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Karine Minasyan, EEC Minister: “Extension of partnership, accumulation and integration of competences is the guarantee of mutually beneficial cooperation between the OSCE and EAEU countries”

Karine Minasyan, EEC Minister: “Extension of partnership, accumulation and integration of competences is the guarantee of mutually beneficial cooperation between the OSCE and EAEU countries”


Joint digital projects in such areas as industrial cooperation, transport corridors, digital traceability of products, cargo, goods, including in the sphere of increasing the connectivity of digital infrastructures and developing a space of trust will become the basis for interaction of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) in the field of high technologies.
This was stated by Karine Minasyan, Member of the Board – Minister in charge of Internal Markets, Information Support, Information & Communication Technologies of the EEC, on January 23 in Vienna (Austria) during the preparatory meeting for the 26th Ecological and Economic Forum “Promoting economic progress and security in the OSCE region through innovation, human capital development and good public and corporate governance”.
Earlier, Tigran Sargsyan, Chairman of the EEC Board, had already stated in his speech about the importance of further constructive cooperation of the Commission with the OSCE, noting the similarity of objectives for which the two associations had been created, namely, ensuring decent conditions for the development of countries and peoples.
“One of the central issues for discussion within the framework of the OSCE can become the elaboration of such approaches to cooperation, which both extend and deepen the interaction in the digital economy and allow to ensure the protection of digital sovereignty at the same time,” – noted Karine Minasyan when speaking at the “Digital Economy as a Driver for Innovation and Inclusive Growth” session.
The discussants, including the Permanent Representatives of the Union countries, presented their vision of the topical issues of the digital transformation of the economy, which might be included in the agenda of cooperation within the framework of the OSCE and at the interregional level.
Karine Minasyan noted that all EAEU countries are the OSCE Members and are actively developing governmental programs and strategies for the development of the digital economy, and are in line with the joint EAEU digital agenda. This provides great opportunities for interaction between the two associations, primarily in the sphere of development of the digital economy.
The representatives of the delegations and permanent missions of the EAEU countries to the OSCE highlighted as the most promising directions those connected with the reduction of cross-border digital barriers, increased interconnection of infrastructures, and interoperability. Projects in such spheres as digital transport corridors, digital industrial cooperation, traceability of products, cargo, and goods, and projects aimed at creating a common space of trust can be developed through the establishment of international consortia.
The basis for joint projects is mutual interest, equal partnership, complementarity of competences, and inclusive dialogue with the interested parties (representatives of business, scientific institutions and other centers of competences).
The active international digital cooperation and cooperation in high-tech spheres not related to raw materials is one of the Union’s priorities within the framework of the digital agenda. When working with third countries, the EEC plans to use the EAEU integrated information system (platform) to build the processes of interaction; to actively include experts from the EAEU States in the elaboration of draft international standards to ensure interoperability and cross-cutting, barrier-free economic relations; to develop and to implement mechanisms of risk mitigation in the digital space, taking into account the interests of all countries, including the Union countries.
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The Ecological and Economic Forum is held for the 26th time in 2018. It is preceded by preparatory meetings, which allow consolidating the position on the priority issues of the forum agenda. In 2018, the year of Italy’s Chairmanship in the OSCE, the digital transformation of the economy is declared a priority topic for discussion within the framework of the OSCE. It is represented here as a separate direction for the first time.