Security issues in EAEU become uppermost - Nazarbayev
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The crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has become a strength test for the EAEU economies, security issues have become uppermost, the First President of Kazakhstan, Honorary Chairman of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council, Nursultan Nazarbayev, said at the SEEC meeting, Kazpravda.kz correspondent reports.
"The economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic has become a test of strength for our integration association. Security issues come to the fore. It is a wide range of issues - from the provision of food and medicine to the security of digital, financial and physical infrastructure," Nursultan Nazarbayev said.
According to him, special attention should now be paid to the development of social infrastructure, to achieving maximum progress in the development of a common market of drugs and medical devices for the EAEU.
In the food security, Nazarbayev noted, it is necessary to accelerate integration, eliminate any possibility of food shortages, create conditions for business development throughout the Union.
In addition, according to Nursultan Nazarbayev, more attention should be paid to the development of external relations of the EAEU countries, since there are resources on the territory of the association to provide the population with food. It is necessary to properly distribute these resources, develop cooperation in the agricultural sector and find an opportunity to provide assistance to the countries experiencing food shortages.
"We need to implement what we talked about earlier at our meetings - a trade bridge between the markets of the European and Asian parts of the mainland, we can connect the Shanghai Cooperation Organization to this," the First President of Kazakhstan added.
He also noted the need to exchange experience in the development of green economy and energy.
According to him, the EAEU has become a large-scale single market that ensures stable development of the national economies of the member countries. Over the past five years, the mutual trade volume between the Union states has grown by 23% and in 2020 amounted to $ 55 billion.