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Rusyi: Competition in the Customs Union promotes new manufactures in Belarus

MINSK, 26 February (BelTA) – Competitive expansion in the Customs Union will promote development of new manufactures in Belarus, Vice Premier of Belarus Mikhail Rusyi said after his meeting with Governor of Kostanay Region Nuraly Saduakasov.

“The Customs Union has already made its step forward becoming fully operational. We are living in it, every country has already felt its benefits,” Mikhail Rusyi said. Today the Customs Union participating states are talking over the union’s further development, considering a higher integration level. “We are doing our best to work the same hard as other alliances do, the European Union for example. With this, we are working out our own standards, approaches, protection measures, we should think about our people, their living and working conditions here,” Mikhail Rusyi said.

The Customs Union itself promotes development of new manufactures, enhancement of competitive ability of the economies of the three countries. Competition has been and will always be present, the Vice Premier said. The countries of the Customs Union also find common ground to develop cooperation with other unions, i.e. Russia’s membership in the WTO is viewed at enhancement of competition. “It makes us not sit still but search for the technological approaches to become more competitive,” he said. Belarus has launched a wide-scale modernization of its manufacturing sector. “The upgrading process is never-ending, we should always seek for new technologies for developing highly-competitive products,” the Vice Premier stressed.

Governor of Kostanay Region Nuraly Saduakasov also stressed the importance of integration processes. In his words, the oblast intends to implement its programs in cooperation with Belarus.