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 and South Asia, China and Russia 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.

Leadership

SCO Secretary-General VLADIMIR NOROV

Born August 31, 1955 in the Bukhara Region.

Education:

Graduated from the Bukhara State Pedagogical Institute in 1976, the Academy of the Interior Ministry of the USSR in 1985Completed postgraduate studies at the Academy of the Interior Ministry of the USSR in 1990. PhD in Jurisprudence. Fluent in Fluent in English, German, Russian and Tajik languages.

Experience:

1978-1992: Worked in different positions at the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Uzbekistan;

1992-1995: Expert, consultant on administrative and legal issues at the Executive Office of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan;

1995-1996: Deputy, then First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan;

1996-1998: State Councillor of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan;

1998-2003: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Uzbekistan to Germany, Switzerland and Poland;

2003-2004: First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan;

2004-2006: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Uzbekistan to Belgium, head of the mission of the Republic of Uzbekistan in the European Union (EU) and NATO;

2006-2010: Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan;

2010-2013: First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan;

2013-2017: Ambassador of the Republic of Uzbekistan to Benelux countries, head of the mission of the Republic of Uzbekistan in the EU and NATO;

2017-2018: Director of the Institute of Strategic and Regional Research under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan;

SCO Secretary-General since 1 January 2019.

He holds the diplomatic rank of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.

Awarded the Order of Mekhnat Shukhrati (Glory of Labour) of the Republic of Uzbekistan in 2003.

Married with three children.

SCO Deputy Secretary-General Nurlan Akkoshkarov

Born 1972. Ethnic Kazakh.

Education:

Faculty of Oriental Studies, Al-Farabi Kazakh State University in Almaty (1989-1994),Faculty of Foreign Affairs, Diplomatic Academy of the Chinese Foreign Ministry in Beijing (1994-1995), Department of Language Translation, Military Institute of Foreign Languages in Luoyang, China (1997-1998).

Experience:

1994-1996: Assistant at the Asian Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan;

1996-1999: Officer of the Department of External Relations of the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Kazakhstan;

2000-2001: Third Secretary of the Department of Bilateral Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan;

2001-2005: Second Secretary of the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the People’s Republic of China (Economic Department);

2005-2006: First Secretary of the Department of Asia and Africa of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan;

2006-2007: Director of the Department for Foreign Economic Relations of the Khorgos International Centre of Boundary Cooperation under the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Republic of Kazakhstan;

2007-2008: First Secretary of the Consulate General of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Shanghai, China;

2008-2010: First Secretary, Counsellor (head of the economic group) of the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the People’s Republic of China;

2011-2013: Counsellor to the Secretariat of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (Political Section);

2013-2014: Deputy Secretary-General of the of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (Head of the Political Section);

2015-2017: Deputy Director of the Department of Asia and Africa of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan;

SCO Deputy Secretary-General since 2018.

State awards, prizes and honorary titles:

— Diplomatic rank of — Diplomatic rank of Counsellor 2nd Class;

Married with three children.

SCO Deputy Secretary-General Xie Xiaoyong

Born: February 1964. Ethnic Chinese.

Education:

Master’s Degree in Literature. Fluent in Chinese and Russian.

Experience:

1990-1992: Staff member, Foreign Relations Department, State Planning Commission of the PRC;

1992-1995: Junior Officer, Third Secretary, Department of European- Central Asian Affairs, PRC Foreign Ministry;

1995-1998: Third Secretary, Second Secretary, Consulate General of the PRC in Khabarovsk;

1998-2001: Second Secretary, Deputy Department Head, Department of European-Central Asian Affairs, PRC Foreign Ministry;

2001-2003: First Secretary, General Office, PRC Foreign Ministry;

2003-2005: Counsellor, PRC Embassy in Ukraine;

2005-2008: Deputy Consul General in St Petersburg;

2008-2010: Deputy Director, Department for Diplomatic Missions Abroad, PRC Foreign Ministry;

2010-2012: PRC Consul General in St Petersburg;

2012-2015: Minister Counsellor of PRC Embassy in Russia;

2015-2016: Staff member (director rank), Department of Personnel; PRC Foreign Ministry;

2016-2018: Deputy General Manager, PetroChina International Co., Ltd;

From August 2018: SCO Deputy Secretary-General.

Married with a daughter.

SCO Deputy Secretary-General Aizada Subakozhoeva

Born in 1979 in Frunze (The Kyrgyz Republic).

Education:

1996-2001: Department of Oriental Studies and International Relations, Bishkek Humanitarian University.

2001-2004: School of International Relations, Peking University (Master's degree).

Experience:

2003-2004: Freelance Officer of the Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic to the People’s Republic of China;

2004-2006: Instructor at Bishkek Humanitarian University;

2005-2006: Executive Director of the Chinese Language Centre at Bishkek Humanities University;

2006-2007: Third Secretary of the Department of Consular Service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic;

2007-2009: Third Secretary of the Department of Eastern Countries of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic;

2009-2013: Consul of the Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic to China;

2013-2015: Third Secretary, Second Secretary, First Secretary of the Department of Neighbouring Countries of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic;

2015-2016: Expert of the Foreign Policy Department of the Executive Office of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic;

2016-2017: Head of the Situational Analytical Sector of the Foreign Policy Department of the Executive Office of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic;

2017-2018: Head of the Foreign Policy Department of the Executive Office of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic;

Since February 2018: SCO Deputy Secretary-General.

State awards, prizes and honorary titles:

Diplomatic rank: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Married, with a son.

SCO Deputy Secretary-General Vladimir Potapenko

Born 15 October 1956. A Russian national.

Education:

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

Experience:

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.

SCO Deputy Secretary-General Sherali Saidamir Jonon

Born 14 June 1971 in Dushanbe, Republic of Tajikistan.

Education:

1988-1993: Studied law at Tajik National University;

1996-1998: Audited courses at the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia.

Fluent in Russian and English.

Experience:

1993-1995: Lecturer of the Criminal Law, Criminology and Psychology Department, Academy of the Interior Ministry of the Republic of Tajikistan;

May-October 1995: 1st Category Specialist (Expert) on Servicing Immediate Communications of the Self-Supporting Group, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan.

1995-1996: Third Secretary of the CIS Unit, Department of Bilateral and Multilateral Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan.

1998-1999: Third Secretary of Tajikistan's Embassy in Vienna, Republic of Austria.

1999-2000: Second Secretary of the Legal Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan.

2001-2002: First Secretary of the Legal Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan.

January-May 2002: Deputy Head of the Legal Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan.

2002-2007: Head of the Legal Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan.

Since April 2004: Member of the Collegium, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan.

2007-2010: Deputy Secretary-General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation;

2010-2013: Head of the Legal Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan/National Coordinator of the Republic of Tajikistan on SCO Affairs;

2013-2019: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Tajikistan to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan;

2016-2019: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Tajikistan to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.

Married with 4 children.

 

Contacts

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

Postal Code: 100600

Phone: + 86-10-65329807

+ 86-10-65329836 (Administration)

Fax: + 86-10-65329808

E-mail: sco@sectsco.org

 

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