India-SCO Current Affairs - 2020

India attends SCO meeting

On May 13, 2020, External Affairs Minister of India Shri S Jaishankar represented India at SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization) foreign minister meet. The meet was attended by foreign ministers through video conferencing.

China and Pakistan foreign ministers also attended the meet.

Highlights

The foreign ministers at the meet discussed COVID-19 crisis and coordination efforts. They also discussed about social and economic consequences of the crisis and how to tackle it. Apart from COVID-19, the major issue discussed was the situation in Afghanistan. The ministers also discussed about the upcoming 75th anniversary of World War 2 and also the 75th anniversary of United Nations.

Also, the preparation of the SCO Summit in St Petersburg, Russia was also discussed. It is scheduled to be conducted on June 9-10, 2020.

India in SCO

The minister expressed India’s readiness in sharing information and expertise in the fight against COVID-19. Also, he mentioned about the economic package that was announced in India on May 12, 2020.

SCO

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization was formed in 2003. It extended its membership to 8 countries in 2017 after joining India and Pakistan. It covers three-fifths of the Eurasian continent.

The members of SCO are India, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Russia, Pakistan and Uzbekistan. The Observer states of the organization are Iran, Belarus, Afghanistan and Mongolia.

India to host 20th SCO’s CHG meeting in 2020

The Defence Minister Shri Rajnath Singh addressed the Council of Heads of Government of SCO at Tashkent in Uzbekistan. He represented as a Special Envoy of PM Modi at the conference. During the meet, it was decided that the next meeting of Council of Heads of Government in 2020 is to be conducted in India

Highlights

  • The military exercise “CENTER 2019”, SCO joint military exercise that was held by Russia was congratulated at the summit. 20,000 units of military equipment, 128,000 soldiers and 600 aircraft participated in the event. The military chiefs from China, Kazakhstan, India, Kyrgystan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan participated in the event.
  • India called upon the member countries to strengthen and implement existing international laws and mechanisms to combat terrorism.
  • India listed its recent initiatives to provide an enabling economic ecosystem for partner countries to invest and do business in India. It includes allowing 100% foreign investment in coal mining, easing sourcing norms for single brand retailers, approving 26% overseas investment in digital media, etc
  • India also announced that it is ready to share its experience and expertise in skill development, tele medicine, resource mapping, launching satellites, affordable pharmaceuticals, hospitality, tourism, finance, etc.