The holy metropolis of Varanasi showcasing India’s tradition and traditions over the ages might be declared the primary “Cultural and Tourism Capital” of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Secretary General of the bloc Zhang Ming stated right here on Friday.
The Beijing-headquartered Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is an eight-member financial and safety alliance comprising China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India and Pakistan.
Zhang stated Varanasi will grow to be 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 are about to implement a rotating mechanism. We will rotate the title of Cultural and Tourism Capital among the many member states,” he stated, including that Varanasi, India’s historic metropolis, would be the first to be granted the title.
Under this initiative, annually a metropolis of the cultural heritage of a member nation that can take over the rotating Presidency of the group will get the title to spotlight its prominence, Zhang instructed the media right here.
He highlighted the organisation’s new initiatives forward of this yr’s Heads of the State summit of the SCO scheduled to be held at Samarkand in Uzbekistan on September 15-16 this yr. The new initiative will come into drive after the Samarkand summit following which India will take over the Presidency and host the subsequent Heads of the State summit.
India hosted the Head of the Government of the SCO meet in 2020.
Zhang, a senior Chinese diplomat, stated 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 nations, he stated, including that the SCO members have wealthy sources with respect to tourism which needs to be explored.