ArmInfo. During the plenary meeting of VI International Forum "Anti-Counterfeiting-2016", Russian Minister of Trade and Industry Denis Manturov and Armenian Minister of Economic Development and Investments Suren Karayan signed a statement to combat illicit turnover of industrial products and to promote integration cooperation.
The Russian minister said that the next step allowing Armenia to take more effective measures to that end will be to establish a State Commission to Combat Counterfeiting, which will coordinate the activities of the structures interested in regulation of supervisory law-enforcement agencies to combat illicit trade. Such bodies are already operating in Russia, Kazakhstan and will soon be launched in Belarus. "In Russia, this task is assigned to the State Commission to Combat Counterfeiting, which has been set up by a presidential decree. It exercises its power not only at the general federal level, but also has offices in each region of the Russian Federation. Over a year of activities, the Commission has prepared a number of legislative initiatives particularly for the aircraft industry, light industry, e-commerce, etc," he said.
Manturov noted that according to experts the counterfeit products in various sectors of Russian economy currently range from 5% to 30%. "I am sure that in our partner countries this figure is not smaller," he said, adding that the problem directly affects the economies of the Eurasian Economic Union member states.
He stressed the need to build a single system of resistance and each state should assume the role of a guarantor of protection of the common market. The further actions, he noted, are already reflected in the draft strategy to be adopted before the end of the year. "First of all, to effectively fight illicit turnover, the strategy envisages creation of a joint system for collecting and exchanging information, application of common technical regulations, development of common standards of responsibility for the failure to meet the regulations. At the same time, a big job will be done in 2017 in marking of light industrial products such as pharmaceuticals, fine wood, aircraft components, etc.," Manturov said.
Manturov pointed out that the edited Customs Code of the EEU will be submitted for consideration by the end of 2016. "Integration processes are developing and we need to work out all of the key mechanisms of cooperation, including mechanisms on combating counterfeiting," he said.
To note, VI International Forum "Anti-Counterfeiting-2016" is being held in Yerevan on November 22-23