MINSK, 26 April (BelTA) – Belarus and Kazakhstan should make the best use of the benefits offered by the Single Economic Space (SES). This is a new level of cooperation that will enhance the economies of the member states, Chairman of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus Anatoly Rubinov said as he met with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Kazakhstan to Belarus Yergali Bulegenov on 26 April, BelTA has learnt.
Belarus and Kazakhstan have great cooperation prospects across multiple fields. The two countries have cultivated friendly relations and have a common history. Over a short period, they managed to achieve a lot and now occupy a decent place in the world as civilized and highly developed nations, Anatoly Rubinov said.
Another serious integration project has emerged on a huge territory. “It is true, the European Union has more experience, but the recently established Singled Economic Space has decent prospects. It is a significant factor that should stabilize the political situation in the entire Eurasia,” the speaker believes.
“The mindset of politicians often goes contrary to what is happening in the world, in particular, in the global economy. Today we are swimming in the same boat; national economies are strongly interdependent. If a crisis breaks out in one country, everybody is going to experience it. Therefore, only by joint effort we will be able to deal with the issues facing our countries,” Anatoly Rubinov said.
Yergali Bulegenov, in turn, said that Belarus and Kazakhstan have been actively promoting bilateral and multilateral cooperation. Now the countries are facing a new challenge – to implement the 17 agreements signed within the framework of the Single Economic Space, the diplomat said.
The ambassador informed that the President of Kazakhstan is expected to pay a visit to Belarus soon. This will give an additional impetus to the bilateral relations, the diplomat is convinced.
Kazakhstan is an important trading partner of Belarus. In January-February 2012, the bilateral trade totaled $144.6 million, up by 62% over the same period last year.