Pakistan to attend SCO Summit in Tashkent as full member
Islamabad, Pakistan: The Foreign Office of Pakistan has initiated work to attend forthcoming Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit in Tashkent as full member.
Pakistan and India will attend this Summit as “Full Members” this year though they had been a part of SCO since long but full membership was granted to both the countries during Ufa SCO Summit last year.
Uzbekistan officially took over the rotating SCO Presidency at Ufa Summit 2015 and now is responsible to host 2016 Summit in its capital city—Tashkent. The process of taking over the charge from Russia concluded on January 2016. The former Secretary General of the Organization Dmitry Mezentsev was replaced by Rashid Alimov from Tajikistan.
The 14th Head of States SCO meeting that held on December 15, 2015 in Wuzhen of Zhejiang Province China finalized blueprint of agenda of Tashkent Summit. Fighting terrorism together will be the core agenda of Tashkent Summit.
14th meeting in China observed that terrorism, natural disasters, environmental degradation and spread of dangerous infectious diseases were hampering world economy and there was dire need of for promoting regional cooperation, mutually create beneficial conditions for investment and business activities, apply efforts to support peaceful development, prosperity and stability of all member states and the region in general, provide input in revival of global economy.
During the meeting, heads of Governments confirmed the importance of supporting the process of forming an open, non-discriminatory and inclusive multilateral trading system based on principles of equality, mutual respect and benefits, which would facilitate economic growth, sustainable development and create jobs.
Heads of governments underscored the need for practical implementation of the SCO Development Strategy 2025, the Program for Multilateral Cooperation in Trade and Economy of the SCO Member States and the Action Plan for its implementation, the List of Events for Further Development of Project Activities in the Framework of the SCO for 2012-2016, as well as the possibility for further expansion of cooperation in the spheres of trade, economy, finance, investment, transportation, telecommunication, customs, agriculture and energy, improvement of beneficial conditions for trade and investment, promoting economic growth based on innovations, modernization of industrial sector via joint creation of hi-tech enterprises that would support the establishment of stable socio-economic development of the SCO member states and improve the well-being of the peoples of the member states.