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31 December 2020, 17:33

Belarus eager to take CIS integration to next level

MINSK, 31 December (BelTA) – Belarus intends to deepen integration processes in the Commonwealth of Independent States. The move is stipulated by the concept on Belarus' presidency in the Commonwealth of Independent States in 2021, the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs told BelTA.

Belarus' presidency in the CIS is aimed at reaching such goals as deeper integration processes within the framework of the Commonwealth of Independent States, more effective interaction in the resolution of problems caused by globalization and new challenges of the modern age, including the spread of virus infections.

Close attention will be paid to elevating the CIS' image in the international scene, to establishing contacts and mutually beneficial cooperation with other regional organizations and integration associations, to enabling the creation of a broad Eurasian cooperation zone for the sake of stronger friendship, stronger good neighborly relations, and mutually beneficial relations in the region. It will be necessary to further develop the common economic space, ensure interstate manufacturing cooperation and integration for the sake of all-round and balanced economic and social development of the CIS member states.

The concept also provides for systemic and persistent improvement of the CIS states' coordinated transport policy. Cooperation will be developed in the area of production and transit of energy resources. International and national security of the CIS states will be ensured on the basis of broad partnership relations.

The concept provides for further enhancement of humanitarian ties, for expanding contacts in the area of science, education, healthcare, information, culture, sport and tourism, work with youth. The plans include updating the legal base of multilateral cooperation bearing in mind its current state and development trends as well as changes in legislation of the CIS states.

Belarus is intent on using resources of industry-specific cooperation bodies as much as possible as the key link in efforts to step up the effectiveness of cooperation of the CIS states in all spheres of cooperation.

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