On 24-26 January 2018, the latest meeting of the SCO Expert Group on International Information Security, chaired by the Russian Federation, took place in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province in China.
For the first time, the meeting was attended by representatives of all the eight SCO member states. The delegation of the SCO Secretariat was led by SCO Deputy Secretary-General, Ambassador Wang Kaiwen.
During the event, the participants noted the growing importance of international information security as a key element in the international security system and agreed that it was necessary to continue active joint efforts and to coordinate measures to prevent the use of digital space for purposes incompatible with the tasks of ensuring international peace, security and stability.
The sides agreed to promote the provisions of the Agreement among the Governments of the SCO Member States on Cooperation in the Field of Ensuring International Information Security, signed in 2009.
Ambassador Wang Kaiwen addressed those present with a speech, thanking the participants for their active engagement in the meeting and noting the importance of the SCO member states' consolidated cooperation in preventing the use of information and communications technology for criminal purposes.
The minutes were signed following the meeting.
The SCO Expert Group on International Information Security was created and operates in accordance with the decision of the SCO Heads of States Council dated 15 June 2006.
The Agreement among the Governments of the SCO Member States on Cooperation in the Field of Ensuring International Information Security was signed as part of the SCO Summit in Yekaterinburg on 16 June 2009.
Wuhan is a leading Chinese centre for training personnel and manufacturing products in the field of digital security. The largest regional Cybersecurity Centre is being established there.