Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday called for greater cooperation among the SCO countries in combating terrorism, promoting economy, alternate energy and healthcare as he outlined India’s commitment to peace and economic prosperity in the region.
Addressing the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit here, PM Modi gave a template, ‘HEALTH’, for strengthening cooperation.
“Our vision is to strengthen the healthy cooperation among us. Using the letters of HEALTH, we can make a good template for cooperation. ‘H’ for healthcare cooperation, ‘E’ for economic cooperation, ‘A’ for alternate energy, ‘L’ for literature and culture, ‘T’ for terrorism-free society and ‘H’ for humanitarian cooperation,” Modi said.
“There is a need to emphasise on the healthcare work plan. India would be happy to share its experience in tele-medicine and health tourism,” he said. “Economic cooperation is the basis of our people’s future. Unilateralism and protectionism has not benefited anyone. We need an open and all-inclusive trade policy at the WTO so that the interests of every countries specially the developing ones can be take care of,” Modi said.
India is committed to make a favourable environment for the economic cooperation between the SCO member countries, he said.
“India is committed to tackle the danger of climate change. Today, India is the sixth largest producer of renewable and fifth largest producer of solar power,” he said. International Solar Alliance (ISA) is India’s joint initiative whose objective is to mobilise funds for reducing the cost of energy, he said. “We welcome the SCO member states in the initiative. India is also ready to share its experience in generating the additional sources of energy,” Modi said.
“Introduction of each other’s literature to our youths will strengthen our relations. Ten top composition of India’s literature will be translated in the language of SCO member countries,” he said.
Literature and culture provide our societies a positive activity, specially they stop the spread of radicalization among the youths in our society. To combat the menace of terrorism, countries will have to come out of their narrow purview to unite against it, Modi said.
Shared past and future
SCO region and history, civilization and culture of India are interconnected for thousands of years, he said. “Our shared area is in great need of better connectivity in the modern era,” he said.
Initiatives like the International North-South Transport Corridor, Chabahar Port, Ashgabat Agreement, clarify the focus of India on connectivity, Modi said.
“Respect for sovereignty, regional integrity, good governance, transparency, practicality and reliability should be the basis of connectivity initiatives. The importance of people-to-people contact with physical connectivity is not less,” he said in an apparent reference to China’s massive infrastructure development under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which traverses through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. India opposes the USD 60 billion CPEC as it is being laid through PoK.
“It has been two years since India became a member of the SCO. India has contributed positively in all the activities of the SCO, he said. India’s e-tourist visa facility is available to most of the SCO member countries,” he said.
“On the website of India Tourism, a new 24*7 helpline will be launched in the Russian language for the convenience of tourists from the SCO countries,” he said.