D. Nazarbayeva: Kazakhstan Business Faces Unreasonable Restrictions when Trading within the EAEU
Chairperson of the Senate of the Parliament of Kazakhstan Dariga Nazarbayeva met with the Chairman of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission Mikhail Myasnikovich.
The event was attended by Chairman of the Committee on International Relations, Defense and Security Mukhtar Kul Muhammed, Secretary of the Committee on Economic Policy, Innovation Development and Entrepreneurship Dauren Adilbekov, Head of the Secretariat of the Chairman of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission Vladimir Zinovsky, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Marat Syzdykov.
In her welcoming speech, D. Nazarbayeva congratulated Mikhail Myasnikovich on his appointment as Chairman of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission and wished him successful and fruitful work.
During the meeting, they discussed problematic issues of implementation of agreements within the framework of the EAEU by Member States, existing barriers faced by Kazakhstan business when trading with the Eurasian Union countries.
The speaker of the Upper Camber noted that today it is necessary to move systematically towards removing barriers within the framework of the functioning of the EAEU internal market.
“Despite the ongoing work, obstacles and barriers are not decreasing, but on the contrary are increasing. As of today, the register of agreed obstacles contains 66 items. At the time, this registry started with 60. Instead of reducing this indicator, we increase it every year, creating new and new barriers, or delaying their removal,” D. Nazarbayeva said.
Among the main difficulties faced by the Kazakhstan business, the obstacles to access of Kazakh products to the Russian market were noted, as well as bans or restrictions on the transit of a number of goods produced in Kazakhstan, non compliance with the principle of electronic declaration, technical regulation “camouflaged” barriers, when different requirements are applied to the import of certain groups of goods.
The Chairman of the EAEC Board touched upon the situation with Armenian cars in Kazakhstan. “I believe that the procedures were not completely followed here. Armenia had a preferential regime for the import of cars by individuals within the framework of the Eurasian Economic Union. As of January 1, this preference has been eliminated. But there are still cars that are in the border zone, or on the way,” he said.
Further, Mikhail Myasnikovich drew attention to the fact that about 25 agreements and contracts signed within the framework of the Eurasian Economic Union have not yet been ratified. He also noted that in order to resolve economic disputes, the EAEC needs to have the right to apply to the court to make appropriate decisions, and it is necessary to establish EAEC arbitration.
D. Nazarbayeva supported this initiative, noting that the decision making procedure is now very bureaucratic and time consuming.
In addition, the Head of the Senate made a special emphasis on the existing problems with crossing the Belarusian Russian border by Kazakh drivers of heavy trucks. “This is due to the absence of an international checkpoint on this border, which is caused by an action of the Union State, but only citizens of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus can cross the border. Today, the pass of Kazakh drivers is temporarily allowed, but not formally settled,” D. Nazarbayeva said.
Source: Mazhilis of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan