The CIS countries have all the chances to launch new mutually beneficial projects, analysts and political scientists say. In the last meeting in Sochi, the leaders of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) countries confirmed their interest in further comprehensive deepening of integration. In particular, they called for accelerated completion of the national procedures for ratification of the common Customs Code, so that it could enter into force on January 1, 2018.

AIZHAN MUHYSHBAYEVA, EXPERT, FUND OF FIRST PRESIDENT OF KAZAKHSTAN:

- The meeting of the Supreme Economic Council is discussing four major economic problems, the problem of trade and transport policy. Currently, more than 60 trade barriers remain. They seem to appear eventually.

President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev proposed to intensify the work on the draft agreement on free trade in services and to adopt it in the near future. The economic benefits from participation in the CIS are obvious: the trade turnover between the Commonwealth countries has increased by 25% since the beginning of the year and reached $75 billion. Simplification of customs procedures will also boost trade within the EAEU. According to experts, this is important, especially due to a growing number of countries willing to join the union.

ZHUMABEK SARABEKOV, EXPERT, INSTITUTE OF WORLD ECONOMY AND POLITICS:

- This is an experiment which shows to what extent this form of third country participation in the work of the EAEU as observers is beneficial for the Eurasian Union and to what extent it allows to open new horizons for cooperation.

The analysts consider the Commonwealth of Independent States as a strategic platform for negotiations and cooperation. According to the analysts, over the years the tool of “a civilized divorce” has become an effective opportunity to address the applied issues.

SANAT KUSHKUMBAYEV, DEPUTY DIRECTOR, KAZISS, POLITICAL SCIENTIST:

- This platform is used multilaterally for the bilateral dialogue in order to solve issues that the CIS countries face in relation to each other whether there are political or economic issues. It is very difficult to reach some kind of consensus when more than 10 countries participate. Every country has already identified and advanced its path of development. Nevertheless, the CIS is a bridge that connects countries and people.

Tajikistan which takes over the CIS presidency after Russia, proposed joint projects in the energy industry. Turkmenistan which received the co-chair status on its own initiative has focused on transportation and logistics issues.

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