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20 May 2022, 16:51

CIS prime ministers sign package of cooperation documents

MINSK, 20 May (BelTA) – A package of documents on advancing cooperation was signed as a result of today's videoconference session of the CIS Heads of Government Council, BelTA has learned.

Participants of the session discussed all the items on the agenda and passed ten documents.

In particular, members of the CIS Heads of Government Council signed an agreement on exchanging biological materials. The press service of the CIS Executive Committee told BelTA, the document provides for cooperation and mutual assistance of competent agencies of the CIS member states in the exchange of biological material, improvement of lab diagnostics of particularly dangerous animal diseases, and prevention of the spread of infectious animal diseases in the CIS space.

Amendments were approved to the agreement on creating common R&D space. The original document was adopted many years ago and was in need of updating to live up to today's science, technology, and innovations. In particular, the agreement was expanded with new provisions relating to the formation of a system for interstate R&D, technological, and innovative cooperation, deeper integration in these spheres, and much more. The importance of training top-qualification academic staff was noted as well as professional retraining and career enhancement of specialists taking into account capabilities of basic CIS organizations.

A concept of cooperation of the CIS states in further development of winegrowing and wine making was approved. Partnership is the key principle of the document. Specialists and scientists are expected to arrange joint consultations, share the best practices, and knowledge, and find reliable partners for penetrating foreign markets. An action plan on implementing the concept was also approved. The document's goal is to enable favorable conditions for the sustainable development of competitive winegrowing and wine making, reduction of dependence on imports, and ensuring the growth of the CIS economies by means of increasing the output and export of winemaking industry products.

Participants of the session approved a complex of joint actions meant to ensure biological security of genetic material during the reproduction of agricultural animals in the period till 2026. A plan of top-priority measures and actions on realizing the strategy for ensuring information security till 2030 was also approved.

Decisions were also made on the international project CIS Youth Capital and a list of promising scientific projects, which match priority directions of fundamental studies of the CIS member states.

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