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Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation

The Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (COMCEC) is one of the four Standing Committees which the OIC has formed to advance issues of critical importance to the Organization and its Member States. This ministerial committee was established pursuant to resolution 13/3-P (IS) adopted by the 3rd Islamic Summit Conference held in Makkah al Mukarammah and Taif in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in January 1981. COMCEC follows up the implementation of resolutions in the economic and trade fields, explores possible means of strengthening cooperation among the Member States, and prepares programmes and proposals capable of improving capacities in these areas. COMCEC is chaired by H.E. the President of the Republic of Turkey.

COMCEC has been convening annually at the Ministerial Level in Istanbul since 1984. During the annual sessions of the COMCEC, the delegations of the Member States and the OIC institutions consider and deliberate on a number of agenda items related to various issues of enhancing economic and commercial cooperation among the Member States. These issues ranged from enhancing intra-OIC trade and investment to cooperation among the key economic and policy institutions such as the stock exchanges, central banks, etc. Also, during the annual sessions of the COMCEC, the Ministers of Economy and Trade of the OIC Member Countries exchange their views and elaborate on specific issues with the aim of enhancing and strengthening economic and commercial cooperation among the Member Countries in the face of the global economic challenges. Prior to the annual sessions of the COMCEC, the Follow-up Committee of the COMCEC convenes with the participation of a number of the Member Countries, who are member in this Committee, together with the relevant OIC institutions.

Since 1984, SESRIC has been actively participating in the annual sessions of the COMCEC and its Follow-up Committee meetings through submitting and presenting various background reports and studies on various important agenda items of the COMCEC.

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Planned / Implemented Meetings

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Study Visit on 'Poverty Statistics' in Egypt
Date : 27-29 December 2015 Venue : Cairo Egypt

Carried out under the support of COMCEC PCM Programme and coordinated by SESRIC, the project titled “Improving Statistical Capacities of OIC Member Countries in Poverty Statistics” aims at building statistical capacity in poverty statistics and overall contributing to the National Statistical Systems of the member countries of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) through capacity building programs including short-term trainings.

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Workshop on ‘Multidimensional Poverty Measurement’ in Senegal
Date : 30 November - 06 December 2015 Venue : Dakar Senegal

The Workshop on ‘Multidimensional Poverty Measurement (MPM)’ was organised by SESRIC in collaboration with the OIC Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (COMCEC), Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) and the Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development (ISFD) on 30 November – 6 December 2015 in Dakar, Republic of Senegal.

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Economic Outlook 2015 has been launched during the 31st Session of the COMCEC
Date : 23-26 November 2015 Venue : Istanbul Turkey

SESRIC has launched the OIC Economic Outlook 2015 report during the 31st Session of the COMCEC that was held in Istanbul during 23-26 November 2015. The main highlights of the report were presented by H.E. Amb. Musa Kulaklıkaya, Director General of SESRIC, during the meeting, where the Report and its special theme on investments have stimulated further discussions.

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6th Meeting of the COMCEC Agriculture Working Group
Date : 08 October 2015 Venue : Ankara Turkey

SESRIC participated in the 6th meeting of the COMCEC Agriculture Working Group that took place in Ankara on October 8, 2015. The theme of meeting was:” Promoting Agricultural Value Chains in the OIC Member Countries.” The Agriculture working group held discussions on:

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Training Course on ‘Poverty Statistics’ in Cote d'ivoire
Date : 15-17 September 2015 Venue : Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire

Adopted in 2012, the Strategy Document of the Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation (COMCEC) is the first vision document for the COMCEC for six main cooperation areas including tourism. To achieve strategic objectives defined in the COMCEC Strategy, COMCEC Coordination Office launched the COMCEC Project Cycle Management (PCM) Programme in 2013. Carried out under the support of COMCEC PCM Programme and coordinated by SESRIC, the project titled “2014-SESRIC-016 Improving Statistical Capacities of OIC Member Countries in Poverty Statistics” aims at building statistical capacity in poverty statistics and overall contributing to the National Statistical Systems (NSS) of the member countries of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) through capacity building programs including short-term trainings.

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Training Course on 'Poverty Statistics' in Togo
Date : 14-16 September 2015 Venue : Lomé Togo

Adopted in 2012, the Strategy Document of the Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation (COMCEC) is the first vision document for the COMCEC for six main cooperation areas including poverty. To achieve strategic objectives defined in the COMCEC Strategy, COMCEC Coordination Office launched the COMCEC Project Cycle Management (PCM) Programme in 2013. Carried out under the support of COMCEC PCM Programme and coordinated by SESRIC, the project titled “2014-SESRIC-016 Improving Statistical Capacities of OIC Member Countries in Poverty Statistics” aims at building statistical capacity in poverty statistics and overall contributing to the National Statistical Systems (NSS) of the member countries of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) through capacity building programs including short-term trainings.

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Training Course on 'Poverty Statistics' in Mauritania
Date : 24-26 August 2015 Venue : Nouakchott Mauritania

Adopted in 2012, the Strategy Document of the Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation (COMCEC) is the first vision document for the COMCEC for six main cooperation areas including poverty. To achieve strategic objectives defined in the COMCEC Strategy, COMCEC Coordination Office launched the COMCEC Project Cycle Management (PCM) Programme in 2013. Carried out under the support of COMCEC PCM Programme and coordinated by SESRIC, the project titled “2014-SESRIC-016 Improving Statistical Capacities of OIC Member Countries in Poverty Statistics” aims at building statistical capacity in poverty statistics and overall contributing to the National Statistical Systems (NSS) of the member countries of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) through capacity building programs including short-term trainings.

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Training Course on 'Poverty Statistics' in Burkina Faso
Date : 17-19 August 2015 Venue : Ouagadougou Burkina Faso

Adopted in 2012, the Strategy Document of the Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation (COMCEC) is the first vision document for the COMCEC for six main cooperation areas including poverty. To achieve strategic objectives defined in the COMCEC Strategy, COMCEC Coordination Office launched the COMCEC Project Cycle Management (PCM) Programme in 2013. Carried out under the support of COMCEC PCM Programme and coordinated by SESRIC, the project titled “2014-SESRIC-016 Improving Statistical Capacities of OIC Member Countries in Poverty Statistics” aims at building statistical capacity in poverty statistics and overall contributing to the National Statistical Systems (NSS) of the member countries of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) through capacity building programs including short-term trainings.

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The 31st Meeting of the Follow-Up Committee of the COMCEC
Date : 13-14 May 2015 Venue : Ankara Turkey

The 31st Meeting of the Follow-up Committee of the COMCEC was held on 13-14 May 2015 in Ankara, Turkey, with the participation of the member countries of the Committee (Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Palestine, Egypt, Kuwait, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Qatar, Mali and Niger). The OIC General Secretariat and the following subsidiary, affiliated and specialised organs (SESRIC, ICDT, IDB, ICCIA, OISA and SMIIC) attended the Meeting.

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Signing Ceremony of COMCEC Projects
Date : 30 March 2015 Venue : Ankara Turkey

The Signing Ceremony, which has been organized by the COMCEC Coordination Office (CCO), for the successful projects under the second round of COMCEC Project Cycle Management (PCM) was held in Ankara on 30 March 2015. A total of 17 successful projects under the COMCEC PCM, the main implementation instrument of the new COMCEC Strategy, have been announced on 12 February 2015. These projects were submitted by 11 OIC member countries namely Azerbaijan, Cameroon, Chad, Gambia, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Qatar, Suriname, Turkey, and Uganda and two OIC institutions including SESRIC and ITFC. Amb. Musa Kulaklıkaya, Director General of SESRIC, signed the operational and financial agreements of the successful project of SESRIC entitled to receive grants within the framework of COMCEC Project Cycle Management (PCM).

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4th Meeting of the COMCEC Financial Cooperation Working Group
Date : 19 March 2015 Venue : Ankara Turkey

SESRIC participated in the 4th Meeting of the COMCEC Financial Cooperation Working Group that took place in Ankara on 19 Marh 2015. The theme of meeting was:” Improving the Supervisory Mechanism of OIC Member Countries.” The Financial Cooperation working group hold discussions on the supervisory framework of the banking sector in the OIC member countries and policy options to improve supervisory mechanisms in the banking sector in OIC member countries.

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5th Meeting of the COMCEC Agriculture Working Group
Date : 05 March 2015 Venue : Ankara Turkey

SESRIC participated in the 5th meeting of the COMCEC Agriculture Working Group that took place in Ankara on March 5, 2015. The theme of meeting was:” Strengthening Institutional Capacity: Establishing/Strengthening Farmer Organizations in the OIC Member Countries.” The Agriculture working group held deliberations on: the recent trends in strengthening farmer organizations (FOs) at the global level, farmer organizations and policy environment in the OIC member countries, and policy options for establishing/strengthening farmer organizations in the OIC member countries.

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5th Meeting of the COMCEC Poverty Working Group
Date : 26 February 2015 Venue : Ankara Turkey

The Fifth Meeting of the Poverty Alleviation Working Group organized by the Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (COMCEC) was held on 26 February 2015 in Ankara, Turkey.

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5th Meeting of the COMCEC Transport and Communications Working Group
Date : 12 February 2015 Venue : Ankara Turkey

SESRIC has participated in the 5th meeting of the COMCEC Transportation and Communications Working Group that took place in Ankara on February 12, 2015. The theme of meeting was:” Evaluating the Ownership, Governance Structures, and Performances of Ports in the OIC Member States.” In addition to SESRIC, the meeting was attended by representatives of 11 Member States which were: Afghanistan, Gambia, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Malaysia, Morocco, Mozambique, Saudi Arabia, Suriname and Turkey. Also Representatives of COMCEC Coordination Office, Islamic Development Bank (IDB), Organization of Islamic Shipowners’ Association (OISA), UNCTAD, Khalid Bichou & Associates Ltd., Drewry Shipping Consultants, and Hogia Transport Systems also attended the meeting. The Transportation and Communications working group held deliberations on the latest global and regional trends in port sector, the current state of institutional and governance structure of the ports in OIC member states, and the efficiency of the ports in the member states.

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Fifth Meeting of the COMCEC Tourism Working Group
Date : 05 February 2015 Venue : Ankara Turkey

The Fifth Meeting of the COMCEC Tourism Working Group was held on February 5th, 2015 in Ankara, Turkey with the theme “Travel Facilitation for Enhancing Mobility in the OIC Member States”. The Meeting was attended by the representatives of 10 OIC Member States including Gambia, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Mozambique, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sudan and Turkey. Representatives from the COMCEC Coordination Office, ICDT, WTTC (World Travel and Tourism Council), IATA, Tourism Economics, and Turkish Airlines have also attended the Meeting. The Centre was represented thereat by Dr. Cem Tintin, Researcher and Mr. Abdulhamit Ozturk, Researcher.

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Third Meeting of the OIC/COMCEC Private Sector Tourism Forum
Date : 29-30 January 2015 Venue : Istanbul Turkey

The Third Meeting of the OIC/COMCEC Private Sector Tourism Forum was held on 29-30 January 2015 in Istanbul, Turkey with a theme “International Branding of Tourism Destinations in the OIC Member Countries. The Meeting was attended by the representatives of 16 OIC Member States. The Centre was represented thereat by Dr. Cem Tintin, Researcher. Representatives from the COMCEC Coordination Office, ICDT, ICD (IDB Group), Tourism Development International and TURSAB also attended the Meeting.

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