The SCO should become the most effective regional organization



SAMARKAND, Sept. 16 (BelTA) — All prerequisites are in place for the SCO to become the most effective regional organization, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev said as he opened the meeting of the SCO Council of Heads of State in Samarkand, BelTA learned.

“We must rally our ranks and show determination in joint efforts to ensure security, sustainable development and prosperity in our vast region. Today, there are all the prerequisites for the SCO to become the organization effective regional organization that can have a serious impact on global processes.Together, we are able to show the world how to solve the most difficult tasks based on mutual respect, mutually beneficial cooperation and the capabilities of partners. If we aspire to peace and prosperity, we must do everything to understand and respect each other, cooperate and develop together,” the Uzbek President said.

He pointed out that in a historically short period, the SCO has become an influential participant in regional and global processes. “In fact, the SCO was ahead of its time. Over the years, we have strengthened regional cooperation, which is now becoming a defining trend around the world. The stabilizing role of the organization as an important factor in security and economic growth is The total size of the economies of the SCO member states has increased tenfold since the founding of the SCO and continues to grow steadily.This process is also accelerating due to the shifting centers of global development,” said Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

At the same time, the challenges and threats facing countries are becoming more pressing and difficult to predict, he said. There are dramatic changes globally; there is a serious lack of mutual trust. Traditional security risks are increasing and new ones are emerging. Thus, modern information technologies are often used as a tool for the propagation of terrorism, extremism and separatism. In the face of global market instability and disruption of global supply chains, food and energy security challenges have reached unprecedented proportions. Global inequalities are widening. This is particularly evident in terms of economic and technological development. The effects of climate change and the scarcity of natural and water resources are increasingly felt.

“All this complicates the recovery of the world economy from the pandemic shock. It is obvious that only together can we overcome these challenges of our time”, is sure the leader of Uzbekistan.

Belarus has observer status in the SCO. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko attends the SCO Council of Heads of State meeting with wide participation. In his speech, Head of State Alexander Lukashenko will take part in an extended meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the SCO. The President will outline Belarus’ priorities for cooperation within the SCO, including taking into account the country’s bid to join the organization as a full member. Current international issues will also be on the summit’s agenda.

Aubrey L. Morgan