The importance of the SCO’s role is growing for member countries and the whole world
The SCO’s importance is growing. This is especially important given the fact that this year has become very important in terms of changes in the geopolitics, not only in the Eurasian space, but also in the world as a whole — Kirill Babaev, Director, Institute of Far Eastern Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IFES RAS).
The SCO has a huge potential for political, economic, cultural, scientific and other interaction. Unfortunately, the potential is far from being fully realized, but its existence is beyond doubt. Secondly, the SCO is a centre of attraction for many states, in the Middle East, North Africa, and the north-western Asia. That is because the principles and the nature of the relationship that have been established over 20 years of its existence ... are deeply in demand and very attractive to many countries... Now, the SCO space covers at least a quarter of the earth's land surface (if we do not include Antarctica), and the total population is already approaching 50% of the world's population — Grigory Logvinov, Deputy Secretary General, Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.
Over the past 20 years since the SCO has been established, it has been developing steadily and has become a very influential organization not only in Central Asia, but also in South Asia, Western Asia — Sun Zhuangzhi, Director, Institute of Russian, Eastern European and Central Asian Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
In my opinion, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization today is the most powerful regional international organization. It has grown and is still growing actively. And the Shanghai spirit of equality of partners, the principle of consensus, as well as mutual respect for the position of each of the states are a great example for the whole world — Denis Kravchenko, Deputy Chairman of the Committee of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation on Economic Policy.