On 4 November 2017, the SCO Secretary-General visited the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, which is marking the 80th anniversary of its founding. Mr Alimov's programme included a meeting with HKPU President Professor Timothy W Tong and a talk with teachers and students, to whom he delivered a lecture on "Political and Economic Cooperation in Eurasia: Challenges and Prospects."
The meeting opened with remarks by HKPU President Professor Timothy W Tong, who thanked the SCO Secretary-General for visiting Hong Kong and for the opportunity to discuss current international cooperation issues. He noted the SCO's growing role in international affairs. "It is of much interest for our students and teachers to learn about the practical aspects of multilevel cooperation on the Eurasian continent in the context of decisions on the accession of India and Pakistan, as approved by the heads of the SCO member states at the Astana summit. We are grateful to you for this opportunity," he said.
In presenting his lecture, the SCO Secretary-General provided an analysis of processes unfolding in Eurasia and prospects for further cooperation in this crucial region. Among other things, he said that "the new powerful processes that are unfolding in Eurasia are based on a vision for this region as a single, comprehensive system of mutual ties from the Pacific to the Atlantic. More and more states are joining the effort to implement them and new points of growth are being identified based on an alignment of national and international economic strategies."
"The SCO member states have developed relations of constructive strategic partnership. These are based on the principles of trust and mutual respect and make it possible to use the advantages derived from their geographic proximity and the mutual complementarity of their economies. They also incentivise the continuing search for mutually beneficial projects aimed at increasing interaction and expanding cooperation, including with the rest of the world," he said.
According to Mr Alimov, "multilateral cooperation within the SCO is a crucial component of joint development in Eurasia whose foundation is based on the principles of neighbourliness, mutual trust and respect, equality and mutually beneficial cooperation in all areas of cooperation, principles that are critical in the work of the SCO."
The many questions posed to the SCO Secretary-General by HKPU teachers and students were a sign of enhanced interest. The meeting lasted for about two hours.
Hong Kong Polytechnic University was founded in 1937 as a government commercial school; in 1994, it was granted university status. It is funded by the Hong Kong University Grants Committee. It cooperates with 440 universities from 47 countries. Among its illustrious alumni are film director Wong Kar-wai, fashion designer Vivienne Tam, and musician Paul Wong.