Tajikistan: Communications Service Monopolizing Mail?
Tajikistan’s all-powerful communications regulator, which is run by a relative of the president by marriage, may be adding another string to its bow by becoming a monopolist provider of courier services.
Few in Tajikistan rely on traditional postage, since it is vastly easier to turn to friends and relatives to carry parcels in person when the need arises. Nongovernmental groups, embassies and other international organizations have, however, typically relied on trusted companies like DHL, UPS, TNT and Pony Express.
That changed on June 7, when the Communications Service suddenly and without warning physically sealed the offices of all those companies. The official explanation, as provided through the Khovar state news agency, was that under newly adopted legislation, companies providing postal services now need to obtain operating licenses.
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