SCO Heads Of Government Council To Meet On October 11-12 In Dushanbe – Secretary-General

October 9, 2018 17:57

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The 17th meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization(SCO) Heads of Government Council will be held on October 11-12 in the Tajik capital of Dushanbe, Rashid Alimov, the SCO secretary-general, said in an interview with Sputnik.

“The 17th meeting of the SCO Heads of Government  Council will be held on October 11-12, 2018, in Dushanbe,” Alimov said.

He added that the preparation for the meeting had already reached the finishing line, as work on drafting the documents, set to be signed during the meeting, was being finished. According to Alimov, these documents are related, among other things, to the financial area, and to the development of economic, cultural and humanitarian cooperation.

“The heads of governments’ discussion will have a primary focus on the implementation of the tasks which the SCO heads of states had set,” Alimov said.

In June, the Chinese city of Qingdao hosted a meeting of the SCO Heads of State Council. The meeting resulted in a number of documents being signed, including the Program of Cooperation between the SCO Member States in Opposing Terrorism, Separatism and Extremism for 2019-2021; the Plan of Action for 2018-2022 on the implementation of the Treaty on Long-Term Neighborliness, Friendship and Cooperation between SCO Member State; and the Program of Action, aimed at implementing the SCO Antidrug Strategy.

The SCO is an intergovernmental international organization comprising China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India and Pakistan as full members, and Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran and Mongolia as observers.

The SCO states cooperate on a number of issues, including the economy, security, culture and science. While the Heads of State Council annual meetings are focused on adopting guidelines on the important areas of SCO cooperation, the heads of government discuss the cooperation strategy, resolve pressing issues and approve the annual budget during their annual meetings.

October 9, 2018 17:57

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