Law Minister Kiren Rijiju on 6th August, 2021 attended the eighth meeting of Ministers of Justice of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
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The three day meeting was hosted by Tajikistan, and chaired by Tajikistan’s Justice Minister, Muzaffar Ashuriyon.
Kiren Rijiju apprised the gathering of legislative and executive measures taken by India in its effort to be UNCAC-compliant.
He highlighted that India has framed business friendly laws and rules, including Commercial Courts Act and Arbitration Laws with a view to make India a preferred destination for investment and business.
He also highlighted India's move to launch e-Lok Adalat, a tool aimed at offering faster, transparent and accessible option to settle disputes by combining technology and alternative dispute resolution.
About Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO)
After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the then security and economic architecture in the Eurasian region was dissolved and new structures came up.
The original Shanghai Five were China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan.
The SCO was formed in 2001, with Uzbekistan included.
It expanded in 2017 to include India and Pakistan.
Since its formation, the SCO has focused on regional non-traditional security, with counter-terrorism as a priority: The fight against the “three evils” of terrorism, separatism and extremism has become its mantra.
Today, areas of cooperation include themes such as economics and culture.