PM Massimov, Counterparts Discuss CIS Cooperation in Bishkek
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan was the setting June 7 for a meeting of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Council of Heads of Governments. The docket included discussions related to the economy, industry, energy, innovations and health care and included review of more than 20 draft documents aimed at solidifying cooperation among the member nations.
Two topics required the special attention of the attendees. The heads of the delegations debated amendments to a single budget of CIS structures for the current year, while the Executive Committee received a report outlining the possible way to execute Kazakhstan’s proposals of Oct. 16, 2015. Prime Minister Karim Massimov represented his nation at the session.
“During the meeting, there was held a constructive conversation and exchange of views on improvement of the CIS activities,” said CIS Executive Secretary and Executive Committee Chairman Sergei Lebedev, according to the Kazakh Prime Minister’s press service. “The participants adopted a protocol decision appointing the CIS Council of Permanent Plenipotentiary Representatives, Economic Council and the Executive Committee to consider all the comments, opinions and views expressed during the closed-door meeting.”
Formed in 1991 during the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the CIS unites many former participants of the Soviet Republics. Kyrgyzstan is serving as chair this year and Prime Minister Sooronbai Jeenbekov noted his nation places great importance on its role during the organisation’s 25th year, reported bnews.kz. He also proposed several goals during his country’s leadership.
“It is necessary to strengthen trade and economic cooperation between the CIS and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU),” he said. “In our view, it is possible to consider the introduction of a full-term free trade regime between the two integration associations, which will contribute to strengthening the competitiveness of our countries, especially in times of economic crisis.”
While stressing the significance of economic collaboration, Jeenbekov noted the equally important need to increase humanitarian support. One-third of the agenda documents addressed the altruistic topic.
“We approved conceptual documents on countering oncological diseases and prevention and treatment of diabetes. One of the main topics of discussion was the issue of optimisation and adaptation of the CIS to modern realities,” he said, according to kyrtag.kg.
Jeenbekov confirmed the need to maintain the CIS as a regional intergovernmental organisation. Similar to many associations, its agenda can become unwieldy and those in attendance reached a common understanding of ways to simplify the dockets of future sessions of the Council of Heads of States and Council of Heads of Governments. The next meeting of the latter is Oct. 28 in Minsk.
Prime Ministers Andrei Kobyakov (Belarus), Pavel Filip (Moldova), Dmitry Medvedev (Russia), Kohir Rasulzoda (Tajikistan), First Deputy Prime Ministers Yaqub Eyyubov Abdulla oglu (Azerbaijan) and Rustam Azimov (Uzbekistan) and Vice Prime Minister Vache Gabrielyan (Armenia) also attended the council meeting.
Massimov took advantage of his visit to Bishkek to confer with Jeenbekov on a number of issues of bilateral concern and the sixth interstate commission of the two nations took place following the discussions in the Ala Archa state residence. As he indicated during the Council of Heads of Governments meeting, Kyrgyzstan is proposing discussions to introduce a free trade regime between the EAEC and CIS, according to Ria.ru.