For the First Time in the Eight Format
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.