Participation in Customs Union, SES attests to single agenda of Belarus, Kazakhstan


Participation in Customs Union, SES attests to single agenda of Belarus, KazakhstanParticipation of Kazakhstan and Belarus in the Customs Union and the single economic space (SES) demonstrates the unity of efforts of the two countries, Chairman of the Majilis – the lower house of the Kazakh Parliament – Ural Muhamedzhanov said as he met with Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, BelTA has learnt.

Accoridng to BelTA, Ural Muhamedzhanov emphasized that there are no problems between Belarus and Kazakhstan, there are only some issues that require attention and they are successfully dealt with.

“The fact that we are part of the Customs Union and the future single economic space, a higher level of integration, demonstrates the unity of our intentions,” Ural Muhamedzhanov said.

He thanked Belarus for the warm welcome and told the President about the fruitful work of the Kazakh delegation in Minsk.

Belarus and Kazakhstan maintain a meaningful dialogue on the high and highest levels. The countries take part in the meetings of the CIS, EurAsEC and the CSTO. Kazakh MPs support Belarusian counterparts on the international level. The MPs of Belarus and Kazakhstan cooperate actively within the framework of the CIS Inter-parliamentary Assembly and the EurAsEC Inter-parliamentary Assembly.

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Exposition devoted to life and works of Muktar Auezov opened in Minsk


Aituar Mamlin

The day before the Kazakh Embassy to Belarus jointly with the Kazakh Consulate General to Belarus organized in Minsk a solemn opening of the exposition devoted to the life and works of great Kazakh writer and public figure Muktar Auezov.

The event took place at Minsk secondary school 143, in sign of friendship and cooperation between the two nations the school was named after Muktar Auezov in 2009.

Representatives of creative intelligentsia, Kazakh Diaspora living Belarus and writer’s son Murat Auezov, who arrived there too, took part in the opening ceremony.

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Kazakhstan seeks innovative joint ventures with Belarus


Kazakhstan would like to set up innovative joint ventures with Belarus, Chairman of the Majilis of the Kazakh Parliament Ural Muhamedzhanov said as he met with Prime Minister of Belarus Mikhail Myasnikovich on 25 October, BelTA has learnt.

According to BelTA, Ural Muhamedzhanov said that he supports the integration views expressed by Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko in the Izvestia newspaper. According to Ural Muhamedzhanov, “the three countries need to flesh out joint projects and help each other to deal with foreign competition”. This makes innovative joint ventures extremely relevant, he emphasized.

The Belarusian Premier also pointed to the importance of innovative cooperation. “We need to set up joint ventures to manufacture brand new products that will be in demand on the market of the single economic space (SES) and abroad,” he said. This will boost the trade between the countries and strengthen humanitarian contacts. “Our law-makers will develop the progressive market legal framework for that”, he added.

Mikahil Myasnnikovich suggested considering the accession of two potential members of the single economic space. “Some countries have already applied for membership in the SES, others are going to do that soon. I would like to know your opinion about that,” he noted.

The Customs Union of Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan that became operational on 1 January 2010 has eliminated tariff and non-tariff barriers in the mutual trade, unified and simplified foreign trade regulations, enhanced the protection of Belarusian, Kazakh and Russian products on the common market from the competition of third countries. The single economic space that will become functional on 1 January 2012 will secure the free movement of capital, services and labor. The countries will start harmonizing their macroeconomic policies using single competition principles and rules and regulating the operation of natural monopolies. The countries have also come up with single approaches to supporting the manufacturing industry and agriculture and placing state procurement orders.

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Kazakhstan eager to mine Belarusian potash salts


Kazakhstan shows an interest in exploiting the Petrikovskoye potash salts deposit, said Prime Minister of Belarus Mikhail Myasnikovich as he met with Ural Muhamedzhanov, chairman of the lower chamber of the Kazakhstan parliament, on 25 October.

According to BelTA, Mikhail Myasnikovich reminded that Belarus is seeking an investor to exploit the Petrikovskoye deposit. He said that a Kazakh company had filed a proposal.

Mikhail Myasnikovich also said that the Belarusian side was considering proposals from companies from Russia, Western Europe, China, and India. “We are not that rich in mineral resources but we are now vigorously developing them,” added the Prime Minister.

Mikhail Myasnikovich said that Belarus was interested in cooperation with Kazakhstan in transportation. He reminded that Kazakhstan and Russia plan to implement a project to create a transport corridor between Saint Petersburg and Astana. Mikhail Myasnikovich said: “We will not influence the route of the corridor but creating a branch towards Europe to connect Moscow and the European Union would be advisable”.

Mikhail Myasnikovich also said that he had met with Kazakhstan Prime Minister Karim Masimov in Saint Petersburg a while before. The negotiations touched upon several matters primarily concerning integration processes in the Customs Union. Mikhail Myasnikovich remarked that the formation of all the supranational structures required for the Single Economic Space was about to end. “I am interested in learning your opinion about how decision-making will be arranged and how decisions will be enforced within the framework of the integration bodies,” he stressed.

The Belarusian government has a positive view on the bilateral trade with Kazakhstan and the fulfillment of joint projects. The two countries have good prospects in this area, Mikhail Myasnikovich is convinced. It is important that they are not just declarations but something based on specific industries, he said.