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Over 70 events during Belarus’ Chairmanship in the CIS in 2013

MINSK, 30 May (BelTA) - Over 70 events will be carried out during Belarus’ chairmanship in the CIS in 2013, Plenipotentiary Permanent Representative of Belarus to the statutory and other bodies of the CIS Vasily Pugachev told reporters, BelTA learned.

One of these events is the meeting of the CIS Council of Heads of Government which will be held in Minsk on 31 May. The CIS Council of Heads of State will convene for a meeting in Minsk on 25 October 2013.

The cross-industry agencies, with Belarus presiding in some of them, are also set to have meetings this year.

Vasily Pugachev recalled that Belarus has prepared the concept of its Chairmanship in the Commonwealth of Independent States. It reads that Belarus views the CIS as an important instrument for integration in the post-Soviet space, and can ensure economic and social stability in the region.

The CIS Interstate Committee for Statistics presented the Q1 2013 figures. In January-March employment in the CIS rose by 1.2%, retail increased by 6%. Capital investment went up by 3%. The loan market was on the rise. Unemployment went down. “We have achieved this progress against the background of the ongoing serious negative processes in the world economy. It shows that the priorities put into the CIS Chairmanship concept by Belarus are coming into fruition and the cooperation in the CIS is being filled up with new promising projects,” Vasily Pugachev said.

The CIS Council of the Heads of Government is expected to discuss 11 pilot innovation projects on 31 May. Two of them will be submitted by Belarus. One project is about the development of the super-computer infrastructure for intensification of innovation cooperation in the CIS. The other is about the development of the hardware-software complex for transport corridor management. All the projects will acquire a status of interstate innovation cooperation programs.

According to Vasily Pugachev, the track record of the Belarus-Russia Union State should be actively used in the implementation of the joint sci-tech programs. “The experience in development and financing as well as in cooperation of the parties can be very useful for the implementation of the projects within the CIS,” he noted.