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Member of the Board – Minister in charge of Industry and Agroindustrial Complex Gohar Barseghyan

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09 Feb 2024 Goar Barseghyan invited EAEU businesses to actively participate in implementing new financial mechanism Implementing a financial support mechanism for cooperative projects in the Eurasian Economic Union will enable the real economy to move to a new level of the Eurasian integration. This was stated by Goar Barseghyan, Minister in charge of Industry and Agriculture of the Eurasian Economic Commission, at the International Forum "Russia 2030 and the New Global Economic Order: Key Factors and the Role of Business". "Implementing the new mechanism will contribute to solving the main objectives of industrial development, specified in the Declaration on Further Development of Economic Processes within the EAEU until 2030 and for the period until 2045," Goar Barseghyan stated. "This entails the formation of a common space of cooperative interaction and cooperation, as well as the provision of the EAEU common market with key goods".  The Minister stressed that the new form of financial support for cooperative projects would increase the investment attractiveness of the Union countries and invited associations of business circles and business representatives to actively participate in practical implementation of the new supranational instrument. Besides, Goar Barseghyan noted that Nikol Pashinyan, Chairman of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council and Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia, gave particular attention in his address to the Heads of the EAEU Member States to the issues of food security and development of the agricultural sector among the key priorities of Armenia's chairmanship in the EAEU governing bodies. "The EAEU countries' self-sufficiency in food staples has reached 93 percent. This enables the Member States to efficiently address emerging challenges on a collective basis," the EEC Minister noted.  In conclusion, Goar Barseghyan emphasized the importance of efficient use of the advantages that integration brings to the Member States. According to the Minister, the complementarity of the five countries' economies enables them to set the most ambitious targets, both to raise the living standards of ordinary citizens and to improve the business environment throughout the Eurasian space. For reference The International Forum "Russia 2030 and the New Global Economic Order: Key Factors and the Role of Business" was held as part of the Russian Business Week 2024 at the venue of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs. The event was attended by Alexei Overchuk, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Maksim Reshetnikov, Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, Andrey Slepnev, EEC Minister in charge of Trade, as well as representatives of the Russian business community and government agencies.  
26 Jan 2024 EEC and relevant ministries of South Africa discussed prospects for cooperation On January 25, the Eurasian Economic Commission's delegation held negotiations with representatives of the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development of the Republic of South Africa. Building joint work in priority industries, as well as special aspects and trends in developing the industrial complexes of the Eurasian Economic Union and South Africa were discussed by Nikolay Kushnarev, Director of the EEC Industrial Policy Department, and Malose Letsoalo, Director General for Bilateral Relations of the Ministry of Trade and Industry of South Africa. The sides agreed on mutual exchange of public analytics, including on key investment opportunities and developments in various industries, and identified priority steps for developing constructive and mutually beneficial cooperation. Nikolay Kushnarev and Gerhard Fourie, Director General for Sustainable Renewable Energy at the Ministry of Trade and Industry of South Africa, reviewed the best international practices of technology transfer in the field of equipment, components and materials for alternative and renewable energy sources. The EEC representative gave a detailed account of the Commission's work to promote the renewable energy industry in the Union. The Director of the EEC Industrial Policy Department and his colleagues also discussed the creation of the Eurasian Economic Union's industrial zones, which could provide access for the Member States' manufacturers not only to the South African market, but also to the entire African continent. Besides, during the negotiations, the sides considered the possibility of organizing a meeting between the Ministers of Industry of the EAEU and BRICS countries. A wide range of issues of mutual interest in the field of agriculture, in particular the issues of crop and seed production, certification of organic products, precision farming, digitalization of agriculture, the use of innovative technologies to improve the efficiency of agriculture, and the competitiveness of crop production, were discussed during the meeting between Armen Harutyunyan and Phindiv Dinghile, Director General for International Relations and Trade at the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development of South Africa. The sides exchanged information and agreed to study possible mechanisms for increasing the supply of agricultural products to the South African market and forming a list of agricultural products with the highest potential for export to the EAEU countries and South Africa, and confirmed the need for an exchange of views between government agencies and business circles of the Union and South Africa on intensifying trade and economic cooperation, including by holding meetings via videoconferencing, thematic seminars and conferences. Armen Harutyunyan informed on the EAEU activities in the agricultural sector to position the Union as a promising trade partner at the international level, the EAEU programs of sustainable agricultural development, and the Union countries' interest in the transfer of technologies and knowledge in the field of agriculture to the African region. For reference The work on enhancing the EAEU international cooperation in the African direction is carried out by the EEC as part of implementing Instruction No. 27 of the Eurasian Economic Commission's Council dated August 29, 2023.
26 Jan 2024 Aina Kusainova presented achievements and prospects for implementing EAEU coordinated agricultural policy Aina Kusainova, Deputy Director of the Eurasian Economic Commission's Agricultural Policy Department, reported on the formed legal framework on the coordinated agricultural policy of the Eurasian Economic Union, stages in developing integration processes and achieved results in the agricultural sector. The EEC representative made special mention of the most significant areas of cooperation between the Member States. In particular, she focused on the work on establishing common markets for agricultural plant seeds, breeding products, and organic agricultural products, as well as the rules of release (issue), circulation and redemption of warehouse certificates for agricultural products in the EAEU. Aina Kusainova noted that the work on the integration agenda and measures taken at the national level, and the removal of barriers contributed to the dynamic development of the industry. In the last four years, the Union's agriculture has shown positive trends with a 15% increase in agricultural production. This has contributed to an increase in the EAEU countries' self-sufficiency with food staples to 93%.  For reference The lecture was held on January 24 at the venue of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia as part of the MGIMO — UNITAR advanced training program for diplomats and public servants of the CIS countries and other States "Challenges and Prospects for Developing the Greater Eurasian Partnership".
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