Director of the Institute for Strategic and Interregional Studies under the President of Uzbekistan, Vladimir Norov at the SCO Summit in Qingdao Sunday has been appointed Secretary General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) for the period from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2021, replacing Rashid Alimov (Tajikistan).
Vladimir Norov previously worked as Deputy, First Deputy and Minister of Foreign Affairs, State Adviser to the President, Ambassador of Uzbekistan to Belgium.
Jumakhon Giyosov (Tajikistan) has been assigned as new director of the Executive Committee of the SCO Regional Antiterrorist Structure.
The Qingdao Declaration was adopted following the summit, with a number of accords signed. One of the important events of the summit was the adoption, at the proposal of the President of Uzbekistan, of a Joint Address by the Heads of State of the SCO to Youth.
The SCO chairmanship moved from China to Kyrgyzstan.