CIS prime ministers' meeting opens in Yalta

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Sept. 28, 2012, 10:02 a.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

A meeting of the CIS prime ministers has opened at Livadia Palace in Yalta (Crimea) on Friday, Sept. 28.

YALTA – A meeting of the CIS prime ministers has opened at Livadia Palace in Yalta (Crimea) on Friday, Sept. 28.

According to the press service of the CIS Executive Committee, more than 20 issues, including different aspects of cooperation as part of integration processes within the CIS are on the agenda of the meeting.

The CIS prime ministers will discuss cooperation in innovative projects, including a 2012-2014 action plan to implement the CIS Interstate Innovative Cooperation Program for the period up to 2020.

Other topics on the event's agenda include a draft strategy of CIS states' cooperation in establishing and promoting an information society and an action plan for its implementation for the period up to 2015.

The CIS prime ministers are also expected to address Uzbekistan's participation in the Free Trade Zone Treaty.

The agenda of the summit also includes discussion of the competition on the market of services and sales of food in retail chains of the CIS.

The participants of the meeting will also hear a report on the establishment of a venue for CIS countries' permanent exhibitions on the premises of the All Russian Exhibition Center in Moscow.

Plans to set up the Mir 24 news channel as part of the Mir interstate television and radio company will be addressed as well.

The members of the council of the CIS prime ministers will also decide on the assigning of the status of basic organizations of the CIS to the International Innovative Nanotechnology Center of the CIS countries, the Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation, and the National University of the State Tax Service of Ukraine. This will allow using common approaches to training of specialists and holding scientific researches.

The issue of the functioning of the CIS Regional Consultative Group within the Financial Stability Board, a multilateral institution formed at London's G20 summit in April 2009, is also on the meeting's agenda.

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