OIC de­clares Al-Quds, Konya 2015-16 tourism cap­i­tals

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL - ISTANBUL—

The Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of the Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Is­lamic Co­op­er­a­tion (OIC), Iyad Ameen Madani, an­nounced the choice of Al-Quds Ash-Sharif and Konya in Turkey as the cap­i­tals of Is­lamic tourism for 2015 and 2016 re­spec­tively. In his speech to the Gen­eral Assem­bly of the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on Eco­nomic and Com­mer­cial Co­op­er­a­tion (COMCEC), one of the OIC or­gans, at Istanbul on Thurs­day 27 Novem­ber 2014, the Sec­re­tary Gen­eral re­called the im­por­tant res­o­lu­tions of the last co­or­di­na­tion meet­ing held in Jakarta, In­done­sia on 2 and 3 June 2014 and presided over by the chair of the Is­lamic Con­fer­ence of Tourism Min­is­ters, where the cap­i­tals of Is­lamic tourism for the next two years were cho­sen after a con­sid­er­a­tion of the nom­i­na­tions sub­mit­ted by Mem­ber States.

Madani fo­cused on the ut­most im­por­tance of in­sti­tu­tional re­forms and im­prov­ing syn­ergy and co­or­di­na­tion among var­i­ous OIC in­sti­tu­tions. He said that work was go­ing on to de­velop a new OIC pro­gramme of ac­tion (2016-2025), in co­or­di­na­tion with OIC in­sti­tu­tions. He ex­pressed the hope that al­lo­ca­tion of suf­fi­cient re­sources, re­sult-ori­ented fo­cus and strong in­sti­tu­tional ca­pac­i­ties would boost the re­newed ef­forts to­wards en­hanc­ing the OIC’s dy­namism and ca­pac­ity to con­front con­tem­po­rary de­vel­op­men­tal chal­lenges. The Pres­i­dent of the Repub­lic of Turkey and chair­man of COMCEC, Re­cep Tayyep Er­doghan, had on Thurs­day 27 Novem­ber 2014 in Istanbul in­au­gu­rated the 30th ses­sion of the COMCEC Gen­eral Assem­bly in the pres­ence of the OIC Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, rel­e­vant min­is­ters of OIC Mem­ber States and heads of OIC af­fil­i­ated in­sti­tu­tions.

In his speech, the Turk­ish Pres­i­dent ex­plained that the OIC Mem­ber States had in re­cent years taken ma­jor steps at the level of trade and de­vel­op­ment in­di­ca­tors with their share of global trade hav­ing in­creased by 50% in the last decade. He also men­tioned that in­ter­nal trade had made progress in the same pe­riod, with in­tra-OIC trade grow­ing by more than 50%. While the real av­er­age global growth rate was 7.2% be­tween 2000 and 2012, the growth rate in the OIC Mem­ber States for the same pe­riod was 5.4%, the Pres­i­dent said. He added that de­spite the good per­for­mance of the econ­omy, trade de­vel­op­ment among OIC Mem­ber States still re­quired fur­ther steps to be taken by Mem­ber States con­cerned to give ef­fect to the Trade Pref­er­en­tial Sys­tem, the le­gal pro­ce­dures of which was com­pleted in 2011. In his speech, the Pres­i­dent of the Is­lamic De­vel­op­ment Bank (IDB), Dr Ahmad Mo­hamed Ali, stressed the need for the OIC in­sti­tu­tions, in­clud­ing the IDB and COMCEC, to support the new OIC pro­gramme of ac­tion. The Gen­eral Assem­bly of COMCEC is held ev­ery year to re­view the eco­nomic and de­vel­op­ment ac­tiv­i­ties of OIC Mem­ber States in the pre­vi­ous year. The cur­rent ses­sion of the Gen­eral Assem­bly which be­gan on 265 Novem­ber 2014 is fo­cused on the role of pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tor com­pa­nies in the de­vel­op­ment of the tourism sec­tor in OIC Mem­ber States. The Gen­eral Assem­bly also dis­cussed de­vel­op­ments in the global econ­omy, with par­tic­u­lar ref­er­ence to the OIC Mem­ber States, the ex­pan­sion of in­tra-trade in the OIC, pro­mot­ing the role of the pri­vate sec­tor in eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion, de­vel­op­ing means of trans­porta­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion, de­vel­op­ing a sus­tain­able and com­pet­i­tive tourism sec­tor, in­creas­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity in the agri­cul­ture sec­tor, sus­tain­ing food se­cu­rity, erad­i­cat­ing poverty and sup­port­ing fi­nan­cial co­op­er­a­tion. Email.

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