Belarus board No1 landed in the international airport in Bishkek. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, who is on a working visit in Bishkek, will take part in the meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council.
Security issues are also on the agenda. This question will be discussed during the informal meeting of heads of CSTO member states.
Anastasia Ivannikova, CTV:
Back in March, Bishkek hosted a meeting of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council. On April 14 the capital of Kyrgyzstan will once again become the center of Eurasian integration. It will host a meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council. Security is another topic, as an informal meeting of heads of CSTO member states will take place here too.
Incidentally, Kyrgyzstan was the last to have joined the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) - in August 2015.
Some 37% of Kyrgyz exports are directed to the markets of EEU countries. Plans are also to increase bilateral cooperation ties, says Ambassador of Belarus to Kyrgyzstan. The sides want to co-produce mining equipment, launch a yeast plant, and even open a Belarusian trading house. Participation in the EEU is beneficial.
Andrei Strachko, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus in the Kyrgyz Republic:
We created the EEU to facilitate the work of business entities. This means simpler movement of capital and the possibility of movement of labor, and co-production of goods, use of a common economic space and access to the markets of the EEU.
This is very promising, and I think in the future this will have its effect.
One of the main themes is the deepening of the EEU's dialogue with third countries.
About fifty countries have expressed a desire to cooperate with the EEU.
For example, the president of Moldova has sent an application for an observer status with the EEU. It is also planned that the meeting will address cooperation with Iran.
During the presidency of Belarus in the EEU in 2015, Kyrgyzstan was accepted as its fifth member. The main event in 2016, the year of Kazakhstan, is a free trade zone with Vietnam.
A new Customs Code has recently been adopted and on 12 April it was signed by Alexander Lukashenko). The document will enter into force on July 1st.
This meeting is expected to result in a number of documents signed. Of course, the main discussion will hinge around the main guidelines of the economic policy of the countries of the Union over the next two years, and on amendments to the procedures of the Eurasian Economic Commission's work. During the informal CSTO meeting, the main thing is to coordinate all the actions of the Member States of the organization.
In May 2016, Astana hosted the summit of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council. Back then the participants signed a dozen documents. Productive work is expected today too.