On 14 April 2017, SCO Secretary-General Rashid Alimov met with Mayor of Astana Asset Issekeshev at the SCO Headquarters.
During the meeting the parties had a substantial exchange of opinion on a wide range of issues related to the preparations of key events for the June Astana Summit and the SCO Council of Heads of State meeting, the main event of the Organisation.
Attention was given to the opening of a specialised SCO pavilion at the Astana Expo 2017, the first in the Organisations' history, and other joint events to be hosted by Kazakhstan's capital during the Expo.
The meeting was held in a warm and friendly atmosphere.
Asset Issekeshev, the Mayor (Akim) of Astana, has held a number of executive positions. He was aide on economic issues to the President of Kazakhstan, Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan's Minister of Industry and New Technologies, Minister of Investments and Development.