What changes can we expect in the structure and activities of the SCO – SCO Secretary General

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Secretary General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Zhang Ming, in an exclusive interview with Kazinform spoke about reforming the SCO and optimizing its activities.

Zhang Ming notes that more than two decades have passed since the creation of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), during which significant progress has been achieved in all areas and serious changes have occurred in the international situation.

“Member states consider improving the activities of the SCO as one of the key tasks and are making every effort to promote it. Work in this direction is being carried out at the level of the Council of Heads of State, the Council of Heads of Government, the Council of Foreign Ministers, and other important mechanisms of the Organization. This process was launched in 2022, when at the Samarkand summit the heads of member states decided to improve the activities of the SCO,” says Secretary General of the SCO.

He adds that in March 2023, in Astana, under the chairmanship of the Kazakhstani side, the first expert consultations on this topic took place, following which a decision was made to transfer subsequent consideration of this work to meetings of the Council of National Coordinators, the Council of Foreign Ministers and the Council of Heads of Member States.

Zhang Ming notes that the SCO member states have reached several important agreements on the issue of organizational improvements and are promoting relevant work according to a plan. Although the details cannot yet be revealed as the work is ongoing, he is confident that the joint efforts of the member states will result in a promising and constructive plan for the modernization and reform of the SCO.

Regarding the expansion of the organization, Zhang Ming replied that the question of who will become the 11th member of the SCO is not currently a high priority.

“I would like to emphasize that expanding membership in the SCO is not a goal pursued by the SCO, but an objective result of the development of SCO cooperation in various fields, a direct reflection of the universality and attractiveness of the principles and goals of the Organization. I am convinced that the expansion of the SCO will give an important impetus to the trend towards multipolarity in the modern world and will also allow the SCO to play a more important role in international and regional affairs,” says Secretary General of the SCO.

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