The following article was contributed by the Embassy of Uzbekistan in Seoul for publication by The Korea Post media, publisher of 3 English and 2 Korean-language news publications since 1985.—Ed.
The events of the 22nd meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization will be held under the chairmanship of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev on 15-16 September, in the city of Samarkand.
The summit will be attended by the leaders of the SCO member states – the Republic of India, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the People’s Republic of China, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Tajikistan and the Republic of Uzbekistan, as well as the observer states – the Republic of Belarus, the Islamic Republic Iran and Mongolia.
The heads of the Republic of Türkiye, the Republic of Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and the Republic of Armenia, as well as the heads of the United Nations and other authoritative international and regional organizations are invited as guests of honor.
Current issues of further building up multilateral cooperation, practical aspects and priority tasks for the development of the SCO will be considered by the agenda of the Samarkand Summit. Views will be exchanged on international and regional issues.
Following the event, it is planned to adopt a solid package of documents to expand the activities of the Organization and deepen regional cooperation in priority areas.
The event will also complete the chairmanship of the Republic of Uzbekistan in the Organization, within which more than 80 major events were held.
It should be noted that the upcoming meeting will be the first face-to-face meeting of the SCO leaders in the last three years since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020.
This major forum will become the best opportunity to discuss the accumulated bilateral, regional and global problems.
All the necessary infrastructure has been prepared for the Samarkand Summit, a new modern and high-tech airport has been built.
The design of the project demonstrates a combination of the past and the present. The terminal building of the air harbor has the form of an open book depicting the fundamental work of the great scientist Mirzo Ulugbek “Ziji Jadidi Guragoni” (or “New Guraganov Astronomical Tables”). Constellations are depicted on the roof of the airport. This once again reminds residents and guests of the city of the great contribution of the famous astronomer Mirzo Ulugbek to global science and civilization. The height of the building is 175 meters, width – 25 meters.
Modern technologies have been introduced to create tourist amenities: a new type of passenger and cargo registration and a comfortable service system after boarding is established.
Silk Road Samarkand Tourist Center
A new tourist center has been built for SCO guests and tourists, which will become the main venue for the events of the summit.
The main construction sites occupy 135 hectares. On both banks of the famous rowing canal, there is an ethnographic town Boqiy Shahar, a winery, hotels and a huge three-storey congress hall, where meetings of the leaders of the SCO countries will take place. The area of the latter is 2800 square meters.
An artificial lake for fishing has been created on the territory of the center. The central square pleases tourists with a musical fountain, guests can settle in the EcoVillage town.
Eight international hotels consisting of 1200 rooms will open their doors in the multifunctional tourist center Silk Road Samarkand. Two hotels are included in the five-star category. Meanwhile, the Samarkand Regency Amir Temur Hotel has become the first and so far the only one in Central Asia that is part of The Leading Hotels of the World.
Samarkand Rowing Canal
This is another local attraction. The length of the canal is 2180 meters, the width is more than 150 meters. It fully complies with international competition standards.
It hosts various international competitions. In particular, it was decided that in 2025 the Asian Youth Games will be held in Uzbekistan, and the rowing tournaments – in Samarkand.
The SCO Samarkand Summit will become the fourth forum of the Organization held in Uzbekistan. The venue of the previous SCO Summits, which were held in Uzbekistan in 2004, 2010 and 2016, was only the capital.