In a sign of the continued rapid growth of Internet use in one of Central Asia’s most restrictive countries, Uzbekistan has unveiled an online single access point to state services, UzDaily.com reports.
The website went online 1 July in Russian and Uzbek versions. Officially a “beta version,” the site offers access to more than 40 public services, said the deputy chairman of the state communications committee, Sherzod Shermatov.
Individuals and companies can apply online for fixed-line telephone or Internet hookups, tax statements, business licenses, and other services.
By midday on 2 July, 62 applications had been filed through the site, according to the statistics bar on the home page. The number of Internet users topped 9 million in the country of 29 million earlier this year, the Uzbek Agency for Communications and Information reported.
Uzbek authorities keep Internet content under close observation. For many users, proxy servers are the only way to access blocked sites, Uznews.net writes.
Image taken as a screenshot from my.gov.uz