Syrian MP to ST: Armenia is a Bridge to the Eurasian Union for Syria

DAMASCUS, (ST)- Armenia has assumed the presidency of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) 2019 and it can help Syria enter the market of the union after the development of economic relations between Damascus and Yerevan, according to the Syrian Member of Parliament Dr. Nora Arissian.

The MP told the Syria Times e-newspaper that Armenia is a bridge to the EAEU for Syria that will benefit from the experiences of Armenia’s friendly countries.

“Syrian-Russian Business Council, Syrian Economy Ministry and other government institutes are working on Syria’s accession to the Union which will be a good step to enhance Syria’s economic relations with the EAEU’s member states and will help it benefit from their experiences,” she said.

Dr. Arissian, who chairs the Syrian-Armenian Parliamentary Friendship Association at the Syrian People’s Assembly [parliament], asserted that Syria to reap benefit from the Union’s development of electronic market.

“Armenia will do its utmost to achieve integration in the union and it will play a pivotal role in improving the union’s capabilities through developing electronic market and using technology in the field of economic projects. Syria could benefit from these sectors to bridge some gaps after 8 years of war and it will open new markets for Syrian products in the union’s member states,” she stressed.

The parliamentarian added that Syria could overcome blockade impacts through the expansion of union’s membership and cooperation with friendly countries as some countries stress the need to expand the union’s foreign relations.

“The Union seeks to establish common markets of natural gas, electricity and oil products. It also works on other projects with a view to contribute to the growth of trade exchange among the members of the union,” Dr. Arissian clarified.

She went on to say: “More than 20 documents on cooperation with the EAEU are being tackled by the Syrian-Russian joint committee.  The union’s members have determined to improve investment climate. Some states need to join the Union to lift the siege and to alleviate the impacts of western sanctions being imposed on them.”

What is needed to join EAEU

The MP made it clear that the Syrian-Armenian Business Council has exerted great efforts – over the past few years- to adopt necessary steps for Syria’ accession to the Eurasian Union .

She underscored the need to activate the work of the Syrian-Armenian Business Council, to establish Armenian-Syria Business Council, to carry out joint projects in Syria in several sectors, especially investment and to benefit from the facilities being offered by Syrian government.

“In the field of parliament, it is useful to reap benefit from the permanent committee [Eurasian Integration and Regional Causes Committee] in the Armenian Parliament,” Dr. Arissian stated.

She indicated that specialists believe that the Union will be turned into a power or an expandable economic-political commission that could play a political role besides its economic one -probably- in cooperation with the European Union but without contradiction of interests.

 “As for Armenia, which is a member of the EAEU and part and parcel of Europe,  its cooperation with the EU does not contradict with the EAEU,” the MP affirmed.

Although the success of the EAEU requires a lot of conditions, the total area of the EAEU countries covers more than 20 million  square kilometers (7 million  square miles), making up 14 percent of the world’s land area. The population of the EAEU countries as of January 1, 2018 stands at 183.7 million.

The union was established as an international organization for regional economic integration by the Treaty on the Eurasian Economic Union.

The treaty was signed on May 29, 2014 in Kazakhstan’s capital of Astana by the presidents of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan  and entered into force on January  1, 2015 .

The EAEU comprises 5 member states: Armenia (since January 2, 2015 ), Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan (since August  12, 2015 ) and Russia.

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