Nazarbayev proposes CIS modernisation, meets EUAU counterparts in Sochi

During the Oct. 11 CIS Council of Heads of State meeting in Sochi, Russia, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev proposed measures to modernize the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) organisation.

Nazarbayev also proposed during the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council (SEEC) meeting to host a meeting in 2018 focusing on the digitalisation of member states and stressed the importance of the Eurasian Economic Union’s (EAEU) digital agenda.

During the CIS summit, the heads of state and government discussed strengthening cooperation and trade and economic ties among member states.

Tajikistan laid out its agenda for its chairpersonship of the organisation and Turkmenistan shared ideas to develop the organisation. The results of work within the CIS Interparliamentary Assembly were also presented.

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 Free Trade 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.

Ministers at the CIS Summit also agreed to develop proposals presented by Nazarbayev at the 2015 Summit in Burabay to improve the organisation’s efficiency. At the 2016 meeting in Bishkek, the ministers also adopted measures to modernise the organisation that were based on Kazakh proposals.

The foreign ministers discussed international issues and approved an action plan for 2018-2020 to implement the Programme of Support and Development of National Sports and International Youth Cooperation Strategies and Development of Cooperation in the Field of Tourism.