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Archive of Activities - 2008

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Training Course on 'Statistical Data Analysis' in Qatar
Date : 22-24 December 2008 Venue : Doha Qatar

The Centre organised a training course on “Statistical Data Analysis” at the Qatar Statistics Authority of the State of Qatar on December 22-24, 2008. The course was provided by an expert from the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics of the Arab Republic of Egypt and was attended by 14 staff members of the Qatar Statistics Authority of the State of Qatar.

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Workshop on 'National Accounts for Asian Member Countries of the Organization of the Islamic Conference' in Turkey
Date : 01-02 December 2008 Venue : Ankara Turkey

The Centre organised a two-day training programme in the field of national accounts on 1-2 December 2008, in Ankara, Turkey at Hotel Ickale for Asian Member Countries of the Organization of the Islamic Conference in cooperation with the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the United Nations Statistical Division (UNSD). The training programme was conducted in English and simultaneous translation to Russian was provided.

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World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), the 3rd session of the Conference of the Parties
Date : 17-22 November 2008 Venue : Durban - South Africa

The Third Session of the Conference of the Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control was held in Durban, South Africa on 17-22 November 2008. SESRIC participated in the Session in its capacity to represent the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) as an observer international intergovernmental organisation to the Conference.

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International Conference on 'The Impact of Information and Integrated Statistical Systems on Socio-Economical Development'
Date : 08-10 November 2008 Venue : Ras Al-Khaimah United Arab Emirates

The Department of Economic Development of the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah – United Arab Emirates organized an international conference entitled “The Impact of Information and Integrated Statistical Systems on Socio-Economical Development” in collaboration with the College of Business and Economics- United Arab Emirates University during the period 8-10 November 2008. SESRIC presented a paper entitled “The Role of International Organizations in Developing Integrated Statistical Systems” during the conference.

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Seminar on 'The Emergence of e-Commerce and its Impact on Economies of OIC Member Countries'
Date : 28-30 October 2008 Venue : Istanbul Turkey

Istanbul, TurkeyA seminar on “The Emergence of e-Commerce and its Impact on Economies of OIC Member Countries” was co-organized by the SESRIC, IDB and the COMCEC Coordination Bureau in Istanbul, Turkey on October 28 – 30, 2008.

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High Level Expert Group Meeting of ECO NSOs
Date : 26-28 October 2008 Venue : Tehran Iran

SESRIC have participated in the High Level Expert Group (HLEG) Meeting of National Statistical Offices (NSOs) of Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO) which was held on 26-28 October 2008 in Tehran, which was organised by the ECO General Secretariat and hosted by the Statitical Centre of Iran (SCI).

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24th Session of the COMCEC
Date : 21-24 October 2008 Venue : Istanbul Turkey

COMCECThe 24th Session of the Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (COMCEC) was held in Istanbul, Republic of Turkey, on 20-24 October 2008.

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2nd Meeting of the OIC Member States' Stock Exchanges Forum
Date : 18-19 October 2008 Venue : Istanbul Turkey

The Second Meeting of the OIC Stock Exchanges Forum was organised by the Istanbul Stock Exchange of the Republic of Turkey and convened in Istanbul on 18-19 October 2008 with the participation of representatives of 17 stock exchanges in 15 OIC Member States, Central Depositories, Clearing and Registry Institutions of 7 OIC Member States, OIC General Secretariat, Statistical, Economic and Training centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC), Islamic Centre for Development of Trade (ICDT), Islamic development bank (IDB) and COMCEC Coordination Office. Representatives of Capital Markets Board and Privatisation Administration of Turkey, Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB), Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI), Citibank EMEA and Dow Jones Indexes have also attended the Meeting.

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4th Islamic Conference of Higher Education and Scientific Research – ICMHESR
Date : 06-08 October 2008 Venue : Baku Azerbaijan

The Islamic Conference of the Ministers of Higher Education and Scientific Research (ICMHESR-4) held its 4th session, in Baku, under the high patronage of His Excellency Mr Ilham Aliyev, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, from 6 through 8 October 2008 October 2008, on the theme of “Bringing Change through Scientific Youth Force”. The aim of the Conference was to provide an opportunity for the Ministers and Representatives of the OIC Member States to discuss various important issues pertaining to higher education and scientific research in the Islamic world and to evaluate and follow up the implementation of the Strategy for Development of Science and Technology in Islamic Countries, approved by the 8th Islamic Summit Conference (Tehran, December 1997) and adopted in its amended version by the 10th Islamic Summit Conference (Putrajaya, October 2003). Dr. Savas Alpay, Director General of the SESRIC and Mr. Mehmet Fatih Serenli, Acting Director of Training and Technical Cooperation Department at SESRIC represented the Centre at the Session.

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OIC Foreign Ministers’ Coordination Meeting in New York
Date : 26 September 2008 Venue : New York - USA

The OIC Foreign Ministers held their annual coordination meeting in New York on 26th September 2008 under the chairmanship of Mr. Sam Kutesa, Foreign Minister of Uganda.

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63rd Session of UN General Assembly
Date : 16 September 2008 Venue : New York - USA

The UN General Assembly opened its 63rd Session at the UN Headquarters in New York, United States of America, on Sept. 16, 2008 with its new president Mr. Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann saying that the issues of global food crisis, UN reform and climate change are among the key themes of its one-year work.

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6th Meeting of the OIC Task Force on SMEs
Date : 15-17 August 2008 Venue : Bangkok - Kingdom of Thailand

The 6th and Final Meeting of the OIC Task Force on SMEs was held at the Assumption University of Thailand, Bangkok on August 15-17, 2008. The Meeting was organized by the Islamic Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) in collaboration with the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), Thai Islamic Trade and Industrial Association (TITIA) and Assumption University of Thailand (AU). Dr. Savaş Alpay, Director General, represented the Centre thereat and participated in the deliberation sessions in which the main themes of the meeting were discussed.

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Turkish - African CSOs Forum 'Cooperation and Development'
Date : 14-16 August 2008 Venue : Istanbul Turkey

SESRIC has participated in the Turkish-African CSOs Forum “Cooperation and Development” that took place in Istanbul from 14 to 16 August 2008. The Forum was organized by the African Institute of Turkish Asian Centre for Strategic Studies (TASAM), an Istanbul based think tank organisation dedicated to African studies. Around 200 members of CSOs from the Republic of Turkey and African continent and 25 regional and international organisations participated in the Forum. Mr. Mehmet Fatih Serenli, Senior Researcher at the Centre, represented the SESRIC thereat.

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Workshop on Improving the Investment Climate in the OIC Member Countries
Date : 22-23 July 2008 Venue : Jeddah Saudi Arabia

The Workshop on “Improving the Investment Climate in the OIC Member Countries” was held in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on 22-23 July 2008 in fulfillment of a recommendation of the 23rd Session of the COMCEC, held on 14-17 November 2007 in Istanbul, Turkey, which chose the topic of this Workshop as the theme of the ‘Exchange of Views’ Session for the 24th Session of the COMCEC.

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SESRIC Participates in OIC-UN General Coordination Meeting
Date : 08-10 July 2008 Venue : Geneva - Switzerland

Geneva, SwitzerlandThe UN Assistant Secretary General, Head of the Office of United Nations in Geneva, H.E. Mr. Sergei Ordzhonikidze and the OIC Assistant Secretary General for Science and Technology H.E. Mr. Ali Akbar Salehi have officially opened the 2-days biennial UN-OIC General Meeting on Cooperation, on Tuesday, 8 July 2008 in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Regional Workshop on DevInfo
Date : 07-10 July 2008 Venue : Beirut Lebanon

United Nations Headquarters in Beirut, LebanonThe Regional Workshop on DevInfo took place in Beirut from 7 to 10 July 2008. The workshop has been organized by the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) in partnership with the United Nations Development Group (UNDG), UN country offices, and the Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC).

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Expert Group Meeting on Enhancing Intra - OIC Trade
Date : 05-06 July 2008 Venue : Ankara Turkey

The Experts Group Meeting (EGM) on Enhancing Intra-OIC Trade was jointly organised by the Centre, the International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC) of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchange (TOBB) of the Republic of Turkey and the COMCEC Coordination Office and held at the campus of the Economy and Technology University (ETU) of the TOBB in Ankara on 5-6 July 2008.

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6th Session of the Islamic Conference of Tourism Ministers
Date : 29 June - 02 July 2008 Venue : Damascus Syria

Umayyad Mosque, DamascusThe Sixth Session of the Islamic Conference of Tourism Ministers (ICTM) was held in Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic, on 29 June - 2 July 2008. It was preceded by a two-day Meeting of the Senior Officials on 29-30 June. Representatives from 32 member countries, the World Tourism Organisation (WTO), the Arab Tourism Organisation, Iran cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organisation, the General Secretariat of the OIC and its subsidiary, specialised and affiliated institutions attended the Conference. Dr. Savas Alpay, Director General, and Mr. Nabil Dabour, Acting Director of Research Department, represented the Centre thereat.

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Training Course on 'Agriculture Statistics' in Kazakhstan
Date : 24-26 June 2008 Venue : Astana Kazakhstan

Astana, KazakhstanThe Centre organised a training course on “Agriculture Statistics” at the Kazakhstan Statistical Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan on June 24-26, 2008. The course was provided by an expert from the Turkish Statistical Institute in Turkey and was attended by 20 staff members of the Kazakhstan Statistical Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

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35th Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM)
Date : 18-20 June 2008 Venue : Kampala Uganda

Kampala, UgandaThe 35th Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) was held on 18-20 June 2008 in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda and was attended by representatives from 53 Member States, the General Secretariat of the OIC and its subsidiary, specialised and affiliated institutions. Dr. Savaş Alpay, Director General of the SESRIC, represented the Centre thereat.

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Review Meeting of the Trade Negotiating Committee (TNC) of TPS - OIC
Date : 17-19 June 2008 Venue : Ankara Turkey

The Review Meeting of the Trade Negotiating Committee was held in Ankara from the 17th to the 19th of June 2008 with the participation of delegates from 16 countries of the Trade Negotiating Committee (TNC), 7 OIC member countries attended the meeting as observers. SESRIC represented the OIC General Secretariat and representatives of COMCEC Coordination Office, ICDT, IDB, SESRIC and WAEMU also attended the meeting.

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Tourism Statistics Workshop
Date : 16-18 June 2008 Venue : Ankara Turkey

Ankara, TurkeyThe Tourism Statistics Workshop was held on 16-18 June 2008 in Ankara, Turkey at Gazi Park Hotel. It was jointly organized by SESRIC, Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey, Turkish Statistical Institute and World Tourism Organization. 36 participants from ten OIC countries, namely Azerbaijan, Brunei, Malaysia, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey attended the workshop.

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11th Annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis
Date : 12-14 June 2008 Venue : Helsinki - Finland

Helsinki, Finland11th Annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis was held at Marina Congress Center, Helsinki, Finland, with the theme “Future of Global Economy”. The goal of the conference was to promote the exchange of ideas among economists conducting quantitative analysis of global economic issues.

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ABCDE Conference 2008, World Bank
Date : 09-11 June 2008 Venue : Cape town - South Africa

Cape Town, South AfricaThe Annual World Bank Conference on Development Economics, one of the world’s best known series of conferences on development, took place at the International Convention Centre in Cape Town (South Africa) on 9-11 June 2008. It was jointly organized by the World Bank and the National Treasury of South Africa. Many participants from the OIC Member Countries attended the Conference.

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Training Course on 'Quality in Statistics' in Tajikistan
Date : 26-28 May 2008 Venue : Dushanbe Tajikistan

Dushanbe, TajikistanThe Centre organised a training programme on “Quality in Statistics” at the State Committee on Statistics of the Republic of Tajikistan on May 26-28, 2008. The programme was provided by an expert from the Turkish Statistical Institute in Turkey and was attended by 20 staff members of the State Committee on Statistics of the Republic of Tajikistan.

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Training Course on 'Agriculture Statistics and Food Safety Analysis' in Uganda
Date : 26-27 May 2008 Venue : Kampala Uganda

Kampala, UgandaThe Centre organised a training programme on “Agriculture Statistics and Food Safety Analysis” at the Uganda Bureau of Statistics of the Republic of Uganda on May 26-27, 2008. The programme was provided by an expert from the Turkish Statistical Institute in Turkey and was attended by 15 staff members of the Uganda Bureau of Statistics of the Republic of Uganda.

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The 3rd Coordination Meeting of Heads of Subsidiary Organs, Specialised and Affiliated Institutions for the Implementation of the OIC Ten-Year Programme of Action
Date : 22 May 2008 Venue : Jeddah Saudi Arabia

Within the framework of the implementation of the OIC Ten-year Programme of Action, adopted by the 3rd extraordinary Islamic Summit, the OIC General Secretariat organised a meeting of the heads of the OIC subsidiary organs, specialised and affiliated institutions in order to follow up the implementation of this Programme.

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The 31st Session of the Islamic Commission for Economic, Cultural and Social Affairs (ICECS)
Date : 20-21 May 2008 Venue : Jeddah Saudi Arabia

The 31st Session of the Islamic Commission for Economic, Cultural and Social Affairs of the OIC was held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on 20-21 May 2008 with the participation of delegates from various member states and representatives of the OIC General Secretariat and its subsidiary, specialised and affiliated organs.

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The 24th Meeting of the Follow-up Committee of the COMCEC
Date : 13-15 May 2008 Venue : Antalya Turkey

COMCECThe 24th Meeting of the Follow-up Committee of the COMCEC was held on 13-15 May 2008 in Antalya, Turkey with the participation of 10 member countries of the Committee. Iraq, Uganda, United Arab Emirates and Yemen also attended the Meeting as observers. Malaysia attended the Meeting as the Chairman of the 10th Islamic Summit. The OIC General Secretariat and the following subsidiary, affiliated and specialised organs (SESRIC, ICDT, IDB, ICCI, IUT, ITFC, OISA and ICYF-DC) attended the Meeting. The SESRIC was represented at the meeting by its Director General Dr. Savaş Alpay and Mr. Nabil Dabour, Senior Researcher/Acting Director of the Research Department.

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The First Meeting of the Steering Committee for the OIC Cotton Cooperation Programme
Date : 12 May 2008 Venue : Antalya Turkey

CottonThe First Meeting of the Steering Committee for the implementation of the OIC Cotton Cooperation Programme was held on 12 May 2008 in Antalya, Republic of Turkey.

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The 24th General Assembly Meeting and 5th Board of Directors Meeting of the ICCI
Date : 23-26 April 2008 Venue : Jeddah Saudi Arabia

The 24th Session of the General Assembly of the Islamic Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) and the 5th Meeting of the Board of Directors of the Chamber was held on 24 April 2008 in Jeddah 2008.

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Seminar on Development of E-Tourism Technologies in Islamic Countries
Date : 22-24 April 2008 Venue : Dhaka Bangladesh

Dhaka, BangladeshConsidering the importance of e-tourism technologies and the status of the OIC member countries in this regard, a proposal for organising an International Seminar on “Development of E-Tourism Technologies in Islamic Countries” was discussed in the 5th Islamic Conference of Tourism Ministers (ICTM) held in Baku, Republic of Azerbaijan in September 2006. In this connection, the said Seminar was organised by the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology of Islamic University of Technology (IUT), Dhaka, in collaboration with Islamic Development Bank (IDB), OIC General Secretariat, Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Republic of Azerbaijan and the Ministry of Civil Aviation & Tourism of Peoples’ Republic of Bangladesh, and held at the campus of the Islamic University of Technology (IUT), Dhaka, Bangladesh on 22-24 April 2008.

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The 9th Meeting of the OIC Standardisation Experts Group
Date : 16-18 April 2008 Venue : Ankara Turkey
The 9th Meeting of the OIC Standardisation Experts Group, which was entrusted by the 23rd Session of the COMCEC with the task of studying and developing the OIC Halal Food Standards, was held in Ankara, Republic of Turkey on 16-18 April 2008 at the Headquarters of the Turkish Standards Institution (TSI).

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First Meeting of the OIC Statistical Working Group (OIC_SWG)
Date : 25-26 March 2008 Venue : Jeddah Saudi Arabia

SWG-1 LogoThe Islamic Development Bank (IDB) organised the First Meeting of the OIC_SWG on March 25- 26, 2008 at its Headquarters in Jeddah. The meeting was attended by the representatives of the OIC General Secretariat, SESRIC, ICCI, ICDT and IDB. The Inaugural session was addressed by the Vice President of the IDB, Dr. Amadou Boubacar Cisse and the Director General of the SESRIC, Dr. Savas Alpay. Then a presentation entitled “Setting the Scene: The Big Picture” was presented by, Dr. Abdullateef Bello, the Division Chief, Statistics (Data Resource Center, IDB).

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11th Session of the Islamic Summit Conference
Date : 13-14 March 2008 Venue : Dakar Senegal

Dakar, SenegalThe agenda for the 11th Session of the Islamic Summit Conference held in Dakar, Senegal on March 13-14, 2008 focused on four items:

  • Implementation of the OIC Ten-Year Program of Action
  • Adoption of the revised OIC Charter
  • Two brainstorming sessions on economic cooperation among Member States especially African
  • Knowledge-sharing among Member States.

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39th Session of the United Nations Statistical Commission
Date : 26-29 February 2008 Venue : New York - USA

The 39th Session of the UN Statistical Commission was held at the United Nations Headquarters, New York, on February 26-29, 2008. The Commission elected South Africa as the Chair of the Statistical Commission and Finland, Colombia, Oman and Hungary as the members of the Bureau. During the working Sessions, the Commission discussed the reports prepared by the designated institutions on employment statistics, education statistics, national accounts, tourism statistics, industrial statistics, trade statistics, health statistics, informal sector statistics and environment statistics.

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11th Meeting of the Committee for the Coordination of Statistical Activities (CCSA)
Date : 25 February 2008 Venue : New York -USA

New York, USAThe 11th Meeting of the Committee for the Coordination of Statistical Activities (CCSA) was held in New York, at the United Nations Headquarters, on February 25, 2008. The Director of the United Nations Statistics Division and Co-chair of the committee, Mr. Paul Cheung, welcomed the participants. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Pieter Everaers, Director of Agriculture and Environment Statistics, Statistical Cooperation of Eurostat and also Co-chair of the Committee.

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The 3rd Core Group Meeting on 'Ranking Universities of OIC Member Countries'
Date : 21-22 February 2008 Venue : Tehran Iran

Iran - TehranThe 3rd Core Group Meeting on OIC University Ranking was held on February 21-22, 2008 in Tehran, the Islamic Republic of Iran. Mr. H. Hakan Eryetli and Mr. Esat Bakımlı represented the Centre thereat.

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Training Course on 'CSPRO & SPSS' in Sudan
Date : 04-06 February 2008 Venue : Khartoum Sudan

Sudan - KhartoumThe Centre organised a training course on “Census and Survey Processing System (CSPRO) & Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS)” at the Central Bureau of Statistics of the Republic of Sudan on February 4-6, 2008. The course was provided by an expert from the Department of Statistics in Jordan and was attended by 12 staff members of the Central Bureau of Statistics of the Republic of Sudan.

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The First Meeting of ECO Heads of National Statistical Offices Opens in Tehran
Date : 28-29 January 2008 Venue : Tehran Iran

Tehran, IranThe 1st Meeting of the Heads of National Statistical Offices of ECO Member Countries was held on January 28-29, 2008, in Tehran, the Islamic Republic of Iran and was attended by the ECO Deputy Secretary-General, Heads of National Statistical Offices of the ECO member countries, the representatives of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), Islamic Development Bank (IDB), Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC), the Deputies, Director Generals and Senior Experts of the Statistical Centre of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Dr. Sıdıka Başcı represented SESRIC thereat.

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The 9th Annual Global Development Network (GDN) Conference
Date : 27 January - 02 February 2008 Venue : Brisbane - Australia

Brisbane, AustraliaLaunched in 1999, the GDN is a global network of research and policy institute dedicated to building high-quality social science research capacity across the developing and transition world. GDN aims to generate policy relevant, local research and build the capacity of research institutes and individual researchers in the developing and transition world. The 9th Annual Global Development Network (GDN) Conference on the theme 'Security for Development: Confronting Threats to Survival and Safety' was held in Brisbane, Australia, on January 27, 2008.

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