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Andrey Slepnev and Heads of UN organizations in Geneva discussed joint work on economic challenges of modern world

Andrey Slepnev and Heads of UN organizations in Geneva discussed joint work on economic challenges of modern world


Andrey Slepnev, Member of the Board – Minister in charge of Trade of the Eurasian Economic Commission, held meetings with the UN Director General in Geneva as well as Heads of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the International Trade Centre (ITC) during his working visit to Switzerland.

The Minister informed about the ongoing work to strengthen the international positioning of the Eurasian Economic Union during his conversation with Tatyana Valovaya, Director General of the UN Office. "Your support for developing cooperation between the Commission and the UN organizations in Geneva is of utmost importance to us," Andrey Slepnev addressed the Head of the UN Office.

During the meeting with Isabelle Durant, Acting Secretary-General of UNCTAD, the EEC Minister stressed high level of cooperation between the two organizations and the importance of its outcomes in such issues as elimination of non-tariff barriers, consumer rights protection, e-commerce, etc.


Andrey Slepnev drew attention of his colleague to the importance of continuing the dialogue as well as the Commission's readiness to contribute to the research and discussions being conducted at the UNCTAD’s venue. "It is required to make joint efforts to ensure conformity of current technological transformation of economies catalyzed by COVID-19 and relevant creation of new national and regional digital platforms without creating new concerns over their mutual integration," the Minister noticed.

The sides agreed to hold an additional exchange of views on existing cooperation plans in the near future and to start implementing them.

In turn, Olga Algayerova, Executive Secretary of the UNECE, was informed on the great relevance for the EAEU of the UNECE work in the areas of digital transport corridors (including harmonization of e-documents), closed-loop economy and e-commerce development. Besides, the Minister endorsed efforts being made by the UNECE to strengthen connectivity in the Central Asian region.

Cooperation plan of the Eurasian Economic Commission and the UNECE for the coming years was finally coordinated during the meeting, and this arrangement will be formalized in the near future.

An arrangement was reached with Pamela Coke-Hamilton, Executive Secretary of the ITC, on the key areas of cooperation being of joint interest. Andrey Slepnev informed his colleagues that the Eurasian Economic Commission would consider the possibility of deepening interaction in the field of e-commerce and digital transport corridors, including in the project format.


During the meetings, the Minister repeatedly emphasized the importance of international organizations as venues for an optimal decision-making during the ongoing technological transformation.

Andrey Slepnev and Heads of Permanent Missions of the EAEU Member States in Geneva also discussed the substance of the visit and issues of current interaction during the conversation organized by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the UN Office and other international organizations in Geneva as the State chairing the Union's governing bodies in 2021.​