Foreign Relations / Economy

Kyrgyz entrepreneurs to be assisted in promoting goods to EAEU markets

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31-10-2018, 11:42

Bishkek, Oct. 30, 2018. /Kabar/. An advisory platform is being created in Kyrgyzstan on the basis of the Center for Standardization and Metrology, Director of the Center for Standardization and Metrology under the Ministry of Economy of the Kyrgyz Republic Berdimamat Adanbayev told about its purpose and the services it would provide at a press conference at the Kabar News Agency.

Kyrgyz entrepreneurs to be assisted in promoting goods to EAEU markets

Recently, in the media it has been reported that when exporting domestic agricultural and food products to the markets of Kazakhstan, Russia, there are constantly problems at the borders with certificates of conformity and incorrect labeling of goods. As a result, Kyrgyz products are not allowed into the markets of neighboring countries.

In this regard, the question of creating a platform for individual counseling has emerged.

Adanbayev explained that in order to solve these problems and contribute to the development of export, the Ministry of Economy and Center for Standardization and Metrology had created a consultative platform with the support of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) within a technical assistance project to improve opportunities and mitigate risks during the adaptation period of the Kyrgyz Republic in the integration of the EAEU, for business communities, government agencies and all concerned parties.

“The main reason for the return of products is the incorrect preparation of certificates, the incorrect labeling. Since the country enterd into the Customs Union, we have held many seminars and round tables, a free site for consultations was opened in Bishkek a month ago. More than 60 issues have already been resolved,” he assured.

He said that leading experts and specialists will be able to help:

- in technical regulation, standardization, metrology and conformity assessment;

- management systems;

- in veterinary and phytosanitary activities.

Bakyt Shabdanov, the head of the department for the regulation of conformity assessment systems and halal industry of the Technical Regulation Department of the Ministry of Economy of the Kyrgyz Republic, reminded that Kyrgyzstan has been a full member of the Eurasian Economic Union since 2015, within which 24 technical regulations were adopted, and 14 more are being developed.

“In Kyrgyzstan, only 38 regulations have entered into force, one that regulates the safety of rubber, fuel oil, and diesel fuel enters into force on August 12 next year. All adopted regulations regulate 80% of the products, the safety which the state must ensure. When delivering products or when exporting, businessmen have many questions, although a lot of activities for providing information have been carried out, including in the regions. At the site, explanations will be given precisely on the requirements of the technical regulations,” he said, noting that the doors of their center are open from 15:00 to 18:00 every Wednesday and Friday.

In conclusion, independent expert Nuridtin Zhamankulov added that the release of products into circulation on the market in the EAEU begins from the moment the products cross the gate of the enterprise or warehouse.

“This is not just the market of the Kyrgyz Republic, it is the market of the EAEU. We have been working for a month. The main audience is representatives of government agencies, those who are professionally involved in these issues, so we consider very specific issues. What needs to be clarified is how to apply, how to comply and how to control the accuracy of documents that are necessary for the access of products to the market,” he stressed.

The expert said that in order to, for example, deliver dairy products to neighboring states, 15 rules and a number of acts in the field of veterinary measures must be observed. “For the fact that one indicator, one piece of information is not provided, all products are subject to return. The EAEU market is changing, our partners are tightening market control. First of all, suppliers will need to be very carefully consider the requirements that are reflected in the mandatory norms,” he concluded.

The representatives of the Center for Standardization and Metrology said that this step is aimed at modernizing the national economy of the Kyrgyz Republic and increasing the country's expert potential and competitiveness at the world market.

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