6 Mar 2020 19:36

Mishustin: EEC faces task of digitalizing economy, Russia prepared to become driver of integration

MOSCOW. March 6 (Interfax) - The digitalization of integration processes in the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) is a key task of its supranational entities, and Russian is ready to be a driver in this and other matters, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said on Friday in a meeting with Chairman of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) Mikhail Myasnikovich.

"The board you lead has a critical task - it is imperative to provide for the coordination of joint efforts by the five members to expand economic partnership, including new spheres in the integration contour, first and foremost, the digital economy," recalling a visit by Myasnikovich to the Federal Tax Service (FTS) on the previous day.

"I know that you visited the FTS yesterday and familiarizes yourself with how digital tax platform and digital services work. This can also be an interesting basis for the development of the EEC," the prime minister said.

Myasnikovich did not neglect to offer the former FTS head compliment, interjecting that what he was shown was "fantastic."

Mishustin noted that the attractiveness of the EAEU market for investment, as well as economic growth and the wellbeing of citizens as a whole would depend on the effective work of the EEC.

"We are absolutely open to new initiatives for improving the work of Union bodies. Here, Russia is prepared to assume all the necessary obligations, to be a driver of Eurasian integration, if you will. And of course, to complete work on the draft program for Eurasian integration through 2025 and discuss it at the latest Intergovernment Council meeting on April 10 in Minsk," he noted.