the Strategic goal of the Commonwealth the head of the Belarusian Cabinet of Ministers minimizing the negative impact of coronavirus pandemic on the population and the economy, maintaining social and financial stability. This Sergei Rumas said on may 29 during a meeting of the Council of CIS heads of government in a video conference.

Addressing his colleagues, the Prime Minister drew their attention to “the urgent need to further integration in a number of areas of cooperation.” Pandemic deepest downturn in the world economy and the need to adapt to new realities, he said, “make the search for protective mechanisms and reference points of development, primarily within its own region, having developed traditional ties and trust relations”.

In conditions of interdependence in the CIS of industrial, agricultural and transport systems, according to Romas, “it’s time the system of action for implementing a common economic strategy, aimed at strengthening the self-sufficiency of the Commonwealth, primarily in the areas of ensuring the health and livelihoods of people.”

the Belarusian Prime Minister also proposed to finalize the creation of a free trade area in services. According to him, the key task is to further unlocking the potential of the FTA. He reminded that it is a Central element of economic configuration in the Commonwealth with a market capacity of more than 280 million people.

Rumas expressed confidence that “the improvement of the conditions of mutual market access could be a major driver for a speedy recovery”. Joint efforts, he concluded, “we will be able to effectively overcome the consequences of the pandemic and return our countries to sustainable development”.


Regular meeting of the Council of heads of governments of CIS countries will take place on 6 November in Tashkent. This decision was made on Friday at a meeting of the SGP, which took place via videoconference, said the press service of the Council of Ministers of Belarus.