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29 Mar 2017

CIS Plenipotentiaries Council, Commission on Economic Affairs to meet 30 March

MINSK, 29 March (BelTA) – The Plenipotentiaries Council and the Commission on Economic Affairs at the CIS Economic Council will meet in Minsk on 30 March, BelTA learned from the website of the CIS Executive Committee.

“It is planned that members of the CIS Plenipotentiaries Council and the Commission on Economic Affairs will discuss a draft agenda for the next meeting of the CIS Heads of Government Council in Kazan on 26 May. The draft agenda will include issues related to cooperation in the sector of innovations, transport security, peaceful uses of atomic energy, training of specialists in geodesy, cartography, cadastre and earth remote sensing. The heads of government will also consider documents to regulate cooperation in radio navigation, the fight against the manufacturing and distribution of counterfeit goods, intellectual property protection,” the CIS Executive Committee said.

Participants of the joint meeting will take stock of the progress made in the implementation of the CIS Heads of State Council’s decision made on 16 September 2016 to adjust the CIS to the present day challenges. “The CIS Heads of State Council decided to continue work on the CIS’s further adaptation to the present-day challenges and instructed the CIS Plenipotentiaries Council and the Commission of Economic Affairs jointly with the CIS Executive Committee to consider additional proposals on further advancement of mutually beneficial cooperation within the CIS. For fulfill the instructions the CIS Plenipotentiaries Council adopted the corresponding plan of action which implementation is to be discussed at the joint meeting,” the CIS Executive Committee said

The meeting will also highlight the progress in the implementation of the plan of action for the third stage (2016-2020) of the CIS economic development strategy through 2020. The action plan is aimed at the development of the interstate innovative space, legal and intellectual property protection, interstate trade and economic cooperation based on the free trade zone, the creation of common markets of labor and services, cooperation in the social, economic and financial sectors, efficiency in using material and natural resources, energy saving, environmental protection.

The document is focused on cooperation in various areas of economy, including energy and transport, industry and forestry, ICT and space exploration, agro-industrial complex, prevention and relief of emergency situations. The action plan includes 291 events in more than 20 areas.

The CIS Plenipotentiaries Council and the Commission on Economic Affairs will discuss the performance of the CIS bodies in 2016. Currently, the CIS has 69 bodies of sectoral cooperation, including 36 – in the economic area, 16 – in the security field, 11 – in the humanitarian areas, and three - in the information and legal spheres each.

The meeting in Minsk will also hear out the report on the CIS bodies budget 2016 and prospects of the CIS bodies budget 2017.

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