OIC brainstorming session ends


The ‘2nd Brainstorming Session on the Comprehensive Reform of the OIC’ ended on Thursday in Dhaka with the closing remarks from State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam. The two-day conference was attended by more than 100 high representatives from 57 OIC member states, their permanent mission to the OIC, the General Secretariat, six subsidiary organs of OIC, and a number of affiliated organs of OIC.

It was jointly co-chaired by Bangladesh, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the General Secretariat. Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen inaugurated the two days session on Wednesday and urged the delegates from all OIC member states, OIC General Secretariat, and Organs of OIC to offer views and visions to identify areas, issues and possible solutions towards a comprehensive reform of the OIC.

The member states and organisations had the opportunity of presenting their thoughts, views and ideas on the comprehensive reform of the OIC and the result came out in the brainstorming process developed a floor to give a strategic look at expert level for creating reform proposals.

In addition, Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF) together with Ministry of Foreign Affairs gave a brief presentation on the activities that will be conducted during the Dhaka OIC Youth capital 2020 celebration. Bangladesh was lauded for her efforts to host the event by the member states, the foreign ministry said.

With the articulation of all thoughts, ideas and proposals of reformation, the OIC is going to enter into the phase of intense administrative work. The next phase of the reform process would be synchronisations and synthesisation of the ideas toward a solid set of democratic and consensus-based convergent formulations, the foreign ministry said in a statement.

As regards implementation of the reforms agreed, the Intergovernmental Group of Experts (IGGE) and the Eminent Persons Group will decide whether implementation would be done item by item, in a graduated manner or as a consolidated package. The State Minister particularly thanked the co-chairs for their support and cooperation in conducting the brainstorming meetings.

He also invited all OIC member states to join the year-long celebration of the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The OIC delegates paid rich tribute to the memory of Bangabandhu and to the memory of the language martyrs on the eve of the International Mother Language Day. The state minister thanked the Saudi government for its continued support towards the OIC.