MINSK, October 25 (Itar-Tass) - CIS countries face complex and noble tasks: to create the competitive economy, to increase living standards of citizens and their security, President Alexander Lukashenko said.
“The Commonwealth countries will continue intensifying multilateral cooperation, which facilitates sustainable development of the member-states,” the Belarusian president said.
He noted that during Belarus’ presidency in the CIS over 70 events had been held. They “were aimed at strengthening good-neighbourly relations, developing economic cooperation, making ‘green’ technologies accessible and expand humanitarian contacts”, he added.
In his view, “the member-states succeeded in giving a new impetus to inter-regional and border cooperation. The countries stepped up the efforts to fight crime, terrorism, drug trafficking, and coping with emergency situations.”
Belarus and other CIS countries riveted special attention to economic cooperation, which “promoted the gradual implementation of the free trade zone agreement and filled the interstate programme of innovation cooperation with concrete substance”, Lukashenko said.
He noted, “The signing of an agreement on the environmental protection was the landmark event on the year of ecological culture and environmental protection.”