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Exclusive Live Interview of His Excellency Vladimir Norov, Secretary-General, SCO with Center for Global & Strategic Studies (CGSS), Islamabad
22.07.2020 09:52

On 21st July 2020, His Excellency Vladimir Norov, Secretary-General, Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Secretariat, Beijing, China gave an exclusive interview toCGSS.

The interview was focused todiscuss Shanghai Cooperation Organization asa viable forum forenhanced mutual development and trans regional integration.

In a question asked regarding the development ofSCO sinceHis Excellency Vladimir Norov took office he mentioned that, sinceassuming office inJanuary 2019, he, alongwith his colleagues, has been taking steps forthe implementation ofthe SCO's basic documents and the important agreements concluded bythe Heads ofState ofthe member countries.

He also commented that the Pakistani side inthe SCO exercises and activities aimed atmaintaining stability inthe Organization's area ofresponsibility. It has become global and diversified, aswell asbecame possible toestablish close ties withthe relevant UN structures and withother international organizations, forexample, ASEAN and the OSCE and the Paris Pact Initiative. Moreover, he expressed tocontinue and deepen SCO's cooperation withour Pakistani counterparts. In general, inthe last year and a half ofthis year, the work has been directed effectively onthe development ofpractical areas ofcooperation, especially intrade, economic, transport & logistics, infrastructure, scientific & technological, innovation and information & communication spheres, including the development ofsmall and medium-sized businesses.

On discussing the role ofSCO inuniting the member states ona single platform todiscuss current common security challenges, inparticular, unconventional security threats, His Excellency, Vladimir Norov stated that SCO has demonstrated tothe world an effective mechanism ofcooperation, inwhich there is no place forclosed "exclusive" clubs and dividing lines, and multilateralism and cooperation are seen asthe only way toprotect themselves fromglobal threats and ensure stable development and well-being forall. It is no coincidence that we use the term "SCO family", which applies not only tomember states butalso toour observers and dialogue partners.

When asked aboutthe strategy tostrike a balance betweenthe trends ofglobalization and regionalization intoday's world forexpansion, SCO Secretary General highlighted that according topreliminary estimates, the total GDP ofthe SCO member countries overthe pastyear amounted to22.5% ofthe global figure (18.4 trillion us dollars). This figure is expected toreach 35-40% ofthe world's runway by2030. The SCO acts asa reliable platform forfruitful cooperation inthe interests offorming a polycentric world order.

While discussing the new potential areas that should be included inthe SCO's scope forfuture work, His Excellency, Vladimir Norov stated that, the SCO strives togo inthe same rhythm withnew trends inthe world. Determining the strategy, prospects, and priorities forthe development ofmultidisciplinary cooperation is the prerogative ofthe Council ofHeads ofSCO union. Information and communication technologies have great potential not only inthe economy and trade butalso inproviding the population withaccessible and high-quality health services. Distance learning should also be one ofthe promising areas ofcooperation withinthe SCO. The online learning format provides a wide range ofopportunities and perspectives forchanging and improving educational systems forwhich a critical situation creates a forced environment.

Highlighting the involvement ofShanghai Cooperation Organization inthe One Belt One Road initiative, the Secretary General ofSCO stressed that the SCO countries cannot stay away fromthe large-scale economic initiative unfolding inthe region. The main routes ofthe Silk Road Economic Belt lead fromChina throughCentral Asia, Russia toEurope, aswell asfrom China throughCentral and West Asia tothe Persian Gulf and the Mediterranean Sea. Ensuring the long-term sustainable development ofcountries and regions alongthe Belt and Road objectively necessitates increased transport and communication interconnectivity and interconnected infrastructures, which is particularly important inovercoming the effects ofthe COVID-19 pandemic.

Regarding the global challenge ofdealing withCOVID-19 and role ofinternational cooperation including SCO, His Excellency Vladimir Norov stated that, the SCO advocates effective engagement withWHO, other international organizations and associations inthe fight againstcoronavirus infection. Meetings ofHealth Ministers and Heads ofServices responsible forthe health and epidemiological well-being ofcountries will be held inthe nearfuture. The SCO intends tofully implement the existing mechanisms, actively continue consultations onthe topic onthe fight againstcoronavirus, and jointly take decisive measures tomaintain security and stability, aswell asrestore economic activity.

Discussing the problems occurring inthe functioning ofSCO and how can they be addressed bySCO member states, the Secretary ofSCO highlighted that the main security challenge forthe Organization is the continued fight againstinternational terrorism and extremism, and the illicit trafficking ofdrugs and weapons, ensuring regional peace, and promoting the work ofthe UN and other sought-after international organizations.

Summarizing the interview, he emphasized that the SCO's international credibility has improved significantly inrecent years, cementing its status asa leading multilateral structure inthe region and the world. He thanked Col Khalid Taimur Akram (Retd), Executive Director, Center forGlobal & Strategic Studies (CGSS), Islamabad fororganizing the interview and mentioned that the SCO Secretariat is always ready toshare regular news and information withthe Pakistani mass media onthe important activities ofthe SCO.

Source: eng.sectsco.org/news/20200721/664368.html

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