CIS Government Heads Sign Multiple Agreements in Tashkent

The Council of Heads of Government of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) agreed during its Nov. 3 meeting in Tashkent on defining and sharing the customs value of goods, combating terrorism and land reclamation issues, among other matters.

The group also signed agreements on oil and gas engineering and preparations for the 2020 population census in the CIS.  To ensure intra-CIS compatibility of the census results, it was agreed that census authorities of the CIS member states would incorporate CIS approved indicators into national census programmes.

They also established regulations to determine the origin of goods within the CIS and train international road carriers.

The CIS Council adopted the Declaration on Consolidation of International Efforts to Effectively Counteract International Cartels. It was agreed that Russia as the country currently presiding in the Commonwealth would circulate the text of the Declaration in the United Nations and other international organizations.

No details on the agreements were released.

They also discussed trade and economic relations in the CIS, including elimination of trade barriers and implementation of the CIS Free Trade Agreement. They also agreed to hold the next Council of Heads of Government of the CIS meeting in Tajikistan in spring 2018.

Before attending the CIS council meeting, Kazakh Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev discussed trade and economic cooperation as well as joint transit-transport, agriculture and energy projects with Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyovev. They also discussed existing agreements and cooperation between the regions of the two nations and their businesses.

The Kazakh PM and Uzbek Prime Minister Abdulla Aripov also discussed the implementation of agreements signed by each country’s president. The two heads of government stressed the importance of strengthening bilateral and interregional cooperation, primarily between the border regions, and increasing trade.

The prime ministers focused most heavily on boosting investment cooperation in engineering, the automotive industry, civil aviation, pharmaceuticals, transit and transport infrastructure development, as well as prospects for military-technical and aerospace cooperation.