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The protocol to the Memorandum between the governments of the State Parties of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization of main objectives and the directions of regional economic cooperation and start of process on creating favorable conditions in the field of trade and investments of September 14, 2001

of May 28, 2002

Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Government of People's Republic of China, Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, Government of the Russian Federation, Government of the Republic of Tajikistan and Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan (further imenuyemyestoronam),

according to Item 9 of the Declaration on creation of Shanghai Cooperation Organization of June 15, 2001 and article 4 of the Memorandum between the governments of the State Parties of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization of main objectives and the directions of regional economic cooperation and start of process on creating favorable conditions in the field of trade and investments of September 14, 2001 (further - the Memorandum),

for the purpose of realization of main objectives of regional economic cooperation between the State Parties of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (further - SCO) and creations of more favorable conditions for trade and investing activities,

being guided by the principles of equality, mutual advantage and mutual understanding,

having made the decision on creation of the mechanism of meetings of ministers of the State Parties of SCO which are responsible for the foreign economic and foreign trade activity agreed as follows:

Article 1

The ministers of the State Parties of SCO who are responsible for the foreign economic and foreign trade activity (further - ministers), hold meetings for realization of the purposes determined in the Memorandum, decision path within the competence or entering of offers into the governments of the State Parties of SCO.

Article 2

Another meetings of ministers are held at least once a year in SCO State Parties serially.

Extraordinary meetings of ministers are held according to the decision of heads of the State Parties of SCO, heads of governments of the State Parties of SCO, and also according to the offer of one of the State Parties in case of the consent of all State Parties of SCO.

Offers with reasons for need of holding extraordinary meeting of ministers, drafts of the agenda and the relevant documents go to all ministers in writing not later than 15 days to the offered meeting term.

Time and the venue of extraordinary meeting of ministers is determined by approval of all State Parties.

The minister of the state in the territory of which the meeting is taken place is presiding over meetings.

The chairman opens meeting, represents the agenda and operating procedure for approval, the Commission of the senior officials informs on work results (further - the Commission), special working groups, gives floor for reports and performances, submits for approval draft documents and offers on cases in point, and announces the decisions made at meeting (joint statements, the communique, declarations, memoranda of understanding, programs, etc.).

Article 3

Within the mechanism of meetings of ministers are created:

- Commission of the senior officials;

- special working groups.

Article 4

The commission is created of heads of structural divisions of the ministries and departments of the State Parties of SCO which are responsible for the foreign economic and foreign trade activity.

The commission carries out approval of the agenda and program of meetings, will organize directly or through special working groups preparation of draft documents for their signing and approval at meetings of ministers.

The commission exercises control of execution of the decisions made at meetings of ministers prepares recommendations about creation of special working groups, and also exercises control of their activities.

The Commission reports on results of the activities at meetings of ministers.

The Commissions are as required involved the corresponding experts.

Commission sessions are held as required, but at least two times a year.

Time, the venue, the agenda of meetings shall be approved, as a rule, in 30 days prior to holding meeting.

Inclusion during the meeting in the agenda of additional questions is performed with the consent of all participants.

The senior official from the country in the territory of which the meeting is held is presiding over commission session.

Article 5

Special working groups are created by the decision of ministers for the purpose of the analysis, consultations and preparation of offers on specific questions of cooperation and report to the Commission for results of the activities.

The special working groups submit for consideration of the Commission drafts of resulting documents on the fixed cooperation questions (draft agreements, analysis results, recommendations to implementation of specific projects of cooperation, etc.).

The structure of each working group, and also the purpose, task and the sphere of its activities affirm decisions of ministers.

Special working groups are abolished by the decision of ministers taking into account recommendations of the Commission.

Article 6

Decisions at meetings of ministers, commission sessions and special working groups are considered accepted in the absence of objections (consensus).

Meetings of ministers are competent if ministers of all State Parties of SCO take part in them. In case of impossibility of the minister of reasonable excuse to participate in meeting, the minister gives authority on participation in this meeting of one of the deputies.

The procedure for entry into force of the resulting documents accepted at meetings of ministers is determined in documents.

Article 7

Lists of delegations of the State Parties go to the organizer not later than 10 days prior to meeting or meeting.

Article 8

The expenses connected with holding meetings of ministers, commission sessions and special working groups are performed at the expense of the host party.

Each sending party independently incurs all expenses connected with the participation in meetings of ministers and meetings.

Article 9

Official and working languages at meetings and meetings are the Russian and Chinese languages.

Article 10

Modification and amendments in the this Protocol, the dispute resolution and disagreements concerning application and/or interpretation of the this Protocol is performed according to the procedure, established in Article 8 of the Memorandum.

Article 11

The this Protocol becomes effective from the date of its signing.

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