MINSK, 15 October (BelTA) – Belarus did a good job as it chaired the CIS in the 30th anniversary year for the organization, Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev said at the web-based CIS summit on 15 October, BelTA has learned.
"A lot of work has been done to bolster multilateral cooperation in the year of the 30th anniversary of the CIS," he said.
Since its inception the CIS has expanded the scale of interaction and significantly strengthened its authority in the international arena, Shavkat Mirziyoyev stressed. He proposed to conduct a systemic analysis of the activities of the CIS in order to develop recommendations for the work in the new conditions, taking into account economic complementarity of the CIS countries.
"The CIS is a popular and effective platform with a special consolidating role in promoting our common interests," the Uzbekistan president of noted.
He shared his vision of the key areas of comprehensive cooperation based on the goals and objectives of the long-term concept of development of the Commonwealth of Independent States. Among them, Shavkat Mirziyoyev named mutual assistance to ensure sustainable economic growth of the CIS countries.
"The global crisis caused by the pandemic has become a great test for all countries," the Uzbekistan president noted. “In these conditions, we have succeeded in maintaining the positive dynamics of trade and economic cooperation. Nevertheless, today calls for the need to ensure the full functioning of the free trade zone in the CIS without restrictions and barriers. We propose to take stock of the real state of our trade relations in the new conditions and to draw up specific recommendations, taking into account the complementarity of our economies. They could be used as a framework for a multilateral action plan for further liberalization of trade policy in the CIS."