“For Belarus, the CIS is one of the most important integration platforms in the political, economic and social spheres. Therefore, I confirm our readiness to take an active part in the implementation of Kazakhstan's proposed programme of chairmanship in 2022,” Mr. Golovchenko said.
The Prime Minister added that, in 2021, the CIS member states managed not only to overcome the crisis economic manifestations related to the global pandemic, but even surpass the pre-crisis indicators thanks to their joint work and despite all the difficulties. “By the end of the year, the GDP rose by 5 percent within the CIS, while the mutual trade volume increased by 32.6 percent against 2020 figures to make $230bn,” he informed.
According to Mr. Golovchenko, the economic situation is deteriorating in 2022, “This has not yet affected the CIS total trade volumes, but there are already negative consequences for Belarus' foreign trade flows with CIS partners. Supplies of Belarusian products to Tajikistan and Turkmenistan have decreased.”