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29 March 2024, 17:24

Lebedev: CIS dialogue should translate into specific projects

Sergei Lebedev. An archive photo
Sergei Lebedev. An archive photo
MOSCOW, 29 March (BelTA) – The Commonwealth of Independent States should translate dialogue into specific projects, CIS Secretary General Sergei Lebedev said at the opening of the CIS International Economic Forum in Moscow, BelTA has learned.

“The dialogue has been going on for a long time, but it is time to move from dialogue to specific projects in our interaction,” noted Sergei Lebedev. “This goal is reflected in the motto of our forum. The current situation prompts us to join efforts to find ways and options to address emerging problems. Mutual trade between the countries of greater Eurasia has soared. It is gratifying that our countries managed to sustain their economic growth. The current situation is pushing us towards integration,” the CIS chief remarked.

Sergei Lebedev noted that Eurasian countries are very different, they have their own interests. “Yet, since we live in the same region, it is easier for us to reconcile interests and capabilities of different participants,” he clarified. “We understand each other more easily, we have a common mindset and, most importantly, a common approach to addressing problems in international affairs. This is very important. Close ties between our countries ensure a level playing field, because in a large system, the functioning of the entire mechanism does not always depend on the biggest element. The Commonwealth of Independent States, the SCO and BRICS countries are a perfect place for launching new industries and combining transport and logistics chains, strengthening economic ties.”

Sergei Lebedev emphasized that special attention should be paid to developing the markets of the CIS and SCO member states. That is why the  participants of the forum discuss the fuel and energy complex and industrial cooperation, possible expansion of national transport systems and trans-Eurasian transport corridors,  construction sector and electronic marketplaces, removal of trade barriers and development of human capital. “All problems can be resolved if there is a will and mutual respect. Guided by these principles, we will always find ways to come to grips with the most difficult problems,” he emphasized.

The CIS International Economic Forum is underway in Moscow on 28-29 March. Its motto is “From Dialogue to Joint Projects in the CIS, EAEU, SCO”. It brought together more than 2,000 participants who discuss cooperation between the CIS countries in logistics, customs, construction, manufacturing, migration policy, healthcare, tourism, sustainable development and other areas. The forum is held with the support of the CIS Executive Committee. It is included in the action plan of Russia’s CIS Presidency concept for 2024.
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