For the First Time in the Eight For­mat

Uzbekistan Today (English) - - WORLD -

In Sochi, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of eight coun­tries are dis­cussing is­sues of fur­ther pro­mo­tion and deep­en­ing of trade, eco­nomic and hu­man­i­tar­ian co­op­er­a­tion in the Shang­hai Co­op­er­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion. As the Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of the or­ga­ni­za­tion Rashid Alimov noted, the SCO heads of gov­ern­ment coun­cil will be held for the first time in the ‘8’ for­mat, this will give a new dy­namic to re­gional co­op­er­a­tion.

The lead­ers of the gov­ern­ments of In­dia, Kaza­khstan, China, Kyr­gyzs­tan, Pak­istan, Rus­sia, Ta­jik­istan and Uzbek­istan are ex­chang­ing views on the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion in the re­gion and in the world, dis­cussing a wide range of is­sues of fur­ther eco­nomic and hu­man­i­tar­ian co­op­er­a­tion within the SCO frame­work, the im­plemen­tation of the Ac­tion Plan for the im­plemen­tation of the Mul­ti­lat­eral Trade Pro­gram eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion of the mem­ber states of the or­ga­ni­za­tion and other is­sues of a mul­ti­faceted agenda.

At the 16th meet­ing of the Coun­cil of Heads of Gov­ern­ment of the Mem­ber States of the Shang­hai Co­op­er­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion, un­der­way on Novem­ber 30 - De­cem­ber 1, 2017, Prime Min­is­ter Ab­dulla Aripov is rep­re­sent­ing Uzbek­istan.

Re­cently, speak­ing in Sa­markand at the In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on Se­cu­rity Is­sues in Cen­tral Asia, R. Alimov said: “We are do­ing se­ri­ous and painstak­ing work so that the de­ci­sion of the Coun­cil of Heads of Gov­ern­ment will give a new im­pe­tus to wide re­gional co­op­er­a­tion... the or­ga­ni­za­tion has be­come a tran­sre­gional one.”

“I think the most im­por­tant thing that we ex­pect is, of course, the first meet­ing of the heads of gov­ern­ment in the eight for­mat. This has not hap­pened yet,” Alimov added.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of ob­server states Afghanistan, Be­larus, Iran and Mon­go­lia, as well as heads of the Sec­re­tar­iat, the Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee of the RATS, the Busi­ness Coun­cil and the In­ter­bank As­so­ci­a­tion of the Shang­hai Co­op­er­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion, a num­ber of in­ter­na­tional and re­gional or­ga­ni­za­tions will also at­tend the meet­ing.

In 2001, the SCO was founded by the lead­ers of China, Rus­sia, Kaza­khstan, Ta­jik­istan, Kyr­gyzs­tan and Uzbek­istan. In June 2016, at the sum­mit in Tashkent, mem­o­ran­dums of ac­ces­sion to the or­ga­ni­za­tion of In­dia and Pak­istan were signed. At the SCO sum­mit in As­tana on June 9, the lead­ers of the SCO mem­ber states signed a de­ci­sion on ad­mis­sion of In­dia and Pak­istan to the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

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