India to take initiative for new SCO working group on traditional medicines: PM Modi in Samarkand

16 September, 2022 | Pranay Lad

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Friday that India is prepared to take the initiative for a new SCO working group on traditional medicines while addressing the leaders at the 22nd Summit of t...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Friday that India is prepared to take the initiative for a new SCO working group on traditional medicines while addressing the leaders at the 22nd Summit of the Council of Heads of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Member States (SCO- CoHS).


He emphasised that the World Health Organization (WHO) established its Worldwide Centre for Traditional Medicines in Gujarat in April 2022, making it the organization’s first and only global centre for traditional medicine.

This was the first and only WHO global centre for conventional medicine. The 22nd Summit of the Council of Heads of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Member States (SCO-CoHS) in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, included an expanded format, and Prime Minister Modi said that India would take the initiative for a new SCO working group on traditional medicines.


In addition, PM Modi emphasised the need to address the issue of food security and spoke about India’s initiatives to promote millet.

“Providing for our inhabitants’ food security is an issue the globe is currently facing. Millet cultivation is one remedy. Millets are a superfood that has been farmed for millennia not just in SCO member states but also in many other regions of the world “Modi continued by saying that the SCO may have a significant impact in declaring 2023 the International Year of Millets.


In addition, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaffirmed his commitment to turning India into a manufacturing hub in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine war, both of which have disrupted the world’s supply chains.

“The COVID-19 epidemic is being defeated globally. The COVID and Ukraine crises caused a number of problems in the world supply chain. India has to become a manufacturing centre, “During his speech in Samarkand, PM Modi said.


He noted India’s economic stability by claiming that it had more than 70,000 start-ups and more than 100 unicorns.


The SCO Summit typically consists of two sessions: one closed to the SCO member nations only, and the other extended to observers and special invitees. A meeting in the extended format is held with participation from the SCO Member States, Observers, Special Guests of the Chair, and representatives from regional organisations.

This is the first SCO Summit to take place in person since the Covid pandemic hit the globe. In June 2019, the SCO Heads of State Summit took place for the final time in person in Bishkek.


Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the president of Uzbekistan, had earlier welcomed Prime Minister Modi to the Congress Center in Samarkand for the 22nd SCO Summit. India and Uzbekistan have been collaborating hard to make sure their Chairship is successful.

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