ArmInfo. Meetings with Armenian partners at the site of the Intergovernmental Commission have proved to be an effective mechanism for promptly agreeing joint actions. This allows us to timely work out a set of measures aimed at deepening economic cooperation, implementing a unified economic policy within the framework of the Eurasian Economic Union. This was stated by the Russian co-chairman of the commission, the Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation Maxim Sokolov at the 18th meeting of the Russian-Armenian intergovernmental commission for economic cooperation on February 20.
According to the press service of Russian Transport Ministry, the meeting discussed a wide range of issues, including cooperation in the trade and economic sphere, in the fuel and energy complex, transport, agriculture, industry and culture. The parties discussed the possibilities of cooperation in the creation of joint investment projects for implementation in FEZ Meghri. Based on the results of the discussion, the Ministry of Economic Development jointly with the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, the Russian Export Center and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation was instructed to work out the possibility of involving Russian companies in the work of FEZ Meghri and assist in establishing contacts with Armenian partners.
Sokolov noted the intensification of trade relations, and this dynamics is increasingly seen. So, if in 2016 the trade turnover grew 7%, then by the end of 2017, growth was already almost 30% - up to $ 1.7 billion, Russian exports increased by 28%, and imports from Armenia increased by 34%. A significant share in Russian imports from Armenia is taken by agricultural products - 56.8%.
"We expect that our work will allow us to consolidate the positive dynamics in trade," M. Sokolov said. He recalled that at the last meeting of the commission, which took place in July 2016 in St. Petersburg, it was decided more than 50 decisions affecting various areas of cooperation. During the period 2016-2017. active work was carried out to implement them. So, the Russian gas supplies to the Republic of Armenia continued at a reduced price, duty-free supplies of oil products, the Russian-Armenian interregional forum is regularly held, and in December 2017 a branch of the Russian Center for Science and Culture in Gyumri was opened. A number of agreements have also been signed in various areas of cooperation.
The Russian Federation remains the main trade partner of Armenia, M. Sokolov stressed.
Karapetyan, summing up the results of the cooperation, expressed his readiness to expand it in all directions, including transport and infrastructure projects, as well as in the field of health, science, culture and education.
The protocol of the 18th meeting fixed a number of instructions to the agencies of the parties, monitoring of implementation of which will be taken for regular monitoring.
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