As of today, the chairmanship of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) has passed to Kazakhstan.
The Central Asian country is currently chairing the CIS, the report said.
Kazakh President Kasym-Jomart Tokayev recalled at a meeting of the CIS Council of Heads of State on October 15 that the historic declaration on the establishment of the Union was adopted at a meeting in December 1991 in Almaty. According to him, the CIS has played a key role in preventing large-scale disasters in the post-Soviet space, contributing to the preservation of relations between nations.
The head of state added that as a result of joint efforts in the CIS, effective cooperation mechanisms have been established and a solid regulatory framework has been formed. At the same time, active political dialogue is developing, security cooperation is being strengthened, and conditions are being created for expanding trade and economic ties.
The Kazakh leader noted the activation and expansion of trade and economic cooperation among the main tasks facing the CIS countries. Focusing on expanding industrial cooperation between the CIS countries, the President stressed the need to improve approaches to economic cooperation. To this end, he proposed to develop a new program for the development of industrial complexes at least until 2025 and sign an agreement on trade in services.
At the same time, the President of Kazakhstan considers the formation of a common agricultural market relevant. According to him, the development of a strategy for the development and interaction of food systems of the CIS countries would meet common interests. Touching upon cooperation in overcoming the negative consequences of the pandemic, Tokayev proposed to accelerate the mutual recognition of vaccine passports in the CIS.