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22 November 2022, 17:17

Work on CIS agreement on free trade in services on home stretch

MINSK, 22 November (BelTA) - An agreement on free trade in services in the CIS might be adopted in June 2023, First Deputy Chairman of the CIS Executive Committee - CIS Executive Secretary Leonid Anfimov told the media on 22 November, BelTA has learned.

Minsk hosted the regular session of the CIS Plenipotentiaries Council on 22 November. The plenipotentiaries took stock of the session of the CIS Heads of Government Council and outlined the tasks for the implementation of the adopted documents and agreements. The CIS Heads of Government Council met in Astana on 28 October. More than 20 documents were signed at the meeting.

“We have finally reached the finish line in the work and adoption of the corresponding agreement on free trade in services. This is a long-awaited document. On 14 October it was considered by the Heads of State Council who instructed their governments to finalize the agreement. The Heads of Government Council reviewed the agreement at its meeting. We may say that it is almost conclusive. There are some minor points, some rough edges. I think that this decision is just optimal and takes into account all the nuances of the forthcoming adoption of the agreement and it will be adopted at the next Heads of Government Council in early June 2023. We have been developing it for more than 11 years,” said Leonid Anfimov.

On 22 November the plenipotentiaries discussed the activities of the Interstate Council on Industrial Safety in 2017-2021.

“The Council was established in 2001 after the adoption of an agreement by the CIS countries on cooperation in industrial safety. Its main goal is to ensure industrial safety and conduct coordinated actions to ensure safety at enterprises, protect the health and lives of people who work at hazardous production facilities,” Leonid Anfimov added.

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