SESRIC



Islamic Commission for Economic, Cultural and Social Affairs (ICECS)

Islamic Commission for Economic, Cultural and Social Affairs (ICECS) convenes once a year in Jeddah in preparation for the regular Sessions of the Council of Foreign Ministers.

The Commission was established in May 1976 aiming at ensuring the handling of the economic, social and cultural cooperation issues for the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation at experts level. 

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32nd Session of the Islamic Commission for Economic, Cultural and Social Affairs (ICECS)
Date : 04-06 April 2009 Venue : Jeddah Saudi Arabia

Saudi ArabiaThe 32nd Session of the Islamic Commission for Economic, Cultural and Social Affairs (ICECS) was held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on 4-6 April 2009. Following the Speech of the Representative of the Republic of Uganda, chairman of the 31st Session of the ICECS, at the opening session, the Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, His Excellency Prof. Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu also delivered his statement where he expressed his great honour in continuing to serve as the OIC Secretary General while noting that this meeting constitutes the first one since his re-election as OIC Secretary General. In the area of economy, His Excellency the Secretary General said that the Organization was trying hard to follow this contemporaneous logic and to create conditions to enhance joint Islamic action in the economic field by strengthening economic relations and mutual interests among the OIC Member States. He added that the current global financial crisis was a source of great concern to all Member States, the OIC General Secretariat and its institutions and expressed the hope that the Commission will closely monitor the phenomenon in collaboration with the OIC General Secretariat and the SESRIC, to study the impact of the crisis on the economies of the Member States, particularly as they relate to economic recession and restrictions on development assistance, especially to low-income countries.