On 23 February 2018, the SCO Ambassadors Club kicked off its second offsite meeting in 2018 in Chongqing, China's direct-controlled municipality.
As per tradition, the meeting has a packed programme. Among the key events on the agenda are a meeting with the Chongqing administration and the city's business circles as part of a roundtable dedicated to trade and economic cooperation with SCO countries. There are plans to visit the Chongqing logistic centre, tour the Chong Qing Life Online Industrial Group and view the exhibition complex of the new, developing district of Liangjiang. The cultural programme features a visit to the famous Buddhist Dazu Rock Carvings, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Taking part in the visiting meeting of the SCO Ambassadors Club were diplomats from 12 SCO countries, among them 10 ambassadors extraordinary and plenipotentiary from the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Tajikistan, the Republic of Uzbekistan, the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Azerbaijan, Nepal and Sri Lanka, as well as high representatives of the embassies of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Republic of Belarus.
The delegation of the SCO Secretariat was headed by SCO Secretary-General Rashid Alimov.
Chongqing (population 34 million) is the only city of direct control in the central and western parts of China. The city is located in China's southwest, on the upper Yangtze River, in a picturesque area abundant in water resources. Chongqing is often called a "city of mountains" or "city above rivers." With its rich culture and history that dates back over 3,000 years, the city is an important strategic foundation for the foreign and domestic policy of China. The largest industrial centre with close trade and economic relations with over 200 countries and regions, including all SCO countries, Chongqing is developing sister-city relations with over 100 cities on all continents.