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Varanasi named 1st cultural and tourism capital of SCO

Secretary General of the bloc Zhang Ming said Varanasi, the holy city will be declared the first “Cultural and Tourism Capital” of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation for 2022-23 under a new rotating initiative by the 8-member organisation in order to promote people-to-people contacts and tourism among the member states.

  • A city of the cultural heritage of a member country will have the rotating Presidency of the organisation annually and will get the title to highlight its prominence under this initiative.
  • In 2020, India hosted the Head of the Government of the SCO meeting.

Beijing-headquartered Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO)

  • The Beijing-headquartered Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) is an 8 -member economic and security alliance Organisation including China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India and Pakistan.

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