03 Apr 2024 Kasym-Jomart Tokayev and Bakytzhan Sagintaev discussed EAEU strategic development On April 3 in Astana President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kasym-Jomart Tokayev received Bakytzhan Sagintaev, Chairman of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission. The meeting discussed the current state and prospects for further development of the Eurasian Economic Union.   In particular, the covered issues included functioning of the EAEU internal market, implementation of industrial cooperation projects, creation of value-added chains, as well as improvement of transport infrastructure and logistics.  Special attention was paid to the development and implementation of new approaches to digital issues, including the improvement of the Integrated Information System of the Union. Bakytzhan Sagintaev said that this year the Commission would present to the Heads of Government of the EAEU countries a vision of the "four freedoms" principle in the context of widespread digitalization. The Chairman of the EEC Board also shared the key achievements of the Eurasian Five countries over 10 years. For instance, mutual trade between the Member States has almost doubled and foreign trade turnover has increased by 60%. The aggregate GDP of the EAEU is 2.4 trillion dollars, and other macroeconomic indicators are also on the upward trend. Discussing the prospects for the development of integration processes, the parties considered the implementation by the Commission together with the Member States of the initiatives laid down in the Eurasian Economic Path Declaration. The meeting included a thorough exchange of views on reinforcing the EAEU's activities in the external track and intensifying cooperation with third countries and international associations (SCO, BRICS, ASEAN, Andean Community, etc.). Following the meeting, Kasym-Jomart Tokayev gave a number of specific instructions and set new tasks for the Eurasian Economic Commission.
29 Mar 2024 Bakytzhan Sagintaev: "The Commission is consistently developing a dialogue with the key regional integration and interstate associations" Bakytzhan Sagintaev, Chairman of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission, took part in the plenary session of the 16th International Economic Forum of the CIS Participating States "From Dialogue to Joint Projects in the CIS, EAEU, and SCO". In his welcome remarks to the event attendees, Bakytzhan Sagintaev noted the important role of the Forum in building dialogue and cooperation between integration associations in the Greater Eurasia region, which in the context of global trends and challenges in the global economy is becoming a significant global development trend. In his speech, the Chairman of the EEC Board informed that the expanded geography of partner ties has been an invariable priority of the integration agenda since creating the Eurasian Economic Union. The work in this direction resulted in the increase of the Union's trade turnover with external partners by 60% during the period of its functioning. "In our international activities we proceed from the understanding that the coupling of any integration processes contributes to the additional unlocking of economic potential of the participating economies of these integration and interstate associations," Bakytzhan Sagintaev emphasized. Bakytzhan Sagintaev noted that the Greater Eurasian space has unique trade and economic, transportation and logistics advantages. Therefore, the development of a systemic dialogue with the CIS, SCO, ASEAN, and BRICS countries and other interested states and associations in the context of the Greater Eurasian Partnership is one of the priorities of the Union's international activities. The International Economic Forum of the CIS Participating States is an authoritative discussion platform aimed at discussing key issues of interaction between the business community and the government, with due regard to current trends in developing the global and regional economies.
26 Mar 2024 A.A. Gromyko Competition for Young CIS International Relations Specialists started to accept entries The competition is organized by the A.A. Gromyko Association of Foreign Policy Studies, MGIMO of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, the Academy of Management under the President of the Republic of Belarus and the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences with the support of the Standing Committee of the Union State, the Eurasian Economic Commission and the CIS Interstate Fund for Humanitarian Cooperation.  The competition is open for students and graduates of higher education institutions, postgraduates, scientists, teachers, journalists, analysts, business specialists, representatives of civil society organizations, diplomats from the CIS Participating States under the age of 40. Application deadline is May 13, 2024, 23:59. The competition has the following nominations: - Main nomination – scientific articles of postgraduates, scientists, teachers, analysts and diplomats under the age of 40 as of August 1, 2024; - Debut nomination – scientific articles of students and graduates of higher education institutions under the age of 30 as of August 1, 2024; - Essay Competition nomination – journalistic essays of students and graduates of higher education institutions under the age of 30 as of August 1, 2024.  The competition accepts original unpublished scientific articles and analytical notes written independently by one or several authors (no more than 30,000 characters) and devoted to the following research topics: - prospects for integration projects in the post-Soviet space: the Union State of Belarus and Russia, the EAEU, the CIS and the CSTO; - contours of the new world order: challenges and opportunities for Russia and CIS countries; - science diplomacy as a resource for establishing Greater Eurasia; - "total sanctions war": legal status, consequences and counteraction methods; - the role and place of Central Asia and Transcaucasia in the Eurasian integration; - conflict threats and tools for strengthening security in Eurasia; - diplomatic legacy of A. A. Gromyko; - the Great Patriotic War and the Second World War: the problem of preserving historical memory and combating falsification of history; - the United Nations’ role, its past and future in the system of international relations. The competition is interdisciplinary. Entries covering the declared topics in the field of political science, economics, sociology, history, law and philosophy are accepted for participation. The competition also accepts entries falling into a special nomination for journalistic essays on the following topics: - A new redivision of the world: war of civilizations or balance of macro-regions?; - "Culture wars": how does the struggle to reshape human identity affect world politics? Prizes: - articles of the winners in the main nomination will be published in leading scientific journals (including those included in the list of the State Commission for Academic Degrees and Titles); The entries of all competition finalists will be published in a collection of scientific articles; - at least 50 finalists will receive a grant to participate in the Finalists' Forum in Moscow in July 2024 and present their works, participate in unique workshops and rich cultural program; - winners in the main nomination will receive valuable prizes: a laptop, tablet or smart phone. Winners in the debut nomination will receive a smart watch, a fitness bracelet or an external hard drive. Awards in special nominations are also provided according to the jury’s decision. Following the debates during which the works will be defended at the Forum of Competition Finalists, the jury can award the winners with: - a grant for research project, publication of a monograph or participation in a conference in Russia; - a grant for advanced training in leading Russian universities, including MGIMO; - a letter of recommendation for an internship in the Eurasian Economic Commission or at MGIMO. To participate in the competition, send an application and entry via the e-form until May 13, 2024 inclusive through the competition’s official website: konkurs-gromyko.org. Detailed information is available on the competition’s official website. You can contact the organizers at info@konkurs-gromyko.org.
20 Mar 2024 Bakytzhan Sagintaev and Vladimir Putin discussed priority areas of EAEU medium- and long-term development Bakytzhan Sagintaev, Chairman of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission, and President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin considered a number of issues on the Eurasian integration agenda during talks held in Moscow on March 19.  Bakytzhan Sagintaev began the meeting by congratulating Vladimir Putin on his convincing victory in the presidential election, noting the importance of further all-round dynamic development of Russia and successful overcoming of existing challenges.  In his turn, President of Russia congratulated Bakytzhan Sagintaev on his appointment as head of the EEC and wished him fruitful work.  Bakytzhan Sagintaev reported on the key achievements of the integration association over 10 years of its operations. In particular, it is noted that mutual trade between Member States has almost doubled and foreign trade has increased by 60%. GDP of the Eurasian Economic Union grew by 3.8% last year alone, reaching $2.4 trillion. Most macroeconomic indicators are on an upward trend.   The parties discussed the main objectives of the Commission's further activities. One of the priorities will be the implementation of a new strategic document for medium-term (until 2030) and long-term (until 2045) development of the Eurasian Economic Union — the Eurasian Economic Path Declaration. Bakytzhan Sagintaev reported on the start of negotiations with the states of the association to discuss a plan for the implementation of strategic initiatives.  Among the important prospects for the development of the Union and the Commission's work is economic digitalization. The parties are unanimous that digital technologies and relevant reforms will facilitate qualitative changes in the economic situation. Other key areas comprise the development of cooperation ties and the creation of regional value chains, the improvement of transportation infrastructure and logistics and the establishment of a unified effective risk management system in the field of customs control.  The meeting also included a thorough exchange of views on the development of cooperation between the Eurasian Five and third countries and strengthening the EAEU's position in the international arena. In this context, it is a priority to develop cooperation with leading regional associations — the SCO, ASEAN, African Union, BRICS, Pacific Alliance, Andean Community, specialized UN agencies and the entire UN, as well as with such countries as China, Iran, Vietnam, Serbia, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE and a number of others.  In 2024, the Eurasian Economic Union celebrates its tenth anniversary. Following the negotiations, the parties agreed to hold the EAEU anniversary summit in Moscow on May 8.
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