik Government to help the country join the Hague Convention on Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Official Documents, commonly known as Apostille Convention.

Replacing the traditionally lengthy legalization process with an authentication certificate, the Apostille Convention will help simplify the process of producing official documents abroad and give companies a high degree of legal certainty in cross-border situations.

The Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) is the preeminent organization in the area of private international law. The HCCH was formed in 1893 to “work for the progressive unification of the rules of private international law.”  It has pursued this goal by creating and assisting in the implementation of multilateral conventions promoting the harmonization of conflict of laws principles in diverse subject matters within private international law. The Conference has developed thirty-eight international conventions since its Statute was completed in 1951.

The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement for Legalization for Foreign Public Documents, the Apostille Convention, or the Apostille Treaty is an international treaty drafted by the Hague Conference on Private International Law. It specifies the modalities through which a document issued in one of the signatory countries can be certified for legal purposes in all the other signatory states.  Such a certification is called an apostille (French: certification). It is an international certification comparable to a notarization in domestic law, and normally supplements a local notarization of the document.

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