Meeting of SCO National Coordinators Council concluded in Beijing

Meeting of SCO National Coordinators Council concluded in Beijing

On 9-12 April 2019, Beijing hosted a meeting of the Council of SCO National Coordinators chaired by the Kyrgyz party.

Participants in the meeting discussed the preparations for the SCO Summit in Bishkek in June 2019 and exchanged opinions on the documents submitted to the Heads of State meeting.

They also discussed issues related to the holding of other events in Bishkek under the SCO presidency of the Kyrgyz Republic, such as meetings of security council secretaries, the Foreign Ministers Council and the SCO-Afghanistan Contact Group, meetings of ministers of culture, defence and heads of anti-drug agencies, the Business Forum, the Journey in the Name of Peace exhibition, as well as the Second SCO Women's Forum.

The parties supported the Kazakh side's initiative to send the SCO Observer Mission to monitor the preparations and holding of the snap presidential election in Kazakhstan on 9 June 2019.

Participants in the meeting also listened to a report by the Executive Committee of the SCO Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS) on a draft report on the performance of RATS in 2018.

They also discussed road maps on the development of interaction between the SCO Secretariat and observers and dialogue partners, as well as with international and regional organisations for the medium term.

The SCO Secretariat presented the Eight Wonders of the SCO project, which includes a series of presentations related to the tourist potential of SCO member states with the participation of representatives of diplomatic and trade missions, SCO countries' tourist agencies, tourist companies, tour operators and other relevant mechanisms of the organisation.

Participants in the meeting also reviewed other issues of the current activity of the SCO. The relevant agreements reached were reflected in the final protocol.

The next meeting of national coordinators will take place in the second half of May in Bishkek prior to a meeting of the SCO Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs.