EurAsEC member states approve Kyrgyzstan's entry into Customs Union

Kyrgyzstan Materials 19 October 2011 18:08 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 19 / Trend /

Eurasian Economic Community (EurAsEC) member states' government heads approved the Kyrgyzstan's joining the Customs Union (CU), acting Kyrgyz Prime Minister Omurbek Babanov said on Wednesday, CA-News reported.

He said a special task group was established to design the country's joining plan.

EurAsEC Secretary General Tair Mansurov added the working group will regularly report about the process of Kyrgyzstan's accession into this alliance.

Earlier Babanov said many issues need to be discussed at the level of working groups at first.

If Kyrgyzstan becomes a member of this economic alliance, several thousands Kyrgyz citizens, who work at two major markets of Central Asia Dordoi and Kara-Suu, will become jobless, Babanov noted.

"We should understand this and provide the opportunity of earning money in other sectors to these people," he said. "This is why I can declare we won't enter this alliance on 1 January 2012, because we are not ready for this and the Customs Union is not ready to admit us."

The Government of Kyrgyzstan made the decision to enter the Customs Union in spring 2011.

The CU, which provides for a common customs space among Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, entered into force in July 2010

Edited by V. Zhavoronkova