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Nazarbayev proposes CIS modernisation, notes need for EAEU digitisation at Sochi summits

13 Oct 2017 11:42 AM | Yelena Arkhangelskaya
ASTANA  –  Kazakh  President  Nursultan  Nazarbayev  proposed  measures  to  modernise  the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) organisation during the Oct. 11 CIS Council of Heads of State meeting in Sochi, Russia.

Nazarbayev  also  proposed  during  the  Supreme  Eurasian  Economic  Council  (SEEC)  meeting  a gathering in 2018 to discuss digitisation of member states and noted the importance of the Eurasian Economic Union’s (EAEU) digital agenda.

During the CIS summit, the heads of state and government discussed strengthening cooperation as well as deepening trade and economic ties among member states.Tajikistan presented its agenda for its chairpersonship of the organisation and Turkmenistan shared ideas  to  develop  the  organisation.  The  results  of  the  work  within  the  CIS  

President Nazarbayev stressed the CIS’ role in developing trade and economic relations among the

member states. “Free  trade  in  services  in  the  CIS  will  open  new  opportunities  for  our  businesses  and  bring  our countries’ trade and economic cooperation to a new level. I propose to instruct the Council of Heads of  Government  and  the  Executive  Committee  to  intensify  work  on  the  draft  Agreement  on  FreeTrade in Services and to adopt it in the near future,” Nazarbayev said.

The CIS heads of state signed documents on combating corruption and legalisation of proceeds from crime. They also considered humanitarian measures to expand ties in culture, education, science and tourism. They also adopted a statement supporting family and traditional family values. Nazarbayev attended the SEEC along with Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, Belarusian leader Alexander  Lukashenko,  Moldova’s  President  Igor  Dodon,  Russian  President  Vladimir  Putin, Kyrgyzstan’s Prime Minister Sapar Isakov and Chairman of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) Tigran Sargsyan.

Meeting participants discussed cooperation within the EAEU and heard a report by the EEC. They also  noted  the  EAEU’s  positive  impact  on  the  member  states’  economies  and  the  importance  of enhancing integration processes.The  sides  expressed  confidence  that  the  implementation  of  the  agreements  reached  at  SEEC meetings would enhance cooperation among EAEU countries to a higher level. The specifics of the documents signed at the CIS Summit were decided upon during the Oct. 10 CIS

Council of Foreign Ministers meeting attended by Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov and other CIS foreign ministers,counterparts  to  complete  the  ratification  of  the  Kazakhstan-EU  Enhanced  Partnership  and Cooperation Agreement in the near future, which will open a new page in bilateral relations.

In  the  Greek  Parliament,  the  sides  discussed  the  importance  of  building  up  a  political,  inter-parliamentary and cultural dialogue. During the meeting, Grigorakos stressed that he was closely following positive changes in Kazakhstan and its multinational and multi-confessional society.

In his opinion, “over the past years Kazakhstan has travelled a significant path to modern thinking, sciences  and  innovations.”  Speaking  about  the  Greek  diaspora  living  in  Kazakhstan,  Grigorakosnoted the importance of strengthening friendship and the “living bridge” that unites our countries. In this  context,  the  Greek  parliamentarian  expressed  deep  interest  in  studying  the  experience  of  the work of the Assembly of People of Kazakhstan and ethno-cultural centres.

Vassilenko noted the EU visa regime simplification for the citizens of Kazakhstan would facilitate a closer dialogue between the countries. He stressed that Kazakhstan unilaterally introduced visa-free regime  for  citizens  of  Greece  and  all  other  EU  countries  from  Jan.  1,  2017.  According  to  the diplomat,  such  a  step  would  allow  to  increase  cooperation  in  the  field  of  tourism  and  bring significant economic benefits.