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Amit Shah suggests focusing areas on strengthening SCO

On Thursday, Amit Shah, the Union home minister suggested five areas to strengthen the approach of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.

The Union Home Minister, Amit Shah suggested five focus areas to strengthen the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation on Thursday in New Delhi. The main aim of the meeting was to discuss the Prevention and Elimination of Emergency Situations.

On Thursday, Amit Shah, the Union home minister suggested five areas to strengthen the approach of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. SCO is an intergovernmental organization established in 2001. The 8 members of the organization are India, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. 

According to Shah, the focus areas include confidence-building efforts in Asia, collective responsibility approach, expanding cooperation in communication and information sharing, identifying priority areas, and using newly-developed technology in disaster resilience capacity building.

Amit Shah chaired the meeting on Thursday in New Delhi where the head of departments of the organization’s member-states was present. Pakistan did not attend the meeting in person but joined virtually.

The meeting mainly focused on the  Prevention and Elimination of Emergency Situations and the delegates of the member states also exchanged information about large-scale emergency events that transpired in their countries and the actions taken to deal with the situations. They also discussed novel practices, technology, and future potential for cooperation in the field of emergency prevention and elimination within the framework of the SCO.

The member-states of the organization strengthened cooperation in the areas of preparedness and emergency response and cooperatively mitigating the impact of natural man-made disasters as well. The delegates also examined and agreed on the action plan for the execution of the SCO members on cooperation in emergency situation elimination in 2023-2025.

India has maintained active participation in the organization since its full inclusion in 2017 and has also initiated various ideas for the mutual benefit of the organization, observers, and its dialogue partners.

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