ICCIA participates in ICECS held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Iccia News | February 10, 2019- Islamic Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Agriculture (ICCIA) participated in the Islamic Commission for Economic, Cultural and Social Affairs (ICECS) held in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, on 15-17 January 2019 and submitted its Report.
Based on the ICCIA activities, the Islamic Commission has adopted the following Resolutions for the forthcoming 46th Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers, “Session of 50 years of Islamic Cooperation: Roadmap for Prosperity and Development”, to be held on 1-2 March 2019 at Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Taking into account the report on activities of ICCIA, especially in the area of trade promotion, organization of specialized trade fairs and business forums, as well as capacity building workshops,
1. Calls on all Member States to actively participate at the OIC Private Sector Forum to be held in 2019, for the purpose of mainstreaming the role of Private Sector in socio-economic development;
2. Reiterate its request to Member States to designate their umbrella Chambers of Commerce as accredited member of the ICCIA, in order to strengthen the membership of ICCIA as well as consolidating support for this important corporative representative of the OIC.
Taking note of the efforts of the ICCIA in fostering greater economic cooperation among the Private Sector through its numerous programmes and activities, and in this context, welcoming the MOUs signed between Turkey & Indonesia and between Saudi Arabia & Indonesia in Jakarta on 23rd October 2018, to further promote trade, tourism, investment, and economic cooperation
between their members and the private sector in general, Also taking note of the outcome of the 26th Board of Directors (BoD) and 34th General Assembly meetings of ICCIA held in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on 22 May 2018, Being aware of the outcome of the 27th Board of Directors (BoD) meeting of ICCIA held in Jakarta, Republic of Indonesia on 22-23 October 2018,
Recalling the inaugural address of H.E. the President of the Republic of Turkey during the 13th Islamic Summit Conference held in Istanbul, Turkey on 14- 15 April 2016, with regard to establishment of an OIC Arbitration Centre, Taking note of the ongoing arrangements by ICCIA to establish an affiliated institution to facilitate settlement of commercial and investment disputes within the private sector, Underscoring the fact that the establishment of the OIC Arbitration
Center as an affiliated institution of ICCIA is in conformity with the Statute of the
Taking note of the proposal of the ICCIA for establishing Microcredit entities, such as the Family Bank in Sudan in other OIC Member States, and calling upon the Member States to extend support in setting-up similar financial windows for women and youth, Commending the efforts of ICCIA in forging longstanding and productive partnerships with International Institutions, such as the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), by holding specialized training programs for upscaling Private Sector Enterprises in Member States, Having considered the activity report submitted by the ICCIA,
Calls upon the Member States to encourage their Chambers of Commerce to be actively involved in the ICCIA’s programs, particularly related to Commercial Arbitration, SMEs Development, Food Security, Tourism, Entrepreneurship Development, Poverty Alleviation, Microfinance and Development of Women and Youth-led-Enterprises;
2. Calls upon the Private Sector of the Member States to cooperate with the ICCIA and other stakeholders in the activities of halal trade and industry;
3. Takes note of the steps in setting up of the OIC Arbitration Center in Istanbul, as per the relevant resolutions of the COMCEC, which will be hosted by the Republic of Turkey and Union of Turkish Chambers and Commodity Exchanges (TOBB) as an organ affiliated to the ICCIA;
4. Takes note of the following activities to be organized by the ICCIA and calls upon the private sector of the Member States to actively participate in the following activities: (a) Workshop on Promoting Green Growth and Technology in Food-Water and Energy Nexus for OIC Countries – Challenges and Opportunities to be held in the first half of 2019;
(b) Chambers of Commerce Forum to be held in 2019;
(c) Specialized Workshops/Training Programmes to be held in 2019 on:
* Promotion of Cottage Industries through SMEs;
* Scaling-up existing Enterprises through Skill Development; and
* Exploring destinations for Health Tourism.
(d) The 17t h Private Sector Meeting for the OIC Member States/Trade Exchange Forum to be held in 2019; and (e) The 10th Businesswomen Forum in Islamic Countries to be held in 2019.