Secretary Basic Zhang Ming, ET TravelWorld Information, ET TravelWorld
The holy metropolis of Varanasi showcasing India‘s tradition and traditions over the ages will probably be declared the primary “Cultural and Tourism Capital” of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, Secretary Basic of the bloc Zhang Ming mentioned.
The Beijing-headquartered Shanghai Cooperation Group (SCO) is an eight-member financial and safety alliance comprising China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India and Pakistan.
Zhang mentioned that Varanasi will develop into the ‘Cultural and Tourism Capital’ of the SCO for 2022-23 beneath a brand new rotating initiative by the eight-member group to advertise people-to-people contacts and tourism among the many member states.
“We’re about to implement a rotating mechanism. We are going to rotate the title of Cultural and Tourism Capital among the many member states,” he mentioned, including that Varanasi, India’s historic metropolis, would be the first to be granted the title.
Below this initiative, annually a metropolis of the cultural heritage of a member nation that may take over the rotating Presidency of the group will get the title to focus on its prominence, Zhang instructed the media right here.
He highlighted the organisation’s new initiatives forward of this 12 months’s Heads of the State summit of the SCO scheduled to be held at Samarkand in Uzbekistan on September 15-16 this 12 months. The brand new initiative will come into power after the Samarkand summit following which India will take over the Presidency and host the following Heads of the State summit.
India hosted the Head of the Authorities of the SCO meet in 2020.
Zhang, a senior Chinese language diplomat, mentioned the SCO member states had been contemplating a number of initiatives to advertise tourism to boost people-to-people contacts as soon as the Covid journey restrictions ease. Kazakhstan has introduced a visa-free coverage for vacationers from India and different international locations, he mentioned, including that the SCO members have wealthy sources with respect to tourism which must be explored.