35th Session of the Islamic Commission for Economic, Cultural and Social Affairs (ICECS)
Date: 18-20 June 2012
Venue: Jeddah - Saudi Arabia

The 35th Session of the Islamic Commission for Economic, Cultural and Social Affairs (ICECS)” has been held at the OIC Headquarters in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on 18-20 June 2012. The Session has been attended by the representatives of the OIC member countries and those of the OIC and its subsidiary, specialized and affiliated institutions.

The Commission resumed its proceedings as the Islamic Commission for Economic, Cultural and Social Affairs through reviewing and discussing a long list of agenda items on various issues of cooperation in areas such as trade and finance, poverty alleviation and food security, agriculture and tourism, science and technology, Dawa affairs, and cultural and social affairs. In its capacity as the Joint General Assembly of the subsidiary organs of the OIC, the Commission reviewed the activities of these institutions.

In this connection, the Commission took note of the instructive technical reports and studies presented by SESRIC on the most salient items of the economic agenda of the annual sessions of the COMCEC, the Islamic Commission and other OIC Ministerial Conferences and meetings. It commended SESRIC for the quality and relevance of the capacity building programmes, courses and workshops it organizes on various subjects and fields of interest to the member countries with a view to enhancing and improving the level of technical cooperation among them; in particular, for its leadership in implementing long-term projects and launching new sub-programmes under the OIC-VET Programme and for its active role in organizing meeting of the 2011 Central Banks and Monetary Authorities of the OIC Member States. It recognizes the importance of SESRIC's database on socio-economic indicators of the OICI Member States and the various statistical publications of the Centre, and notes with satisfaction SESRIC's success in establishing the OIC Statistical Commission (OIC-SC) and organizing its annual sessions.

The Commission also elected the following members of the Board of Directors of SESRIC for the period
2012-2014: Republic of Turkey, Republic of Azerbaijan, State of UAE, Islamic Republic of Iran, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Republic of Senegal, State of Qatar, Republic of Cameroon, and State of Kuwait.