The CIS Executive Committee hosted a regular meeting of the Council of Permanent Plenipotentiaries of the Commonwealth Member States In Minsk under the statutory and other bodies of the Commonwealth under the chairmanship of Uzbekistan.
The Permanent Plenipotentiaries discussed the preparations for the next meetings of the Council of Foreign Ministers and the Council of CIS Heads of State, which will be held in the format of videoconference on October 15 and 16, respectively.
They also heard and discussed information on the practical contribution of the base organizations established within the CIS, as well as the councils created under them, in promoting interaction in the Commonwealth.
The meeting also discussed the implementation of the provisions of the free trade zone agreement of October 18, 2011. The need for further work to eliminate trade barriers between the parties to the agreement was underscored, which should serve as one of the most important conditions for economic growth and boosting trade. In order to further liberalize the trade legal framework, it was decided to continue monitoring the implementation of the provisions of the agreement and work on the preparation of a draft agreement on free trade in services.
In addition, the members of the Council of Permanent Representatives discussed the promotion of candidates from the CIS countries for the posts of Secretary General and heads of OSCE institutions and the work carried out within the framework of the implementation of the provisions of the memorandum on deepening cooperation between the CIS Executive Committee and the Eurasian Economic Commission dated November 27, 2018.
Also at the meeting, the candidacies of the heads of the CIS observer missions for the presidential elections of the Republic of Tajikistan on October 11 and the presidential elections of the Republic of Moldova on November 1, 2020 were agreed. The mission in Tajikistan will be headed by Chairman of the Executive Committee Sergei Lebedev, and in Moldova - by his first deputy, Victor Guminsky.