From the per­spec­tive of Uzbek­istan, what is the SCO’s great­est achieve­ment to date? What does Uzbek­istan an­tic­i­pate for the fu­ture of the SCO?

Beijing Review - - Sco Special -

As I men­tioned above, the role and in­flu­ence of the SCO have been on the rise year af­ter year, both re­gion­ally and glob­ally. It has al­ready be­come an im­por­tant force that can ex­ert great in­flu­ence on in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions. The con­tin­u­ally in­creas­ing num­ber of SCO mem­ber states, observer states and di­a­logue part­ners all at­tests to that fact.

Fol­low­ing the ex­ist­ing tra­di­tion, Uzbek­istan firmly sup­ports and strictly ob­serves the co­op­er­a­tion prin­ci­ple that con­forms to the in­ter­ests of all mem­ber states, help­ing to con­tin­u­ally raise the SCO’s pro­file on the world stage.

As ev­ery­one knows, Uzbek­istan has strictly fol­lowed the tar­gets, mis­sions and prin­ci­ples stip­u­lated in the SCO Char­ter which are all aimed at safe­guard­ing re­gional se­cu­rity and sta- bil­ity. Their purpose is also to raise the so­cial and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment level of mem­ber states as well as the in­ter­na­tional pro­file of the SCO. What’s more, my coun­try at­taches par­tic­u­lar im­por­tance to the prin­ci­ples of non-con­fronta­tion, non-block­ade and open­ness of the SCO.

We will con­tinue to strengthen eco­nomic and trade co­op­er­a­tion with other mem­ber states and carry out a va­ri­ety of large-scale projects to­gether. This is of great sig­nif­i­cance un­der the co­op­er­a­tion frame­work of the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive pro­posed by China. Thus, the prime task for prag­matic co­op­er­a­tion is to fur­ther strengthen eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion with more con­fi­dence. Firstly, we should jointly draw up plans and carry out large-scale in­vest­ment co­op­er­a­tion projects in the fields of trans­porta­tion in­fras­truc­ture, hi-tech man­u­fac­tur­ing, the ser­vice in­dus­try and tourism.

What should be stressed is that to safe­guard re­gional de­vel­op­ment, it is of great im­por­tance to es­tab­lish a mul­ti­lat­eral fi­nan­cial mech­a­nism. Thus, in my opin­ion, it is the right time to es­tab­lish an SCO de­vel­op­ment bank.

In ex­pand­ing re­gional co­op­er­a­tion, Uzbek­istan be­lieves that it is nec­es­sary to jointly de­velop trans­porta­tion cor­ri­dors, which can help con­nect Cen­tral Asian coun­tries with in­ter­na­tional mar­kets. In this re­spect, it is im­por­tant for the SCO to es­tab­lish an in­te­grated transna­tional trans­porta­tion man­age­ment sys­tem among mem­ber states. We need to for­mu­late a

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