SCO Secretary-General Rashid Alimov visited the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Astana on 5 April 2017 where he delivered a lecture to faculty and students. Professor Fatima Zhakypova, Rector of the Academy and Doctor of Economics, also took part.
Secretary-General Alimov talked about the history of the SCO and the multilateral cooperation of its member states over the past 15 years, as well as the achievements in politics and security, and also outlined prospects for deepening economic cooperation within the SCO.
"In 2016-2017, Kazakhstan chairs the SCO," the Secretary-General said. "The high point of this large-scale undertaking will be the summit of the leaders of the member states to be held in Astana in June. India and Pakistan were granted observer status in the SCO during the Astana summit of July 2005. There is profound symbolism in the fact that 12 years later these countries will become full members of the SCO also in Astana, making the Shanghai Six the Shanghai Eight."
The Secretary-General paid special attention to the contribution and the role of Kazakhstan in the SCO, and the initiatives put forward by President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev.
Students and faculty of the main diplomatic school of Kazakhstan were eager to hear from the SCO Secretary-General. A lively exchange with the audience followed the lecture, with Secretary-General Alimov taking many questions from students and professors.
The Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan was established in 2005. The Ministry of Public Administration of the Republic of Kazakhstan was designated the academy's state administration body. In 2014, the Academy Development Strategy to 2020 was approved to further modernise the training of civil servants based on competent, hands-on approaches to developing new areas, and in response to the growing need to make educational services in the CIS countries and the SCO more competitive.