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12 November 2021, 13:43

Belarusian PM: Belarus has always been advocate of CIS, regional integration

MINSK, 12 November (BelTA) - Belarus has always been an advocate of the CIS and regional integration, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said at a web-based meeting of the CIS Council of Heads of Government, BelTA has learned.

“A little more than a month and a half is left until the Republic of Belarus completes such an important and responsible mission as the chairmanship in the Commonwealth of Independent States. Belarus has always been an advocate of the CIS and regional integration. We chaired on the principles of continuity, focusing on the long-term strategy for the development of our organization in various fields," the prime minister said. During this year Belarus has consistently implemented the action plan of its chairmanship, adapting it to the new and emerging realities and trends, he noted

“The CIS bodies maintain positive momentum of interaction and adhere to the plans. Under the auspices of the Belarusian chairmanship, the CIS has held the meetings of its statutory bodies. The measures taken in the CIS coupled with the efforts of the states at the national level made it possible to ensure the growth across the most important macroeconomic indicators in the CIS in January-August 2021 year-on-year. Thus, the industrial production rose by 4.3%, cargo transportation (without pipeline transport) by 5.2%, retail trade - 8.5%. In January-July of this year, mutual trade in goods expanded by more than a quarter," Roman Golovchenko said. The Belarusian head of government noted that the low base effect should be taken into account. “Nevertheless, a positive trend is evident and now it is very important to maintain it. This is especially true in the context of high inflation risks caused by rising prices for raw materials and the shortage of a certain group of high-tech goods," he stressed.

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