Officials Brief Public on Kazakh-Kyrgyz Border Procedures under EAEU

ASTANA – Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Security Committee, Ministry for Investment and Development and Ministry of Agriculture officials explained the order and process of Kazakhstan-Kyrgyzstan border operations at a briefing on Aug. 19.

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“Kazakhstan has always stood for the expansion of the [Eurasia Economic Union] EAEU and for Kyrgyzstan joining particularly. On May 8, the last two protocols, which are part and parcel of Kyrgyzstan joining the agreement, were signed, which made Kyrgyzstan’s joining final. In such a manner, the Customs Union operation was cancelled. The purpose of the EAEU is to give development impulse to the economies of its states and to bring the economies together. At that, the decision making system won’t be changed in the EAEU. Kyrgyzstan has equal rights on an equal basis with other partners of the union on a division,” said Director of Eurasian Integration Department of Ministry of Foreign Affairs Saule Seitimbetova.

Chairman of the Technical Regulation and Metrology Committee of the Ministry for Investments and Development Birzhan Kaneshev said: “One week ago, Kyrgyzstan joined the union. And we have to control the products coming through the Kazakhstan-Kyrgyzstan border. The products have to correspond to 35 technical regulations of the EAEU. Kyrgyzstan assumed responsibilities to control all goods coming to the union territory from its side. Kazakhstan and other states of the EAEU will render assistance. Our union experts visited Kazakh laboratories several times and held corresponding seminars. The experts visited Kyrgyzstan at its request too. Kyrgyzstan appealed for support and this support will be lent.”

Chairman of the Committee of Veterinary Checks of the Ministry of Agriculture Saktash Khasenov said that joining of Kyrgyzstan means that its conditions of veterinary checks become equal to the conditions of veterinary checks of other states of the union. That is why correspondent audits were conducted. Three audits showed that Kyrgyz experts are not ready for veterinary checks corresponding to the EAEU standards. The situation with some diseases isn’t safe and Kyrgyzstan doesn’t have [the necessary equipment]. For example, foot-and-mouth disease was found in Kyrgyzstan in 2014, he added.

“The integration must not harm any state. That is why we are continuing our work and we are going to operate unless and until we are sure Kyrgyzstan is ready to provide [veterinary] security for our states,” stated Khasenov.

He said that Kazakh companies are interested in importing Kyrgyz milk and some Kyrgyz companies have permission to import it because they are properly controlled.

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