OIC Press Release
|22 January 2000|
The Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference Dr. Azeddine Laraki appealed to the States of the Islamic World to expedite the practical steps taken to face the negative impact of globalization in the economic, social and cultural fields, underlined by the acute financial crisis which afflicted some great world economies, the failure of international monetary institutions to ensure economic stability, and the escalation of popular criticism of applied systems in the socio-economic field.
In his speech to the Twenty-third Session of the Islamic Commission for Economic, Cultural and Social Affairs, which commenced its proceedings on Saturday 15 Shawal 1420 H (22 January 2000) in Jeddah, the Secretary General maintained that the main obstacle facing developing States, including OIC Member States, is the fierce competition generated by ongoing globalization, liberalization of world trade and the continuing protective measures imposed by developed countries under the pretext of countering foreign dangers. He highlighted the role of the current session of the Commission whose recommendations shall constitute a valuable material for the deliberations of the Twenty-seventh Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers. The latter’s discussions are expected to address certain issues of the world economic order which will have important repercussions on the economies of the Member States in the new century.
Dr. Laraki reminded the delegates of the OIC Plan of Action aimed at bolstering economic and commercial cooperation among the Member States. He requested the Commission to closely evaluate the follow-up and implementation mechanism of the plan and draw up appropriate recommendations thereon. He also requested them to pay adequate attention to urging the Member States to expedite the ratification of the OIC Statutes and Agreements to strengthen inter-trade and economic cooperation among the Member States.
At the cultural and social level, Dr. Larki reviewed the efforts exerted by the OIC and its Subsidiary and Affiliated institutions to promote the links among the Islamic peoples and support the various scientific and cultural institutions in the Member States, for example, the Islamic universities in Uganda and Niger which are proceeding to propagate Islamic culture in Africa and counter actions hostile to Islam. He pointed out that providing funds sufficient for the running of institutions and institutes is still a source of concern to the OIC General Secretariat. The Secretary General maintained that he was looking forward to the positive role which may be assumed by the university of Uganda upon taking possession of King Fahd Commercial Centre which will be established within the few coming months with a generous grant from the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, who continues to extend support and patronage to all OIC activities and efforts at various fora.
Dr. Laraki commended the support extended by the State of Kuwait to the Waqf of both universities, which amounted to US $ two million. He also referred to the proposal made by the State of the United Arab Emirates to establish a general Waqf for all Islamic universities – the proposal has been included in the agenda of the current session.
At the beginning of its session, the Islamic Commission elected the Bureau of the Meeting as follows: Malaysia, Chairman; Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Republic of Nigeria and the State of Palestine as Vice-Chairmen; and Burkina Faso as rapporteur.
The Session is expected to continue for five days, at the conclusion of which it will adopt recommendations to be submitted to the next Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers.