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Memorandum on EEC-Kyrgyzstan tighter cooperation signed in Minsk

MINSK, 31 May (BelTA) – A memorandum on enhancing cooperation between the Eurasian Economic Commission and Kyrgyzstan was signed in Minsk on 31 May at the time of the session of the CIS Heads of Government Council, BelTA has learned.

The document was signed by Chairman of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission Viktor Khristenko and First Vice Premier of Kyrgyzstan Dzhoomart Otorbayev.

The document will enable representatives of Kyrgyzstan upon the invitation of the Council or the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission to take part in sessions without voting power. Yet representatives of Kyrgyzstan will be able to express their opinions and make suggestions that will be considered by the Eurasian Economic Commission.

A document to regulate the observer status in the future Eurasian Economic Union is supposed to be prepared by the next session of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council that will take place in Minsk in October 2013.

Dzhoomart Otorbayev remarked that the signing of the document confirmed Kyrgyzstan’s policy for integration within the framework of existing structures and for advancing the enhanced development of these relations. “This step will foster interests of our country, will allow improving the competitive ability of our businessmen and the investment climate. We will get access to the serious and capacious market. And we think that in the foreseeable future we will accomplish the necessary work to prepare over 200 documents that have to be signed,” he said.

In turn, Viktor Khristenko said that the next session of the working group will take place in early June 2013. The key item on the agenda will be the completion of the development of the roadmap and its approval at the top level by the end of the year. “According to our estimates, the implementation of the roadmap and the formation of the Eurasian Economic Union proceed at a coordinated pace. It will allow implementing the desire and intention of Kyrgyzstan to become a full-fledged member of the Council as reflected by the statement of the Kyrgyzstan president and the signing of today’s memorandum,” stressed the Chairman of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission. He remarked the sides are expanding the format of interaction at all levels. In his opinion, it will allow delivering more precise information about all the ongoing events, will enable more precise understanding and participation in various processes.

As for the preparation of the necessary documents for signing, Viktor Khristenko said that the sides have to work together in this regard in order to prepare the necessary infrastructure for Kyrgyzstan’s operation as part of the Customs Union and to make it a good start.