Thursday 13 November 2008

Heads of State and Government of the CIS meet in Chisinau/Moldova

Today and tomorrow, the Heads of State and Government of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) meet in Chisinau, Moldova.

Participants beside Moldovan officials (e.g. President Vladimir Voronin) are, inter alia, Vladimir Putin (Prime Minister of Russia) and Julia Timoshenko (Prime Minister of Ukraine), who want to meet on the sidelines to discuss energy prices, as well as Igor Chudinov (Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan, the next chairman of the CIS) and the CIS Executive Secretary Serghei Lebedev. In total, around 650 officials are expected to be present.

It is hard to find the actual agenda of the meeting, although some sources report about around 30 issues contained in the schedule of the two-days conference. Some topics for the agenda seem to be an Economic Development Strategy until 2020 as well as questions of co-operation in the field of transport, food supply and energy security.

But it is quite striking that the international press is not covering this meeting more in detail, at least not until now. Let's see whether we get some more in the aftermath.