Pakistan to host SCO members at October conference

Pakistan is set to host the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Council of Heads of Government meeting in October 2024, a significant event that will see the participation of member states including India.

This announcement was made by Foreign Office spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch during weekly media briefing on Thursday.

The year 2024 is an important milestone for Pakistan-SCO relations as “Pakistan holds the rotating Chairmanship of the SCO Council of Heads of Government (CHG), which is the SCO’s second-highest decision-making forum. In this capacity, Pakistan will be hosting the SCO Heads of Government Meeting in October this year,” Ms. Baloch stated.

She reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to strengthening regional cooperation and fostering economic connectivity through the SCO framework.

Scheduled for October 15-16, the two-day summit will be preceded by a ministerial meeting and multiple rounds of senior officials’ meetings. These preliminary discussions will focus on enhancing financial, economic, socio-cultural, and humanitarian cooperation among the SCO member states.

Responding to inquiries, Ms. Baloch confirmed that invitations will be extended to all heads of government from SCO member states for the summit, which is planned to be an in-person event. “We hope and expect that all members of SCO will be represented at the Heads of Government meeting being held in October,” she added.

The inclusion of India, a nuclear-armed neighbor with whom Pakistan has had a history of strained relations, adds a layer of diplomatic complexity to the event. However, the focus on trade, investment, and economic connectivity highlights the potential for cooperative engagement amidst longstanding tensions.

As Pakistan prepares to host this significant conference, it underscores the South Asian country’s role in regional diplomacy and advancing regional cooperation and development.

The SCO, founded by China and Russia in 2001, is a prominent Eurasian organization focused on political, economic, international security, and defense matters. It stands as the world’s largest regional organization by geographic coverage and population, covering approximately 80% of Eurasia and representing 40% of the world’s population. Pakistan became an SCO member in June 2017, after holding observer status from 2005 to 2017.

Related Articles


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Stay Connected

- Advert -spot_img

Latest Articles