under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan
The President's Address to the People of Kazakhstan
Growing welfare of kazakh citizens: increase in income and quality of life
Well-being of the population and accession of Kazakhstan to the list
of 30 developed countries are the long-term goals of our independent state.
On May 4-5, 2018, the 13th Forum of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization was held in Astana, which is one of the key events held prior annual SCO Summits. The event was organized by the Institute of World Economy and Politics (IMEP) under the Foundation of the First President of Kazakhstan and attended by the leading experts from the SCO member states Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan as well as by the representatives of the SCO Secretariat, SCO RATS Executive Committee, the delegations of Afghanistan, India, Pakistan and Iran that have observer status .
The KazISS was represented by the Director of Zarema Shaukenova, the Deputy Director Sanat Kushkumbaev, the Secretary for Academic and Research Affairs Kazbek Isaev, Research Fellows Kambat Nurgaliyeva, Adilkhan Gadelshiyev and Slamzhar Ahmetzharov.
The IMEP Director Yerzhan Saltybaev emphasized the role of the SCO to establish dialogue and to provide a platform for joint efforts to counter the current challenges and threats. At the same time, concerns have been expressed that increasing number of members could complicate coordination and decision-making within the SCO.
The Deputy Secretary General of the SCO Aizada Subakozhaeva stressed that Astana SCO summit in 2017 marked a new stage and today, the SCO covers more than 60 % of Eurasia with the population of over 1.5 billion people.
The KazISS Deputy Director Sanat Kushkumbayev, who took part in the first plenary session "The Role and Importance of the SCO in New Geopolitical Realities". He noted the expectations that India and Pakistan will give an additional impetus to the economic cooperation. At present, the priority areas of cooperation are energy sector, transport infrastructure, creating conditions for the free movement of goods, capital, services and technologies, and international security issues.