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logo1On the upcoming meeting of the SCO CNC

On 20-22 June, 2016 Tashkent will host a regular meeting of the Council of National Coordinators of the Member States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in the framework of Uzbekistan’s presidency in the SCO.

The agenda of the meeting includes practical issues related to the preparation and holding the jubilee SCO Summit in Tashkent.

 


 

Kuwaiti Media: Results of Uzbekistan’s chairmanship in the SCO to provide build-up of association’s potential

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The popular Kuwaiti newspaper “Al-Siyasa” published an extensive article on the presidency of Uzbekistan in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

The article reported that in 2015-2016, our country has once again successfully cope with the responsible mission presidency of the SCO. It is noted that the results of this, the third presidency of Uzbekistan in the organization, which coincided with the 15th anniversary of its formation, will serve to further capacity building associations in addressing identified problems, the strengthening of the legal framework of its activities and enhance the prestige on the world stage.

As Kuwaiti edition pointed out, thanks to active efforts of the Uzbek side for the past year achieved concrete results in key areas of SCO activity. Thus, in September 2015 it signed a Memorandum of Cambodia providing a dialogue partner status. This year, similar documents were signed with Armenia, Azerbaijan and Nepal. Ongoing negotiations on the adoption of the SCO in India and Pakistan – the largest countries in South Asia.

In April 2016, the “Al-Siyasa” informs, in Tashkent a regular meeting of Secretaries of Security Councils of the Member States of the organization was held. The meeting participants exchanged views on the security situation in the SCO area, discussed in detail the issues of further development of cooperation and improvement of mechanisms for cooperation in combating terrorism, illicit trafficking in arms and drugs, and other modern challenges and threats.

In conclusion, the publication points out that during the presidency of Uzbekistan in the SCO, organization is focused on such tasks as development of measures to strengthen cooperation in the field of security, ensuring consistent progress of Member States, further expansion of international relations of organization.

 


 

Beijing hosted a meeting of experts of the Member States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization

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On 30-31 May, 2016, Beijing hosted a meeting of experts of the Member States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, reports the press service of Foreign Ministry of Uzbekistan.

During the meeting, Representatives of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan exchanged views on the prospects for the establishment and operation of the Development Bank and the Development Fund of the SCO.

 


 

 

Tashkent hosts session of SCO Council of Foreign Ministers

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Tashkent is hosting the session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). It is attended by the Foreign Ministers of Kazakhstan – Yerlan Idrissov, China – Wang Yi, Kyrgyzstan – Erlan Abdyldaev, Russia – Sergey Lavrov, Tajikistan – Sirozhiddin Aslov and Uzbekistan – Abdulaziz Kamilov, as well as SCO Secretary-General Rashid Alimov and Director of the Executive Committee of RATS SCO – Eugene Sysoev.

In the beginning of the meeting, the Foreign Minister of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov welcomed the guests in Tashkent, and briefed with the issues included in the agenda of the session.

During the session, the Ministers are to approve the draft agenda of the forthcoming summit of the SCO, as well as documents that will be submitted for signing to the heads of state.

During the meeting, special attention will be given to issues of further improvement of the SCO activity in the context of enlargement.

In addition, it will consider issues of strengthening stability and security in Central Asia, expansion of SCO contacts with other international structures and states, as well as the wider involvement of observer states in the SCO and dialogue partners of the SCO to practical cooperation within the organization.

The subject of discussion will also cover issues related to the maintenance of interstate dialogue, the tasks the SCO is facing in the field of strengthening peace, stability and security, ensuring sustainable development of member states of the SCO and making a joint effort to combat terrorism, separatism and extremism, as well as deepening cooperation in economic and cultural fields.

 


 

Posted on May 18, 2016 

logo1On regular meeting of the SCO CNC

On May 20-22, 2016, Tashkent will host a regular meeting of the Council of National Coordinators of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. 

Representatives of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan will discuss the preparations for the SCO summit, the meeting of Council of Foreign Ministers in Tashkent, as well as other issues of the agenda of Uzbekistan’s presidency in the organization.

 


 

Posted on May 17, 2016 

Chinese scientists about Uzbekistan’s presidency in the SCO

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It is known that in 2015-2016 our country chairs the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). In this connection, the authoritative international research university located in the cradle of association – the city of Shanghai, recently posted a detailed article on the activities of Uzbekistan in the SCO on its website.

The paper authored by a group of specialists in international university noted that Uzbekistan stands for the strict observance of the purposes, objectives and principles established in the Charter of the SCO to ensure safety and stability, improve the socio-economic well-being of the region, increase the efficiency and international authority organization.

Experts remind that up to date Uzbekistan twice chaired the structure – in 2003-2004 and 2009-2010. It is underlined that during the first presidency of Uzbekistan the important documents were signed in terms of institutional set-up of the organization. Among them it is indicated the Regulations on the Status of Observer at the SCO and Order of the SCO Interaction with observers.

“As a result, in 2004, Mongolia gained observer status, and in 2005 India, Pakistan and Iran also obtained. The signing of the Agreement on cooperation in combating illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and their precursors became a significant advancement. This document has created a legal framework for multilateral cooperation to counter the threat of drugs”, – says the article.

The authors state that in 2004 in Tashkent the Executive Committee of the Regional Antiterrorist Structure (RATS) of the SCO started functioning. In the same year, on the initiative of Uzbekistan the Institute of Meetings of Security Councils Secretaries has been created which represents a coordinating and consultative mechanism for security cooperation in the SCO framework.

Speaking about the foreign policy efforts of Uzbekistan during the second presidency of the association, Chinese scientists say that in the years 2009-2010 were a period of dynamic development of the SCO, including the expansion of its contact with other international institutions. In this regard, it is reported the signing the Joint Declaration on Cooperation between the Secretariats of the UN and the SCO in April 2010 in Tashkent. As experts emphasize, the said declaration marked the beginning of official cooperation between the two organizations.

As stated in the article, the Regulations on the procedure for admitting new members to the SCO was one of the most important documents which contributed to the adoption of active work in Uzbekistan to achieve consensus and consolidated approaches by all member countries. “The document represents a significant step in creating the legal framework for the further expansion of the SCO. It established the basic criteria to be met by the State, wishing to obtain full membership of the organization. Thus, the open nature of associations becoming increasingly attractive for many countries has once again been confirmed”, – the authors of the material state.

Experts also reminded that during the second presidency of Uzbekistan a mechanism for the Meetings of Heads of Ministries and Departments of the SCO Member States on Science and Technology has been launched. In addition, thanks to the active efforts of our republic agreements on cooperation in agriculture and the fight against crime has been signed between governments.

“In the years 2015-2016 the Republic of Uzbekistan once again received the responsible mission of the SCO presidency which coincided with the 15th anniversary of the founding of the organization, – the Shanghai University scientists write. – Thanks to the active efforts of Uzbekistan in the last year concrete results are achieved in key areas of SCO activity.”

In this regard, it referred to the signing of the Memoranda of granting the partner status in the dialogue with Cambodia, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Nepal. It is emphasized that the negotiation process continues for the adoption of the SCO in the largest countries in South Asia – the Republic of India and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

“In late May, it is conducting a session of the Council of Foreign Ministers. In June a meeting of ministers of culture is scheduled, as well as the meetings of the Interbank Association Councils and The Board of the SCO Business Council. The main event will be a meeting of the Council of Heads of Member States. The summit will adopt a number of important documents which will determine the main directions of development of the organization in the medium and long term”, – the Chinese experts sum up.

 


Posted on May 16, 2016 

On accreditation of the media representatives for coverage of the Meetings of the Ministers of Culture, the Board of the Business Council and Council of the Interbank Association of the SCO

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan announces the accreditation of the media representatives for coverage of the Meetings of the Ministers of Culture, the Board of the Business Council and Council of the Interbank Association of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization which will take place on June 2016 in Tashkent.

Media representatives wishing to participate in the coverage of the Meetings of the Ministers of Culture, the Board of the Business Council and Council of the Interbank Association of the SCO should send to the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan the following documents:

  1. a letter of application from the head of the interested mass media addressed to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan concerning on the accreditation of correspondent. The letter should be transferred through the diplomatic or consular missions of the Republic of Uzbekistan abroad or the foreign diplomatic missions accredited by the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan;
  2. basic information about interested mass media;
  3. biographic data (CV) of the journalist and passport copy;
  4. a photograph of the accrediting journalist in 700х700 dpi size (high quality, full face, white or blue background, please send the electronic version to the e-mail  sco2016@tiv.uz);
  5. a completed accreditation form(please send the electronic version to the e-mail  sco2016@tiv.uz).

Applications from the media representatives on accreditation will be accepted until 18:00 Tashkent time (GMT+5), June 3, 2016.

Applications received after the deadline as well as with the missing documents or attached photograph and accreditation form of the journalist will not be accepted for consideration.

If the foreign media representatives submit the application on coverage the Meetings of the Ministers of Culture, the Board of the Business Council and Council of the Interbank Association of the SCO but have not received the confirmation on their accreditation from the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan, it does not justify the arrival to Uzbekistan and their further professional activity.

 


 

Chinese press: Uzbekistan plays an important role in promotion of the SCO prestige in the world arena

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The Chinese newspaper “Dongfang Tszabao” (East Morning) published an extensive article about initiatives of Uzbekistan in strengthening the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

As the author of the material – the director of department of international news of this edition Wei Xing noted that Uzbekistan plays an important role in enhancing the prestige of the SCO in the international arena. The country has made significant progress in improving the organization’s activities since its creation in 2001, the establishment and strengthening of fruitful cooperation between the parties, as well as other global and regional institutions.

As the journalist says:  “Uzbekistan stands for the strict observance of the purposes, objectives and principles established in the Charter of the SCO which ensure security and stability, improving the social-economic well-being of the region, the growth performance and the international prestige of the organization. Particular significance is attached to strengthening the openness of the structure, eliminating bloc or confrontational orientation of it”.

It is reported that Uzbekistan is one of the founders of the SCO states and twice presided over it – in 2003-2004 and 2009-2010. A lot of important documents and decisions were adopted during these periods, including the Regulations of the observer status at the SCO and Order of SCO interaction with observers. As a result, Mongolia, India, Pakistan and Iran obtained the status of observer country.

“Signing of the Agreement on cooperation in counterdrug, distribution of psychotropic substances and precursors was a significant advancement, which created a legal framework for multilateral cooperation to counter the threat of drugs. In January 2004 the Executive Committee of the Regional Antiterrorist Structure (RATS) began to function in Tashkent. This permanent agency has become an effective tool and platform for combining efforts and practical cooperation between law enforcement bodies and special services of the SCO member states.

As the author writes, the period of the second presidency of Uzbekistan is an important page in the history of the SCO. In April 2010, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited to Tashkent in which a Joint Declaration on Cooperation has been signed between the Secretariats of the UN and SCO. This decision marked the beginning of official cooperation between the two organizations which created a solid foundation for joint efforts in addressing urgent issues.

The Chinese observer also noted about the development of economic partnership between the SCO member states. In 2010 it was discussed issues of strengthening national financial institutions, banks, removing obstacles to the development of trade relations, the full support and encouragement of direct contacts between enterprises, the development of cooperation in the field of transport, agriculture, high technologies.

As known, in 2016 will be 15 years since the establishment of the SCO, and Uzbekistan presides in this organization again. The main challenges standing before the organization include joint counteraction to defiances and threats, strengthening regional cooperation, improvement and expansion of the structure of international relations.

“In September 2015 a memorandum on granting a partner status on dialogue to the Kingdom of Cambodia has been signed. This year, similar documents have been signed with Armenia, Azerbaijan and Nepal”, – the Chinese newspaper stated.

Informing readers about the upcoming meeting in Tashkent between the Council of Heads of Member States and other activities under the chairmanship of Uzbekistan, Wei Xing is confident that adopted documents and decisions will enhance the potential of SCO in addressing identified problems.

 


 

ON ACCREDITATION OF THE MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES FOR COVERAGE OF MEETING OF THE COUNCIL OF THE HEADS OF THE SCO MEMBER STATES

logo1The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan announces the accreditation of the media representatives for coverage of the Meeting of the Council of the Heads of the Member States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization which will take place on June 2016 in Tashkent.

Media representatives wishing to participate in the coverage of the Meeting of the Council of the Heads of the SCO Member States should send to the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan the following documents:

  1. a letter of application from the head of the interested mass media addressed to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan concerning on the accreditation of correspondent. The letter should be transferred through the diplomatic or consular missions of the Republic of Uzbekistan abroad or the foreign diplomatic missions accredited by the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan;
  2. basic information about interested mass media;
  3. biographic data (CV) of the journalist and passport copy;
  4. a photograph of the accrediting journalist in 700х700 dpi size (high quality, full face, white or blue background, please send the electronic version to the e-mail sco2016@tiv.uz);
  5. a completed accreditation form(please send the electronic version to the e-mail sco2016@tiv.uz).

Applications from the media representatives on accreditation will be accepted until 18:00 Tashkent time (GMT+5), June 6, 2016.

Applications received after the deadline as well as with the missing documents or attached photograph and accreditation form of the journalist will not be accepted for consideration.

If the foreign media representatives submit the application on coverage Meeting of the Council of the Heads of the SCO Member States but have not received the confirmation on their accreditation from the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan, it does not justify the arrival to Uzbekistan and their further professional activity.

 


 

Devoted to anniversary of SCO

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According to the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan, 4-5 May 2016 in Shanghai, where 15 years ago the SCO was founded, the ambassadors of founding members of the SCO – Sh.Nuryshev of the Republic of Kazakhstan, K.Baktygulova of Kyrgyz Republic, A.Denisov of the Russian Federation, P.Davlatzoda of the Republic of Tajikistan, D.Kurbanov of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Deputy Director of the Department of Central Asia and Europe of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Jiang Yan, as well as the Secretary General of the SCO R.Alimov visited the China.

The heads of the diplomatic missions met with the Mayor of Shanghai Yang Xiong. During the conversation it was noted that a modern and dynamic Shanghai has given not only the name to a new type of international organization, but also its best qualities. Keeping pace with the times, the union remembers its history and deeply reveres its origins.

It was stressed that in the framework of it’s SCO chairmanship Uzbekistan is preparing for the anniversary summit in Tashkent and in the capitals of the founding states, special events dedicated to this remarkable date take place in these days.

Ambassadors visited places related to the conducting of the first Summit of SCO member states Heads in June 15, 2001. In particular, they examined the conference halls, in which the organization founding documents were signed, visited historical bamboo pavilion, where was conducted an informal meeting of the leaders of the SCO member-founders.

In the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS) took place a meeting with the scientific and expert community of Shanghai, where Secretary-General of the SCO R.Alimov presented on the theme “15 years of SCO achievements and perspectives”.

During the meeting with the participation of nearly 200 well-known Chinese scholars and experts in the field of contemporary international relations, ambassadors answered the concerning to the scientific and expert community questions, related to various aspects of the activities of the SCO.

 


 

Initiatives of Uzbekistan and their role in strengthening the Shanghai Cooperation Organization

urgent As one of the founding countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Uzbekistan along with other Member States defines the development strategy of the SCO. Since its establishment in 2001 due to efforts made by our country in this direction significant progress has been achieved in improving the activities of the organization, particularly, the establishment and strengthening of fruitful cooperation between its members, as well as with other global and regional institutions.

Uzbekistan, as known, supports strict compliance with the goals, objectives and principles established in the Charter of the SCO which aimed at ensuring the safety and stability, improving the socio-economic well-being of the region, increasing the performance and international prestige of the organization. Particular attention is attached to strengthening the openness of the structure that excludes confrontational or bloc orientation.

During the first presidency of Uzbekistan in the SCO (in 2003-2004, the second time the country led the association in 2009-2010) important documents in terms of the institutional establishment of the organization have been signed: Regulations on the status of observer at the SCO and Order of SCO interaction with observers. As a result, in 2004, Mongolia gained observer status, and in 2005 India, Pakistan and Iran. In addition, a significant event was the signing of the Agreement on cooperation in fight against illegal trafficking of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances and their precursors, which created a legal framework for multilateral cooperation to counter the threat of drugs.

Furthermore, since January 2004 the Executive Committee of the Regional Antiterrorist Structure (RATS) of the SCO started functioning in Tashkent. This permanent body has become an effective tool and platform for combining efforts and practical cooperation between law enforcement bodies and special services of the SCO member states in the fight against radical, violent extremism and separatism, organized crime.

In this connection we recall that on 8 April of the current year our capital hosted the 28th Meeting of RATS Council during which the results for the implementation of the Cooperation Program of SCO member states and other acts were discussed in the fight against terrorism, separatism and extremism for 2013-2015.

In 2004, the Institute of Meetings of Security Councils Secretaries was created on the initiative of the Uzbekistan, which is a coordinating and consultative mechanism for security cooperation in the SCO framework. The first meeting in this format was held in Tashkent in June of the same year. Since then, they are conducted yearly and play an important role in the study, analysis and evaluation of the security situation, the coordination of efforts of the SCO countries to stand together against the challenges and threats. The negotiations within the framework of such meetings contribute to the development of common approaches in timely response to traditional and new threats, and thereby increase the practical effectiveness of the organization’s activities in the field of ensuring peace and sustainable progress.

On April 13-14, 2016 in Tashkent under the chairmanship of the Uzbek side it was held the eleventh meeting of Secretaries of Security Councils of the SCO member states. During the meeting the sides exchanged views on the situation in the sphere of security and stability in the area of organization, discussed the issues of further advancement of cooperation and improving mechanisms of interaction in combating terrorism, separatism and extremism, illicit trafficking of weapons and drugs, other modern challenges and threats.

In 2010 (during the second presidency of Uzbekistan in the SCO) it was also signed substantial package of documents aimed at further development of cooperation, expanding external contacts of the organization, an effective solution to problems of peace, tranquility and steady progress in the vast region.

Thus, thanks to the active diplomatic work undertaken by our country in the second period of its presidency, in April 2010 during the visit of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, a Joint Declaration on Cooperation between the Secretariats of the UN and the SCO has been signed in Tashkent. This document marked the beginning of official cooperation between the two associations.

The Declaration is essential for strengthening the legal framework, enhancing the SCO’s international prestige and development of its contacts with UN agencies. As President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov stated during Tashkent summit in June 2010, the document’s adoption “will enable more active use of the UN tribune to address the SCO facing problems and the joint promotion of its member states’ interests within the organization”.

The approval of the Regulations on procedure for admitting new members to the SCO was a significant event and Uzbekistan’s active work on achievement of consensus and consolidated approaches by all member states contributed to its adoption. The document, representing a significant step in creating the legal framework for the SCO’s further expansion, established the basic criteria to be met by the state, which is aimed at to obtain full membership of the organization. Thus, the open nature of the organization, which is becoming more attractive to many countries, has been once again confirmed.

The adoption of the SCO Rules of procedure in 2010, which was developed at the initiative and with the active participation of Uzbekistan, served to further development of the organization and improving the legal framework of its activities. No uniform rules of governing the initiation, development, approval and adoption of regulatory legal acts were within the organization before the document’s adoption. One of its main achievements was the consolidation of the SCO basic principle in it – decision-making within an organization only by consensus.

It is also pertinent to note that the mechanism of meetings of heads of science and technology ministries and departments of the SCO member states was launched during the second presidency of our country. In addition, the governments of the SCO member states signed the agreements on cooperation in agriculture and combating crime.

The Republic of Uzbekistan has once again assumed the responsible mission presidency of the SCO in 2015-2016, which coincided with the 15th anniversary of the organization’s establishment.

Such tasks as the development of measures to strengthen the joint struggle with the challenges of security, development of cooperation in the area, ensuring orderly progress of the member states, further expansion of the organization’s international relations remain the focus of attention during this period.

Due to our country’s active efforts, concrete results in key areas of the SCO activity are achieved over the past year. Thus, Memorandum on granting the Kingdom of Cambodia the status of dialogue partner was signed in September 2015. Similar documents were signed with Armenia, Azerbaijan and Nepal this year. Negotiations on the jointing the Republic of India and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan – the largest countries in South Asia in the SCO are continuing.

A meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers will be held in late May. The meeting of culture ministries, as well as the meeting of the Council and the Interbank Association of the SCO Business Council is scheduled in June. The main event will be the Heads of State Council’s meeting. The summit will adopt a number of important documents which will determine the main directions of the organization’s development in the medium and long term.

Taking into account the practice of previous years, we can say with confidence that the outcome of the current, third presidency of Uzbekistan in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization will serve to further capacity building of the structure in addressing identified problems, strengthening of the legal framework for the organization’s activity and increasing its prestige on the world stage.

 


 

Shanghai celebrates 15th anniversary of SCO

urgentOn May 4-5, the ambassadors of the founding members of the SCO to China, including, Sh.Nurishev – fr om the Republic of Kazakhstan, K. Baktigulova – the Kyrgyz Republic, A.Denisov – Russian Federation, P.Davlatzoda – the Republic of Tajikistan, D.Kurbanov – the Republic of Uzbekistan, Jiang Yan – the Chinese Foreign Minister, Deputy Director of the Department for Central Asia and Europe, as well as R.Alimov – SCO Secretary General visited Shanghai on May 4-5, the city which 15 years ago saw the establishment of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

The heads of diplomatic missions met with mayor of Shanghai Yang Xun. During the meeting, it was noted that a modern and rapidly developing Shanghai, gave to the organization not only his name, but also its best qualities. Keeping pace with the times, the Association remembers its history and honors its deep roots.

It was stressed that in the framework of Uzbekistan’s presidency in the SCO, special events dedicated to the remarkable date are underway throughout the city.

The ambassadors visited the places related to the conduct of the first Summit of heads of states-SCO members on 15 June 2001. In particular, they inspected the meeting rooms, which once saw the signing of fundamental documents of the organization, visited the historic bamboo gazebo, where an informal meeting with the leaders of the founding states of the SCO was held.

The Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS) hosted a meeting with the scientific and expert community of the city of Shanghai, wh ere SCO Secretary General R. Alimov made a report on the theme “15 years of the SCO: achievements and prospects”.

During the meeting with involved nearly 200 prominent Chinese scientists and specialists in the field of contemporary international relations, the ambassadors answered questions of representatives of scientific and expert community related to various aspects of the SCO activity.

 


 

“Uzbekistan aims at further improvement of SCO on the international scene”

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German electronic publications published articles devoted to the activities of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in the framework of our country’s presidency.

In particular, the information Internet resources Fair News, Presse Echo, Live-PR noted that in Uzbekistan, which providing rapid progress on their own path of development, is paid special attention to the expansion of international cooperation, including in the framework of such kind of organizations as the SCO.

As sources says, the strengthening of constructive cooperation for providing of sustainable social-economic development in the Eurasian region is priority of Uzbekistan’s chairmanship in the SCO .

It`s known that China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan are the main members of the SCO at present. Afghanistan, Belarus, India, Iran, Mongolia and Pakistan have observer status in the organization. Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Nepal, Turkey and Sri Lanka acting like partners in dialogue.

The German portal also introduces its readers to the work of two SCO permanent bodies – the Secretariat is headquartered in Beijing and the Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS), which is headquartered in Tashkent. It is reported that the Secretariat shall perform the executive function, provides organizational and technical and information support activities carried out within the organization.  And the main objectives of RATS are developing measures for the consolidation of the member countries’ efforts to combat terrorism, extremism and separatism, drug trafficking and weapons, proliferation of mass destruction weapons.

The signing of the Joint Declaration on Cooperation between the Secretariats of the UN and the SCO in April 2010 in Tashkent became an important historical event in the activity of the SCO.

In conclusion it emphasizes that in the period of its chairmanship in the SCO Uzbekistan aims at further strengthening the credibility of the organization in the international arena through the development and implementation of initiatives arising from the goals, objectives and principles of the SCO.

 


 

ABOUT SCO FORUM 

logo1On 28-29 April 2016, the delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan took part in the Forum of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Dushanbe.

During the Forum, which was held in accordance with the schedule of the main events of the Uzbek presidency in the SCO, the sides exchanged views on issues of cooperation between the national research centers of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan within the organization.

 


 

 

 

UZBEK DELEGATION PARTICIPATES IN THE CEREMONY OF LAYING THE “LAWN SCO” 

logo1On April 29, 2016 the delegation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan, located in Beijing on a working visit, participated in the ceremony of laying the “Lawn SCO” in the Secretariat of the organization.

The heads of delegations Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan have planted trees, symbolizing a growing potential of the organization, which this year celebrates its 15th anniversary.

Currently, the SCO covers 6 Member States, 6 Observer States (Afghanistan, Belarus, India, Iran, Mongolia and Pakistan) and 6 Dialogue Partners (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Turkey).

 


 

SCO CNC MEMBER STATES MEETING 

logo1On April 19-21, 2016, Beijing (China) held the regular meeting of the Council of National Coordinators (CNC) of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

During the meeting it was discussed the preparation process for the main events of the SCO within the chairmanship of Uzbekistan.

The sides exchanged views on the drafts of the agenda, outcome documents of the upcoming meetings of the SCO Council of Heads of States, Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Meeting of Ministers for Culture, Board of the Business Council, Council of Interbank Association to be held in Tashkent.

Uzbek side informed the participants of the event on the outcomes of the 11th meeting of Secretaries of the Security Councils of the SCO Member States which took place on April 13-14.

 


 

DECLARATION OF THE SCO MEMBER STATES DISSEMINATED AS AN OFFICIAL DOCUMENT OF THE SPECIAL SESSION OF THE UNGA 

logo1The Permanent Mission of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the United Nations on behalf of the Member States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization sent the text of the Declaration of the Member States of the SCO on the world drug problem to the Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly which began its work on April 19, 2016 in New-York, reports the press service of Foreign Ministry of Uzbekistan.

The document which was distributed in six UN official languages – Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish – was developed and approved in accordance with the Declaration by the Heads of the Member States of the SCO adopted as an outcome of the Ufa Summit on July 10, 2015. The document was presented to the General Assembly by Uzbekistan as presiding country in the SCO.

Below is the full text of the document.

DECLARATION OF STATES MEMBERS OF THE SHANGHAI COOPERATION ORGANIZATION FOR THE SPECIAL SESSION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY ON THE WORLD DRUG PROBLEM

The States members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), in accordance with the common position on the drug threat agreed at the SCO summit meeting in Ufa on 10 July 2015, hereby declare the following:

  1. SCO member States express concern at the worsening problem of the international drug threat, which is a serious challenge to international security and to the sustainable economic development of States and requires the consolidation of efforts by the international community;
  2. Member States express the firm commitment to maintain and strengthen the current international drug control system, on the basis of the three main conventions of the United Nations and with the latter in a central coordinating role, and have consistently opposed attempts to undermine the existing international system to counter the drug threat;
  3. Member States believe in the crucial importance of joint efforts based on an integrated and balanced approach and the principle of States’ common and shared responsibility to address the world drug problem, with a focus on concrete measures aimed at subsequently eliminating global drug production including eradicating illicit narcotic plants and the processing facilities for them, establishing an effective legal response to the emergence of new synthetic drugs and other psychoactive substances, and strengthening cooperation in the areas of rehabilitation from drug addiction and effective drug demand reduction;
  4. SCO member States express concern about the high level of drug production in Afghanistan, which is a threat to the socioeconomic development and security of Afghanistan and other States. In that context, they are ready to engage in combating the drug threat bоth bilaterally and multilaterally and to contribute towards the consolidation of efforts by the international community and cooperation to address this problem. 

 


 

Results of the 11th Meeting of the Secretaries of Security Councils of the SCO member states in Tashkent in the focus of the Chinese press 

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As previously reported, on April 13-14, 2016, in Tashkent under the chairmanship of the Republic of Uzbekistan 11th Meeting of Secretaries of Security Councils of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) was held.

The course and outcome of the event received wide coverage in the foreign media. In particular, a detailed article on the subject published by the Central News China “Xinhua” Agency.

The article reported on the participation in the meeting of National Security Council Secretary of the SCO countries, representatives of Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, as well as the Secretary General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization R.Alimova and Director of the Executive Committee of the SCO Regional Antiterrorist Structure E.Sysoev.

It is noted that the participants in the meeting described the current international and regional situation as at risk due to continuing political, economic and social instability, the growing scale of terrorism, extremism and radicalism, intensifying the contradictions and the continuing armed conflicts in the regions adjacent to the Organization. These negative trends affecting the interests of the Member States and threaten peace and stability in the SCO region.

“Parties have recognized that one of the most important factors in strengthening the security of the region is the early settlement by peaceful means the situation in Afghanistan, the agency writes. – The importance of reaching internal consensus and promote the process of reconciliation in the country under the leadership of the Afghans by Afghans themselves and with the active participation of the UN. ”

“Xinhua” informs that the meeting was confirmed the priority of further strengthening and development of cooperation in the fight against terrorism, separatism, extremism, illicit trafficking in arms, drugs. It was deemed necessary to ensure the practical implementation adopted in the framework of the SCO documents and decisions in these important areas.

“The general opinion of the participants of the meeting, international terrorism and extremism can be defeated only by joint and consolidated efforts of all countries”, the portal says.

The article also provides information on the meeting of heads of delegation with the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov.

Separately its noted that the Chinese delegation held a meeting in the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Uzbekistan, during which the sides exchanged views on further development of cooperation in combating security challenges.

 


 

ON THE UPCOMING SCO CNC MEETING 

logo1On April 19-22, 2016, Beijing will host the following meeting of the Council of National Coordinators of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, reports the press service of Foreign Ministry of Uzbekistan.

Representatives of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan will discuss the practical aspects of preparation for the SCO Summit in Tashkent and other events during the presidency of Uzbekistan in the organization.

 


 

THE MEETING WITH THE SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE OF RUSSIAN PRESIDENT FOR SCO AFFAIRS 

logo1On April 15, 2016, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan held a meeting with the Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Bakhtiyor Khakimov, reports the press service of Foreign Ministry of Uzbekistan.

The sides exchanged views on the Uzbek-Russian relations within the framework of SCO, the agenda of the upcoming events during the presidency of Uzbekistan in the organization.

Fruitful outcomes of the 11th Meeting of the Secretaries of Security Councils, which concluded on April 14 have been warmly welcomed. It plays a special role in the system of the SCO’s multilateral institutions.

It was emphasized that Uzbekistan and Russia are interested in the progressive development of multifaceted cooperation within the SCO, the successful conduct and substantive content of the scheduled for June the meeting of the Council of Heads of States in Tashkent, the implementation of the agreements reached at the high level Summit in Ufa within the Russian presidency in the organization, including decisions on the beginning of procedure for admission of India and Pakistan to the SCO.

The Ambassador of Russia Vladimir Tyurdenev attended the talks.

 


 

President of Uzbekistan receives heads of delegations of SCO member states

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The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov received the heads of delegations of member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, who arrived in our country to participate in the eleventh session of Secretaries of Security Councils of the SCO countries.

The head of state welcomed the participants and expressed hope that the meeting scheduled to be held in June this year in Tashkent will involve a larger composition.

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As was noted, the first session of Secretaries of Security Councils of SCO member states was held in Tashkent twelve years ago on the initiative of Uzbekistan. Since then, the institute of interaction of the Secretaries of Security Councils takes a special place within the organization, significantly complementing the existing in the SCO unique in its own way the practice of multilateral cooperation.

President Islam Karimov in his thoughtful in content and constructive speech gave his vision of the contemporary situation in the world in general and in the region, in particular.

 


Tashkent hosts 11th session of Security Council Secretaries of SCO countries

logo1The eleventh session of Secretaries of Security Councils of member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization was underway these days in Tashkent under the chairmanship of Uzbekistan.

The event was attended by Assistant to the President – the Secretary of Security Council of the Republic of Kazakhstan N. B.Yermekbayev, a member of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China Guo Shengkun, the Secretary of the Defense Council of the Kyrgyz Republic T. K. Jumakadyrov, Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation N. P.Patrushev, Secretary of Security Council of the Republic of Tajikistan A. A. Kakharov, Secretary of the Security Council under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan V. V. Makhmudov, as well as the Secretary-General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization R. K. Alimov and the Director of the Executive Committee of the Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure of the SCO E. S. Sysoev.

Heads of delegations were received by President of the Republic of Uzbekistan I. A. Karimov.

Secretaries of Security Councils of member states of the SCO noted that international and regional security remains at risk due to continued political, economic and social instability, increasing levels of terrorism, extremism and radicalism, the increasing imbalances and the ongoing armed conflicts in the adjacent regions of the SCO, including in some countries in the Middle East and North Africa. As was emphasized, these negative trends affect the interests of the states members of the Organization and threaten the security in the SCO space.

The parties recognized that a major factor in strengthening security and stability in the region is an early peaceful settlement of the situation in Afghanistan.

Secretaries of Security Councils welcomed the practical implementation of the Joint comprehensive plan of action to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue, which will contribute to the expansion of international cooperation for peace and stability in the region and beyond.

The strict compliance with the Treaty on a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone in Central Asia, and the early entry into force of the relevant Protocol on security assurances will make a significant contribution to strengthening regional stability and nuclear non-proliferation regime.

The sides reaffirmed the priority of further strengthening and development of cooperation on combating terrorism, separatism, extremism, illicit trafficking in arms, narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances, their precursors and other dangerous phenomena. They deemed necessary to ensure the practical implementation of SCO documents and decisions in these important for all member states of the organization directions.

According to the mutual opinion, international terrorism and extremism in all its manifestations can be defeated only through general and consolidated efforts of all states.

The participants advocated for the scaling up of anti-drug direction, primarily through supporting measures to strengthen the international drug control system, based on the three basic UN conventions.

The sides agreed to ensure the active promotion of coordinated approaches of member states of the SCO on international information security in the framework of the specialized international and regional organizations and forums. The parties agreed a coordinated way to promote the Joint project of the rules of conduct for international information security, an updated version of which was presented in January of 2015 as an official document of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly.

The participants called for the early finalization and adoption of Comprehensive UN Convention against international terrorism.

Confidence was expressed that more active involvement of observer states and dialogue partners to the activities of the SCO in the sphere of counteraction to challenges and threats to regional security will enhance the effectiveness of measures in this direction, the growing influence and authority of the SCO on the international arena.

An importance was given to the expansion of relations of the SCO RATS in combating terrorism, separatism and extremism with the UN agencies and other relevant international organizations, as well as with the competent authorities of the observer states and dialogue partners of the SCO.

The parties heard the information of the Uzbek side on the preparations for the meeting of Council of heads of member states of the SCO that are scheduled to be held on 23-24 June 2016 in Tashkent.

The meeting participants noted that the upcoming Summit will be an important step in the improvement of the contractual legal framework of the SCO and the increasing international interaction in the sphere of security in accordance with the development strategy of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization until 2025, as well as other agreement reached by the heads of member states of the organization.

Another issues discussed were about the implementation of the Ufa decisions in the field of security.

A positive assessment was given to the role of RATS on facilitating the coordination and cooperation between competent authorities of states-members of SCO in combating terrorism, separatism and extremism.

Heads of delegations noted the high level of organization of the event and expressed gratitude to the Uzbek side for the warm hospitality and comfort.

As was underlined at the event, the next session of Secretaries of Security Councils of member states of the SCO will be held in the Republic of Kazakhstan.

 


 

Interior Minister of Uzbekistan meets with Minister of Public Security of PRC

logo1The Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Adham Akhmedbaev met with the Minister of Public Security of the People’s Republic of China Guo Shengkun, who arrived in our country to participate in the meeting of secretaries of security councils of member states of the SCO.

During the meeting, it was noted that the Uzbek-Chinese relations are based on the principles of mutual respect and trust, and are developing in different directions. Agreements reached during the meetings of heads of two states serve as an important legal basis for the development of the relations.

Hereby, the main direction of the cooperation on strengthening the regional security is aimed at further intensification of joint measures to counter various threats and challenges. Uzbekistan and China attach particular importance to the development of cooperation within the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, making an important contribution to strengthening security and stability in the region and the world.

As was emphasized during the meeting, an extensive work conducted under the leadership of President Islam Karimov on strengthening peace and stability, ensuring civil harmony in Uzbekistan is yielding good results.

The parties exchanged views on further development of cooperation in the fight against terrorism, extremism and illegal drug trafficking, the strengthening of security and stability.

Following the meeting, the sides signed a Protocol on further development of cooperation in 2016-2017.

 


 

Meeting with the Secretary of Security Council of Tajikistan

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On April 13, 2016, in Tashkent, within the framework of the meeting of Secretaries of the Security Councils of the SCO Member States, Secretary of Security Council under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan V.Makhmudov met with the Secretary of Security Council of the Republic of Tajikistan A.Kaharov, reports the press service of Foreign Ministry of Uzbekistan.

During the meeting, sides discussed the state and prospective directions for development of bilateral relations and exchanged views on a number of regional and international issues.

The parties discussed the issues of strengthening cooperation between the SCO Member States in combating new challenges and threats, as well as exchanged views on the preparations for the upcoming Tashkent Summit of the SCO Council of Heads of States.

 


 

Meeting With SCO Secretary-General

rustamOn April, 13, 2016, in Tashkent, within the framework of the meeting of Secretaries of the Security Councils of the SCO Member States, the Secretary of Security Council under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan V.Makhmudov met with the Secretary-General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization R.Alimov, reports the press service of Foreign Ministry of Uzbekistan.

The sides discussed the issues of the development of cooperation of the SCO Member States in the sphere of security, the preparation process for the following Tashkent Summit of the SCO Council of Heads of States to take place in June 2016 as well as the other major events of the organization for the current year.

On his behalf, the SCO Secretary-General noted that the current chairmanship of Uzbekistan and the documents planned to be signed during the meeting of the Council of Heads of States should set the milestone in 15-year history of the organization and bring multilateral cooperation to a new level.

 


 

Meeting with the Secretary of the Defense Council of Kyrgyzstan

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On April 13, 2016, in Tashkent, within the framework of the meeting of Secretaries of the Security Councils of the SCO Member States, Secretary of Security Council under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan V.Makhmudov met with the Secretary of Defense Council of the Kyrgyz Republic T.Jumakadyrov, reports the press service of Foreign Ministry of Uzbekistan.

During the meeting the sides exchanged views on some issues of regional security and international problems.

The sides discussed issues of strengthening cooperation between the SCO Member States in the sphere of security and also reviewed certain aspects of the preparatory process for the upcoming Tashkent Summit of Heads of the Member States of the SCO.

 


 

Meeting with Secretary of Security Council of Russia

rustamOn April 13, 2016, in Tashkent, within the framework of the meeting of Secretaries of the Security Councils of the SCO Member States, Secretary of Security Council under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan V.Makhmudov met with the Secretary of Security Council of the Russian Federation N.Patrushev, reports the press service of Foreign Ministry of Uzbekistan.

The sides discussed state and prospects of further strengthening of the relationship in addressing new challenges and threats bоth in the bilateral format and within the framework of the SCO.

During the meeting special attention was paid to the cooperation between the two countries within the framework of the SCO, preparation for the upcoming Summit in Tashkent and other activities during Uzbekistan’s presidency in the organization.

 


 

Meeting with Assistant to the President – Secretary of Security Council of Kazakhstan

rustamOn April 13, 2016, in Tashkent, within the framework of the meeting of Secretaries of the Security Councils of the SCO Member States, Secretary of Security Council under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan V. Makhmudov met with Assistant to the President – Secretary of Security Council of the Republic of Kazakhstan N.Ermekbaev, reports the press service of Foreign Ministry of Uzbekistan.

During the meeting sides discussed the issues of bilateral cooperation as well as international and regional policy.

The parties noted that the current presidency of Uzbekistan and the documents planned to be signed during the upcoming meeting of the SCO Council of Heads of States in Tashkent should set the milestone in the 15-year history of organization and bring multilateral cooperation to a new level.

 


 

Meeting with a Member of the State Council – the Minister of Public Security of China

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On April 13, 2016, in Tashkent, within the framework of the meeting of Secretaries of the Security Councils of the SCO Member States, Secretary of Security Council under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan V. Makhmudov met with a member of the State Council – the Minister of Public Security of the People’s Republic of China Guo Shengkun, reports the press service of Foreign Ministry of Uzbekistan.

During the meeting, the sides discussed the topical issues of the Uzbek-Chinese relations, including the state and prospects of cooperation within the SCO. The Chinese side highly appreciated the presidency of Uzbekistan in the SCO, which is aimed at resolving practical issues of further development of cooperation between the Member States, in particular in the field of regional security.

It was noted the mutual interest in the successful conduct of the meeting of the SCO Council of Heads of States in Tashkent and other events of the Uzbek presidency.

 


 

The Head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan received the Secretary-General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization

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On April 12-13, 2016, under the chairmanship of Uzbekistan, Tashkent held the meeting of expert group of the SCO Member States which discussed the practical aspects of the preparation for the following meeting of Secretaries of Security Council of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, reports the press service of Foreign Ministry of Uzbekistan.

The experts discussed the draft agenda, the final documents of the Security Council Secretaries meeting.

 


 

Tashkent held the meeting of expert group of the SCO Member States

rustamOn April 12-13, 2016, under the chairmanship of Uzbekistan, Tashkent held the meeting of expert group of the SCO Member States which discussed the practical aspects of the preparation for the following meeting of Secretaries of Security Council of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, reports the press service of Foreign Ministry of Uzbekistan.

The experts discussed the draft agenda, the final documents of the Security Council Secretaries meeting.

 


 

Significant mechanism of regional security

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On 13-14 April of this year within the framework of Uzbekistan’s chairmanship in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Tashkent will host the meeting of Secretaries of the Security Councils of the SCO member states. The event focuses on the fight against transnational threats, including terrorism, extremism, drug trafficking and transboundary crime.

Uzbekistan supports a fundamental and uncompromising fight against these threats proclaimed as a priority of the SCO. An institute of Meetings of the Security Council Secretaries was initiated by our country, and the first one was held in Tashkent in 2004. The Meetings of the Heads of the SCO countries Security Councils are coordinating-consultative mechanism for security cooperation in the SCO framework.

It should be noted that these meetings are of a significant role in the study, analysis and evaluation of the situation in security field, the coordination of efforts of the SCO countries to stand together against the challenges and threats to security and stability, the deepening of the political dialogue. Negotiations within them contribute to the development of mutually acceptable approaches in timely response to traditional and new threats, and thereby increase the practical effectiveness of the Organization’s activities in the field of peace and sustainable development in the broad space of the SCO.

This work is carried out on the basis of the Shanghai Convention on Combating Terrorism, Separatism and Extremism, the Concept of Cooperation of the SCO Member States in the fight against terrorism, separatism and extremism, the SCO Convention against terrorism, as well as the cooperation program of the SCO member states in the fight against terrorism, separatism and extremism for 2016-2018 years, and other documents.

Coordination of efforts of the SCO member states in the field of security is assuming ever greater importance in the background of the prevailing situation in the world today conditioned on the dangerous tendencies of globalization of radical ideologies, intensification of creeping expansion of religious extremism, amplification of international terrorism.

In this regard, the Republic of Uzbekistan gives priority to the progressive development of multilateral cooperation in the framework of the Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS) of the SCO. This structure, functioning in Tashkent since 2004, has become an effective tool and a key platform for joint efforts and pragmatic cooperation between law enforcement bodies of the SCO countries to ensure stability in the region.


 

On 28th session of the SCO RATS Council

On April 8, 2016 Tashkent hosted the 28th session of the Council of the Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO RATS) under the chairmanship of the Republic of Kazakhstan. It was attended by representatives of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the People’s Republic of China, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Tajikistan and the Republic of Uzbekistan.

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The meeting discussed the results of the cooperation Program of SCO member states in combating terrorism, separatism and extremism for 2013-2015 and the course for decision execution of the SCO RATS Council. The draft report of the RATS SCO Council for Heads of SCO Member States on the activities of the anti-terrorist organization in 2015 has been approved. It is noted that the activity of the SCO RATS meet modern threats and challenges in the fight against terrorism, separatism and extremism.

It was highly assessed the results of the joint staff exercise of the competent authorities of SCO Member States to detect and prevent the use of the Internet for terrorist, separatist and extremist purposes “Xiamen-2015″ held in the territory of the People’s Republic of China.

Within the framework of strengthening cooperation on the counteraction to the challenges and threats proceeded by international terrorist organizations it was agreed a complex of joint measures to neutralize their terrorist activities, including suppression of the exit of SCO member states citizens abroad to participate in terrorist activities.

Issues of improving the work aimed at the formation the immunity to radical religious ideology among the population of the SCO Member States, the prevention of terrorist acts with the use of suicide bombers.

The decision to conduct joint border operations “Unity-2016″ by the forces and means of border services of the competent bodies of the SCO Member States has been adopted.

It is planned to conduct the fourth scientific conference on cooperation in combating international terrorism and extremism with the participation of delegations of SCO Member States and observers in the 4th quarter of 2016.

In the interests of creating a broad partner network in the fight against terrorism, separatism and extremism, the draft document regulating the cooperation of the SCO RATS with the Secretariat of Counsel on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia has been approved.

For personal contribution to the development of the activities of the SCO RATS and the strengthening of cooperation between the competent authorities of the SCO member states a number of staff of the competent authorities of the SCO Member States and the officers of the Executive Committee of the SCO RATS has been encouraged.

It was made decisions on the organizational and human resource issues, financial support of the Executive Committee of the SCO RATS and further formation of legal base for the cooperation of the SCO Member States in combating terrorism, separatism and extremism.

The meeting of the Council of the SCO RATS was held in a practical and constructive atmosphere.

Tashkent,

The Republic of Uzbekistan,

April 8, 2016.

 


 

Beijing hosted the consultations of the heads of information services of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the SCO Member States

beijing_hostedOn April 5-6, 2016, in Beijing, under the chairmanship of the Uzbek side it was held the consultations of the heads of information services of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the SCO Member States, reports the press service of Foreign Ministry of Uzbekistan.

The representatives of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan exchanged views on the information support of the SCO events, preparation to the upcoming session of the Council of Heads of States and the 15th anniversary of the organization.

The Uzbek side informed about the conditions created for foreign journalists during the SCO Summit in Tashkent.


 

Beijing hosted a meeting of Permanent Working Group of the SCO Member States

rustamOn April 5-6, 2016, Beijing hosted a meeting of Permanent Working Group of the SCO Member States on scientific and technical cooperation, reports the press service of Foreign Ministry of Uzbekistan.

During the meeting the sides consider the prospects of further development of cooperation within the SCO and draft documents to be signed at the upcoming events of the organization. In particular, it was discussed the issues of implementation of the Action Plan of the Programme of Multilateral Trade and Economic Cooperation among the SCO Member States and the preparation of a list of measures for the further development of the project activities within the organization in the years 2017-2021.

The sides exchanged views on the preparations for the Meeting of heads of the Ministries of science and technology of the SCO Member States in Kyrgyzstan.

 


 

Dushanbe held the meeting of experts of working group of the SCO Member States

rustamOn March 30, 2016, Dushanbe held the meeting of experts of working group of the SCO Member States on law enforcement and suppression of drug-related crimes, reports the press service of the Foreign Ministry of Uzbekistan.

Representatives of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan discussed topical issues of cooperation in combating illicit trafficking of drugs, psychotropic substances and their precursors, as well as the joint activities.

The sides exchanged views on the drafts of Anti-Drug Strategy for 2017-2022 and Action Programs on its implementation as well as the other issues.


 

SCO: cooperation for peace, stability and progress

rustamUzbekistan is chairing at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization at present. Active preparations for conducting the meeting of the SCO Council of heads of state and other events on the highest level are underway in our country.

It is deeply symbolic that this conscientious mission concurs with the 15th anniversary of foundation of the SCO. Mass-scale and consistent works, carried out in our country, during the period of chairmanship serves to increase the authority of this organization, improving its activities, strengthening peace and security in the region.

It should be noted that in our ever-changing times the role and impact of the SCO in solving topical issues, ensuring security, stability and sustainable development has been growing. It is noteworthy that in the summit meetings of the SCO a particular attention is paid to strengthening mutual trust and good neighborliness among the member-countries of the SCO, developing close collaboration in political, trade, economic, scientific, technical, cultural and humanitarian speheres, in ensuring peace, security and stability in the region.

The tenth meeting of the Council of heads of state of the SCO member-states on 11 June 2010 took its place in the history of the organization in relation to wide discussion of these issues. Alongside the heads of state of the SCO member-states, observers and states, invited by Uzbekistan, high-ranking officials from the UN, CIS and other international organizations took part at the meeting.

The agenda of 2010 SCO Tashkent summit included the issues of improving the activity of the organization and its bodies, further development of cooperation among member-states in political, trade, economic and humanitarian spheres, in joint fight against terrorism, religious extremism and separatism, narcotics and weapons trafficking, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, in strengthening regional security and stability as well as the situation in Afghanistan.

In his speech President Islam Karimov underlined that deeply thought-out, consistent and targeted process of development and increasing the authority of the SCO at an international arena, strengthening the role and opportunities of the Organization in achieving key goals- strengthening peace, stability and security, ensuring sustainable economic growth, enhancing cooperation in humanitarian and social spheres has been underway.

Establishing partner relations with international organizations has been an important step in the SCO development. The joint declaration on cooperation between the secretariats of the UN and the SCO, signed during the visit of the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to our country in April 2010, became an important document, laying the foundation of interactions of the SCO with this international organization.

In the epoch of globalization and intensification of various threats, no single problem could be solved by a single state. In this regard cooperation of the SCO and the UN has opened wide road for joint acitivities in solving significant problems for the whole humanity. Such UN bodies as the Economic and social commission for Asia and the Pacific, Office on drugs and crime, have fruitful interaction with the SCO.

Uzbekistan pays a special attention to multilateral trade and economic cooperation. In particular, the issues of transport communications have been acknowledged as a priority direction. In this regard the possibilities of Navoi free industrial-economic zone have been productively utilized. During the implementation of new joint projects in Central Asia, widening of construction of industrial enterprises, automobile roads, railways and air-transport communications, the significance of Navoi FIEZ will also rise.

Currently the main factor of sustainable development are not only extraction and processing of raw materials, but also organization of high-tech production, production of goods with high added value. In this regard Uzbekistan pay a particular attention to development and implementation of joint projects.

At the 2010 Tashkent summit of heads of state of SCO member-states, the issues of developing interaction and sharing of information among financial institutions, banks, exchanges. In order to widen the scales of regional cooperation, the participants shared views on the issues of eliminating barriers for developing trade-economic relations, supporting and stimulating direct contacts between entrepreneurs. Development of investment cooperation in transport and communications, agriculture, high-tech spheres have been acknowledged as priorities.

During the event, exchange of opinions on priority directions of multilateral strategy of cooperation within the frameworks of the SCO, minimizing negative impact and liquidating consequences of the financial-economic crisis, the issues of cooperation in economic and social spheres. Urgent regional and international issues were also high on the agenda. Participation of representatives of international organizations, alongside the heads of state of the SCO member-states and delegations of observer-states, demonstrate the importance and significance of these discussed issues.

During the meeting the situation in Central Asian region, the issues of security, including ensuring information security, joint combat again information threats, were discussed in detail.

The Tashkent declaration was adopted, the SCO rules of procedure and Regulations on the order of accepting new members to the Organization were approved at the summit. These documents are significant for development of the SCO and its members.

Uzbekistan’s determination of the SCO development strategy, its active position on many issues of international politics have yielded positive results. Wide-scale and consistent activity of Uzbekistan during the chairmanship period of the organization has played an important role in the success of 2010 Tashkent summit. Our country carried out a significant work on widening cooperation among the SCO member-states, increasing the international status of the organization. This was acknowledged by the SCO member-states.

In general, chairmanship of our country at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization has a special significance for the organization’s development and further growth of its authority at international arena. This serves to strengthen and elevate to a qualitatively new level the cooperation among the SCO member-states to ensure peace, stability and progress in the region.

 


 

A Memorandum on granting Nepal the status of dialogue partner of the SCO was signed

rustamOn March 22, 2016, in Beijing, at the Secretariat of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, in accordance with the decision of the Ufa Summit of the SCO Heads of Member States it was signed a Memorandum on granting the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal the status of dialogue partner of the SCO, reports the press-service of the MFA Uzbekistan.

The document was signed by the Secretary General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Rashid Alimov and the Foreign Secretary of Nepal Shankar Bairagi in the presence of the heads of diplomatic missions, as well as the permanent representatives of the SCO Member States to the Secretariat.

The memorandum takes into consideration the cooperation between the SCO and Nepal in promoting regional security and stability, combating terrorism, extremism, separatism, countering illicit drug production and trafficking, also cooperation in the field of trade, investment, energy and other areas.

The Memorandum is signed for an indefinite period of time and entered into force on the date of signature.

The Prime Minister of Nepal Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli attended the ceremony.


 

Under the chairmanship of the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan a meeting of experts of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization was held

rustamOn March 17-18, 2016, in Beijing, under the chairmanship of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov, it was held a Meeting of experts on preparation to the eleventh meeting of the Security Council Secretaries of the SCO Member States in Tashkent, reports the press-service of the MFA of Uzbekistan.

The sides discussed the draft agenda, outcome documents planned to be considered during the meeting of Secretaries of Security Council as well as current state and prospects of development of multilateral cooperation in combating transnational threats and challenges.

During the meeting the information on the preparation to the Tashkent Summit of the SCO Heads of State was heard and approved.


 

A meeting of the working group of the SCO member states was held in Beijing

rustamOn March 16-17, 2016, Beijing hosted a meeting of the working group on the reduction of the drug demand at the Council of competent authorities of the SCO member states to combat illicit drug trafficking, reports the press-service of the ministry.

Representatives of the Member States considered drafts of Anti-Drug Strategy for 2017-2022 and Action Programs on its implementation, as well as exchanged views on cooperation in the field of drug demand reduction.


 

Under the chairmanship of the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan a meeting of the Council of National Coordinators of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization was held

beijing_meetingOn March 15-18, 2016, in Beijing (China), under the chairmanship of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov it was held a meeting of the Council of National Coordinators of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, reports the pres-service of the MFA of Uzbekistan.

The representatives of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan extensively discussed the preparations for the upcoming meeting of the Council of Heads of the SCO Member States and other events to be held this year on June in Tashkent within the presidency of Uzbekistan in the organization.

During the meeting, the SCO Secretariat presented the information on the process of negotiations on granting India and Pakistan the SCO Member State status, as well as singing the Memorandums with dialogue partners of the SCO – Azerbaijan, Armenia and Nepal.

National coordinators have identified the date of the next meeting of the CNC in Beijing.

 


 

Uzbekistan – SCO: cooperation for peace and stability, development and prosperity

rustamOn the eve of its sixteenth anniversary, Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) has firmly established itself on the world scene as a reputable interstate structure. It has established itself as an effective mechanism of multilateral cooperation in the context of major changes in the international and regional situation. A solid legal basis, institutional framework have been established, structural bodies are stably operating, consistent expansion and deepening of cooperation in different directions has been provided over the past years.

Uzbekistan in its foreign policy strategy attaches great importance to the SCO, which is a platform for open and constructive dialogue, and is one of the founding states of the Organization, has been actively involved in its activities. The Uzbek side considers the SCO as an important tool for cooperation against terrorism and extremism, drug trafficking and weapons, organized crime and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, promoting mutually beneficial economic ties, partnership in social, cultural and humanitarian spheres.

The effectiveness of cooperation in the field of security within the SCO is of particular note. Mechanisms for regular meetings at various levels are set up and a solid legal framework regulating the interaction of member states in ensuring peace and stability in the region is developed for these proposes. At the initiative of Uzbekistan the mechanism of meetings of secretaries of SCO members’ security councils was launched in 2004. These meetings are held on an annual basis.

The Regional Antiterrorist Structure (RATS), the Executive Committee of which is located in Tashkent, plays a special role in the issues of strengthening peace and tranquility. Its main purpose is to promote coordination and cooperation of member states in the fight against terrorism, separatism and extremism.

Within the framework of its presidency in the SCO in 2004 and 2010, Uzbekistan has put forward a number of important initiatives on strengthening the coordination of member states’ policies in the face of traditional and new threats of today. Thus, an agreement on cooperation in combating illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and their precursors and an agreement on cooperation in combating crime were signed on the initiative of Uzbekistan in 2004 and 2010 accordingly.

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization is a factor in the promotion of mutually beneficial economic exchange between the member states. Long-term programs are taken and successfully put into practice, intergovernmental agreements and arrangements are concluded in this direction.

The main bodies responsible for the development of trade and economic cooperation are the Council of Heads of Government (Prime Ministers) of the member sates (CHG) and the Meeting of Ministers of the SCO member states, which responsible for foreign economic and trade activities. Uzbekistan chaired the structures in 2007 and 2013. It was decided to intensify relations in the areas of investment, information and communication technologies, agriculture, and environmental protection during the Heads of Government’s meeting in 2007 in Tashkent. Following the negotiations, an agreement between the governments of SCO member states on cooperation and mutual assistance in customs matters was signed.

In addition, special attention is paid to full support of direct business contacts, strengthen cooperation in such sectors as transport, infrastructure, banking and financial sector. Expansion of relations in these areas contributes to the activity of SCO Business Council and SCO Interbank Association.

In order to stimulate trade and investment links, work on the opening of the Development Bank and Development Fund (Special Account) SCO is being conducted. In 2015, it decided to continue consultations on these structures’ establishment.

Cultural and humanitarian ties show positive dynamics. The exchange in the fields of science, technology, tourism, health care, prevention and liquidation of emergency situations is being done.

The Program of informing on epidemiological situation caused by infectious diseases on the territory of SCO member states is adopted on November 29, 2013 in Tashkent. This year is expected to approve the Program of cooperation in the tourism sector, which is conducted at the expert level.

The Republic of Uzbekistan has been chairing in it from July 11, 2015 according to the norms and rules of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Uzbekistan as the state-chairman has clearly outlined the priorities of its vision of the SCO with announcement of its commitment to the principles of continuity and a consistent strengthening of multidisciplinary cooperation.

Based on these postulates, Uzbekistan together with other SCO countries has done considerable scale work to further strengthen the Organization’s capacity in addressing global and regional issues, strengthen coordination and cooperation, and enhance its role on the world stage over the past period.

As a result of Uzbekistan’s efforts, more and more countries are showing interest in the SCO and express a desire to establish a partnership with it. Thus, a memorandum on granting the Kingdom of Cambodia dialogue partner status was signed in September 2015. Such status is granted to Azerbaijan on March 14 of a current year. It is planned to sign a similar document with Armenia and Nepal. Negotiations on taking the Republic of India and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan – the two largest countries in South Asia in the SCO are continuing.

The Council of Heads of State meeting, the Foreign Ministers Council meeting of Secretaries of Security Councils, the Meeting of Ministers of Culture and the Council of Interbank Association meeting and the Board of the SCO Business Council are planed to be held in Tashkent under the presidency of Uzbekistan in 2016.

The country is currently preparing to hold these events at a high level. Particular attention is paid to the content filling of the Tashkent summit, including the development of a package of documents that will be adopted on its results. The signing of the SCO fifteenth anniversary Tashkent declaration, Draft of the anti-drug strategy of the SCO member states for the years 2017-2022 and the Programme of action for its implementation are expected. In addition, the adoption of the Plan of measures on realization of the agreement on cooperation in combating crime is planned, as well as the Plan of Implementation of the SCO Development Strategy until 2025.

Thus, the Republic of Uzbekistan, being the chairman of the SCO, contributes greatly to its development, strengthening of the regulatory framework, enhancing the structure’s prestige in the world. No doubt that the upcoming Tashkent summit, held in the fifteenth anniversary of the SCO founding, will not only become a central political event of the year, but also open a new page in the Organization’s history.

 


 

A meeting of experts of the SCO Member States was held in Beijing

rustamOn March 16, 2016, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov, paying a working visit to China, met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China Wang Yi in Beijing, reports the press-service of the ministry.

During the meeting the sides discussed the topical issues of the Uzbek-Chinese relations, including the current state and prospects of cooperation within the SCO.

The Chinese side highly appreciated the presidency of Uzbekistan in the SCO aimed at resolving practical issues of further development of cooperation between the Member States of the organization.

The Foreign Ministers of Uzbekistan and China highlighted the mutual interest in conducting the successful meeting of the Council of the Heads of State in Tashkent, the other events under the presidency of Uzbekistan.


 

Head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan met with his colleagueage

rustamOn March 16, 2016, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov, paying a working visit to China, met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China Wang Yi in Beijing, reports the press-service of the ministry.

During the meeting the sides discussed the topical issues of the Uzbek-Chinese relations, including the current state and prospects of cooperation within the SCO.

The Chinese side highly appreciated the presidency of Uzbekistan in the SCO aimed at resolving practical issues of further development of cooperation between the Member States of the organization.

The Foreign Ministers of Uzbekistan and China highlighted the mutual interest in conducting the successful meeting of the Council of the Heads of State in Tashkent, the other events under the presidency of Uzbekistan.


 

On accreditation of the foreign media representative for coverage of Meeting of Secretaries of Security Councils of the SCO Member States
presidencyThe Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan announced the accreditation of the foreign media representatives for coverage of the Meeting of Secretaries of Security Councils of the Member States Shanghai Cooperation Organization which will take place on April 13-14, 2016 in Tashkent.

Representatives of media wishing to participate in the coverage of the Meeting of Secretaries of Security Councils of the SCO Member States should send to the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan the following documents:

  1. a letter of application from the head of the interested foreign mass media addressed to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan concerning on the accreditation of correspondent. The letter should be transferred through the diplomatic or consular missions of the Republic of Uzbekistan abroad or the foreign diplomatic missions accredited by the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan;
  2. basic information about interested mass media;
  3. biographic data (CV) of the journalist and passport copy;
  4. a photograph of the accrediting journalist in 700х700 dpi size (high quality, full face, white or blue background, please send the electronic version to the e-mail sco2016@tiv.uz);
  5. a completed accreditation form.

Applications from the media representatives on accreditation will be accepted until 18:00 Tashkent time (GMT+5), March 30, 2016.

Applications received after the deadline as well as with the missing documents or attached photograph of the journalist will not be accepted for consideration.

If the foreign media representatives submit the application on coverage Meeting of Secretaries of Security Councils of the SCO Member States but have not received the confirmation on their accreditation from the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan, it does not justify the arrival to Uzbekistan and their further professional activity.


 

MEETING WITH SCO SECRETARY GENERAL

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On March 15, 2016, the delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulaziz Kamilov, paying a working visit to China, had a meeting with the Secretary General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Rashid Alimov in Beijing.


 

Beijing hosted Council of National Coordinators of SCO member states

beijing_meetingMinister of Foreign Affairs Abdulaziz Kamilov held negotiations with the Secretary General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Rashid Alimov on 15 March 2016.

According to the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan, the meeting was held in Beijing, China. The delegation of Uzbekistan led by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulaziz Kamilov is paying a working visit to China.

At the meeting, Abdulaziz Kamilov and Rashid Alimov exchanged views on the agenda of the SCO.

The Minister informed about the work which is being done by the Uzbek side on preparation for the SCO main events in Tashkent under the chairmanship of Uzbekistan.

The Secretary General highlighted that the presidency of Uzbekistan and the documents planned to be signed during the upcoming session of the Council of the Heads of Member States in Tashkent should be milestone in the 15 years history of the organization and should bring the multilateral cooperation to a new level.

 

 


 

SCO Secretary General: Uzbekistan takes an active part in the activities of the SCO

rustamThis year, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization marks the 15th anniversary of its foundation. Over the past period characterized by major changes in the international and regional situation, the structure has become an effective mechanism for mutually beneficial multi-partnership. On the prospects of further development of the SCO, the role and importance in the Republic of Uzbekistan in her exclusive interview to the Jahon Information Agency Secretary General of the organization, Rashid Alimov.

– Mr. Secretary General, please share their assessments of the level of cooperation of the SCO member states? What results have been achieved?

– Today we can state with confidence that the choice made by the SCO member states at the beginning of the XXI century in deepening good-neighborly, friendly and partnership relations in the region, has become a good example for the international community to achieve real and important results in the field of joint development.

Strictly following the principles and provisions of the SCO Charter and the Treaty on Long-Term Good-Neighborliness, Friendship and Cooperation of States members of the organization, set up a solid foundation for the effective functioning of the structure in order to jointly safeguard peace, security and stability, as well as the development of multilateral cooperation in the SCO’s political, economic, , humanitarian and other spheres.

Every year, strengthens the role and influence of the organization, b0th at the regional and global levels. It has become a powerful factor in international relations. Increasing the number of Member States, observers, the emergence of a group of partner countries in dialogue indicates an increase in the SCO’s prestige in the world.

There is a growing agenda for unification. At the annual summits of heads of state to discuss not only regional, but also global issues. The documents of the organization reflects the theme of strategic stability and global security. It makes a positive contribution to the common struggle against new challenges and threats, including terrorism, separatism and extremism, drug trafficking and cross-border crime. However, in my opinion, it is particularly important – SCO promotes the development and deepening of the dialogue between cultures and civilizations, and thus makes the people in this vast region closer and dearer.

– In April in Tashkent will be held the meeting of the SCO RATS Council and the meeting of Secretaries of Security Councils of the Member States of the organization. How do you assess the current state of and prospects for cooperation in the area of ​​peace and stability in the SCO region in the context of the current difficult situation in the world?

– The issues of regional stability and security remain a priority area of ​​cooperation in the SCO framework. Restless Afghanistan, exacerbation calls cross-border crime, religious extremism and drug trafficking reinforce anxious wait.

In the light of all of the above it is of particular importance harmonious efficient operation of SCO Regional Antiterrorist Structure. It should be noted that during the years of its existence, the RATS was able to achieve significant results in the fight against threats to security in our region. Due to the structure of preventive action could prevent hundreds of terrorist acts, which means – to save the lives of thousands of people.

On January 1, 2016 led RATS Eugene S. Sysoev. There is no doubt that his experience and professionalism will serve to further improve the work of the structure, improve the efficiency of its operations.

– What is the level of interaction in trade and economic cooperation between the SCO member states?

– The continuing turbulence in the global economy has an impact on all states without exception. This fully applies to the SCO region. However, despite the difficulties, the Member States of our Organization continue the planned work to promote cooperation in this field, in accordance with existing agreements and programs on the basis of multilateral trade and economic cooperation until 2020.

In December 2015, China Zhengzhou, a regular meeting of the Council of Heads of Government, in the course of which were discussed in detail the issues of further deepening of relations in trade-economic sphere. The meeting participants summed up the results of joint work in this direction over the past year and noted some progress. Commended for practical measures to enhance regional economic cooperation.

In general we can say that cooperation in this area continues to be one of the driving forces of the SCO development for the benefit of the peoples living in the region.

– What results have been achieved in the cultural sphere?

– Within the framework of the organization continue to develop multilateral and bilateral relations in the field of culture, health, education, science and technology, environmental protection, tourism, disaster relief, justice and the media. Progress in this area contribute to the strengthening of mutual understanding between people, mutual enrichment and rapprochement of cultures, promotion of traditions and customs of the peoples living in the SCO space.

The main achievement in this field for 15 years of the organization can be considered as something that is adjusted multilateral cultural exchanges, the peoples of our countries have become closer to each other, learn more about the history and traditions, and this is just the supporting structure of our association.

– What is the current level of cooperation of the SCO with other international organizations, particularly the UN, CIS and ASEAN?

– In the modern world the role of regional organizations is increasing, therefore the creation of partnerships between them is essential to confront the challenges and threats. In this regard, the SCO will continue to develop its international relations. It is in the interest of the structure and is based on the need to ensure stability and security in the region and in the world.

Speaking of practical steps in this direction, it should be noted that in November 2014 at the 69th session of the UN General Assembly adopted a substantial, large-scale resolution of the UN and the SCO cooperation. It is the expansion of cooperation of our association with the agencies, programs and funds, the global organization on the basis of the Joint Declaration between the SCO Secretariat and the United Nations, signed in April 2010 in Tashkent. Strengthen ties with UNDP and ESCAP, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, the UN Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia. A system of partnership with ASEAN, CIS and other regional institutions and structures.

– Currently, the SCO presidency of Uzbekistan, and in June of this year, the organization of the summit will be held in Tashkent. In your opinion, what is the role of Uzbekistan in the development of the organization?

– As one of the founding members of the SCO, Uzbekistan has been actively involved in the organization, making a significant contribution to its development. A good example is the establishment of the initiative of the Uzbek side of the mechanism of meetings of secretaries of security councils, the launch of the SCO RATS Executive Committee in Tashkent, as well as obtaining the first in the history of Mongolia observer status in the SCO during the first presidency of Uzbekistan.

Tashkent this summer for the third time will host the SCO summit. I am convinced that a meeting of the Council of Heads of State and its results, as before, will be a decisive step forward in the development of the organization. Experience from previous years shows the progress of the Uzbek presidency of the SCO, certainly well-coordinated work of ministries and departments of the country in preparing and carrying out activities within its framework.

Undoubtedly, the meeting of the leaders of our countries in Tashkent will be an outstanding event in the life of Uzbekistan. Under the wise leadership of President Islam Karimov in the 25 years of independence the country was able to achieve significant results. I am convinced that the SCO summit will allow the international community is widely present the successes and achievements of the Uzbek people.

– Thank you for your kind words and good wishes. Mr. Secretary General, what, in your opinion, the future prospects of the SCO?

– 2015 became a milestone in the development of the organization, primarily due to the Heads of State adopted the historic decisions. Foremost among these was the beginning of the procedure of admission to the ranks of the SCO in India and Pakistan. Also upgraded the status of Belarus a dialogue partner to the observer at the SCO. As the partner states in the dialogue are invited to Azerbaijan, Armenia, Cambodia and Nepal. Today, the SCO covers 18 states and 44% of the world population.

In addition, for the first time in the history of the organization has developed and adopted its development strategy until 2025. This document became the conceptual foundation, define new strategic orientations based on forecasts of global and regional development in the next ten years.

In other words, the new stage of development of the SCO has begun, and I am convinced that the organization of a great future.


 

Beijing hosted a meeting of the working group

rustamOn March 10-11, 2016, under the Uzbek chairmanship, Beijing hosted a meeting of the working group on the improvement of the legal base of cooperation at the Council of competent authorities of the SCO member states, empowered to fight against drugs, reports the press-service of the ministry.

During the meeting, the sides considered drafts of the SCO Anti-Drug Strategy for 2017-2022 and the Action Program on its implementation. The parties have also exchanged the information on the law enforcement practice in sphere of controlling the illicit drug trafficking.


 

Abdulaziz Khafizovich Kamilov to attend SCO session in Beijing

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The delegation of Uzbekistan will be led by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Abdulaziz Kamilov, the statement of the Uzbek ministry said. At the event, the SCO member states will discuss issues related to preparations to upcoming SCO summit in Tashkent and other events within the presidency of Uzbekistan in the organization.


 

Participation of Uzbek delegation in the meeting of CPC Shanghai Cooperation Organization

rustamDelegation of Uzbekistan headed by Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Khafizovich Kamilov to take part in the next meeting of Council of National Coordinators of Shanghai Cooperation Organization, which is to be held on March 15-18, 2016 in Beijing.

In the course of the meeting issues related to the preparations of upcoming SCO summit in Tashkent to be discussed, other activities in the framework of Uzbekistan’s chairmanship in the organization.


 

SCO serves for the realization noble goals

rustamIn accordance with the President Islam Karimov’s decree “On preparation and conduction of the meeting of the Council of Heads of Member States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Tashkent, as well as other activities of the Chairmanship of the Republic of Uzbekistan in the SCO”, dated January 21, 2016, our country is preparing to hold the major event at the highest level.

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization is a prestigious international organization that makes a significant contribution to the peoples’ prosperous life in our rapidly changing time. The SCO Member States have been implementing effective projects for the development of political, trade-economic, cultural and humanitarian cooperation over the last 15 years. The organization attracts the world’s attention to the prevention of international terrorism, extremism and drug trafficking, which pose a serious threat to the entire world.

Uzbekistan has been chairing the Shanghai Cooperation Organization for the third time. For the first time our country chaired in 2003-2004. The summit of the Council of Heads of Member States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization discussed the two main areas of activity of the SCO – security issues, trade and economic cooperation on June 17, 2004.

At the summit, President Islam Karimov has put forward constructive ideas and proposals for further improvement of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s activity, the fight against international terrorism and religious extremism, strengthening economic cooperation in the region.

The head of our state, evaluating the situation in Central Asia, said that due to its geopolitical and geostrategic significance and abundant natural and economic, mineral and, primarily, hydrocarbon resources, the region continues to be at the center of world attention in the context of growing threats and challenges to security and stability in the world. He drew particular attention to issues related to reconstruction process in Afghanistan.

One of the most actual issues was the discussion of the situation in Afghanistan at the last Tashkent SCO summit. It should be noted that on the initiative of the President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov, at the first time the head of Afghanistan’s interim administration Hamid Karzai (in those years) was invited as a guest at the Tashkent SCO summit and then it became a tradition. Undoubtedly, his direct participation in the discussions played an important role in the objective assessment of the situation and comprehensive optimal solutions’ adoption.

As part of the Heads of Member States of the Council meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in 2004, the Executive Committee of the Regional Antiterrorist Structure, the organization’s permanent body’s establishment in Tashkent was an important historical event in the SCO activity. It was entrusted with the task of developing measures for combating terrorism by exchanging information, coordination and cooperation of special services, strengthening the joint struggle against terrorism, extremism, separatism, drugs and arms smuggling, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, the prevention of threats to international and regional security.

The head of our state noted that the most important condition for the structure’s success is a general and common approach and vision of threats and challenges to security and stability in the Central Asian region and the world. He has stressed that Uzbekistan will continue to make every effort to create the necessary conditions for the Regional Antiterrorist Structure’s successful activity.

President Islam Karimov stressed that it can not be limited only with the elimination of destructive forces and their bases in the fight against terrorism, which means only use force against these threats. We must wage an irreconcilable struggle with the centers, which are poisoning people’s minds and funding terrorism. The struggle must also take into account political, social and economic criteria. Noting this need at the summit, the head of Uzbekistan has pointed out the lack of “transit state” concept against terrorism and drug trafficking.

The negotiations within the SCO framework are regular being hold between the foreign ministries, ministries of economy and trade, and the Security Council member states. The meeting of heads of the departments that contributed to the development and intensification of cooperation within the organization was also held on the eve of the Tashkent summit in 2004.

Questions on the coherence and coordination of communications’ and transport projects’ implementation, rational use of water and energy resources and raw materials, human resources in the interests of each country and the region as a whole remain relevant. At the suggestion of Islam Karimov, special attention was paid to attracting foreign capital and investment to the region, the formation of common to all the region’s countries conditions and rules in the SCO framework. Currently, put forward in the framework of the SCO summit all the proposals and approaches to strengthening international cooperation in various fields, enhance the well-being of peoples.


 

Meeting of experts in Beijing

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On March 1-3, 2016, in Beijing, the experts of the SCO Member States had a meeting under the chairmanship of Uzbekistan.

During the meeting the parties discussed the draft Action Plan for implementation of the Agreement on Cooperation in Combating Crime between the Governments of the Member States of the SCO for 2016-2020, as well as prospects for development of cooperation between the law enforcement agencies.

The Agreement was signed on June 11, 2010, in Tashkent during the meeting of the Council of the Heads of the SCO Member States.


 

 

Meeting at the SCO Secretariat with the Ambassadors of India and Pakistan

rustamOn March 1, 2016, the Secretary-General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Rashid Alimov had a meeting with the Ambassador of India to China Vijay Gokhale and the Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Pakistan Masood Khalid in Beijing.

In the framework of implementation of decision of the Council of Heads of the SCO member states in Ufa (Russia) the heads of diplomatic missions were given the draft Memorandums on the obligations of India and Pakistan in order to obtain the SCO member state status.

It was emphasized that the signing of these Memorandums as a part of the upcoming Tashkent summit will be one of the most important outcomes of the meeting of the Heads of States. It will also makes a significant contribution to the development of the SCO, which celebrates its 15th anniversary this year.

The meeting was attended by the permanent representatives of the SCO member states to the SCO Secretariat.

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Posted on February 29, 2016

rustamUzbekistan’s SCO Permanent Representative has been appointed

Nuriddin Ubaydullaev, First Secretary of the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in the People’s Republic of China, is appointed as the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the Secretariat of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

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ON MEETING OF WORKING GROUP 

rustamOn February 25-26, 2016, under the chairmanship of the Uzbekistan, Beijing hosted a meeting of the working group on control of precursors at the Council of the competent authorities of the SCO member states, empowered to fight against drugs.

During the meeting, the sides discussed the drafts Anti-drug strategy of the SCO member states for the years 2017-2022 and the Program of Action for its implementation, as well as exchanged views on the issues of cooperation between SCO member states in combating illicit drugs and their precursors.

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SCO MAKES A WORTHY CONTRIBUTION TO CONSOLIDATION OF REGION’S PEACE AND STABILITY

rustamThe international prestige of Uzbekistan is constantly growing due to the dynamic development in all spheres, carried out by our state peace policy and consistent efforts to achieve security and stability in the region.

In our country, steadily going under the leadership of President Islam Karimov on his own path of development, developed a strategic mechanism for achieving the high goals of joining the ranks of the developed states of the world. In this process, Uzbekistan pays special attention to the development of international cooperation, including in the framework of the authoritative international organizations. One of them is the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization, June 15, 2001 in the Chinese city of Shanghai, has become an influential international organization with a solid position, effective approaches and specific business objectives. The growing influence and authority of this organization in solving urgent problems of global socio-economic and international significance, security, stability and sustainable development in the world of natural causes the growing interest of many states to become full members of the SCO, to be observers at it, as well as dialogue partners.

Since the establishment of the SCO members are Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan. India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Mongolia and Belarus take part in the activities of the SCO as an observer, and Turkey, Sri Lanka, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Cambodia and Nepal have the status of dialogue partners. After last year’s summit, Ufa began the process of joining the SCO India and Pakistan.

Over the past period, the SCO member states have done significant work to strengthen relationships based on trust and good-neighborliness and the development of bilateral and multilateral effective partnership in trade, economic, socio-political, scientific and technical, cultural and humanitarian spheres, strengthening of peace and tranquility, providing safety and stability.

The activity of the SCO are strictly observed the principles of mutual trust and commitment, equality, collegiality, respect for cultural diversity, common aspiration for development.

SCO attaches priority importance to support and promote regional economic cooperation, financing of joint projects, intensify direct contacts between business people and financial institutions, development of cooperation in such areas as transport, infrastructure, information technology and telecommunications, banking and financial sector. Strengthening bilateral and multilateral relations in the spheres of science, education, innovation, health, agriculture, environment and security is also one of the most important tasks of this international organization.

Effectively there are two permanent bodies of the SCO – the Secretariat is headquartered in Beijing and the Regional Antiterrorist Structure with headquarters in Tashkent. The Secretariat is the executive body of the SCO, provides organizational and technical and information support activities carried out within the organization. The main objectives of the Regional anti-terrorist structure such as the development of measures to strengthen the joint counteraction to terrorism, extremism and separatism, trafficking of drugs and weapons, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, as well as the prevention of threats to international and regional security.

In today’s rapidly changing world, no global problem can not be solved by the efforts of only one state. For example, environmental and safety problems require international cooperation. It is also worth noting that in April 2010, the year of the Republic of Uzbekistan’s chairmanship in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, held an important historical event in the activity of the SCO – during the visit of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary-General to our country in Tashkent between the Secretariats of the UN and SCO signed a Joint Declaration on cooperation.

The adoption of this important document, marked the beginning of the official UN cooperation and the SCO has created a solid basis for joint efforts in addressing urgent issues.

According to the norms and rules of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, every year SCO chairmanship in turn passes to one of the Member States. On 11 July 2015 the SCO chairmanship of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

It should be noted that Uzbekistan is one of the founders of the SCO states, our country has to date twice chaired the organization – in 2003-2004 and in 2009-2010. During these periods were adopted important documents and decisions on the improvement of the activity of the SCO, further expanding its cooperation in different directions.

Chairmanship in the organization of this year, marking the 15th anniversary of its formation, further increases the responsibility for the successful implementation of the envisaged plans for the future.

In accordance with President Islam Karimov’s decree on the preparation and conduct of the heads of the Council meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Tashkent, as well as other activities of the Presidency of the Republic of Uzbekistan in the SCO of January 21, 2016 our country carried out active preparation for this major event. Uzbekistan during its chairmanship in the SCO, following the existing tradition, strictly adheres to and abides by the principles of consistent expansion and development meets the interests of the Member States of constructive and lasting cooperation, to ensure the steady growth of the authority of the organization in the international arena.

Our country is under the presidency of the SCO is making a worthy contribution to the effectiveness of the organization through the development and implementation of initiatives related to the development of international relations, strengthening its regulatory framework, ensuring security and stability in accordance with reflected in Charter of SCO goals, objectives and principles.

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Posted on February 12, 2016 

Meeting with Director of Executive Committee of RATS of SCO

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On February 9, 2016, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov received the Director of the Executive Committee of the Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (RATS of SCO) Yevgeniy Sysoyev.

The Minister congratulated Y.Sysoyev on the assumption of the position for three years according the decision of the Council of Heads of States of the Member States of the organization and stressed that Uzbekistan attaches great importance to the activities of the RATS as a main body of the SCO on ensuring the cooperation of the Member States against terrorism, extremism and separatism.

During the conversation the parties exchanged view on the preparation for the upcoming Tashkent Summit of the Heads of the SCO Member States and discussed the priority directions of the activity of the Executive Committee of the RATS in 2016 and perspective.

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Posted on February 07, 2016 

Head of SCO: Preparations for summit in Tashkent is a priority for 2016

rustamFebruary 4, the city of Beijing hosted a solemn reception on the occasion of the inauguration of Rashid Alimov to the post of the Secretary-General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, according to the organization’s website.

In his speech, the Secretary-General noted that the “SCO is an organization of new type. Mutual trust and mutual benefit, equality, mutual consultations, respect for diversity of cultures and aspiration to joint development are the fundamental principles of relations between member states of the organization. The powerful life force of the “Shanghai spirit” directs the creative energy of the SCO in maintaining peace and stability in the region in conditions when the world is undergoing profound upheavals caused by the rise of new challenges and threats, primarily international terrorism, extremism and separatism”.

Rashid Alimov has underlined that “2016 is a special one in the history of the Shanghai cooperation organization: in June Tashkent will host the session of the leaders of the SCO, which will give the assessment of the activities of the organization for fifteen years. Preparations for the jubilee summit is the top priority of the SCO for 2016, which promises to be eventful and fruitful,” he said.

The Secretary-General stated that “over the past 15 years “SCO Family” has tripled: it now has 18 States, which are home to over 3 billion people. The organization has become one of the important attractive centers of a multipolar world. In this case, the organization has never been and will not be directed against anyone”.

According to the Secretary-General, “2016 marks the beginning of a new spring in the development of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Synergetics the “Shanghai spirit”, the unity and solidarity of the member states will provide the Organization with new quality, a new level of practical cooperation for a better life,” said Rashid Alimov.

First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of China Mr. Zhang Yesui in his speech stressed that “the constructive influence of the SCO is being intensified at regional and global scales”. According to him, “over the past 15 years since its establishment, the organization, adhering to the principles of the “Shanghai spirit”, made great efforts to ensure regional peace and prosperity. Joint efforts have allowed achieving significant results in economic and humanitarian areas, as well as in matters of security. In this context, the SCO has become a shining example of cooperation and good neighborliness in the name of common interests”.

Zhang Yesui said that “the Secretary-General of the SCO will have to shoulder historical tasks as the development of the “Shanghai spirit”, clarifying the goals of the organization and coordination of efforts to implement the consensus reached by the heads of member states. I am confident that Rashid Alimov, based on his rich experience and wisdom, will make a significant contribution to the activities of the Secretariat and the overall development of the organization. As a country, on which territory the headquarters of the SCO is located, China is ready to provide full support for the activities of the Secretary-General and the Secretariat”, said Zhang Yesui.

The reception was attended by over 300 guests – representatives of ministries and departments of China, heads of diplomatic missions of member states, observers and dialogue partners of the SCO, the Director of the Regional anti-terrorist structure of the SCO, ambassadors of CIS countries, European Union and other states accredited in Beijing, as well as heads of representative offices of international organizations in China. The event also saw prominent scientists, famous politicians and public figures, business representatives, Chinese and foreign media.

 

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On meeting of National Coordinators Council of SCO member states

rustamOn February 2-5, 2016, a regular meeting of the Council of National Coordinators of the member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization was held in Beijing under the chairmanship of Uzbekistan.

During the meeting the delegations of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan discussed the preparation for meetings of the SCO statutory bodies which are planned in the framework of the presidency of the Republic of Uzbekistan in the organization.

It was held an exchange of views on the draft documents introduced for signature during the upcoming Tashkent meeting of the Council of Heads of State, Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs, meeting of Secretaries of Security Councils and others.

They discussed the issues related to the practical implementation of the Ufa Summit decisions, including enlargement of the SCO.

The Cooperation Program between the Foreign Ministries of the SCO member states in 2016 was approved.

The National Coordinators also considered other issues related to the ongoing activities of the organization.

The SCO Secretary-General Rashid Alimov and Director of the Executive Committee of the SCO RATS Yevgeniy Sysoyev also attended the NCC meeting.

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Meeting with SCO Secretary General

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 On January 28, 2016, in Beijing, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov, who is in China on a working visit, met with the Secretary General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Rashid Alimov.

The Minister congratulated R.Alimov with the assumption of the Secretary General and noted the important role of the SCO Secretariat in further development of cooperation among member states within the Organization.

The Secretary General praised the ongoing consistently working under the presidency of Uzbekistan to achieve the goals and objectives of the SCO, enshrined in its Charter and other fundamental documents.

During the meeting, it was noted that the Shanghai Cooperation Organization has become an influential international organization, playing a significant role in world politics, since its inception in 2001. With the efforts of the Member States, multifaceted cooperation in political, trade-economic, investment, transport and communications, cultural and humanitarian fields are being carried out.

The sides discussed practically the preparation for the next meeting of the Council of Heads of States in June 2016, Tashkent, and other main events of the SCO for the current year.

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rustamNew Secretary General of SCO has been appointed 

In January 2016, in accordance with the Decision of the Council of the Heads of the Member States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Rashid Alimov, who worked as the Ambassador of the Republic of Tajikistan in the People’s Republic of China and the permanent representative of the SCO Secretariat in 2005-2015, started work as the Secretary General of the SCO.

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rustamDirector of Executive Committee of RATS SCO assumes office
 

On January 1, 2016 in accordance with the Decision of the Council of the Heads of the Membr States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Yevgeniy Sysoyev assumed office as the Director of the Executive Committee of the SCO Regional Antiterrorist Structure in Tashkent.

Y.Sysoyev previously worked as Deputy Director of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation – Head of the National Antiterrorism Committee Central Office.

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Posted on December 26, 2015

ON ENGLISH VERSION OF NEW SECTION OF MFA WEBSITE 

Dear visitors of the website!

We are offering a special section «Presidency of the Republic of Uzbekistan in the SCO in 2015-2016» of the MFA website in English.

Within the current presidency of Uzbekistan in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, it is planned to quickly inform the public with the activities and decisions of the SCO, its statutory bodies and other structures.

Currently the special section conducts its work in three languages: Uzbek, Russian and English.

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Posted on December 14, 2015 

DELEGATION OF UZBEKISTAN TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SCO CHG 

The delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan headed by the First Deputy Prime Minister, Finance Minister Rustam Azimov will participate in the 14th meeting of the Council of Heads of Government (Prime Ministers) of the Member States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, which will be held on December 14-15 in Zhengzhou (China).

The Heads of the Governments of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan will discuss the implementation of the Program of Multilateral Trade and Economic Cooperation of the SCO Member States, other issues of further development of cooperation within the organization.

The representatives of the SCO Observer States – Afghanistan, Belarus, India, Iran, Mongolia and Pakistan, as well as the heads of the Secretariat, the Executive Committee of the RATS, Business Council and Interbank Association of the SCO, a number of international and regional organizations and forums – UNESCAP, CIS, ASEAN and CICA will attend the event.

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Posted on December 12, 2015 

ON MEETING OF SCO CNC 

On December 10-12, 2015 in Beijing, regular meeting of the Council of National Coordinators of the Member States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization was held.

The agenda included topical issues of interaction of the Member States within the SCO, including the preparations for the meetings of the Council of Heads of States, Council Heads of Governments (Prime Ministers), other statutory and working agencies.

The representatives of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan exchanged views on the Plan of the main events of the SCO in 2016, heard the information of the Secretariat on the results of the last meetings of working groups on specific aspects of cooperation.

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MEETING OF WORKING GROUP ON TRADE FACILITATION 

On 3-4 December, 2015, in Beijing, the SCO Secretariat hosted the first meeting of the Special Working Group on Trade Facilitation of the SCO Member States. The delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan attended in its work.

Representatives of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan discussed the issues of organizing upcoming joint work.

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Posted on December 02, 2015 

MEETING OF WORKING GROUP ON ELECTRONIC COMMERCE 

On 1-2 December, 2015, the delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan took part in the meeting of the Special Working Group of SCO Member States on e-commerce.The meeting was held on the basis of the SCO Secretariat in Beijing.The parties heard the report on the activities of website of the regional economic cooperation, and considered plan of work for future.

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Posted on November 14, 2015 

DELEGATION OF UZBEKISTAN TO PARTICIPATE IN UPCOMING MEETING OF SCO CNC 

The Delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan will participate in the regular meeting of the Council of National Coordinators of the Member States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

The meeting will be held on November 17-20, 2015 in Beijing.

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Posted on November 10, 2015 

UZBEK EXPERTS TO PARTICIPATE IN MEETING IN BEIJING 

A Delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan will participate in the regular meeting of the experts of the Member States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, which will be held on November 11-13 in Beijing (China).

The representatives of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan will consider the topical issues of international information security.

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Posted on November 09, 2015 

UZBEK EXPERTS TO PARTICIPATE IN MEETING IN SANYA 

The Delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan, which consists of the experts of the State Customs Committee, takes part in the meeting of the Special Working Group of the Member States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

The meeting is taking place on November 9-12 in Sanya (China).

The experts from China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan will discuss the practical issues of further strengthening of cooperation in custom area in the SCO framework.

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Posted on November 09, 2015 

UZBEK DELEGATION TO PARTICIPATE IN UPCOMING MEETING IN CHENGDU 

On November 10-12, 2015, in Chengdu (China) the Delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan will participate in the regular meeting of the Member States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization on prejudicing and liquidation of emergency situations.

In the framework of implementation the provisions of the Agreement between the Governments of the SCO Member States on cooperation in rendering assistance in emergency situations in 2005, the Heads of Ministries and Agencies of the corresponding profile will consider the issues in response to the natural and anthropogenic emergency situations. (response to the emergency situations of natural and anthropogenic character).

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Posted on October 19, 2015 

DELEGATION OF UZBEKISTAN TO PARTICIPATE IN MEETING OF SCO CNC 

On October 20-23, 2015 in Beijing the Delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan will participate in the regular meeting of the Council of National Coordinators of the Member States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

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Posted on September 25, 2015 

CAMBODIA HAS RECEIVED THE STATUS OF THE SCO DIALOGUE PARTNER

On September 24, 2015, in Xi’an (China), SCO Secretary-General Dmitry Mezentsev and Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Kingdom of Cambodia Hor Namhong signed a Memorandum on granting the Kingdom of Cambodia the status of the dialogue partner of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

The decision on granting the Kingdom of Cambodia the status of the dialogue partner was taken on July 10, 2015, in Ufa after the meeting of the SCO Heads of State Council. The Secretary-General had been charged to negotiate and sign an appropriate Memorandum.

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Posted on September 14, 2015 

DELEGATION OF UZBEKISTAN TO PARTICIPATE IN THE MEETING OF MINISTERS RESPONSIBLE FOR ECONOMIC AND TRADE ACTIVITIES OF SCO MEMBER STATES

The Delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan headed by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Economic Relations, Investments and Trade Shavkat Tulaganov will take part in the next meeting of ministers responsible for economic and trade activities of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization on September 16, 2015, in Xian (China).

During the meeting, it is planned to discuss the current state and prospects of further development of multilateral trade-economic cooperation within the SCO, the preparation for the upcoming session of the Council of Heads of Government (Prime Ministers) of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan and other issues of common agenda.

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Posted on September 02, 2015 

UZBEK DELEGATION TO PARTICIPATE IN MEETING OF CHAIRMEN OF SUPREME COURTS OF SCO MEMBER STATES

On September 3-6, 2015, the Delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan headed by the Deputy Chairman of Supreme Court Kuchkar Togaev will participate in the 10th meeting of the Chairmen of Supreme Courts of the Member States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Bishkek.

The heads of judicial authorities of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan will share the experience in the sphere of rising the qualification of judges, discuss the practice of the courts in cases of the crimes related to human trafficking, to resolving the disputes on protecting the honor, dignity and business reputation, as well as the other issues of further development of cooperation within the SCO.

At the end of the meeting, it is expected to adopt a Joint Declaration.

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Posted on August 26, 2015 

UZBEK DELEGATION TO PARTICIPATE IN REGULAR MEETING OF THE PROSECUTOR-GENERALS OF SCO MEMBER STATES 

On August 27-28, 2015, the Delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan headed by the Prosecutor-General Ikhtiyor Abdullaev will participate in the 13th meeting of the Prosecutor-Generals of the Member States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Astana.

This event is taking place according the resolution of the 12th meeting of the Prosecutor-Generals of the SCO, which was held on October 8, 2014, in Tashkent.

The agenda of upcoming meeting includes discussing the topical aspects of interaction of the competent authorities of the SCO Member States on the issues of combating the cybercrime and illegal use of the Internet space, illegal movement of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances across the border.

At the end of the meeting of Prosecutor-Generals, it is expected to sign a Protocol of Meeting.

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Posted on August 17, 2015 

UZBEK DELEGATION TO PARTICIPATE IN MEETING OF MINISTERS OF JUSTICE OF SCO MEMBER STATES 

On August 18, 2015, the Delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan headed by the Minister of Justice Muzraf Ikramov will participate in the 3rd meeting of the Ministers of Justice of the Member States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Dushanbe.

In the meeting, it is planned to discuss the prospects of further development of cooperation in the field of rule-making, rule of law and strengthening of cooperation between the Ministries of Justice on the issue of mutual interest.

At the end of the meeting is expected to adopt a Joint Declaration and sign an Agreement on Cooperation between the Ministries of Justice of the SCO Member States.

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Posted on July 11, 2015 

PRESIDENT ISLAM KARIMOV ATTENDS SCO SUMMIT IN UFA

As it was reported earlier, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov took part in the of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) meeting of Council of the Heads of State in the city of Ufa, Russia, on July 9-10.

The major events of the summit took place on July 10. The session of the Council of the Heads of State of SCO member nations started with a meeting in contracted format. The talks were attended by President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbaev, President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping, President of the Kyrgyz Republic Almazbek Atambaev, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, and President of the Republic Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon.

The meeting participants swapped visions on pressing issues of international and regional significance as well as prospects in the evolution of SCO.

It was noted in particular that the Organization provides with a good opportunity for practical dialogue and exchange of views on the effective solution of regional and global problems.

The SCO member countries’ heads of state continued negotiations at an extended format session that included also the leaders of observer nations, representatives of partners in dialogue and of international organizations.

In his speech, the President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov expounded on issues like countering the contemporary threats and challenges attaining a global nature as well as the SCO’s expansion and improvement of its activities.

The speedily changing modern world, along with the steadfast growth in the influence and prominence of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in addressing the urgent issues of our times, the emergence of the Organization as an authentic factor of provision for security, stability and sustainable development today quite naturally leads to a growing desire of many states to be admitted as full-fledged members of the SCO, to join the ranks of observer nations as well as partners in dialogue. And that is a rather natural process, Islam Karimov stressed.

It is essential to stick by and secure the rigid course adopted by us and fixed in the Charter and in all fundamental documents of the SCO – the course that provides for the Organization to be not directed against other countries.

Put it in other way, it is imperative that we rule out “bloc mindset” and turning the SCO into a military-political alliance. We instead ought to preserve and further cement the adherence to those principles and objectives that the Organization was set up to further, the President of our country insisted.

The leader of Uzbekistan said that the Afghan crisis does not have a military solution, and that the single viable way out of the problem is peaceful political negotiations, achievement of internal consensus among confronting sides under financial-economic and humanitarian support from donor nations and the proactive participation of the United Nations.

As Afghanistan’s neighbor, Uzbekistan continues with providing that country with assistance, implementing projects on the construction of transport communications, supplying the population with electricity and humanitarian aid.

Uzbekistan will keep with building its relations with Afghanistan on the bilateral basis, deriving from the imperatives of both countries’ national interests and displaying respect for the choice of the Afghan people.

The presidency in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization passes to Uzbekistan. In this regard, President Islam Karimov noted that our country assumes the responsible mission of the chairmanship in the SCO in the upcoming year when the 15th anniversary of the Organization will be celebrated, which quite naturally should raise the common responsibility for the successful realization of plans envisioned for future.

As the presiding state, Uzbekistan intends to strictly adhere to and comply by the principles of continuity and consistent consolidation and promotion of mutually beneficial cooperation that meets the interests of SCO nations, as well as the provision for the growth in the prestige of the Organization in the international arena.

Pending solution remains the elaboration of measures dedicated to bolster joint efforts to combat terrorism, extremism and separatism, working out adequate answers to contemporary challenges to international and regional security, ensuring sustainable development of economies and humanitarian advancement in all the countries participating in the Organization.

A great significance will be attached to measures designed to enhance interaction among member states with an aim to boost the role of the SCO as a reliable guarantor of stability and development in the region as well as to further amplify the relations with the United Nations, other international organizations and interested countries.

Within the framework of its chairmanship in the Organization, Uzbekistan is willing to pay constant attention to encouraging effective region-wide cooperation in the cultural-humanitarian and scientific-educational fields, Islam Karimov underscored.

As the outcome of the summit meeting, participants approved the Ufa Declaration, the SCO Development Strategy toward 2025 and the Cooperation Program in Countering Terrorism, Separatism and Extremism for 2016-2018. Also signed were the decisions to launch the accession process of India and Pakistan to the SCO, to grant observer status to Belarus and partners in dialogue to Azerbaijan, Armenia, Cambodia and Nepal.

As part of the Ufa summit, the President of Uzbekistan met with President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping on 10 July. The two sides discussed the current state of bilateral ties and prospects of their development.

Islam Karimov noted that the Uzbek-Chinese relations have been advancing on the basis of negotiations between the heads of the two states built on friendship and mutual confidence.

A number of wide-ranging projects are being implemented in cooperation with the PRC in the economy, transport and communications, education and other spheres. The Central Asia-China gas pipeline, the electrified railroad Angren-Pap, the establishment of enterprises in Angren to manufacture tires for cars, agricultural machinery and conveyor belt all are the practical results of successful cooperation.

Especially noteworthy is the fact that the volumes of trade turnover between the two countries has tripled in the last six years. In 2008, the indicator was 1.5 billion dollars, while in 2014 it reached 4.7 billion.

Xi Jinping reiterated his congratulations for the head of our state on the victory in presidential elections that took place in March earlier this year, and expressed conviction that the people of Uzbekistan led by Islam Karimov will achieve even greater accomplishments in all walks of life.

The President of the PRC said that China has assigned a grant totaling 350 million yuans as technical assistance to support reforms in healthcare, education and IT development in Uzbekistan.

The two sides also exchanged views on cooperation issues within the frameworks of the SCO.

On the same day, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov met with President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.

As it was noted, the meeting is taking place in the year when the two sides mark the 10th anniversary of the establishment of alliance relations between Uzbekistan and Russia and provides with a fine opportunity to trade opinions on all priority and prospective dimensions of bilateral cooperation.

The Presidents of the two countries discussed issues related to political, economic and humanitarian interaction. The leaders swapped views on pressing issues in regional security.

Uzbekistan and Russia have been cooperating actively within the frameworks of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Russia is one of Uzbekistan’s major trade-economic and investment partners. The volume of commerce turnover between our two nations has been growing steadily. The indicator exceeded 6 billion dollars in 2014.

Vladimir Putin invited Islam Karimov to the Russian Federation with state visit.

Press Service of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan

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Posted on July 10, 2015 

ISLAM KARIMOV ARRIVES IN UFA

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov arrived in the city of Ufa, Russian Federation, to attend the regular session of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Council of the Heads of State.

The summit meeting of the leaders of SCO member nations (Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan) and those of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) took place in the Congress Hall, downtown Ufa. The event participants exchanged views on issues pertaining to cooperation within SCO and BRICS, to the developments in the world economy, particularly the joint provision for economic growth, support for financial stability and structural reforms, along with regional and global affairs.

Given the global nature of contemporary threats and challenges, the summit participants expressed comprehensive support for international measures and actions to counter them.

Speaking at the session, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan noted that the unique meeting with the participation of both SCO and BRICS heads of state is instrumental for the two international institutions with huge social and economic potential. Islam Karimov stressed that there is no state today that would not be concerned about the mounting threat of international terrorism and extremism. Uzbekistan’s leader pointed to the necessity of cementing the confidence among nations in combating these challenges of our times. The head of our state extended his conviction that the SCO-BRICS session will serve for the elevation in wellbeing of the peoples of member countries and for the further consolidation of peace and stability.

Major official events of the SCO summit are scheduled for July 10. As a result of negotiations among heads of state, they are expected to sign the Ufa Declaration, approve the development strategy of the Organization to 2025 as well as decisions on the expansion of the institution and further perfection of its activities.

A number of bilateral meetings are also planned within the framework of the visit of President of the Republic of Uzbekistan to Ufa.

Press Service of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan

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