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10 June 2023, 09:49

Belarus' PM calls for unrestricted cross-border exchange of electronic documents in EAEU

MINSK, 10 June (BelTA) – The countries of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) need to ensure free and unrestricted cross-border exchange of electronic documents, Belarusian Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko said at a meeting of heads of government of the EAEU and CIS countries with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi on 9 June, BelTA has learned.

Roman Golovchenko emphasized the importance of digital sovereignty and digital independence. “It is important to develop the EAEU digital agenda. This will not only ensure our common cybersecurity, but also help make the transition from barrier-free to ‘seamless' trade at a faster pace. All our projects are in one way or another related to the possibility of smooth movement of electronic documents. One of the most important aspects is mutual recognition of electronic digital signatures, without which it is impossible to create a digital ecosystem. The solution of this problem will enable us to organize the cross-border exchange of electronic documents and ensure the recognition of their legal validity. We have set a goal to complete such work this year within the Belarus-Russia Union State,” he said.

According to the prime minister, Belarus sees and fully supports the need for a speedy transition from a largely trade union to the implementation of end-to-end cooperation projects in the EAEU. “Especially since the EAEU has already made a decision on the mechanisms of financial support for industrial cooperation. The first such project suggested by Belarus is the Eurasian electric bus. All EAEU countries could take part in the development and production of components and units and eventually get a modern, high-tech vehicle,” he said.

“This model of industrial cooperation proved its worth in the Union State. The governments of Belarus and Russia successfully implement import-substituting investment projects. A joint program on microelectronics has been adopted, and we are ready to sign a similar program on machine tool industry,” the Belarusian head of government said.

“I invite all countries to participate in cooperative projects. This is very important. This can be the most tangible result of integration,” Roman Golovchenko said.

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