Russia views developing collaboration within the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) as one of its foreign policy priorities. The Republic of Kazakhstan is chairing the SCO Heads of State Council in 2016–2017, while Russia chairs the Heads of Government Council.
At the SCO summit in Astana on June 8–9 this year, India and Pakistan will become full members of the organization. One of the challenges raised by this development will be to ensure that India and Pakistan can be integrated comfortably within the SCO’s collaborative framework.
A dominant trend at the present stage in the development of the global economy is the active promotion of regional integration processes. Russia has presented proposals for forming a broad Eurasian partnership, which would include the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), the SCO, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). One approach to realizing these proposals will be to join together the building of the EAEU with China’s Silk Road Economic Belt project which, together with the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, is part of the ‘One Belt, One Road’ concept. The effective participation of SCO member states in collaborative efforts in this area will doubtless have a positive effect on the resolution of national economic development issues.
Vladimir Padalko Vice President Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation
Alexey Gruzdev Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation
Bakhtiyer Khakimov, Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Affairs
Evgeny Vinokurov, Director Centre for Integration Studies Eurasian Development Bank (EDB)
Mahmoud Vaezi Minister of Communication and Information Technology of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Rashid Alimov Secretary General Shanghai Cooperation Organisation
Tofail Ahmed Minister for Commerce of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
Veronika Nikishina, Member of the Board Minister in Charge of Trade Eurasian Economic Commission
Xin Li, Director Institute for Economic Comparative Studies Shanghai Institute for International Studies
Front row participants:
Anna Nesterova, Founder Chairman of the Board of Directors GlobalRus Trade
Djoomart Otorbaev Former Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic
Ju Khee Hong, Director of Operations CIMB ASEAN Research Institute (CARI); Director of Operations ASEAN Business Club
Pedram Soltani, Vice President Iran Chamber of Commerce Industries Mines and Agriculture (ICCIMA)