Speech of Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev at a meeting of Eurasian Intergovernmental Council
Speech of Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan B.A Sagintayev.
At a meeting of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council
In the “extended” composition
Bishkek, March 7, 2017
EEU has already taken place as an effective integration association for more than two years. But these years were not easy for our countries. The instability of global financial and commodity markets affects the influence of external factors. In this connection, the GDP of the Union declined by 0.7%. Our mutual turnover declined by 11%.
In such a period, it is important to consolidate the common efforts to strengthen cooperation, the formation of new effective tools for increasing trade between our countries.
The key direction in this activity is the removal of barriers and restrictions. This work must be done systematically and in stages. The Commission and experts of the states have already done significant work in this direction. A register of more than 60 barriers and restrictions has been agreed. In the future, Roadmaps for their elimination will be developed. This will greatly simplify access for our enterprises to the general markets, as well as create additional conditions for their development.
Another element of strengthening cooperation in the Union is the creation of the best conditions for manufacturers and businesses of our states. This was stated by the President of Kyrgyzstan A. Atambayev in his address to the Heads of our countries.
Entrepreneurs of EEU expect a great positive effect from integration, creating common markets. Therefore, it is very important to achieve a quality, effective and easy-to-apply regulatory practice in those areas where we agreed to implement single regulation, the so-called “general rules of the game.”
In this regard, the business of our countries expects the early adoption of the Customs Code, which includes provisions on simplification of customs procedures, electronic declaration with shifting emphasis on post-customs control. We hope that in the near future the Code will be signed by all countries and by the end of this year will come into force.
At the same time, we are interested in a joint solution of a set of issues arising in the field of customs clearance. Thus, according to the estimates of the customs services, possible risks of insufficient level of customs administration are noted in the case of the flow of Chinese goods by transit to the territory of the Kyrgyz Republic. This is evidenced, inter alia, by the growth of transit traffic from China by road in 2016, by 9.5 times.
The system approach, in our opinion, should also be considered when considering initiatives for the development of the digital agenda of the Eurasian Economic Community. Undoubtedly, our systems should be able to interface with each other. This will effectively implement mechanisms to exclude administrative obstacles, create a reserve for the development of the new economy. At the same time, the issues of the digital agenda should be carefully considered. Do not allow the blocking of the implementation of national programs in this area.
The launch of new projects, of course, must be accompanied by effective work to provide favorable conditions for access to foreign markets. In this connection, the implementation of the EurAsEC international agenda is of great importance. Negotiations on concluding trade and economic agreements with a number of states have now been intensified. At various levels of preparedness, there are issues of cooperation with the PRC, India, Iran, Serbia, Israel, Mongolia, Singapore.
Despite the pace of negotiations, the requests of our industries and enterprises should be met. This will become the basis for the implementation of export potential and attracting investments in the economies of the countries of the Eurasian Economic Community.
We believe that the dynamic and progressive development of each of our countries is important for the success of our integration association. Therefore, we reaffirm our intention to support the Kyrgyz Republic in adapting to the conditions of the EurAsEC. In December we signed the Agreement and the Protocol on the allocation of appropriate assistance to the Kyrgyz Republic.
In addition, we also signed an Agreement on the early provision of a unified railway tariff for the transport of goods through Kazakhstan. It came into force in January this year. According to experts, early application of the provisions of the Agreement will allow Kyrgyz shippers to save about 60 million dollars.
The list of goods allowed to move from Kyrgyzstan to Russia through Kazakhstan for 86 additional groups of goods was expanded since January 1 this year.
Source: The Prime Minister of Kazakhstan