General information about the SCO Secretariat

The SCO Secretariat, based in Beijing, is the main permanent executive body of the SCO. Bringing together the colourful and distinctive cultures of Central Asia, Russia and China, it promotes mutual assistance and team spirit among staff and provides reliable support on the basis of a stable administrative system that has taken shape over 15 years.

The Secretariat is headed by the Secretary-General. Nominated by the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs and approved by the Heads of State Council, the Secretary-General is appointed from among citizens of the SCO member states on a rotating basis in Russian alphabetical order for a single three-year term with no possibility of extension. Deputy Secretaries-General are nominated by the Council of National Coordinators and approved by the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs. Officials of the Secretariat are hired from among citizens of the SCO member states on the basis of quotas.

The SCO Secretariat coordinates the activity of the SCO and provides informational, analytical, legal, organisational and technical support.

The Secretariat coordinates the organisation's cooperation with observer states and dialogue partners in line with SCO regulatory and legal documents, works with states and international organisations on issues related to the organisation's activity, and concludes agreements to that end with the consent of the member states. The Secretariat also works with non-governmental organisations within the SCO framework in accordance with the legal documents regulating their activity. In addition, it organises and coordinates the activity of the SCO Observer Mission in presidential and/or parliamentary elections, as well as referendums.

The Secretariat holds regular briefings for representatives of print and internet media, prepares and publishes a news bulletin, and manages its website. With the consent of the member states and within budgetary limits, it recruits experts on the basis of limited-term contract to conduct research on issues of concern to the SCO, and organises workshops and conferences.

The Secretariat carries out preliminary legal and financial assessments of draft treaties and regulations drawn up within the SCO framework, acts as the depositary of documents adopted within the SCO framework, and certifies copies of such documents and forwards them to the member states as well as to the SCO RATS as applicable.

The Secretariat provides organisational and technical support for meetings and/or sessions of SCO institutions in accordance with relevant regulations and in cooperation with the state hosting the meeting.


SCO Secretary-General Rashid Alimov

Born 23 June 1953. Ethnic Tajik.


Graduated from Tajik State University in 1975. Graduated from the Academy of Social Sciences at the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) Central Committee in 1989. Doctor of Political Sciences. Fluent in Tajik, Russian and English.


1976-1982: Held various positions in the Central Committee of the Leninist Young Communist League (LYCL) and the Communist Party of Tajikistan (CPT);

1982-1986: Instructor and Deputy Head of the Agitprop Department of the All-Union Leninist Young Communist League (ALYCL);

1986-1991: First Secretary of the LYCL of Tajikistan and member of the ALYCL Central Committee Bureau; leading positions in the CPT Dushanbe City Committee;

1986-1994: Deputy of two convocations, Chairman of the Committee on Youth Affairs and member of the Presidium of the Supreme Council of the Tajik Soviet Socialist Republic (TSSR);

1991-1992: State Counsellor to the President of the Republic of Tajikistan;

1992-1994: Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan;

1994-2005: Permanent Ambassador of the Republic of Tajikistan to the UN;

2005-2015: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Tajikistan to the People's Republic of China; Permanent Ambassador of the Republic of Tajikistan to the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO);

SCO Secretary-General since 1 January 2016.

At the SCO summit in Ufa on 10 July 2015, Rashid Alimov was appointed SCO Secretary-General from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2018. He holds the diplomatic rank of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.

Author of 13 books and over 50 articles on international relations published in academic journals in China, Kazakhstan, Russia and Tajikistan.

Received the state orders Friendship of Nations and Sharaf, as well as medals and other awards of the Republic of Tajikistan.

Winner of the Silk Road — Humanitarian Cooperation international prize and gold medal for special contribution to humanitarian cooperation between SCO member states.

Married with two children.

SCO Deputy Secretary-General Sabyr Imandosov

Born 27 November 1946. Ethnic Kazakh.


Graduated from the Kazakh Polytechnic Institute in 1969. Graduated from the Dzerzhinsky Higher Red Banner School of the USSR KGB in 1974. Fluent in Kazakh, Russian and Chinese.


1969-1971: Mine foreman, head of the Koksu section of the Tekeli Lead and Zinc Ore Plant;

1972-1994: Operational and leading positions of the KGB of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the KGB of the USSR;

1995-2002: Counsellor of the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the Russian Federation;

2002-2006: Advisor to the Minister, Ambassador-at-Large of the Foreign Ministry of the Republic of Kazakhstan, National Coordinator on SCO Activities from the Republic of Kazakhstan;

2007-2012: Permanent Representative of the Republic of Kazakhstan at the SCO Secretariat, Counsellor of the SCO Secretariat;

2013-2014: Senior Consultant of the Higher Education Institutions of the Republic of Kazakhstan;

SCO Deputy Secretary-General since 2015.

State awards, prizes and honorary titles:

— Military rank of Major-General;

— Diplomatic rank of Counsellor 1st Class;

— Honoured worker of the National Security Committee of the Republic of Kazakhstan;

— Merited worker of the Foreign Ministry of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

— Winner of USSR, Republic of Kazakhstan and other foreign countries medals.

Married with two children.

SCO Deputy Secretary-General Wang Kaiwen

Born 30 September, 1955. Ethnic Chinese.


Higher education. Fluent in Chinese and Russian.


1976-1981: Staff member, Attaché of the Chinese Embassy in the USSR;

1981-1987: Attaché, Third Secretary of the Department of the USSR and East European Countries, Chinese Foreign Ministry;

1987-1990: Second Secretary of the Chinese Embassy in the USSR;

1990-1992: Second Secretary, First Secretary of the Central Office at the Chinese Foreign Ministry;

1992-1994: First Secretary, Deputy Head of the Department of East European and Central Asian Countries (DEECAC), Chinese Foreign Ministry;

1994-1995: Counsellor, Chinese Embassy in Latvia;

1995-1997: Counsellor, Chinese Embassy in Kazakhstan;

1997-1999: Deputy Director of DEECAC, Chinese Foreign Ministry;

1999-2003: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People's Republic of China to the Republic of Latvia;

2003-2004: Deputy Director of the Department of Commerce of the Government of the Autonomous Region of Inner Mongolia of the People's Republic of China;

2004-2008: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People's Republic of China to Georgia;

2008-2013: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People's Republic of China to the Kyrgyz Republic;

2013-2015: Ambassador of the Chinese Foreign Ministry DEECAC;

2015: SCO Secretariat Counsellor;

SCO Deputy Secretary-General since 2016.

Married with a daughter.

SCO Deputy Secretary-General Aziz Nosirov

Born 19 April 1969 in Tashkent, Republic of Uzbekistan.


Graduated from the Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies in 1995. Fluent in Uzbek, Russian and Chinese.


1995-1996: Administrative Aide with the Department of CIS Countries, Foreign Ministry of the Republic of Uzbekistan;

1997-1998: Administrative Aide with the Department of Asian-Pacific Countries, Foreign Ministry of the Republic of Uzbekistan;

1998-2001: Attaché, Third Secretary of the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in Japan;

2001-2005: Third Secretary, Second Secretary of the Department on Cooperation with Asian-Pacific Countries, Foreign Ministry of the Republic of Uzbekistan;

2005-2009: Second Secretary, First Secretary of the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in Japan;

2009-2011: Head of the Department of Personnel and Educational Institutions, Foreign Ministry of the Republic of Uzbekistan;

2011-2013: Counsellor on Political Issues with the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in the People's Republic of China, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Uzbekistan at the SCO Secretariat;

SCO Deputy Secretary-General since 2013.

Married with two children.

SCO Deputy Secretary-General Vladimir Potapenko

Born 15 October 1956. A Russian national.


1979: Graduated from the Institute of Asian and African Countries at Lomonosov Moscow State University specialising in Oriental studies and translation.


1979-2008: Worked at the Soviet and Russian foreign ministries. Travelled abroad extensively, including four trips to China;

2004-2008: Head of the SCO Department at the Russian Foreign Ministry;

2008-2016: Worked at the Foreign Policy Directorate of the Russian Presidential Executive Office;

Since 2017: SCO Deputy Secretary-General.

Has a diplomatic rank of Adviser 1st class and State Civil Service Adviser 2nd rank.

Awarded the Medal of the Order for Service to the Fatherland, 2st class; has repeatedly received the President’s commendation.

Fluent in Chinese, English and French.

Married, with a daughter.


Location: China, Beijing, Chaoyang District, Ritan road, 7

Postal Code: 100600

Phone: + 86-10-65329807

+ 86-10-65329836 (Administration)

Fax: + 86-10-65329808