Conference on the Customs Union of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus held in Antwerp
February 17. KAZINFORM. ANTWERP-BRUSSELS
A conference devoted to the Customs Union of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus themed “Single customs, single tariff” organized by the Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce for Russia and Belarus in cooperation with the embassies of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus to Belgium, was held on February 14 in Antwerp.
“European companies take an active interest in the establishment of the Single Economic Space”, said Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Belgium and Luxemburg, Head of the Mission to the EU and NATO Yerik Utembayev. European businessmen are interested in the principles of doing business, customs regulations and administration of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus. The conference gives the answers to many questions and once again demonstrates that N. Nazarbayev’s idea to create a vast market with vast opportunities is a real task that must be realized,” told the Kazakh diplomat.
In his turn, Belarus Ambassador to Belgium, Head of the Belarus Permanent Delegation to the EU and NATO Andrey Yevdochenko noted that Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev initiated the CIS integration unions. “President Nazarbayev was the first to suggest the formation of the Customs Union in 1992. In his turn, Belarus President A. Lukashenko endorsed that idea and continually acted as an engine of our integration,” he added.
The Belarus diplomat briefed on the stages of the Eurasian integration highlighting the 2007- 2011 as the most significant period that defined the future of the all-round economic interaction between Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus. According to him, there are real opportunities to further integration.
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Kazakh Ambassador to Belgium suggests setting up common business councils of Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus in Europe
February 17. KAZINFORM. BRUSSELS
Addressing the conference devoted to the Customs Union “Single customs, single tariff” the Kazakh Ambassador to Belgium proposed to create common chambers of commerce and industry and business councils of Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus in Europe.
According to Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Belgium and Luxembourg, head of the Mission to the EU and NATO Yerik Utembayev, the three countries’ business is involved now in forming the Single Economic Space and takes active part in elaboration of proposals reflecting the interests of the business community.
“To this end, I believe it is essential to stress the need to ensure more efficient cooperation of the CU business with foreign partners, forge ties and cooperation of the business and state authorities. Such partnership may focus on discussion of amendments to the Customs Code of the Customs Union, increase of goods turnover volume and connecting traffic through the CU countries to/from the Asian region, reduction and establishment of single traffic rates.”
“Common chambers of commerce and industry and business councils of Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus in Europe will let work in new economic realia and create conditions for the European companies willing to enter our markets,” he added.