Under the framework of the SCO, in which fields should cooperation between member states be further strengthened?
All four areas of cooperation under the SCO are vital and interconnected. The first and foremost area of importance, however, is security.
We should also keep in mind that poverty breeds violence whereas development and prosperity promote peace and harmony. Economic development and interconnectedness have proven an effective tool in addressing security threats.
In order to improve the living standards of our people, there is a dire need to promote cooperation in the economic field. SCO member states need to promote regional connectivity initiatives such as the Belt and Road Initiative. There should be concerted efforts for the establishment of a fair and rational international political and economic order upholding the goals and principles of the UN Charter.
People- to- people cooperation is another area where significant potential for cooperation exists. Promoting intra- SCO tourism will help the peoples of the region understand each other better and create more job opportunities.
A container vessel docks at the Gwadar Port in Pakistan on March 28. As one of the key projects under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative, the port plays a significant role in promoting Pakistan’s economic development