Prin­ci­pal Des­ti­na­tion: Free Trade Zone

Uzbekistan Today (English) - - WORLD -

In­ter­ac­tion within the CIS will find a new breath with a more in­ten­sive dy­nam­ics - such was the leit­mo­tif of the ses­sion of the CIS heads of gov­ern­ment, held in the cap­i­tal of Uzbek­istan.

Tashkent hosted such a fo­rum for the first time. The meet­ing was chaired by the Rus­sian Fed­er­a­tion as the coun­try pre­sid­ing in the Com­mon­wealth of In­de­pen­dent States in 2017. The agenda in­cluded top­i­cal is­sues that need to be con­sid­ered in the con­text of con­tem­po­rary re­al­i­ties. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Ar­me­nia, Azer­bai­jan, Be­larus, Kaza­khstan, Kyr­gyzs­tan, Moldova, Rus­sia, Ta­jik­istan, Turk­menistan and Uzbek­istan dis­cussed 19 is­sues as a whole, more than half of them were in the eco­nomic sphere.

One of the cru­cial and ex­pected was the is­sue of a free trade zone. In this con­nec­tion, Uzbek­istan’s Prime Min­is­ter Ab­dulla Aripov noted the im­por­tance of the soon­est for­ma­tion of a full-fledged free trade zone in the CIS space, which should pro­vide fa­vor­able con­di­tions for ex­pand­ing mu­tual trade.

The sig­nif­i­cance of full im­ple­men­ta­tion of the pro­vi­sions laid down in the free trade agree­ment was re­called by the head of the Rus­sian gov­ern­ment Dmitry Medvedev. “Sys­temic, in­ter­ested work is needed to re­move bar­ri­ers, sim­plify pro­ce­dures, cre­ate com­pet­i­tive con­di­tions for busi­ness in the CIS,” the Rus­sian Prime Min­is­ter said.

Speak­ing at a brief­ing fol­low­ing the meet­ing, Medvedev said: “We con­tinue to strengthen mul­ti­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion within the frame­work of the Com­mon­wealth, strive to com­bine eco­nomic work in the CIS, and all the de­ci­sions made to­day, I hope, will serve to fur­ther the co­op­er­a­tion among the coun­tries. And we will con­tinue to work in a con­struc­tive way in all direc­tions.”

Chair­man of the CIS Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee Sergei Lebe­dev, stress­ing the “very re­spon­si­ble ap­proach” that the or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee felt dur­ing the prepa­ra­tion for the event, pointed out, “It seems to me that the na­ture of to­day’s meet­ing means that the work is in­ten­sive, the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Free Trade Area Agree­ment is the most im­por­tant item on the agenda, and there­fore the dis­cus­sion took place quite vividly both in con­tracted and in ex­tended for­mats.”

What ar­eas of co­op­er­a­tion are of in­ter­est to all coun­tries with­out ex­cep­tion? Ac­cord­ing to the head of the Uzbek gov­ern­ment, it is the cre­ation of jobs, trans­port com­mu­ni­ca­tions, tar­iff pol­icy, tourism, sci­ence, ed­u­ca­tion, health, en­vi­ron­ment, cul­ture.

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