According to decisions of the Heads of State Council and the Heads of Government Council heads of branch ministries and/or agencies of the member states shall hold, on a regular basis, meetings for consideration of particular issues of interaction in respective fields within SCO.
A meeting shall be chaired by the head of a respective ministry and/or agency of the state organising the meeting. The venue and date of a meeting shall be agreed upon in advance.
For the preparation and holding meetings the member states may, upon prior agreement, establish permanent or ad hoc working groups of experts which carry out their activities in accordance with the regulations adopted by the meetings of heads of ministries and/or agencies. These groups shall consist of representatives of ministries and/or agencies of the member states.