The BelCCI events within the chairmanship of Belarus in the CIS and the 30th anniversary of the CIS
17 December 2021

A meeting of the heads of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the CIS member states named "30 years of business terrain development: main things done, mainstreams of development of Chambers of Commerce and Industry" was organised by the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry as part of the chairmanship of the Republic of Belarus in the Commonwealth of Independent States in 2021, as well as on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the CIS.

First Deputy Chairman of the Executive Committee – Executive Secretary of the CIS Leonid Anfimov, Permanent Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus at statutory and other bodies of the CIS Marina Dolgopolova, Chairman of the BelCCI Vladimir Ulakhovich, Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Turkmenistan Dovletgeldi Rejepov, Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic Uzbekistan Adham Ikramov, Senior Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Kyrgyz Republic Roman Kasymov, First Deputy Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Tajikistan Nasim Anvarov, Acting Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Armenia Karen Ivanov, Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Moldova Natalia Kalenik, Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation Vladimir Padalko, heads of diplomatic missions of the CIS countries in the Republic of Belarus attended the meeting.

The participants of the meeting discussed the results of joint work of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the CIS states, topical issues and plans for further cooperation, as well as priority areas for business ties development.

First Deputy Chairman of the Executive Committee – Executive Secretary of the CIS Leonid Anfimov noted that the CIS countries have a huge potential, which has not yet been revealed. The CIS states need to join their efforts in order to jointly overcome external challenges, and all structures, including Chambers of Commerce and Industry, should be involved in this work. Leonid Anfimov said, "The Chamber of Commerce and Industry unites all layers of business from small to large ones in vertical and horizontal directions, as well as areas of economic activity such as industry, agriculture, finance, services. Therefore, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry can neutralize negative consequences of external pressure through the intensification of mutual ties between business structures of different states".

In turn, the Chairman of the BelCCI Vladimir Ulakhovich, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the CIS, noted: "This is a good reason to look back, to acknowledge the distance our Commonwealth has travelled. Over the years, the infrastructure, contractual base, and business associations have developed. The Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has a number of services related to the activities of the CIS. In particular, a there is free trade zone, and we issue certificates to enterprises to remove unnecessary trade burdens to work within this zone. The exhibition and fair committee operates under the CIS. Every year, we form a common agenda, discuss exhibitions, and encourage enterprises to participate in them. It brings results."

Speaking about the prospects, he drew attention to the fact that the current conditions on the outer perimeter motivate and oblige to strengthen the role and importance of Chambers of Commerce and Industry as business associations. "The concept for the development of the Commonwealth until 2030 includes several items that will invariably be on our agenda, such as digitalization of business relations, transport corridors, environmental issues, which today also affect the business community. In particular, the National Action Plan for Green Economy Development for the next five years has been adopted recently. It contains specific positions for business," Vladimir Ulakhovich said. "We must develop and strengthen our Commonwealth, be stronger, complement each other, strengthen the stability of our trade and economic ties and achieve serious results."

The following event of the BelCCI within the Belarus chairmanship in the CIS and the 30th anniversary of the CIS was the thirteenth meeting of the Advisory Council of the Chambers of the Eurasian Economic Union member states.

During the meeting, the BelCCI Chairman Vladimir Ulakhovich, Senior Vice President of the CCI of Kyrgyzstan Roman Kasymov, Acting Vice President of the CCI of Armenia Karen Ivanov, Vice President of the CCI of Russia Vladimir Padalko discussed export support and promotion of the goods produced by the EAEU member states to the markets of third countries, obstacles to the free movement of goods, services, capital, labor in the internal market of the EAEU, the prospects for creating an international commercial arbitration within the Union, as well as the directions of the Chambers' of Commerce and Industry work for the development of industrial cooperation within the EAEU.

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