The Chairman of the Senate of the Parliament of Kazakhstan talks about new opportunities for the trade and economic cooperation between Belarus and Kazakhstan.
About the bilateral cooperation
Indeed, the Presidents of our countries meet frequently. As far as I know, they maintain both personal and business relations. They treat each other with great respect. This is very important for the development of the cooperation between our countries. Still, there are some problems. That’s why the Economic Union was established. However, not all the problems are immediately solved by this organization. In general, integration is a complicated process. It requires great efforts of the countries and, of course, necessary qualification. The key issue is the willingness of the countries to compromise. I think that the Eurasian Economic Commission should be involved. However, heads of the state are not completely satisfied with the work of this organization. That’s why there is a lot of work to do. We can’t expect quick results. It is very important that Belarus and Kazakhstan want to be integrated more closely.
About joining the WTO
The World Trade Organization is a universal organization. Kazakhstan joined the WTO later than Russia. Nevertheless, we established the Eurasian Economic Union. We are eager to help Belarus enter the WTO. I think that you will have to join this organization sooner or later. The idea is to find the solution that will help us develop the cooperation between Belarus and Kazakhstan.
About the elections
I was observing the presidential elections in 2010. Afterwards, I made a special announcement saying that people made their choice, and this choice should be respected.We need to develop the cooperation with the OSCE. Moreover, I think we should work more closely with the Delegation of Belarus to the OSCE.