27 May 2024 EEC representatives participated in International Conference “Small and Medium Tonnage Chemistry 2024” Representatives of the Eurasian Economic Commission's Industrial Unit headed by Georgy Arzumanyan, Deputy Director of the EEC Industrial Policy Department, took part in the International Conference “Small and Medium Tonnage Chemistry 2024” (SMTC-2024). Georgy Arzumanyan addressed the event participants with a welcoming remark:  “We believe it important to develop low- and medium-tonnage chemistry, especially in light of its role in developing related industries such as pharmaceuticals and textiles”. The Department's Deputy Director also made a report “Development of Industrial Cooperation in the Eurasian Economic Union in the field of SMTC. Possibilities of attracting instruments for financing industrial cooperation”. He reported on the Industrial Unit's work in this field, opportunities and conditions for attracting financial support instruments for implementing cooperative projects. “The new supranational financial support mechanism offers a good opportunity to build value chains using the potential of all the “five“ countries. This is especially necessary for medium-sized enterprises, for which the attraction of investments and technologies is a key factor,” Georgy Arzumanyan noted. In his opinion, participation in the conference was an important continuation of the dialogue between manufacturers, consumers of SMTC products, the Russian Union of Chemists, authorized bodies and the Commission. In fact, it was part of the overall work to highlight the industry's problems and to search for joint solutions.
23 May 2024 Representatives of Commission's Industrial Unit participated in Metalworking-2024 Exhibition Representatives of the Eurasian Economic Commission's Industrial Unit headed by Nikolay Rogozhnik, Deputy Director of Industrial Policy Department, visited the international specialized exhibition of equipment, devices and tools for the metalworking industry “Metalworking-2024”, during which they took part in the plenary session “Future of Machine Tool Building. Trends and Prospects”, as well as thematic round tables. On the sidelines of the event, Nikolay Rogozhnik informed on the new mechanism of financial support to the EAEU industrial cooperation, as well as the conditions and opportunities for its use. “For the first time since the existence of the Eurasian Economic Commission, an efficient support mechanism in the field of industrial cooperation has been launched, which enables the Union countries' enterprises to implement significant strategic projects”, Nikolay Rogozhnik noted. The Commission's delegation got acquainted with the exhibition exposition of the Gomel Machine Tools and Assemblies Plant, where a high-tech numerically controlled lathe, model 16GS25FZ was presented. The machine was assembled in the Republic of Belarus, the share of localized Russian components in the machine was 61% and the Belarusian components accounted for 30%. According to Nikolay Rogozhnik, the high-tech lathe is an excellent result of close cooperation between Russia and Belarus on the way to achieving technological sovereignty of the Eurasian Economic Union.
22 May 2024 Prospects for industrial cooperation between EAEU and Mongolia discussed at international conference Nikolay Kushnarev, Director of the Industrial Policy Department of the Eurasian Economic Policy, addressed the international conference “Prospects for developing trade, economic and investment cooperation between Mongolia and EAEU countries” in Ulaanbaatar. During the panel session “Developing cooperation in the industrial and agricultural sectors of the Eurasian Economic Union countries and Mongolia” Nikolay Kushnarev noted the long-standing trusting relations and close ties between the EAEU States and Mongolia, including in the field of industrial and technological cooperation, as well as the possibility to deepen interaction by drafting an agreement on creating a free trade area between Mongolia and the EAEU. “The growth of Mongolia's economy in the basic mining industry supports stable demand for equipment, machinery and spare parts. At the same time, Mongolia's course for developing and expanding infrastructure and transport projects, as well as the need to build new power generation facilities, creates the need to attract technologies and competencies. Such demand and needs are good prerequisites for deepening cooperation in the manufacturing industry between Mongolia and the EAEU countries and can act as one of the key drivers for achieving ambitious development goals and economic growth”, noted the Director of the Department. Nikolay Kushnarev informed the conference attendees on the possibilities and mechanisms of cooperation in mastering the manufacture of products using more sophisticated technological processes with high added value, including in relation to the industrial recovery program of Mongolia within the national “Policy of Economic Recovery”. Among such mechanisms, he noted the Eurasian Technological Platforms, which can become a systemic tool in scientific and technological and innovation cooperation and technology transfer. The mechanism of the EAEU industrial zones in third countries is another possible option for developing and deepening interaction between the Eurasian “five” countries and Mongolia.
EEC and FAO developing cooperation 17 May 2024 EEC and FAO developing cooperation The Eurasian Economic Commission representatives participated in the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Regional Conference for Europe in Rome and a number of FAO panel sessions. These include “Challenges for agrifood systems transformation in landlocked developing countries in Europe and Central Asia”, and “The role of innovation and digitalization in the sustainable use of natural resources to accelerate the implementation of climate-resilient and low-emission pathways in agrifood systems”. The events discussed the results of FAO's work in the region in 2022-2023, priority areas of work up to 2031, issues related to global and regional food security outlook, and tools for building resilience through agrifood systems transformation. On the sidelines of the Conference, Armen Harutyunyan, Director of the Agricultural Policy Department, and Zoya Morochkova, Assistant to the EEC Minister in charge of Industry and Agriculture, held working meetings with Viorel Gutu, FAO Regional Representative for Europe and Central Asia, and Raimund Jehle, FAO Regional Programme Leader for Europe and Central Asia. The Parties exchanged views on current and prospective areas of interaction, emphasized the relevance of developing cooperation on assessing food security and defining the role of agriculture in the climate agenda, and discussed the deadlines for coordinating and signing the new Memorandum of Understanding between the EEC and FAO and the Action Plan for its implementation. An essential result of cooperation between the Commission and FAO was the industry-specific “Review of the fruit and vegetable sector of the Eurasian Economic Union Member States” and recommendations on preserving and restoring soil fertility, promoting the use of precision farming technologies, and ensuring the sustainable development of aquaculture and fisheries. Following the meeting, the parties agreed to continue intensive contacts to implement a rich agenda of interaction between the EEC and FAO and to start developing joint approaches to ensuring food accessibility, preparing a draft review of international experience in developing organic agriculture, including increased exports of organic agriculture products and gaining access to third markets.
17 May 2024 Advisory Committee considered key issues of EAEU industrial cooperation A regular meeting of the Advisory Committee on Industry chaired by Goar Barseghyan, Minister in charge of Industry and Agriculture of the Eurasian Economic Commission, was held on May 17. The meeting was attended by representatives of relevant ministries and agencies of the Eurasian “five” and Observer countries at the Eurasian Economic Union – Uzbekistan and Cuba.   The Advisory Committee members discussed implementing the new mechanism of financial support for the EAEU industrial cooperation. The entire regulatory framework of the mechanism has been elaborated, and the Protocol on introducing relevant amendments to the Treaty on the EAEU has been signed and is at the final stage of ratification. The meeting also considered the draft Main Directions of Industrial Cooperation in the EAEU until 2030, and updated the composition of the Commission on cooperation and import substitution in priority and high-tech industries. Besides, the meeting considered draft reports on implementing cooperative projects in the manufacturing industry aimed at reducing import dependence, on the results of monitoring the implementation of the Main Directions of Industrial Cooperation, on the results of monitoring the fulfillment of obligations with regard to sensitive goods when implementing industrial policy measures, on consolidated forecast balances of supply and demand for the main types of industrial products, and an overview of the machine-tool industry. Based on the latest report, a draft recommendation on developing the machine-tool industry was prepared, which was supported by the parties as well. Summarizing the discussion of the agenda issues, Goar Barseghyan thanked the meeting attendees for the constructive discussion and proposed to hold the next meeting of the Advisory Committee in person in Q3 2024.
24 Apr 2024 Goar Barseghyan: "Uzbekistan and the EAEU have high potential for deepening cooperation in the manufacturing industry" Creating joint clusters, technoparks and economic zones is an efficient tool to support industrial enterprises and innovative companies. This was stated by Goar Barseghyan, Minister in charge of Industry and Agriculture of the Eurasian Economic Commission during her working trip to Tashkent and insight into the potential of the Chirchik Industrial Technopark. The EEC Minister visited three joint chemical enterprises located in the Technopark's territory: Rhodium Polymer – the only plant in Central Asia for the manufacture of polypropylene foam and products thereof, VR Plast TPE enterprise for the manufacture of thermoplastic elastomers, as well as Bionovatic-Agro – plant for the manufacture of biological plant protection products for agricultural crops. Goar Barseghyan got acquainted with the conditions of production localization, as well as practices and competences of management companies. "The Chirchik Industrial Park is a successful example of cooperation between the Eurasian Economic Union and Uzbekistan, which is based on the best Russian competencies in preparing and organizing industrial infrastructure facilities abroad," Goar Barseghyan noted. According to the Minister, today the EAEU countries prioritize innovative projects to attract state-of-the-art technologies and actively invest in major projects in machine building, gas and chemical complex, metal industry, textile, food industry and many other sectors. "I am convinced that the active use of the advantages of Uzbekistan's technoparks by the Union's manufacturers will enable us to increase the portfolio of joint projects. For the Republic itself, this will be a new round in developing cooperation with the Eurasian "five" and a significant step towards establishing the largest production hub in Central Asia in its territory," Goar Barseghyan said. The Minister also spoke at the plenary session "Uzbekistan and Russia in the paradigm of global AI-transformation: artificial intelligence as a key to success" at the International Industrial Exhibition "INNOPROM. Central Asia".  As Goar Barseghyan stated, establishing a common data circulation market and strengthening digital independence are a stable basis for sustainable development of the EAEU integration processes. "The key condition for building the EAEU technological sovereignty is to create cooperative ties between research organizations, small technology companies, manufacturing enterprises and major customers," Goar Barseghyan stressed, adding that the "five" countries take a keen interest in developing the national cyber infrastructure. She reminded that at present the Commission elaborates an intergovernmental program on creating a supercomputer network "Eurasian Information and Computing Infrastructure", which will provide access to high-performance computing resources of the world class for the Member States' subjects of innovative development.  Summarizing the talk, Goar Barseghyan noted that the formation of digital space, infrastructures and ecosystems is one of the strategic directions for improving economic efficiency. The cooperation between the Union countries and the Republic of Uzbekistan has great potential in this field. On the sidelines of the International Industrial Exhibition "INNOPROM. Central Asia" Goar Barseghyan had a meeting with Alexander Ogorodnikov, First Deputy Minister of Industry of the Republic of Belarus. The parties discussed cooperative projects and restarting the mechanism of interstate programs and projects in the manufacturing industry. During the visit, Goar Barseghyan also had a working meeting with Laziz Kudratov, Minister of Investment, Industry and Trade of the Republic of Uzbekistan. They discussed implementing the joint action plan of the EEC and the Government of Uzbekistan in the manufacturing industry, participation of Uzbekistan's representatives as observers at the meetings of the EAEU Industrial Policy Council and exchange of experience between Uzbekistan and the Union States on implementing advanced information and communication technologies in the light industry.   
22 Apr 2024 Goar Barseghyan: "The industrial sector is one of the main drivers of the EAEU economic growth" On April 22 in Tashkent, Goar Barseghyan, Minister in charge of Industry and Agriculture of the Eurasian Economic Commission, took part in the main plenary session of the International Industrial Exhibition "INNOPROM. Central Asia", as well as got acquainted with the exposition of innovative samples in the manufacturing industry of the Eurasian Economic Union Member States and the Republic of Uzbekistan. Goar Barseghyan made a report at the panel session "The EAEU: new tools to promote industrial cooperation" organized by the Eurasian Economic Commission and the Union's Business Council. The Minister has noted that the event dedicated to new tools for implementing industrial policy and deepening industrial cooperation in the EAEU is held under the auspices of the Commission at the INNOPROM International Industrial Forum in Tashkent. "The technological development of industrial complexes and improving the competitiveness of the Union countries' national economies remain one of the primary objectives of our integration agenda. This can be achieved through creating favorable conditions and mechanisms to support the production of modern industrial products, combining the experience and potential of our countries", Goar Barseghyan noted. The Minister informed on positive trends in the EAEU industrial production in 2023, the indicators of which increased by 3.7% compared to the previous year. According to her, such growth was registered in all the Union Member States. The manufacturing industry was also characterized by a production ramp-up – by 7.4%. "Since the start of the Eurasian Economic Union functioning in 2015, mutual deliveries in the EAEU countries have increased by 2.3 times. But we stay strong in the pursuit of our goals and believe it necessary to expand new approaches to achieve our ambitious goals," the Minister emphasized. Goar Barseghyan noted that the cooperation support tools already created within the Union will contribute to deepening integration cooperation within the EAEU and with Observer countries, following the example of the Eurasian Technology Platforms. "Nowadays we work on a new format of the Eurasian Technology Platforms. In this regard, we have planned a grand event involving the Member States at the headquarters of the Eurasian Economic Union in June this year," she said. According to the Minister, technology platforms should become an efficient system tool in scientific, technological and innovation cooperation with a focus on technology transfer.  "Our Colleagues from Uzbekistan take much interest in participating in the "Civil Aircraft Engineering" technology platform, and we see prospects for mutually beneficial cooperation here as well," Goar Barseghyan said.
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