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Set of 20 documents signed by CIS countries

June 07, 13:21 UTC+3 BISHKEK
The agreements on information swapping regarding accidents on electricity generation facilities and on cooperation in education and energy area have been signed.
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BISHKEK, June 7. /TASS/. A set of 20 documents have been signed by heads of delegations after the meeting of the council of heads of CIS governments on Tuesday.

Particularly, the agreements on information swapping regarding accidents on electricity generation facilities and on cooperation in education and energy area have been signed.

The heads of delegations also signed the treaty on preservation of agricultural biodiversity and the protocol between the member-states of the free trade agreement from October 18, 2011 on rules and regulation of state procurements.

Also, the council of heads of CIS governments decided to hold 2020 population census in member-states of the union as well as to organize the international Art EXPO exhibition.

The meeting also saw decisions regarding the cooperation strategy in the chemical industry and the primary plan of actions to implement it as well as the cooperation strategy in the field of tackling cancer made.

Spheres of copperation

"Particular attention was paid to intensifying cooperation in economy, industry, energy, innovation and public health. A protocol between the parties to the Free Trade Agreement was adopted," Kyrgyz Prime Minister Sooronbai Zheenbekov said summing up the results of the meeting.

Documents aimed at expanding humanitarian cooperation were signed as well.

"Attention was paid to adapting the CIS to modern realities. (The participants in the meeting) pointed to the need of preserving it as a regional and interstate organization. There are new ideas regarding revising the CIS legal framework," Zheenbekov said.

He added that the summit of CIS member-countries leaders due to be held in Bishkek on September 16 will be "the most important event" during Kyrgyzstan’s CIS chairmanship this year.

New impetus

The potential of the CIS has not been exhausted and there are conditions to give a new impetus to it, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said.

"Although the CIS in its current form has been criticized, the Belarusian side believes that the Commonwealth’s potential is far from being exhausted. We have everything to give a new impetus to it and to raise its authority on the international arena," Lukashenko told a meeting with delegations attending the 26th session of heads of the CIS supreme financial audit agencies.

He stressed that the "principle of independence remains inviolable."

The CIS should become "not just a convenient platform for an all-encompassing negotiating process, but a political and economic center of force, a space for developing and implementing large-scale joint projects in various spheres," Lukashenko said.

In December, the CIS will mark its 25th anniversary of its establishment. "I would like this anniversary to give an active consolidating effect to this organization’s activity and to open new historic prospects," he stressed. "Everything is in our hands, if we want to be together we will be."

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