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SCO Prime Ministers Council Convenes in Tashkent

mfa.uz/eng/
2 December 2013

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On November 29, Tashkent hosted the twelfth session of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Council of the Heads of Government.

The convention started with a meeting in a contracted format among the Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoev, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Serik Ahmetov, Premier of the People's Republic of China Lib Keqiang, Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic Jantoro Satybaldiev, Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister of the Republic of Tajikistan Kohir Rasulzoda. The negotiations were attended by the SCO Secretary General Dmitry Mezentsev and the SCO Director of the Executive Committee of the Regional Counterterrorism Structure Zhan Singfen.

During the talks in a trust-based and constructive spirit, it was noted in particular that the activities of the SCO have been advancing steadily on a development path that is built on a significant normative foundation laid by the Treaty on Long-Term Neighborliness, Friendship and Cooperation signed in 2007.

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization has within a brief period of time acquired a dynamic evolution and turned into an eminent international organization. Its standing has been rising from one year to another, as has the number of nations expressing desire to accede to this institution.

The SCO has goals and objectives centered on the issues pertaining to the consolidation of mutual respect, confidence and friendship among the member countries, the provision for peace, security and stability in the region, the establishment and promotion of effective cooperation in the sphere of economy, science and technology, education, culture, energy, transport and environment.

An important agreement and normative base has been created for the past years for the implementation of joint projects in the SCO space related to countering threats and challenges, securing sustainable economic development in the SCO member nations and the regional at large, and enhancing the interaction in the socio-economic area.

The members of the Council of the Heads of Government considered a wide range of tasks outlined during the last session of the SCO Council of the Heads of State before the governments, particularly the issues concerning the promotion of ties among the participating countries in the trade-economic, scientific-technological, socio-cultural, and humanitarian as well as transport spheres.

The SCO heads of government discussed the progress being made in the execution of the program for multilateral trade-economic cooperation among the Organization's member nations and the action plan designed to boost the projected activities within the SCO for 2012-2016. It is noteworthy that the Tashkent session of heads of foreign economic and foreign trade agencies of the SCO countries that took place 23 October this year, a decision was taken for a steadfast implementation of these program and action plan in order to cement and promote economic and investment cooperation.

The Council session in an extended format was attended by governors of the SCO Business Council and the Council of SCO Interbank Association, along with representatives of observer nations, namely, the Vice President (second) of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan M.Khalili, the First Deputy Foreign Minister of the Republic of India S.Singh, the Minister of Industry, Mines and Commerce of the Islamic Republic of Iran M.Nematzadeh, Deputy Prime Minister of Mongolia D.Terbishdagva, Counselor of the Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan for National Security and Foreign Affairs S.Aziz, as well as representatives of partner international organizations such as the Deputy United Nations Secretary General - Executive Secretary of the UN Secretariat of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) N.Heyzer, Chairman of the CIS Executive Committee - Executive Secretary of the CIS S.Lebedev, and the ASEAN Deputy Secretary General N.Ling.  [Read full article here]