On August 20, 2021, an international scientific and practical conference "20 years of the SCO: from a regional forum to global recognition", dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, was held in Dushanbe via videoconference. Within the framework of Tajikistan's chairmanship in the SCO in 2020-2021, the event was organized by the Center for Strategic Research under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan.
The conference was attended by SCO Secretary General Vladimir Norov, ex-SCO Secretary General Rashid Alimov, as well as heads and leading experts of think tanks and scientific and analytical institutions of Central Asia, China, Russia, India, Pakistan, observer countries and partners in the SCO dialogue, representatives of the CIS Secretariat and the SCO RATS.
Within the framework of the conference, the following issues were considered:
The Conference provides for the consideration of the following issues:
- SCO: 20 Years of Achievements and Prospects for Development of Cooperation
- The role of the SCO in deepening good-neighborliness, friendship and cooperation in the region
- SCO and Prospects for Regional Security
- Strengthening cooperation between the SCO countries in trade, financial and investment spheres
- Expansion of interaction in the transport, energy and agricultural spheres in the SCO space
- Development of cooperation in the fields of education, culture and science within the SCO
Deputy Director Sanat Kushkumbayev took part in the conference on behalf of the KazISS under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, who noted in his speech that the SCO, increasing its political weight by accepting new states, also expands the spheres of interaction, both between the member states and with other Asian structures. From this point of view, it is not unimportant how the SCO positions are linked with other similar or close Asian organizations and interstate platforms, in particular the CICA. At the same time, all SCO members are also participants in the CICA process.