The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit was held in the Great Eight format for the first time with the participation of India and Pakistan. Experts believe that it is a logical outcome for the development of the integrated association. The countries are uniting efforts to jointly develop areas such as digital transformation, robotics and innovations. Amid the global economic instability, the countries of the SCO can benefit from the cooperation agreements. According to political experts, joint infrastructural megaprojects will become the real economic breakthrough of the SCO. 

RUSTEM KADYRZHANOV, POLITICAL EXPERT:

- The agreement between Kazakhstan and China suggest implementation of projects other that pure infrastructure such as construction of railroads and highways. It also includes the establishment of production facilities along these infrastructure routes. That’s why these developments are favorable for Kazakhstan and Central Asia.     

The summit in Qingdao opens new opportunities for the development of trade as well as the strengthening of security of the member countries. It also expands economic cooperation in a competitive global environment.

SHERZOD ZIYOYEV, POLITICAL EXPERT:

- If we use the opportunities properly, we can achieve success and establish mutually beneficial economic cooperation and investment environment. Today, the SCO is at its most important development stage, when every country can benefit, not only Uzbekistan, but all the member countries. Provision of regional security is another important topic that the organization is dealing with, including the settlement of the Afghan crisis. Thanks to the SCO, Uzbekistan has improved its economic relations with Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus and China.  

At the summit in Qingdao, the leaders of Kazakhstan, Russia, China, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India and Pakistan signed 17 various documents on the sustainable development. They cover the global issues such as the fight against terrorism, drug trafficking and drugs abuse as well as environmental protection. The heads of state are set to continue adhering to the Shanghai Spirit that was formed during cooperation of the SCO member countries.

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