SCO, BRICS Role Discussed In Moscow
A Round table "The Role of SCO and BRICS in The Modern World: Economics, Politics, Human Dimension" was held in Moscow on the eve of the SCO summit which will be held on 9-10 July 2015 in Ufa.
The participants praised SCO's efforts in maintaining regional security and economic development of the member states. Special attention was devoted to the role of young specialists in the work of the Organization.
Anatoly Smirnov, President of the National Institute for Global Security Studies, named information security among the essential criteria of regional and global stability. He also noted that SCO members came forward with the initiative of introducing international rules to regulate information security.
Smirnov added, that in the struggle for information dominance NATO is developing a strategy to counter Russia, that involves the use of Cyber Command in Prague, Strategic Communications Centre in Riga and Cooperative Cyber Defense Centre of Excellence in Tallinn.
Alexander Lukin, Director of the Centre of Research of East Asia and SCO at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations pointed out that the potential of the Organization has not been fully realized, especially in the domain of economic relations.
According to Lukin, the main track for SCO's development lies in providing membership for new countries, such as India, Pakistan and Iran.
Vladimir Matveev, leading research fellow of the Centre of Research of Strategic Problems of Northeast Asia and SCO stressed that the Organization should become a bridge between the Eurasian Economic Union and the Chinese project 'Silk Road Economic Belt'.
The discussion closed with the speech of Khalil Hashmad, President of The Fund for Promotion of Friendship and Cooperation with Afghanistan, in which he expressed his hope for his country to join SCO.