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Tigran Sargsyan: “We need to harmonize legislation within our space”

Tigran Sargsyan: “We need to harmonize legislation within our space”

2/1/2019
To avoid appearance of any obstacles on the common market of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), to harmonize approaches and to synchronize actions of national governments it is necessary to enhance the role of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC). Such proposal was made by the Chairman of the EEC Board Tigran Sargsyan at the forum “Digital Agenda in the Age of Globalization 2.0. Innovative Ecosystem of Eurasia” in Almaty on February 1.

The forum was attended by the Heads of governments of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) countries – Sergey Rumas, Bakytzhan Sagintayev, Mukhammedkalyi Abylgaziev, Dmitry Medvedev, the Vice-Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia Mher Grigoryan, as well as international experts in digital sphere – heads of large international IT-companies and IT-technoparks, representatives of technological industry, international organizations, and businesses.

Tigran Sargsyan mentioned that digitalization meant serious potential for the countries’ economic growth – additional GDP growth might reach 1% a year, if the States moved forward in cooperation. This is shown by the results of a study for digital transformation in the EAEU, which was carried out by the Commission together with the experts of the World Bank.

In case of non-concerted actions, however, new barriers and obstacles on common markets will arise, businesses may face restrictions in technological terms. “Therefore, we need to harmonize legislation within our space to ensure interoperability of the national governments’ systems”, - believes the Chairman of the EEC Board.

Tigran Sargsyan told about the implementation of the Digital Agenda of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). The Commission’s Digital Office for the implementation of projects created under the decision of the Heads of governments obtained more than 40 projects from both private sector and government institutions. “We have already made sufficient progress for some of them, the decision of the EEC Council to launch such projects is already in existence, there are pilot projects which must try some or other digital technologies. Upon their completion we will propose these projects for implementation within the entire Eurasian space”, - reported Tigran Sargsyan.

Due to a significant number of such projects, in the opinion of the Chairman of the EEC Board the digital office must transform into an independent, serious project management authority. “This is an independent sphere of activity. Experience of the European Union shows that to implement such directions it is necessary to establish separate structures. This suggests that our integration has made significant progress over the five years. We are at the new stage of deepening of integration when new structures for the implementation of joint projects and their management are necessary”, - summarized Tigran Sargsyan.

The Chairman of the EEC Board also emphasized that digitalization did not constitute automation of existing business processes. “We are witnessing the changing economic set-up, new inter-industry digital platforms are being formed which change the logic of the former economy. Digital technologies eliminate unnecessary intermediaries and create a brand new ecosystem and in the meantime it is an element of a global trend when the key business process involves not the production of goods but the production of new knowledge underlying rapid digitalization”, - he mentioned.

Therefore, proposals formed for the Heads of States and governments for the new management mechanisms must take this circumstance into consideration. “Today we should deal with a smart, flexible management system which would prepare our society to global transformation and to new economic set-up, because it is coming into being beneath our eyes”, - highlighted Tigran Sargsyan.