Participation of Indian Delegates in Second SCO Mass Media Forum at Bishkek (Download PDF)

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The Second Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Mass Media Forum was being held at Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan capital) from 23 to 26 May 2019. The SCO Forum was inaugurated by President of Kyrgyz Republic.

This is map location Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan

This is Map Location Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan

This is map location Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan

Summit Overview & Background

  • During his inaugural address he highlighted importance of role played by Mass Media organizations of SCO countries in achieving SCO’s objectives of regional security, mutual trust and friendly relations with neighbors in line with “Shanghai Spirit”.

  • The representative of state bodies supervising mass media of SCO’s Member States, Observer Countries, Dialogue Partner and representatives of leading mass media of SCO countries and representatives of SCO Secretariat are participating in Forum.

  • The first SCO Media Summit was held on 1 June 2018 in Beijing, China. It was held under motto of “Development of the “Shanghai Spirit” and opening of a new era in the mass media cooperation”. It saw participation of more than 110 media outlets from 16 countries including SCO Member States, Observer states and the Dialogue Partners.

  • It aims to strengthen exchange and cooperation in field of mass media amongst SCO countries. It also seeks to create an objective vision of SCO and strengthen its positive image in global information space by offering a unique platform for active work via mass media.

  • SCO Member States adopted ‘Resolution of Media Forum’ which calls for establishing successful collaborations of Mass Media Organizations of SCO member Countries.

India Kyrgyzstan Relations

  • During the Soviet era, India and the Kirghiz Soviet Socialist Republic had limited political, economic and cultural contacts.

  • The Kyrgyz leaderships have been largely supportive of India’s stand on Kashmir and have welcomed the ongoing peace process.

  • Kyrgyzstan also supports India’s bid for a permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council and India’s full membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

  • Both countries share common concerns on threat of terrorism, extremism and drug–trafficking.

  • Several framework agreements, including on Culture, Trade and Economic Cooperation, Civil Aviation, Investment Promotion and Protection, Avoidance of Double Taxation, Consular Convention etc. have been signed between the two countries since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1992.

India’s Suggestions at the Second SCO Summit 2019

  • A delegation from Ministry of Information & Broadcasting is representing India at international Forum.

  • The delegation emphasized need for media collaborations and exchange of best media practices amongst different mass media organizations, agencies and associations across SCO partner states.

  • It suggested that member states can undertake a media personnel exchange programmes along with joint international press conferences. Indian delegation also highlighted the idea of working together to counter problem of fake news.

About Shanghai Spirit

  • It is core value of SCO that has played significant role in safeguarding regional security & promoting regional development.

  • “Shanghai spirit” is about mutual benefit, mutual trust, consultation, equality, respect for cultural diversity and pursuit of common development among SCO members.

- Published/Last Modified on: August 5, 2019

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