OIC Press Release
|17 January 2001|
The Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, Dr. Abdelouahed Belkeziz, started his new mission with the meeting he held on Tuesday 21 Shawwal 1421 H (16 January 2001 with Assistant Secretaries General at the headquarters of the General Secretariat of the Organization in Jeddah. The meeting started by addressing the coordination of the Organization’s work, on the one hand, and looking into the causes of joint Islamic action, on the other.
The Secretary General took the opportunity to recall the importance of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, the hopes that Muslims allover the world attach to it, and the mission entrusted to it by the leaders of the Islamic Ummah to serve its interests.
It is on that premise that Dr. Abdelouahed Belkeziz emphasized the onerous responsibility that falls to the General Secretariat to energize and develop its organs and mechanisms, to prove itself in strengthening effective solidarity among the member States, and to reinforce relations of cooperation between the Organization and the various international and regional organizations.
The Secretary General also emphasized the need for the Organization’s staff to exert the required efforts to carry out their duties using the most effective work methods that are prevalent in international organizations by preparing accurate research studies that are made available to member States, even if this meant the rehabilitation of the Organization’s structures and working methodology.
The Secretary General pointed out that the member States are active and influential on the international political and economic level, which has helped the Organization play a major role in international decision-making. He also addressed the need to energize the role of the Islamic Group in international forums, to exploit the influence and sheer number of Islamic States in such forums to the benefit of the causes of the Islamic world. He stressed the need for the tolerant voice and radiant image of Islam to be given prominence and for the role of the Organization to be revitalized in using its good offices to resolve differences between member States, in addressing economic, cultural, scientific, and technological issues, and in striving to be present right in the thick of action with its media message where events of interest to the Islamic world are concerned.
The Secretary General then held a meeting with the directors of the General Secretariat’s departments which was also attached by the Assistant Secretaries General, where he addressed the audience on the need to rise to the challenge of the modern age with forward-looking methods, open-minded ideas, and modern, progressive mechanisms so as to narrow the gap that separates us from developed nations. Dr. Belkeziz pointed out that the Islamic world has started to find its way by identifying the adequate approach to development and to an intellectual, political, and economic renaissance. He stressed the value that he places on assessing and rehabilitating the work of the departments and identifying their strengths and weaknesses, as well as the required solutions for such weaknesses, where necessary.
The Secretary General used his address to point out that he had, ahead of him, forty-eight months of continuous work for the benefit of the Organiation so as to develop its action in the different fields, that he intended to make use of this time to organize and plan the activities to be completed, and that he was optimistic that the Organization’s work will be enhanced to meet the aspirations of the Islamic Ummah.
Dr. Abdelouahed Belkeziz especially emphasized the need to follow up and energize the resolutions adopted by the Ninth Islamic Summit which was held in Doha, the capital of the State of Qatar, and was a successful summit by all accounts thanks to the efforts exerted by the host country. The Secretary General also paid tribute to the continuous support received by the Organization from the government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, His Majesty King Fahd ibn Abdulaziz, may Allah save him, the Sovereign of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which has adopted this Organization ever since its inception, provided its with the best support and assistance at all levels and continues to do so.