On 8 May 2018, SCO Secretary-General Rashid Alimov had a meeting with India's Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Nitin Gadkari.
During the meeting, held in a constructive atmosphere, the officials discussed the current state of multifaceted transport cooperation within the framework of the SCO and prospects for its development.
The SCO Secretary-General spoke about current SCO transport activities, in particular in the context of measures taken for the implementation of the intergovernmental Agreement on Facilitation of International Road Transport (Dushanbe, 12 September 2014). Mr Alimov also presented the highlights of the 10th meeting of the SCO Special Working Group on Development of Transit Potential held in Tashkent this year. The participants of the meeting discussed a draft programme for the development of motorways in the SCO member states.
"Transport is a most important area of cooperation in the SCO. Achieving progress in this field helps ordinary people and has an impact on the development of the region's economy and infrastructure," the Secretary-General noted. He expressed his hope that India would join the active work that is being done to promote SCO transport cooperation.
The officials agreed that the development of transport infrastructure and the implementation of large-scale joint projects in transport, logistics and communications would expand mutual trade, create new markets, give a boost to regional development and create an up-to-date and extensive system of transport routes in the SCO space.
"We plan to give full support to transport cooperation in the SCO. We regard the SCO platform as a possible breakthrough in the construction of world-class roads and interconnections, which, in turn, form the basis of our countries' industrial development," the Minister said.
The parties praised the first joint SCO and ESCAP high-level event Towards Regional Transport Connectivity (Bangkok, November 2017) and advocated the continuation of this practice that allows full representation of the SCO member states' transport potential and opportunities for the development of transport cooperation at the international level.