On 13-14 November 2017, SCO Secretary General Rashid Alimov attended ASEAN summit events in Manila at the invitation of Alan Peter Cayetano, Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines.
Mr Alimov's packed programme included official meetings, a working lunch on behalf of President of the Philippines Rodrigo Roa Duterte for heads of state in the East Asia Summit format, as well as official events dedicated to the ASEAN summit and the organisation's 50th anniversary.
The SCO and ASEAN have been expanding their cooperation since 2005 under a memorandum of mutual understanding, signed by both organisations' secretariats. The SCO and ASEAN secretaries general meet regularly. In August 2017, Manila hosted the latest meeting between SCO Secretary General Rashid Alimov and ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong Minh.