The CIS governments should focus on the harmonization of their laws to ensure economic integration, Kyrgyz Prime Minister Nikolai Tanayev told Interfax on Friday.
Economic cooperation will be discussed at the CIS Heads of Government Council, which will convene in the city of Cholpon-Ata at the Issyk-Kul Lake in Kyrgyzstan on April 15-16.
"We will mainly address economic issues and the harmonization of our laws so that a free trade zone can be set up on the CIS territory," Tanayev said.
"In order to accelerate economic integration within the CIS, all republics should become WTO members, which will allow them to do away with numerous restrictions," he said.
During the council session, Tanayev will hold bilateral meetings with Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov and Georgian Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania.
Meanwhile, deputies of the Kyrgyz lower parliamentary chamber failed to collect enough votes to express no-confidence in Tanayev.
At least 27 deputies voted no-confidence in Tanayev while 14 supported him.
"The parliamentarians lacked three votes to express no-confidence in Tanayev since the issue can only be resolved with two-thirds of the votes," head of the parliamentary committee for state structure and law Valery Dil told Interfax.
A total of 41 out of 45 members of the lower chamber voted.
The non-confidence issue was raised in connection with the allocation of 160 hectares in Bishkek for the construction of a cultural and business center. Several deputies accused Tanayev of earmarking the plot illegally.
Tanayev denied all the accusations and asked the deputies to cancel the vote.
Interfax, April 09, 2004