OIC Delegation Due In Kyrgystan
A delegation of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) would be paying a one – day visit to Bishkek, capital of the Kyrgyz Republic, on 15 June 2010. The delegation which would be headed by the Special Representative of the OIC Secretary General, Ambassador Abdel Moez Bokhari, would deliver a letter from the OIC Secretary General, Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu to senior Kyrgyz officials.
The Secretary General had appealed to all parties for calm and return to normalcy following the outbreak of violence in the City of Osh, which left scores of people dead and wounded. Ihsanoglu also expressed his deep concern on the regretful incident and called for peaceful coexistence among the various minorities in Kyrgyzstan. The Secretary General urged the Kyrgyz authorities to take necessary measures to bring the situation back to normal and to prevent recurrence of these sad incidents.
The OIC Secretary General extends condolences to China over heavy flooding
The Secretary General of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, Prof. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu expressed deep sorrow over the casualties and losses caused by unusual heavy seasonal flooding in particular in the southeast area of the country. He was shocked and saddened to learn the large number of casualties and about the still rising death toll.
Ihsanoglu offered sincere condolences to the government and the people of China and expressed deep sympathies for the flood victims. He praised the Chinese authorities for their emergency response in the wake of this catastrophic flooding. He hoped that the country would be able to take immediate and appropriate measures to mitigate the sufferings of the affected people given their long experience in dealing with natural disasters.
Leaders of the African Private Sector recognized the potentials of Special Programme for Development of Africa
More than 150 participants, including the Ministers in charge of Economic Development and leaders of the Private Sector from Central, Eastern and Southern Africa sub-region, as well as representatives of the regional and international development partners attended the Second edition of the Ministerial Forum on the implementation of the Special Programme for the Development of Africa (SPDA), which was held in Yaoundé, Republic of Cameroon, on 8-9 June 2010.
The Forum was jointly organized by the OIC and the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) in collaboration with the Government of the Republic of Cameroon to sensitize decision-makers and Private Sector operators on the investment and financing opportunities of the SPDA.
In his message to the Forum, the OIC Secretary General, Prof. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, underscored the immense potentials of SPDA aimed at alleviating the pervasive phenomenon of poverty and mitigating the constraints of low agricultural and industrial outputs as well as food insecurity in the least developed countries of the Organization. He also explained that SPDA envisages huge investments in development projects, with emphasis on the development of Small and Medium-Scale Enterprises and the expansion of the role of the women and children, who constitute majority of the vulnerable groups.
In his own speech before the Forum, the President of IDB Group, Dr. Ahmad Mohamed Ali, enumerated the four pillars on which the SPDA pro-poor strategy was based, namely: poverty alleviation; human and infrastructure development; regional integration and development of the Private Sector.
Among the far-reaching recommendations of the Forum is the consolidation of relations between OIC/IDB on the one hand, and CEMAC (Economic and Monetary Community of Central African States)/CEEAC (Economic Community of Central African States) and their specialized organs on the other hand. They also include the development of business relations between the Private Sector operators in the sub-region and their counterparts in other OIC Member States, especially those in the Middle East and the Gulf region.