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31 December 2020, 17:43

Belarus to continue development of CIS free trade zone

MINSK, 31 December (BelTA) – Belarus has identified a number of economic priorities for the period of its presidency in the Commonwealth of Independent States in 2021, the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs told BelTA.

In particular, Belarus will endeavor to further enhance and develop the free trade zone within the framework of the Commonwealth of Independent States as the basis for mutually beneficial trade and economic cooperation. Efforts will also be poured into reducing barriers and restrictions standing in the way of the free flow of commodities, services, capital, and workforce within the framework of the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Belarus also intends to assist with the completion of negotiations and with the signing of free trade agreements between the Commonwealth of Independent States and interested countries. Belarus will pursue a coordinated policy in the area of technical regulation, standardization, metrology, the application of sanitary, veterinary, and phytosanitary measures, the evaluation of conformance and accreditation as an important tool to ensure the manufacturing of safe, quality, and competitive products (services) in the CIS states.

Belarus also intends to pay close attention to the fulfillment of the action plan on implementing the first stage (2021-2025) of the CIS Economic Development Strategy for the period till 2030.

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