Experts term SCO summit 2022 fruitful for Pakistan

By Fatima Javed | Gwadar Pro Sep 21, 2022

ISLAMABAD, Sept. 21 (Gwadar Pro) - Pakistani think tanks and experts have termed the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit 2022 highly fruitful for Pakistan. The summit is held at a prime time when Pakistan is passing through a critical era and facing multiple challenges.

International Relations expert and senior official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan, Muhammad Mudassir Tipu considered Pakistan’s participation in the SCO Summit of vital importance particularly in the context of highlighting the cataclysmic impact of global warming and climate change on Pakistan.

He affirmed that Pakistan made a strong case about climate injustice which is a real threat to human lives which asked for concrete actions by the global community assuming a sense of responsibility.

While talking to Gwadar Pro, Khalid Taimur Akram, Executive Director, Pakistan Research Center for a Community with Shared Future (PRCCSF), Islamabad said, “In the summit, the heads of the member states urged to support Pakistan to overcome this calamity and support brotherly nation and people.”

“This summit has projected that despite experiencing the greatest natural disaster, Pakistan stands firm with its resiliencein such important events. It can be anticipated that SCO will provide support to Pakistan as a member state to support the people and extend help in this crucial time,” he added.

A senior official and expert from the Ministry of Climate Change stated that the SCO Summit 2022 was successfully held at the time when the region of Central Asia has been experiencing a crucial time of transformation and greater regional connectivity.

Pakistan has been a very active member of the SCO and plays a vital role in connecting Central Asia, East Asia, China, Russia, and Afghanistan to the rest of the world through its newly developing seaport of Gwadar.

Gwadar is specially designed to cater to the landlocked nations and regional countries to link with Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Pakistan is truly serving as a bridge in the Eurasia region. Its location is vital for international trade and can reshape and change the pattern of global trade in the years to come.

Earlier, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif assured Pakistan’s full support in the fulfillment of the purposes and objectives of SCO under his stewardship. He hoped that all SCO members would continue to work together for building peace and enhancing international solidarity and cooperation.

The 2022 annual summit of the SCO Heads of State Council was held on September 15-16 in Samarkand. Uzbekistan’s President, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, outlined the priorities and tasks of the chairmanship. These include efforts to raise the potential and authority of the organization, ensure peace and stability in the region, reduce poverty, and ensure food security.

He urged putting together a plan for the development of intraregional trade, which will include measures to eliminate trade barriers, align technical regulations and digitalize customs procedures.

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