CIS Chambers of Commerce Held XIX-th Annual Meeting
17.11.2021

At the self-isolation, in the conditions of the pandemic, the chambers of commerce of the countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) did not lose contact with each other, but increased their work experience through remote contacts. This was stated by the President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation Sergei Katyrin, speaking on November 17 at the XIX meeting of the Council of Heads of Chambers of Commerce of the CIS member states. Vice-President of the Russian Chamber Vladimir Padalko also took part in the online videoconference from Moscow. 

The conference was named "Development of inter-chamber cooperation: tasks and functions of chambers of commerce and industry in a new reality." Odil Sangov, Deputy Chairman of the Tajik Chamber of Commerce and Industry, opened and moderated the discussion from Dushanbe. This country in the past year chaired the Council of Heads of Chambers of the CIS.

Despite the restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, for 9 months of this year, Russia's trade with the CIS countries amounted to $ 67.6 billion and increased by 28 percent. “The main thing is that during the period of COVID, we have not lost our connections,” said the President of the Chamber. “We have something to be proud of, we have a lot of groundwork,” said Sergey Katyrin, stressing the importance of moving forward on the basis of the CIS Economic Development Strategy for the period up to 2030.

Sergey Katyrin noted that in the near future the chambers of commerce and industry of the CIS countries should focus on overcoming mutual barriers in legislation that impede trade and business development with each other. To do this, a roadmap should be created on the model of the one that was previously created in Russia to amend the legislation to increase the investment attractiveness of the country. According to the President of the Chamber, everyone should participate in this process.

One of the priorities of interaction between the chambers of commerce and industry of the CIS Sergey Katyrin called the support of direct contacts between the regions - the main direction of work is the interaction of real business. According to Sergey Katyrin, other important areas of interaction are the civilized movement of personnel. As an example, he cited the signing of a trilateral agreement with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Uzbekistan and the Ministry of Employment and Labor Relations of Uzbekistan. The introduction of IT technologies and mutual support of exhibition and fair activities also remain important elements of interaction between the chambers of commerce and industry of the CIS.

Sergey Katyrin appealed to the members of the Council of the Heads of the CIS Chambers with a request to support the application of the Russian Federation, which nominated Moscow as the venue for the World Expo in 2030. The President of the Chamber drew attention to the fact that for 170 years of the existence of this exhibition it had never been held in Russia, and expressed the hope that the CIS countries would support this initiative.

The CIS Executive Secretary Sergei Lebedev greeted the meeting participants via videoappeal. The participants were addressed by the Chairman of the Chamber of Tajikistan Jamshed Jumakhonzoda, the President of the Chamber of Azerbaijan Niyaz Ali-zade, the President of the Chamber of Armenia Martin Sargsyan, the Chairman of the Belarusian Chamber Vladimir Ulakhovich, the President of the Board of the Foreign Chamber of Trade of Kazakhstan Ayan Erenov, the President of the Chamber of Moldova Sergey Kharya, the Chairman of the Chamber of Uzbekistan Adham Ikramov, the Chairman The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Turkmenistan Dovletgeldi Rejepov, Director of the Department of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Kyrgyzstan Ruslan Tagaev, Deputy Vice-President of the Skolkovo Foundation for Regional Policy and Cooperation with the CIS Alexander Okunev and others.

The participants agreed and signed the Decision of the XIX meeting of the Council of the Heads of the Chambers of the CIS countries. Next year, the chairmanship of the Council is transferred to Turkmenistan. It will be headed by the Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Turkmenistan Dovletgeldi Rejepov.

By Peter Cheremushkin, Press Service of the Chamber