On 31 October — 2 November 2017, the 8th Infoforum China 2017: Confidence and Security in the Information Society took place in Shenzhen and Hong Kong.
In his welcoming message, SCO Secretary-General Rashid Alimov noted the importance of this forum in light of the growing significance of cybersecurity issues in international relations. "It is directly related to the large Eurasian space, which the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation occupies a significant part of," the message reads. "Cooperation in the information and communication technology sector has always been one of the SCO's most important priorities. At the Astana Summit in June 2017, the SCO Heads of States reaffirmed their intention to step up joint efforts to counter common security challenges and threats, deepen dialogue and cooperation to ensure comprehensive security, primarily in fighting terrorism, including cyber-terrorism, cross-border organised crime, and to strengthen international information security."
The lively discussions at the conference panels touched upon such issues as cross-border electronic cooperation and international information security in the digital economy, as well as global risks and international cooperation in this sphere, ways to provide for the development of secure information infrastructure, intellectual and analytical solutions to counter international terrorism threat, and more.
A delegation of the SCO Secretariat took part in the conference.
The delegates made several dozens of reports and presentations. Ambassador Mikhail Konarovsky, Advisor to the SCO Secretariat, made an extended presentation on the SCO's activities in bolstering cybersecurity.
Besides taking part in plenary sessions, the participants of the conference visited the headquarters, the plant and the demonstration hall of Huawei Technologies in Shenzhen, plus the industrial park and the Innovation Bureau of the Hong Kong Administration.