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"The SCO will transform from a regional forum into a full-blown transcontinental organisation <...> representing nearly 43–44% of the global population. <…> The aggregate PPP-based GDP of the Extended Shanghai Eight will total USD 33–35 trillion," said Rashid Alimov, Secretary General, Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.
"We are witnessing the creation of a single space in Eurasia. <...> Its further development based on the national strategies of the SCO member states, the integration processes within the EAEU, promotion of China's One Belt, One Road Initiative, and enhancement of cooperation between the SCO and the ASEAN will all contribute to the the greater cohesiveness of the ongoing economic processes," said Rashid Alimov.
"A large variety of economic initiatives have been proposed for the Asian region. On the one hand, we support them, but, on the other hand, we cannot help noticing that they start competing with each other, rather than complement one another," said Veronika Nikishina, Member of the Board, Minister in Charge of Trade, Eurasian Economic Commission.
"We need to proceed to enlargement with a clear understanding of the risks related to the efficiency of the organisation and a vision of how to minimise these risks," said Evgeny Vinokurov, Director, Centre for Integration Studies, Eurasian Development Bank (EDB).
"We can use the transport corridors and logistic routes that are currently under construction to minimise transportation costs and improve the competitiveness of the jointly manufactured products," said Alexey Gruzdev, Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation.
"The construction of transport communication links is the most important aspect. <...> The One Belt, One Road is a target space, rather than a mere line on the map. This is a common economic and transport space spanning the entire Eurasian continent," said Xin Li, Director, Institute for Economic Comparative Studies, Shanghai Institute for International Studies.
"It is important to engage the Business Council, which actively contributes to the SCO initiatives, to develop a data bank for the projects that meet the requirements of the SCO's key policies and involve several member states," said Alexey Gruzdev.
"What do we have to offer for the Eurasian partnership? A set of models for a new generation of partnership agreements. This will enable the member states to choose the best model on a case-by-case basis to fine-tune the scope of the agreements and rules of the game," said Veronika Nikishina.
"With some countries, it is easier to work on a bilateral basis by creating individual free trade areas. These bilateral agreements will eventually lay the groundwork for the broader Euarasia," said Evgeny Vinokurov.
"The SCO-based comprehensive Eurasian partnership has a great potential going forward," said Xin Li.
"If our countries hold regular meetings, this will strengthen peace in the region. <...> Today we cannot talk about trade and economy without mentioning the security," said Mahmoud Vaezi, Minister of Communication and Information Technology of the Islamic Republic of Iran.