31 Jan 2020 11:17

EAEU needs unified digital platform - Russian PM

ALMATY. Jan 31 (Interfax) - The Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) needs a unified digital platform in order to avoid disintegration risks, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said.

"The four primary freedoms in this union, which are the free movement of workforce, capital, goods, and services, need to be supported with a unified digital platform," Mishustin said at a plenary meeting of the Digital Future of the Global Economy forum in Almaty.

Mishustin urged EAEU member states to set ambitious goals for better living and business conditions, including a unified digital identification system.

"Unified secure virtual projections of people and companies existing in the territory of the EAEU will serve as the starting point of our joint digital platform. We should consider the recognition of digital signatures throughout the Union's territory," Mishustin said.

He additionally invited the member states to think about implementing e-paperwork in the trusted universal interstate environment and noted the importance of uniform standards.

"Otherwise we will stop identifying one another, and certification means will stop working in the near future. That will pose a threat of disintegration," Mishustin said.

He called for continuing work on a network of documented, physical tracking of moving goods and services, which will also be based on the unified digital platform.

The EAEU comprises Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan.