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REPORT and RESOLUTIONS
OF THE TWENTY-FIRST SESSION
OF THE COMCEC
Istanbul, 22 - 25 November 2005
COMCEC Coordination Office
Ankara, November 2005
COMCEC Coordination Office
Necatibey Cad. 108
Tel: 90-312-294 55 10
Tlfax: 90-312-294 55 77
Tlx: 4210 10 DPT TR
e-mail: ftigli @ dpt.gov.tr
TABLE OF CONTENTS
RESOLUTIONS OF THE OIC FORMING THE
BASIS AND GUIDING THE ACTIVITIES OF THE
STANDING COMMITTEE FOR ECONOMIC AND
COMMERCIAL COOPERATION OF THE OICI. Resolution adopted at the Third Islamic Summit Conference Establishing the Standing Committees of the OIC chaired by Heads of States 11 II. Final Communique of the Fourth Islamic Summit Conference Entrusting the Chairmanship of the Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation to the President of the Republic of Turkey 13 III. Resolution No. 30/10-E (IS) on the Activities of the Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation (COMCEC) 15
LIST OF BASIC DOCUMENTS AND REPORT OF
THE TWENTY-FIRST SESSION OF THE
STANDING COMMITTEE FOR ECONOMIC AND
COMMERCIAL COOPERATIONI. List of Basic Documents Considered and/or Presented at the Twenty-first Session of the COMCEC 29 II. Report of the Twenty-first Session of the COMCEC 35 3 Page
1. List of Participants of the Twenty-first Session of the COMCEC 49
2. The text of the inaugural address by H.E. Ahmet Necdet SEZER, President of the Republic of Turkey and Chairman of the COMCEC, at the Opening Session 79
3. The text of the address of H.E. Prof. Dr. Ekmeleddin İHSANOĞLU, Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, at the Opening Session 89
4. The text of the statement of H.E. Ahmed Mohammed ALI, the President of the Islamic Development Bank, at the Opening Session 103
5. The text of the speech of H.E. Shaikh Saleh Bin Abdullah KAMEL, the President of the Islamic Chamber of Commerce and Industry, at the Opening Session 111
6. Agenda of the Twenty-first Session of the COMCEC 121
7. The text of presentation of H.E. Dr. Ahmet TIKTIK, Undersecretary of the State Planning Organization of t
14. The text of the Message by H.E. Prof. Dr. Ekmeleddin İHSANOGLU, Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference at the Closing Ceremony 219
The Third Islamic Summit Conference (Palestine and Al-Quds Session), meeting in Mecca Al-Mukarramah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, from 19th to 22nd Rabi-Al-Awal, 1401 H. (25-28 January, 1981);
Having listened to the proposals by His Majesty King HASSAN II, Chairman of Al-Quds Committee, that three committees will be established and chaired by the Kings and Presidents of the Islamic States, Proceeding from a firm belief that joint Islamic action needs to be consolidated in the scientific and technological field, and in the economic and trade sphere, Prompted by the desire to give information and culture a fresh impetus to help world public opinion understand the basic issues of the Islamic nations, particularly those of Al- Quds and Palestine, and to confront the tendentious campaign launched against Islam and Muslims,
1. To establish three Standing Committees, the first for scientific and technological cooperation, the second for economic and trade cooperation, and the third for information and cultural affairs;
2. These Committees shall undertake to follow up implementation of the resolutions passed, or about to be passed, by the Islamic Conference in those fields; to study all possible means of strengthening cooperation among Muslim States in those fields, and to draw up programmes and submit proposals designed to increase the Islamic States' capacity in those fields;
4. Members of these Committees shall be elected by the Islamic Foreign Ministers' Conference for a renewable term of three years;
5. A Committee shall hold a meeting, if invited to do so by its Chairman or by a majority of its members; its meeting shall be valid if attended by a majority.
The Tenth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference (Session of Knowledge and Morality for the Progress of Ummah) held in Putrajaya, Malaysia, from 20Shaban 1424H (16-17 October 2003), Recalling Resolution No. 31/9-E (IS) adopted by the Ninth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference;
Also recalling Resolution No. 2/6-E (IS) of the Sixth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference, held in Dakar, Republic of Senegal on 9-11 December 1991 on the activities of the COMCEC mandating it to formulate new Strategies for the enhancement of the Plan of Action to Strengthen Economic and Commercial Cooperation Among OIC Member States and to take appropriate action for its implementation;
Recalling resolution No. 8/7-E(IS) of the Seventh Session of the Islamic Summit Conference, held in Casablanca, Kingdom of Morocco, from 11 to 13 Rajab 1415H (13-15 December 1994) which endorsed the Strategy and the Plan of Action;
Recalling Resolution No. 30/30-E adopted by the Thirtieth Session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers;
Recalling the resolutions of the Ministerial level meetings in different areas of cooperation held under the auspices of the COMCEC;
Also recalling the resolutions adopted at the eighteenth previous sessions of the COMCEC initiating effective action in economic cooperation among the Member States, particularly in the area of trade;
Noting with appreciation the efforts of the General Secretariat, subsidiary organs, affiliated and specialized institutions of OIC, working in the field of economy and trade, to implement the resolutions of the COMCEC;
15 Noting with appreciation that the Strategy for Economic and Commercial Cooperation adopted by the COMCEC allows for cooperation among subgroups of Member States and is based on the principles giving emphasis to private sector, economic liberali asation, integration with the world economy, sanctity of the economic, political, legal and constitutional structures of the Member States and their international obligations.
Also noting with appreciation that the revised Plan of Action is a general and flexible policy document open for improvement during its implementation in accordance with the provisions stipulated in its chapter on Follow-up and Implementation.
Recognizing the importance for the Member States of the new economic configurations emerging at the global level particularly from the creation of regional economic groupings, signing of the Uruguay Round Agreements, and
creation of the World Trade Organization and its subsequent Agreements:
Appreciating that, starting with its Eleventh Session, COMCEC serves as a platform where the Ministers of Economy of the Member States could exchange views on current world economic issues and that the topics "Implications of the Uruguay Round of trade Negotiations and the Establishment of the World Trade Organization on the externa! trade v)f 0!C Member States", "Privatization Experiences in Member States". "Implications of Regional Economic Groupings particularly the European Union on the Economies of Member States". "Intra-OIC Trade and Investment and Economic Stabilisation and Structural Reforms in Member States'". "Human Resource Development for Sustained Economic Growth and Poverty Alleviation in the Member States of the OIC". "Strengthening of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Facing Globalisation and Liberalisation" "The Effects of Non-tariff Barriers on Foreign Trade of the Member Countries" and "Private Sector Investment in the Member States and the Role of IDB" were the themes for the 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th 15th. 16th 17th and 18th Session-of th; COMCEC, respectively;
Having taken note of the report of the Secretary General;
1. Stresses the need for COMCEC to continue to pay utmost attention to coordination and cooperation among Member States with regard to the 16 membership of new countries that wish to join the World Trade Organization, and to the clarification of positions on the new issues and agreements under consideration within the framework of the WTO with a view to strengthening the negotiating position of these countries at the forthcoming multilateral trade negotiations especially with respect to the built-in agenda and to the new ones.
2. Expresses satisfaction that the Islamic Development Bank has successfully carried out the mandate given by COMCEC to organise Coordination Meetings for Member States to consult among themselves and better prepare for the WTO Ministerial Meetings held in Singapore from 9 to 13 December 1996, in Geneva from 18-20 May 1998, in Seattle from 30 November to 03 December 1999, in Doha from 9-14 November, 2001 and in Cancun, Mexico from 10-14 September 2003 respectively with a view to assisting them to adopt a common stand regarding the issues raised in the Agenda of those meetings.
3. Thanks the ICDT and IDB for organising an expert group meeting before the Fifth WTO Ministerial Conference for the benefit of the Member States.
4. Thanks the IDB for organizing a brainstorming meeting for Geneva-based missions on 1-2 May 2003 and a consultative meeting on 27-28 July 2003 for capital-based officials in preparation for the 5th WTO Ministerial Conference.
5. Appreciates also the technical assistance programmes of the Islamic Development Bank to assist Member States which are either members of the WTO or in the process of accession to the Organization, and the role of the Bank in organizing for consultative meetings of Member States and the Seminars and Workshops it organizes for this purpose.
6. Appreciates the efforts of the Islamic Chamber of Commerce and Industry in organizing Private Sector Meetings as directed by the COMCEC for an effective implementation of the Plan of Action.
7. Underlines the crucial importance of the active participation of the private sector in economic cooperation among the Member States and appreciating the cooperation and productive support of IDB for all the events of ICO, calls upon ICCI to pursue its efforts to further involve the private sector in the economic cooperation among Member States.
8. Appreciates the Islamic Republic of Iran for holding the 10th Private Sector Meeting on 4-6 October 2003 in Tehran in collaboration with ICCI and the Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Mines.
9. Notes with appreciation that the Regulations for the Islamic Trade Fair which was prepared by the Islamic Centre for Development of Trade, had been adopted by the Eighteenth Session of the COMCEC.
10. Expresses its gratitude to the United Arab Emirates for hosting the Islamic Trade Fair in Sharjah from 21 to 26 December 2002 on the theme: Free Trade and Sustainable development, and expresses its appreciation for the commendable efforts made by the Islamic Centre for Development of Trade and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Sharjah for the success of the fair.
11. Also welcomes the offer of the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce to host the 11th Private Sector Meeting in 2004 and the offer of Senegal to host the 13th Private Sector Meeting in 2006. The offer to host the 12th Private Sector Meeting into 2005 is awaited.
12. Further welcomes the offer of the Republic of Guinea to host the 10th Islamic Trade Fair in 2004 and calls upon the Member States to actively participate in the event.
13. Emphasizes the need to urgently implement the revised Plan of Action to Strengthen Economic and Commercial Cooperation Among Member States the OIC, in compliance with the principles and operational modalities of the Strategy and the procedures set forth in its chapter on Follow-up and Implementation.
14. Stresses the importance of the recommendations of the Experts Group Meeting for Accelerating the Implementation of the Plan of Action and requests that measures be taken by the Member States to accelerate the implementation of hese recommendations through appropriate mechanisms to be proposed by the COMCEC Coordination Office in collaboration with the OIC General Secretariat and the OIC institutions.
15. Takes notes of approval by the COMCEC of the Draft Project Profile Form prepared by the COMCEC Coordination Office in pursuance of the relevant 18 recommendation of the Experts Group Meeting on Accelerating the Implementation of the OIC Plan of Action and requests the Member States to make use of it whenever they wish to submit project proposals within the framework of the OIC Plan of Action.
16. Takes notes with appreciation also of the study by the COMCEC Coordination Office, in cooperation with the OIC General Secretariat, SESRTCIC, ICDT, IUT, IDB, ICCI and OISA in their capacity as focal points, elaborating on the content and the terms of their possible assignment, in pursuance of the relevant recommendation of the Experts Group Meeting assigning mandate to the relevant OIC institutions to study, apprise and provide the necessary financial and technical support to the cooperation projects to be proposed, which will be finalized for submission to the 19th Session of COMCEC.
17. Requests the Member States to communicate their views on the supplementary Mechanism for implementation of the OIC Plan of Action which was proposed and circulated by the COMCEC Coordination Office at their earliest convenience so that it can be submitted to the 19th Session of COMCEC.