OIC Geneva Permanent Observer participates at the IDB Panel on Reducing Trade Costs in OIC Member Countries at the WTO
Ambassador Slimane Chikh has participated as a panellist in the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Group’s Plenary Session on “Reducing Trade Costs in the OIC Member Countries”, which was held on 30 June 2015 from 15h to 17h at WTO Headquarters in Geneva, at the occasion of the 5th Global Review of Aid for Trade.
The objective of this regionally focused session was to address efforts to reduce the cost of trade among IDB Group Members in the context of a dynamic picture, characterised by continued high rates of growth of some IDB members, on-going economic instability among others, and significant fiscal challenges arising from slowing commodity prices for many. The session aimed also at examining the issue of trade facilitation by providing the examples of global excellence in transport and logistics in some IDB Member States and the challenges arising from cumbersome and time-consuming border procedures found elsewhere.
The OIC Secretary General, H.E. Mr Iyad Ameen Madani hosted a reception at the sidelines of the High-level segment of the 28th Session of the Human Rights Council on 2 March 2015. OIC Member States Ambassadors, other Ambassadors and delegation representatives to the UN at Geneva and distinguished participants from non-governmentales organizations attended the reception. The reception gave the opportunity to announce the fifth session of the Istanbul Process on the implementation of the Human Rights Council resolution 16/18, to be held in June 2015 at the OIC Headquarters in Jedddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in a convivial atmosphere.
OIC Permanent Delegation in Geneva celebrated the forty-fifth anniversary of the Organization by hosting a roundtable discussion on the South-South cooperation
The OIC Permanent Delegation in Geneva organised a roundtable discussion focusing on the South-South cooperation on 29 September 2014 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. The roundtable discussion aimed at sharing views of different partners on how to better advance South-South cooperation both inside and between specific regional groups, but also through exchange of best practices and lessons learned among different regional entities, multilateral institutions and international organisations. The event further focused on how enriching successful experiences of some developing countries can help others to better shape and reach sustainable development goals.
The Acting Director-General of the United Nations Office in Geneva, Mr Mr Michael MØLLER opened the discussisons and, high-level speakers representing Africa Progress Panel, UNCTAD, UNDP and the South Centre, as well as from the OIC subsidiary organs ICDT and SESRIC addressed the participants.
The roundtable was followed by a reception hosted by the Permanent Delegation and Members of the OIC in Geneva.