KIEV, February 13, 22:42 /ITAR-TASS/. A committee for organizing Ukraine’s chairmanship of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in 2014 held its first meeting at the Government House in Kiev on Thursday, the cabinet of ministers reports.
The meeting discussed the CIS rotating chairmanship which Ukraine took over on January 1. “The strengthening of economic and other forms of cooperation with the countries of the former Soviet Union is of vital national interest for Ukraine which it should meet through existing CIS mechanisms,” the participants in the meeting emphasized.
Ukraine’s acting Prime Minister Sergei Arbuzov has called for exerting every effort to make a free trade agreement for the CIS to start working in full strength.
“In pursuit of this goal, it is necessary to prepare an agreement for transit by pipeline transport, free trade in services, etc,” Arbuzov said.
The organizing committee said at its meeting that 2014 had been declared CIS Year of Tourism and stressed the need to use the CIS potential for implementing Ukraine’s tourist opportunities.