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06 December 2017, 15:01

Opinion: EAEU countries should team up to promote export to third countries

Igor Petrishenko. Photo courtesy of the Belarusian Embassy in Russia
Igor Petrishenko. Photo courtesy of the Belarusian Embassy in Russia

MOSCOW, 6 December (BelTA) – The Eurasian Economic Union member states should team up to promote export to third countries, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Russia Igor Petrishenko noted at the fourth Eurasian Economic Congress in Moscow on 6 December, BelTA has learned.

“The Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) needs to focus on export promotion to third countries,” the diplomat emphasized. In his opinion, the EAEU should be cooperating with major and smaller market players, primarily the EU, China, India, the countries of Latin America, Asia, and the Pacific. “The time has come for the EEC to focus on active support for the EAEU's export promotion to third markets. We have founded an organization which should support business from the stage of proposals till the end of contract,” Igor Petrishenko said.

He believes that the Eurasian Development Bank should be offering more export credits. There is also a need to develop and promote the Made in EAEU brand.

“We should use all the instruments, from financial to digital ones,” the ambassador highlighted.

He also stressed that given the developing international contacts, the barriers on the EAEU domestic market should be removed as quickly as possible. They get in the way of the member states and the foreign business which wants to cooperate and invest money, the diplomat added.

Organized with support of the Eurasian Economic Commission, the congress has gathered about 800 participants. It serves as a venue for a dialogue between the business community, the EEC, government bodies of the EAEU member states, professional and non-governmental organization. One of the main discussion topics is resetting the relations between Eurasian countries. Separate sessions at the congress are dedicated to the EAEU Customs Code, the functioning of a common medicines market, formation of a common energy market, and development of industrial cooperation.

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