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26 December 2022, 17:20

Tokayev: CIS needs to work to eliminate barriers and avoid protectionism

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev
Kassym-Jomart Tokayev

ST. PETERSBURG, 26 December (BelTA) – The CIS states should work on eliminating barriers in trade and avoiding protectionism, Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said at the CIS informal summit in St. Petersburg on 26 December, BelTA has learned.

“In terms of creating favorable conditions for trade, CIS should thoroughly work on eliminating tariff and non-tariff barriers and avoiding protectionism,” the leader of Kazakhstan that presided in the CIS in 2022, outlined one of the tasks.

He also thinks that it is necessary to establish cooperation in food security. The ministerial conference of the CIS countries to be held in Astana next year will be devoted to the search for common approaches in this area.

New mechanisms and formats of cooperation are also needed to increase the efficiency of transport and logistics projects in the CIS space.

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev drew special attention to cooperation in security and the joint struggle against terrorism and extremism.

“In order to adapt the organization to modern global realities, it is necessary to improve its potential and strengthen the position of the CIS in the international arena,” the president of Kazakhstan said.

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