MINSK, 16 April (BelTA) - The key task of the Belarusian Presidency in the CIS is to improve the well-being of our countries, Chairperson of the Council of the Republic of the Belarusian National Assembly Natalya Kochanova said as she addressed the plenary session of the CIS Inter-Parliamentary Assembly, BelTA has learned.
"The CIS Inter-Parliamentary Assembly is a great platform for communication where we can discuss topical issues, learn from each other, help each other, and this is very important," said Natalya Kochanova. “Belarus is presiding in the CIS in 2021. In the anniversary year when we mark the 30th anniversary of the CIS it is a great honor and responsibility."
According to her, Belarus has drawn up a concept of the presidency, a plan that includes about 100 events. "The key task of the Belarusian presidency is to facilitate economic growth, improvements in the well-being and quality of life of citizens of CIS member states, and to promote cooperation in solving problems in the wake of new challenges and threats. The pandemic has made adjustments to life but has not destroyed our good relations. We need new forms and methods of work in the CIS to adapt to new realities," Natalya Kochanova noted.
As for economy, Belarus will aim to continue developing free trade in goods and complete the negotiations over free trade in services. “Other important activities will include elimination of barriers to international transit transportation and establishment of a common market for transport services. In humanitarian affairs, Belarus will focus on advancing cooperation in science, education, healthcare, culture, and work with the youth,” Natalya Kochanova stressed.
The CIS will also hold a series of events to celebrate its 30th anniversary. In October, Minsk will host a meeting of the CIS Heads of State Council. Plans are also in place to hold “The CIS Week”, an international competition of research in military science, research conferences, photo exhibitions, and media events. Belarus' Presidency in the CIS will focus on stepping up cooperation in science, education, healthcare, culture, and work with the youth. “This year, we will mark a tragic date – the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Great Patrotic War. Of course, we should spare no effort to preserve the truth about those terrible events and pass it on to next generations,” Natalya Kochanova added.