Islamabad, 31 October 2022 (TDI): Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the Foreign Minister of Pakistan, will represent Pakistan at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Council of Heads of Government (SCO-CHG).

The SCO-CHG meeting is scheduled to be held in Beijing on 1st November 2022. The SCO-CHG will be held in a virtual format owing to the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions.

Moreover, the CHG will be chaired by the Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, Mr. Li Keqiang.

The Heads of Government from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan will also attend the meeting. Heads of Government of SCO Observer States i.e., Belarus, Iran and Mongolia will be part of the meeting.

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Aims of SCO-CHG

The Council of Heads of Government is the second highest forum in Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) that focuses primarily on the areas of trade, finance, commerce and socio-economic cooperation among SCO Member States.

SCO’s cardinal objectives include promoting mutual trust and good-neighborly relations among member states, strengthening regional peace, security and stability.

The upcoming CHG meeting will deliberate upon vital regional and global issues of interest, adopt a Joint Communiqué and approve the SCO’s budget for 2023.

It will also discuss a comprehensive matrix for productive cooperation in trade and economy, transportation and connectivity, science & technology, climate change, culture, energy and tourism.

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Pakistan attaches great significance to the SCO, an important trans-regional multilateral organization, representing almost half of the world population with over 24 percent of the global GDP.

Pakistan’s membership of SCO reflects state’s interest for further enhancement of our relations with regional countries, aimed at increasing trade and economic cooperation through enhanced connectivity.

Besides Pakistan, SCO member states include China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and India.

China to host SCO-CHG

Tuesday will see the 21st Meeting of the Council of Heads of Government of Members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) hosted by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

Zhao Lijian, a spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, announced during his routine press conference held on Monday that the meeting will take place via video link.

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On invitation, the heads/ representatives of state and government from SCO member states and observer states will be part of meeting.

As well as representatives from the SCO Entrepreneurs’ Committee and the SCO Interbank Consortium, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will take part.

Moreover, other international institutions and organisations, will attend the 21st SCO-CHG meeting.