Mikhail Myasnikovich, Chairman of the EEC Board, attended the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit held on September 15-16 in Samarkand (the Republic of Uzbekistan).
The Head of the EEC Board held a number of meetings on the sidelines of the summit: with Vladimir Makei, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, Nikolai Snopkov, First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus, Ilham Aliyev, President of Azerbaijan, Rashid Meredov, Deputy Prime Minister and Head of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, Sergey Lebedev, Chairman of the Executive Committee - Executive Secretary of the Commonwealth of Independent States, Kairat Sarybai, Executive Director of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-building Measures in Asia (CICA), Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Vladimir Norov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan, and Serik Zhumangarin, Member of the EEC Council, and Deputy Prime Minister - Minister of Trade and Integration of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
The SCO Summit attended by leaders of 15 countries was held in a face-to-face format for the first time in three years. Besides permanent members (India, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan), the Heads of States holding the observer status (Iran, Belarus and Mongolia) and partner countries (leaders of Turkey, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan) attended the Summit as well. The Summit was also attended by the SCO Secretary General, Director of the SCO RATS Executive Committee and heads of international organizations: EEC, ESCAP, CIS, CSTO, UN, CICA, ASEAN, and ECO.
Following the Summit, the leaders of the SCO member states approved the Samarkand Declaration. A set of documents on interaction in various industries was approved as well.
The Declaration will define common approaches to ensuring regional stability, sustainable economic development, strengthening transport and communication relations, as well as deepening cultural dialogue.
It was decided to launch the procedure for Belarus' accession to the SCO.
The SCO and the EAEU are the largest associations of Eurasia, holding a dominant geographical position in the region. The SCO accounts for more than 30% of global GDP, more than 16% of global trade, and more than 41% of the world population. The EAEU is a market with a capacity of more than 184 mln people living by its uniform rules. In fact, the EAEU and the SCO countries form the core of the Eurasian continent.
The EAEU and the SCO deepen interaction in a consistent manner. Last year, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the EEC and the SCO Secretariat. This year, Mikhail Myasnikovich, Chairman of the EEC Board, has already held two meetings with Zhang Ming, SCO Secretary General, - in May in Moscow and on the eve of the Summit in Samarkand. In the near future, the parties should sign an Action Plan for implementing the Memorandum between the EEC and the SCO Secretariat. The document is at the final stage of approval and will lay the groundwork for further synergy of the two associations’ potentials.