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.