On 6 September, SCO Deputy Secretary-General Grigory Logvinov spoke at a session called The Role of the SCO in a Changing World as part of the 7th Eastern Economic Forum.
Other panellists included Kirill Barsky, Ambassador-at-Large of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Acting Head of the Department of Diplomacy at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) of the Russian Foreign Ministry and Presidential  Envoy for CIS Affairs in 2011‒2014; Sun Zhuangzhi, Director of the Institute of Russian, Eastern European and Central Asian Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; Rashid Alimov, Professor at the Taihe Institute and former SCO Secretary-General (2016‒2018); Sergei Storchak, Senior Banker at VEB.RF; Denis Kravchenko, First Deputy Chair of the Russian State Duma Committee on Economic Policy; and Vladimir Ivin, Deputy Head of the Russian Federal Customs Service.    
The participants discussed the following issues:
·The SCO's role in the emerging multipolar world;
·Developing economic cooperation within the SCO; 
·Contribution of the Arab and South Asian countries to the organisation; 
·The SCO's agenda for countering the unconstructive policy of the unfriendly countries that strive to undermine the organisation’s influence.
“The Eastern Economic Forum is a key international venue for creating and strengthening ties between Russian and global investment communities, conducting all-round expert assessments of the economic potential of the Russian Far East, and showcasing its investment capabilities and business opportunities in priority development areas. The EEF was established by an executive order of Russian President Vladimir Putin dated 19 May 2015 to promote the development of the Far Eastern economy and expanding economic cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region.”