The member states are expected to further deliberate on areas of cooperation

The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) member states will hold the Seventh Meeting of Ministers of Justice on October 16. The meet will be hosted by Union Minister of Law & Justice, Communication and Electronics & Information Technology Rav Shankar Prasad through video conferencing.

During the meeting, the SCO member states are expected to further deliberate on areas of cooperation, including creating favourable conditions for resolving disputes. They are also likely to look at implementation of the Action Plan of the Working Groups of Experts on Forensic Activities and Legal Services. A Joint Statement will be signed after the meeting.

This will be preceded by the second meeting of the Experts Working Group on October 13 and 14, 2020 which will be hosted by Anoop Kumar Mendiratta, Secretary, Department of Legal Affairs, Ministry of Law & Justice. This meeting will also be hosted through a video conference, an official statement said.

The First Expert Group Preparatory Committee Meeting of the Seventh Meeting of the Ministers of Justice of SCO countries was also held in New Delhi on September 17-18, 2019.

According to the statement, the Experts Working Group will discuss and share their experiences, best practices and the novel steps taken by them for creating a conducive environment for promoting resolution of disputes and other related activities of the Ministries of (Law and) Justice including legal services and forensic activities.

The Ministers of (Law and ) Justice and senior officials and experts from the Ministries of Law & Justice of India, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, Russian Federation, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan will be participating in the meeting. The SCO Secretariat will be providing necessary assistance during the three days' deliberations.