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Archive of Activities - 2009

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Experts Group Meeting on the Establishment of the OIC Development Assistance Committee (OIC-DAC)
Date : 22-23 December 2009 Venue : Ankara Turkey

The Experts Group Meeting on the Establishment of the OIC Development Assistance Committee (OIC-DAC) was organised by SESRIC and held in Ankara, Republic of Turkey, on 22-23 December 2009.

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10th Islamic Countries Conference on Statistical Sciences (ICCS-X)
Date : 20-23 December 2009 Venue : Cairo Egypt

SESRIC has participated in the 10th Islamic Countries Conference on Statistical Sciences (ICCS-X), held in Cairo, Egypt, on 20-23 December 2009. The conference was organized by the Islamic Countries Society of Statistical Sciences (ISOSS) and co-sponsored by the American University in Cairo and the Egyptian Cabinet Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC). The conference brought together researchers and practitioners in statistical sciences from 32 countries all over the world and more than 190 presentations were given by distinguished speakers. Mrs. Zehra Zumrut Selcuk represented the SESRIC thereat.

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Training Course on 'Statistical Data Analysis: Projections and Forecasting' in Malaysia
Date : 14-16 December 2009 Venue : Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

The Centre organised a training course on “Statistical Data Analysis: Projections and Forecasting” at the Department of Statistics of Malaysia, on December 14-16, 2009. The course was provided by Dr. Ali Said, expert from the BPS-Statistics Indonesia and was attended by 30 staff members of the Department of Statistics of Malaysia.

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The Annual Conference of the Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) on Islamic Banking and Finance
Date : 14-15 December 2009 Venue : Manama Bahrain

The Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) organised its Annual Conference on Islamic Banking and Finance, in collaboration with the World Bank, in Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain, on 14-15 December 2009. The Conference discussed the most important topics related to the operations of the Financial Islamic Banking such as expanding access to finance to small businesses and households, the way forward for Tawarruq (monetisation) transactions, Sukuk: equity or debt instruments?, investment accounts versus deposit accounts, derivatives: application of mechanisms such as Arboun, Debt Trading and Salam for derivative products including profit rate swap, interbank money market operations, and issues on bankruptcy, liquidation, merger and acquisition.

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17th Conference of Islamic World Academy of Science
Date : 14-17 December 2009 Venue : Selangor Malaysia

SESRIC has participated in the 17th Conference of Islamic World Academy of Sciences (IAS) held in Shah Alam / Selangor, Malaysia on 14-17 December 2009 under the patronage of HRH the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Al-Haj. The Conference was jointly organised by the IAS and the University Industry of Selangor on the theme “Towards the Knowledge Society in the Islamic World: Knowledge Production, Application and Dissemination”. SESRIC presented two papers during the Conference on “The Atlas of Islamic World Innovation” and “R&D and KE Performance of OIC Member Countries”.

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SESRIC’s Meeting with the Representatives of OIC Member Countries on the Sideline of the ‘International Conference on eGovernment: Sharing Experiences (eGOVsharE2009)’
Date : 09 December 2009 Venue : Antalya Turkey

The Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Conference (SESRIC) conducted a sideline meeting on December 9, 2009 with the representatives of the Member Countries of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) in the International Conference on eGovernment: Sharing Experiences (eGovSharE2009), which was co-organized by the SESRIC, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the eGovernment Centre (eDEM) of the Public Administration Institute for Turkey and Middle East (TODAİE) and the Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TİKA) during December 8-11, 2009 in Antalya, Republic of Turkey.

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International Conference on eGovernment: Sharing Experiences (eGOVsharE2009)
Date : 08-11 December 2009 Venue : Antalya Turkey

eGOVsharE2009The SESRIC together with the Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TİKA), e-Government Centre of the Public Administration Institute for Turkey and the Middle East (TODAİE eDEM) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) co-organised the "International Conference on e-Government: Sharing Experiences" (eGOVsharE2009) which took place on 8-11 December 2009 in Antalya, Turkey.

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Seminar on 'Does Technology Transfer Lead to Technological Poverty?'
Date : 24 November 2009 Venue : Ankara Turkey

The Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) organised and hosted a seminar on “Does Technology Transfer Lead to Technological Poverty?" in its headquarters in Ankara on November 24, 2009. The seminar was delivered by Murat Tiryakioğlu.

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PARIS21 Consortium Meeting
Date : 16-18 November 2009 Venue : Dakar Senegal

The Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21) organised its Consortium meeting in Dakar, Senegal on 16-18 November 2009. Dr. Savaş Alpay, Director General of SESRIC, delivered a speech in the session "What works in financial and technical assistance: regional approaches, twinning, south-south" on 17 November 2009.

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Seminar on 'The Policy and Implementation Developments within the Context of the Revised Lisbon Strategy'
Date : 11 November 2009 Venue : Ankara Turkey

The Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) organised and hosted a seminar on “The Policy and Implementation Developments within the Context of the Revised Lisbon Strategy” in its headquarters in Ankara on November 11, 2009. The seminar was delivered by Osman Kaya.

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Dr. Savaş Alpay Received a Plaque of Gratitude from H.E. Abdullah Gül, Chairman of the COMCEC and the President of the Republic of Turkey
Date : 09 November 2009 Venue : Istanbul Turkey

Dr. Savaş Alpay, Director General of SESRIC, was awarded with a Plaque of Gratitude by H.E. Abdullah Gül, Chairman of the COMCEC and President of the Republic of Turkey, on 9 November 2009 at the COMCEC Economic Summit.

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The OIC-VET Programme has been Officially Launched by H. E. Abdullah Gül, President of the Republic of Turkey and Chairman of the COMCEC
Date : 09 November 2009 Venue : Istanbul Turkey

The Vocational Education and Training Programme for OIC Member Countries (OIC-VET) has been launched officially by H.E. Abdullah Gul, Chairman of the COMCEC and President of the Republic of Turkey, at the COMCEC Economic Summit on 9 November 2009. The launch ceremony, which includes an introductory cinevision show about the OIC-VET Programme, was one of the most spectacular events that took place during the 25th Session of the COMCEC and the COMCEC Economic Summit.

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Director General of SESRIC Participated in OIC/COMCEC Business Forum
Date : 05-06 November 2009 Venue : Istanbul Turkey

Dr. Savaş Alpay, Director General of SESRIC, participated in the OIC/COMCEC Business Forum that was organized by the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) and the Independent Industrialists and Businessmen’s Association (MUSIAD) on 5-6 November 2009 in Istanbul, Turkey, on the sidelines of the 25th Session of the COMCEC.

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Twenty-Fifth Session of the Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (COMCEC)
Date : 05-09 November 2009 Venue : Istanbul Turkey

The 25th Session of the COMCEC convened in Istanbul on 5-7 November 2009 with the participation of delegates from 52 OIC member countries. Bosnia-Herzegovina, Russian Federation, Kingdom of Thailand and Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus participated in the Session as observers and Republic of Macedonia as a guest. The OIC General Secretariat, subsidiary, specialized and affiliated organs of the OIC also participated in the Session. A number of international and regional organizations, such as ECO, ECO Bank, FAO, D-8, and the Arab Organisation for Agricultural Development (AOAD) attended the Session.

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3rd OECD World Forum on Statistics, Knowledge and Policy
Date : 27-30 October 2009 Venue : Busan - South Korea

3rd OECD World Forum, Busan - Korea, 2009The 3rd OECD World Forum on "Statistics, Knowledge and Policy" was held on 27 – 30 October 2009 in Busan, Korea. Under the theme of "Charting Progress, Building Visions, Improving Life," it was an opportunity to re-identify what progress means in the 21st century and it contributed to establish comprehensive indicator sets to measure this newly conceptualized "progress" and to share the best practices of evidence-based policy making.

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3rd Meeting of the OIC Member States’ Stock Exchanges Forum
Date : 24-25 October 2009 Venue : Istanbul Turkey

The 3rd Meeting of the OIC Member States’ Stock Exchanges Forum was organised by the Istanbul Stock Exchange and held in Istanbul on 24-25 October 2009. The Meeting was attended by representatives of 21 stock exchanges, 8 central depositories, clearing and registry institutions of the OIC Member Countries and 15 related organisations and institutions, including the SESRIC and IDB.

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2nd Session of the 10th Meeting of OIC Standardization Experts Group (SEG) on 'Development of the OIC Halal Food Standard and the Procedures'
Date : 13-16 October 2009 Venue : Istanbul Turkey

Istanbul, TurkeyThe Second Session of the 10th Meeting of the OIC Standardization Experts Group (SEG), which was entrusted with the task of development of the OIC Halal Food Standards and Procedures by the 24th Session of COMCEC, held on October 13-16, 2009 in Istanbul, Republic of Turkey. The Turkish Standards Institution (TSE) organized and hosted the Meeting, which was attended by the representatives of 25 Member States of the OIC and the representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina as observer. Furthermore, representatives of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), the Coordination Office of the Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (COMCEC), the Islamic Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) and Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Center for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) also attended the meeting. The SESRIC was represented in the Meeting by Mr. Mazhar Hussain, researcher at the SESRIC.

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Training Course on 'Web-based Data Compilation Techniques' in Yemen
Date : 12-14 October 2009 Venue : Sana’a Yemen

The Centre organised a training course on “Web-based Data Compilation Techniques” and “Electronic Forms (Questionnaires)” at the Central Statistical Organisation of the Republic of Yemen, on October 12-14, 2009. The course was provided by Ms. Zeinab Zoheir Hosny, expert from the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) of the Arab Republic of Egypt and was attended by 20 staff members of the Central Statistical Organisation of the Republic of Yemen.

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Training Course on 'Health Statistics' in UAE
Date : 12-14 October 2009 Venue : Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates

The Centre organised a training course on “Health Statistics” at the Central Statistics Department of the United Arab Emirates, on October 12-14, 2009. The course was provided by Ms. Azhar Adelaal Mokhtar, expert from the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) of the Arab Republic of Egypt and was attended by 20 staff members of the Central Statistics Department of the United Arab Emirates.

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Workshop for the Arab Countries on 'Tourism Statistics and Tourism Satellite Accounts (TSA)' in Syria
Date : 12-15 October 2009 Venue : Damascus Syria

Damascus, SyriaThe Workshop for the Arab Countries on Tourism Statistics and Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) was held on 12-15 October 2009 in Damascus, Syria. The workshop was co-organized with Arab Institute for Training and Research in Statistics (AITRS) in collaboration with World Tourism Organization (WTO).

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Formulation of the Unified Statistical Strategy of the GCC States Workshop
Date : 05-07 October 2009 Venue : Muscat Oman

As part of the efforts to develop a Unified Statistical Strategy for the GCC Countries, the Sultanate of Oman and the General Secretariat of the GCC Countries organized a workshop on “The Formulation of the Unified Statistical Strategy of the GCC States” during 5-7 October 2009 in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. This initiative was assigned to the Sultanate of Oman according to the resolution of the Ministerial Committee for Planning and Development of the GCC Countries in its nineteenth meeting, on 9 June 2009 in Muscat. The aim of the workshop was to benefit from the experiences of the international organizations in the formulation of the Strategy Document, the needed mechanisms and inputs for implementation and ensuring its success, together with developing tools for measuring and monitoring the execution of its activities.

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Meeting of the Central Banks and Monetary Authorities of the Member Countries of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC): 'Impacts of the Current Crisis on OIC Member Countries'
Date : 03 October 2009 Venue : Istanbul Turkey

Istanbul, TurkeyThe Meeting of the Central Banks and Monetary Authorities of the OIC Member Countries was held in Istanbul, Republic of Turkey, on 3rd October 2009 on “Impacts of the Current Crisis on OIC Member Countries”. The Meeting was organized jointly by the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey and the Statistical Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Organization of the Islamic Conference and the 25th anniversary of the OIC Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation (COMCEC). The Meeting was attended by H.E. Mr. Ali Babacan, Minister of State and Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey, Governors of Central Banks and Monetary Authorities of OIC Member Countries, the OIC General Secretariat, COMCEC Coordination Office and the SESRIC.

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Seminar on 'Bankruptcy Prediction: Fact or Fiction?'
Date : 29 September 2009 Venue : Ankara Turkey

The Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) organised and hosted a seminar on “Bankruptcy Prediction: Fact or Fiction?” in its headquarters in Ankara on September 29, 2009. The seminar was delivered by Dr. Zeynep Topaloğlu.

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Training Course on 'Computer Science: Management of Database' in Azerbaijan
Date : 28-29 September 2009 Venue : Baku Azerbaijan

The Centre organised a training course on “Computer Science: Management of Database” at the State Statistical Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan, on September 28-29, 2009. The course was provided by Mr. İlker Güven, expert from the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) of the Republic of Turkey and was attended by 10 staff members of the State Statistical Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

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The Fourteenth Session of the Committee for the Coordination of Statistical Activities (CCSA)
Date : 09-11 September 2009 Venue : Bangkok - Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand Hosted by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), the Committee for the Coordination of Statistical Activities (CCSA) held its fourteenth Session in Bangkok, Thailand, on September 9-11, 2009. The session was jointly chaired by the two Co-chairs of the Committee - Mr. Paul Cheung, Director of the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) and Mr. Pieter Everaers, Director of External Cooperation, Communication and Key Indicators of Eurostat. Representatives of the member institutions of the CCSA participated to the Session. Dr. Savas Alpay, Director General of the Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC), represented the SESRIC during the Session.

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First Meeting of the Committee for Statistical Training
Date : 04-06 August 2009 Venue : Cairo Egypt

The Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) participated in the First Meeting of the Committee for Statistical Training organised by the League of Arab States in accordance with the recommendation of the 33rd Meeting of the Standing Technical Committee for Statistics. The Meeting was held at the Headquarters of the League of Arab States in Cairo during the period 4-6 August 2009.

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Brainstorming Session on ‘Enhancing Economic and Commercial Cooperation among the Member Countries of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC)’
Date : 20-21 July 2009 Venue : Istanbul Turkey

Istanbul,TurkeyThe Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) organised a brainstorming session on 20-21 July 2009 in Istanbul, Turkey, within the framework of the research project entitled "Enhancing Economic and Commercial Cooperation among the Member Countries of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC)". This project was initiated by the Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation (COMCEC) of the OIC and is being under implementation by the SESRIC.

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Seminar on 'Market Economy and its Limits'
Date : 15 July 2009 Venue : Ankara Turkey

The Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) organized and hosted a seminar on “Market Economy and its Limits” in its headquarters in Ankara on July 15, 2009. The seminar was delivered by Dr. Asad Zaman, International Islamic University of Islamabad.

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MEDSTAT II - Third Task Force Training
Date : 14-15 July 2009 Venue : Istanbul Turkey

Istanbul, TurkeyThird Task Force Training of MEDSTAT II was held on 14 – 15 July 2009 in Istanbul, Republic of Turkey. It was an event within the second phase of the MEDSTAT Programme of the European Union, which was established as a result of the Barcelona Conference held in 1995. MEDSTAT I was implemented from 1996 to 2003 and MEDSTAT II was launched in 2006 for a 45 – month period.

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Director General of SESRIC visited the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)in Geneva
Date : 03 July 2009 Venue : Geneva - Switzerland

Dr. Savaş Alpay, Director General of the SESRIC, visited the  the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Geneva on 3 July 2009. During his visit to ITU, he met Mr. Hamadoun Toure, Secretary General of ITU and conducted a fruitful discussion on the possibilities of sharing and exchanging statistical data related to ICT and the cooperation between the two institutions in the capacity building activities in ICT statistics, particularly for the National Statistical Organizations (NSOs) of the OIC Member States.

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Training Course on 'Information Technology: E-Publication' in Bahrain
Date : 23-25 June 2009 Venue : Manama Bahrain

BahrainThe Centre organised a training course on “Information Technology: E-Publication” at the Central Informatics Organisation of the Kingdom of Bahrain, through Bahrain Institute of Public Administration (BIPA), on June 23-25, 2009. The course was provided by Mrs. Zeinab Zohier Hosny, expert from the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) of the Arab Republic of Egypt and was attended by 23 staff members of the Central Informatics Organisation and the Institute of Public Administration (BIPA).

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Congress of Vocational and Technical Education in OIC Member Countries
Date : 18-20 June 2009 Venue : Istanbul Turkey

The SESRIC together with the Turkish Asian Centre for Strategic Studies (TASAM) co-organized the “Congress of Vocational and Technical Education in Islamic Countries” which took place on 18-20 June 2009 in Istanbul, Republic of Turkey. The congress was held with the high-level participation of the Ministers and Deputy Ministers of Education from OIC Member States, Director Generals of TVET Institutions, specialised NGOs in the field and academics from various universities.

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Workshop on ‘The Impact of Food Crisis on the Economies of OIC Countries’
Date : 17-18 June 2009 Venue : Casablanca Morocco

In line with Resolution of the 24th Session of the COMCEC which designates “The Impact of Food Crisis on the Economies of OIC Countries” as the theme for the Exchange of Views at the Twenty Fifth Session of the COMCEC and requests the IDB/ICDT, in collaboration with the SESRIC (the coordinating institution for the exchange of views sessions), the OIC General Secretariat, the relevant OIC institutions and other related international organisations to organise a workshop on this topic prior to the Twenty Fifth Session of the COMCEC and to submit its report to the said COMCEC Session, the Islamic Centre for Development of Trade (ICDT), in collaboration with Ministry of Foreign Trade of the Kingdom of Morocco and the International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC) of the Islamic Development Bank co-organized a two days workshop on “The Impact of Food Crisis on the Economies of the Member States of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and the Developmental Prospects of Trade and Investments in the Agricultural Sector” on June 17-18, 2009 in Casablanca, Kingdom of Morocco. Mr. Mazhar Hussain, researcher at SESRIC, represented the Centre thereat and presented a working paper titled: “Socio-economic Impacts of Food Prices Volatility in the OIC Member Countries”.

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Second Meeting of the OIC Statistical Working Group (OIC_SWG)
Date : 15-16 June 2009 Venue : Ankara Turkey

The Second Meeting of the OIC SWG was held on 15-16 June 2009 at the Headquarters of the SESRIC in Ankara, Turkey. OIC General Secretariat, SESRIC, IDB, ICDT, COMCEC and delegates from the NSOs of Egypt, Jordan, Palestine and Turkey participated in the Meeting. ICCI could not attend the meeting but sent its views and progress report to SESRIC.

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34th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Islamic Development Bank
Date : 02-03 June 2009 Venue : Ashgabat Turkmenistan

IDBThe 34th Annual Meeting of the Islamic Development Bank Board of Governors took place in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan on 2-3 June 2009. H.E. Dr. Savaş Alpay, Director General of SESRIC represented the Centre thereat.

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Seminar on ‘Global Economic Crises and Turkish Economy’
Date : 28 May 2009 Venue : Ankara Turkey

The Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) organized and hosted a seminar on “Global Economic Crises and Turkish Economy " in its headquarters in Ankara on May 28, 2009. The seminar was delivered by Dr. Mehmet Yörükoğlu, Deputy Governor, Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey.

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The 4th Forum on Arab Statistical Capacity Building and the Regional Meeting on “Measuring the Progress of Arab Societies”
Date : 25-27 May 2009 Venue : Cairo Egypt

Cairo, EgyptThe 4th Forum on Arab Statistical Capacity Building and the Regional Meeting on “Measuring the Progress of Arab Societies” was held in Cairo, Egypt on 25 - 27 May 2009. The Forum and the Meeting were attended by the representatives of the National Statistical Organizations (NSOs) of the Arab Countries as well as representatives of some international organizations, namely, AITRS, IDB, MEDSTAT II, OECD PARIS21, UNSD, UNESCWA and World Bank. Dr. Sıdıka Başçı, Director of the Statistics and Information Department represented SESRIC during the Forum and made a presentation titled: “Exchange of Training Expertise among the Arab Countries and Developing NSDS”.

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The 36th Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) of the Member States of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC)
Date : 23-25 May 2009 Venue : Damascus Syria

Damascus, SyriaThe 36th Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) of the Member States of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) was held in the Syrian capital Damascus, from 23 to 25 May 2009, under the theme 'Promoting Islamic Solidarity'.

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SESRIC Participates in WSIS Forum 2009
Date : 18-22 May 2009 Venue : Geneva – Switzerland

WSIS Forum 2009 The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2009 was held on 18 - 22 May 2009, at the ITU Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland. WSIS was co-organized by ITU, UNESCO, UNCTAD and UNDP. Mr. Huseyin Hakan Eryetli, Director of the Publication and IT Department, and Mr. Atilla Karaman, Researcher, represented the Centre thereat.

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SESRIC Participates in “Data Day at WTO”
Date : 18-19 May 2009 Venue : Geneva – Switzerland

WTO Headquarters, Geneva-SwitzerlandThe World Trade Organization (WTO), in cooperation with ITC, UNCTAD and the World Bank, hosted on 18-19 May 2009 at its headquarters in Geneva – Switzerland, 'Data Day at WTO', an inter-agency initiative aimed at raising awareness on a range of data-related issues, familiarizing users further with multiple data applications, drawing attention to continuing needs for data, and promoting coherence and co-operation among international agencies that manage data. Mr. Atilla Karaman, Researcher, participated in the “Data Day at WTO”.

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1st Meeting of the Monitoring and Advisory Committee (MAC) of the Vocational Education and Training Programme for OIC Member Countries (OIC-VET)
Date : 13 May 2009 Venue : Izmir Turkey

The Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) organised the First Meeting of the Monitoring and Advisory Committee (MAC) of the Vocational Education and Training Programme for OIC Member Countries (OIC-VET) in Izmir, Republic of Turkey on 13 May 2009 on the sideline of the 25th Meeting of the Follow-up Committee of the COMCEC. Chaired by Mr. Mehmet Fatih Serenli, Director of Training and Technical Cooperation Department at SESRIC, The main purpose of the Meeting was to discuss, among others, the operational aspects of the OIC-VET Programme and the preparation for the pilot application which was scheduled to start in the Fall 2009. The Meeting was attended by the delegations from National Focal Points of the OIC Member States, namely Bahrain, Brunei Darussalam, Gabon, Pakistan, Qatar, Senegal, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey. Also present were representatives of the OIC Institutions, namely COMCEC, ICCI, IDB, IUT and SESRIC.

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1st Meeting of the Development and Cooperation Institutions (DCIs)
Date : 13-14 May 2009 Venue : Istanbul Turkey

Dr. Savaş Alpay, Director General, SESRICThe First Meeting of the Development and Cooperation Institutions of OIC Member States was held in Istanbul on 13-14 May 2009. The meeting was organized by Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) General Secretariat, the Statistical Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) and the Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA) with the participation of ministers from 4 OIC Member Countries, representatives from 11 OIC Member Countries and representatives of, the OIC General Secretariat, and affiliated organs of the OIC; the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) and SESRIC and representatives from TIKA.

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The 25th Meeting of the Follow-up Committee of the COMCEC
Date : 12-14 May 2009 Venue : Izmir Turkey

The 25th Meeting of the Follow-up Committee of the COMCEC was held on 12-14 May 2009 in Izmir, Turkey, with the participation of 11 member countries of the Committee (Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Palestine, Senegal, Kuwait, Iran, Cameroon, Pakistan, Qatar, Indonesia and Sierra Leone). United Arab Emirates also attended the Meeting as observer. 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.

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Seminar on 'Monetary Valuation of Health Damages from Air Pollution in Turkey: Project Overview and Methodology'
Date : 06 May 2009 Venue : Ankara Turkey

SESRICThe Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) organized and hosted a seminar on “Monetary Valuation of Health Damages from Air Pollution in Turkey: Project Overview and Methodology" in its headquarters in Ankara on May 6, 2009. The seminar was delivered by Dr. Shihomi Ara Aksoy, Department of Economics of the Hacettepe University.

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10th Meeting of the Standardization Experts Group (SEG) organized by the TSI
Date : 28-30 April 2009 Venue : Ankara Turkey

The 24th Session of COMCEC entrusted the 10th Meeting of OIC Standardisation Experts Group (SEG) with the task of “Developing Halal Food Standard and Procedures”. Within this framework, the 10th Meeting of OIC Standardisation Experts Group on “Studying and Developing Halal Food Standards” was convened in Ankara on 28-30 April 2009. The Meeting was organised and hosted by the Turkish Standards Institution (TSI). It was attended by the representatives of 30 OIC Member States. Furthermore, the representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina attended the meeting as observer. The representatives of the COMCEC Coordination Office, ICCI, ICDT and SESRIC also attended the Meeting. The SESRIC was represented at the said Meeting by researcher Mr. Murat Ilkin.

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International Conference on Islamic Economics and Economies of the OIC Countries
Date : 28-29 April 2009 Venue : Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaThe rapid progress of Islamic Economics and its applications, particularly in the area of banking and finance, has captured the interest of many to participate in intellectual discussions to find solutions to contemporary issues. The severity of the recent financial crisis enhances the need to consider Islamic Economics as a possible panacea.

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Training Course on 'Payment Systems' at Qatar Central Bank
Date : 26-28 April 2009 Venue : Doha Qatar

Qatar Central BankThe Centre organised a training course on “Payment Systems” at the Central Bank of the State of Qatar on April 26-28, 2009. The course was provided by Ms. Nesrin Ilhan, expert from the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey and was attended by 13 staff members of the Central Bank of the State of Qatar.

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Seminar on 'Cyclical Characteristics of Turkish Remittances'
Date : 22 April 2009 Venue : Ankara Turkey

The Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) organized and hosted a seminar on “Cyclical Characteristics of Turkish Remittances” in its headquarters in Ankara on April 22, 2009. The seminar was delivered by Dr. Serdar Sayan, Vice Dean of the College of Economics and Administrative Sciences at TOBB University of Economics and Technology.

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Seminar on 'Development of Tourism in the Muslim World'
Date : 15-17 April 2009 Venue : Girne - Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus

The Seminar on Development of Tourism in the Muslim World was held in Girne on April 15-17, 2009 with the participation of delegates from 16 OIC Member States and representatives of the OIC General Secretariat, SESRIC, IRCICA, ICDT, IDB, ISESCO and ICCI.

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4th Coordination Meeting for the Implementation of the OIC Ten-Year Program of Action
Date : 07-08 April 2009 Venue : Jeddah Saudi Arabia

The 4th Coordination Meeting of the OIC subsidiary organs, specialized and affiliated institutions on the implementation of the OIC Ten-Year Programme of Action (TYPOA) was held in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, on April 7, 2009. The Meeting was attended by the OIC General Secretariat, specialized and affiliated institutions. The OIC Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation (COMCEC), OIC Committee for Information and Cultural Affairs (COMIAC), OIC Standing Committee for Science and Technology (COMSTECH), Uganda and Syria also attended the Meeting. The Meeting considered as its agenda item the documents related to the implementation of the OIC-Ten Year Programme of Action, and preparations for the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the OIC.

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Meeting with Roll Back Malaria Partnership
Date : 06 April 2009 Venue : Jeddah Saudi Arabia

Together with the General Secretariat of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, the Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) has participated in a meeting on 6 April 2009 with a delegation from Roll Back Malaria Partnership in OIC headquarters. The delegation comprised of Prof. Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Executive Director, Herve Verhoosel, External Relations Manager, and Nadia Lasri, Partnership Facilitation Information Manager. The Centre was represented by Dr. Savaş Alpay, Director General of SESRIC, and Mr. Mehmet Fatih Serenli, Acting Director of Training and Technical Cooperation Department. The purpose of the meeting was to explore the ways and means of possible cooperation between Roll Back Malaria Partnership and OIC institutions.

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Operational Meeting among OIC Institutions
Date : 04 April 2009 Venue : Jeddah Saudi Arabia

The Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) has organised an operational meeting with the concerned OIC institutions in the area of vocational education and training. The meeting was held 4 April 2009 in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to discuss the monitoring and operational aspects of the implementation of the Vocational Education and Training Programme for the OIC Member Countries (OIC-VET). Representatives from the General Secretariat of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, COMCEC Coordination Office, Islamic Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ICCI), Islamic Development Bank (IDB) and Islamic University of Technology (IUT) attended to the meeting.

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32nd Session of the Islamic Commission for Economic, Cultural and Social Affairs (ICECS)
Date : 04-06 April 2009 Venue : Jeddah Saudi Arabia

Saudi ArabiaThe 32nd Session of the Islamic Commission for Economic, Cultural and Social Affairs (ICECS) was held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on 4-6 April 2009. Following the Speech of the Representative of the Republic of Uganda, chairman of the 31st Session of the ICECS, at the opening session, the Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, His Excellency Prof. Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu also delivered his statement where he expressed his great honour in continuing to serve as the OIC Secretary General while noting that this meeting constitutes the first one since his re-election as OIC Secretary General. In the area of economy, His Excellency the Secretary General said that the Organization was trying hard to follow this contemporaneous logic and to create conditions to enhance joint Islamic action in the economic field by strengthening economic relations and mutual interests among the OIC Member States. He added that the current global financial crisis was a source of great concern to all Member States, the OIC General Secretariat and its institutions and expressed the hope that the Commission will closely monitor the phenomenon in collaboration with the OIC General Secretariat and the SESRIC, to study the impact of the crisis on the economies of the Member States, particularly as they relate to economic recession and restrictions on development assistance, especially to low-income countries.

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SESRIC Participates in the Syrian-Turkish Technical Cooperation Workshop on E-Governance
Date : 31 March - 01 April 2009 Venue : Ankara Turkey

A technical cooperation meeting on e-governance was co-hosted by the Public Administration Institute for Turkey and the Middle East (TODAIE), Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA) and the E-government Consultation Group of the Prime Ministry of Turkey on 31 March – 1 April 2009 in Ankara, Turkey.

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Conference of the Ministers Responsible for Water from the OIC Member Countries
Date : 20 March 2009 Venue : Istanbul Turkey

Istanbul, TurkeyThe Conference of the Ministers Responsible for Water from the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) Member States was held as a side event of the 5th World Water Forum on March 20, 2009. The meeting was inaugurated by the OIC Secretary General, Prof. Dr. Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu and chaired by Prof. Dr. Veysel Eroğlu, Minister of Environment and Forestry of the Republic of Turkey. Among the OIC institutions SESRIC, COMSTECH and IDB were represented at the Conference. Moreover, several other international organizations participated in the Conference as well. Dr. Savaş Alpay, Director General, represented SESRIC during the Conference.

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First Coordination Committee Meeting on Implementation of the Framework for Development and Cooperation in the Domain of Tourism among the OIC Member States
Date : 18-19 March 2009 Venue : Damascus Syria

The First Coordination Committee Meeting on the implementation of the “Framework for Development and Cooperation in the Domain of Tourism between the OIC Member States” was held in Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic, on 18-19 March 2009. The Meeting was attended by the following Members of the Coordination Committee: Republic of Azerbaijan, Republic of Cameroon, Arab Republic of Egypt, Islamic Republic of Iran, Malaysia, Republic of Senegal, Syrian Arab Republic, Republic of Tunisia and Republic of Turkey.

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5th World Water Forum
Date : 16-22 March 2009 Venue : Istanbul Turkey

The Fifth World Water Forum, with the view of “Bridging Divides for Water,” was held in Istanbul, Turkey, on 16-22 March 2009. It was organized by the World Water Council and Turkish Government. The aim of this forum was to put the water issues firmly on the international agenda and to encourage the global collaboration to address water related problems. It was the largest water-related event ever organized with over 30,000 participants from more than 90 countries.

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5th World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF)
Date : 02-03 March 2009 Venue : Jakarta Indonesia

Jakarta, IndonesiaThe Fifth World Islamic Economic Forum on “Global Food and Energy Security” was held in Jakarta, Indonesia on 1-4 March 2009. Dr. Savaş Alpay, Director General of SESRIC, participated in the Forum.

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The 2nd Session of the Islamic Conference of Health Ministers (ICHM)
Date : 01-04 March 2009 Venue : Tehran Iran

The 2nd Session of the Islamic Conference of Health Ministers (ICHM) was held on 1 - 4 March 2009 in Tehran, the Islamic Republic of Iran, under the patronage of H.E. Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadi Nejad, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran and hosted by the Ministry of Health and Medical Education. Forty-five OIC Member States were present and twenty-two of the delegations were led by their respective Ministers of Health. The OIC General Secretariat and the related OIC institutions such as SESRIC, COMSTECH, IDB, ISESCO and health related international organisations such as WHO, UNICEF, UNAID, UNFPA, and the Global Fund were represented in the Conference.

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2nd Meeting of the Steering Committee of the Islamic Conference of Health Ministers (ICHM)
Date : 28 February - 05 March 2009 Venue : Tehran Iran

The 2nd Meeting of the Steering Committee of the Islamic Conference of Health Ministers (ICHM) was convened in two parts, Part 1 on 28 February 2009 and Part 2 on 5 March 2009 in Tehran, the Islamic Republic of Iran. The objective of Part 1 of the Second Meeting of Steering Committee was to review the preparation of the Second Islamic Conference of Health Ministers held in Tehran, the Islamic Republic of Iran on 1 – 4 March. The objectives of the Part 2 of the Second Meeting of the Steering Committee were to finalize the Rules of Procedures of the Steering Committee and to discuss the follow up actions on the decisions and recommendations adopted by the same Islamic Conference.

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SESRIC’s Meeting with the Delegates of National Statistical Offices (NSOs) of the OIC Member States to the 40th Session of UN Statistical Commission
Date : 26 February 2009 Venue : New York - USA

New York, USASESRIC organized a sideline meeting on February 26, 2009 with the delegates of the National Statistical Offices (NSOs) of the Member Countries of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) during the 40th Session of the UN Statistical Commission in New York, USA.

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The 40th Session of the UN Statistical Commission
Date : 24-27 February 2009 Venue : New York - USA

The 40th Session of the United Nations Statistical Commission was held on February 24-27, 2009 in New York. The representatives of National Statistical Organizations (NSOs) of 36 OIC Member States, observer countries and international organizations participated in the Session. SESRIC was also represented at the meeting.

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SESRIC Participates in OIC Mission to Iraq
Date : 21-25 February 2009 Venue : Baghdad Iraq

Baghdad, IraqSESRIC has participated in the official visit to the Republic of Iraq headed by Professor Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu, the Secretary General of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) on 21 - 25 February 2009. The delegation was comprised of high-level officials from the OIC General Secretariat, the Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC), the Islamic Bank for Development (IDB), the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), the Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA), the Islamic Fiqh Academy (IFA), and the Islamic Centre for Development of Trade (ICDT).

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Director General of SESRIC Received a Delegation from the World Health Organisation (WHO)
Date : 18 February 2009 Venue : Ankara Turkey

Dr. Savaş Alpay, Director General of SESRIC, received a delegation from the World Health Organisation (WHO) in his Office on Wednesday 18 February 2009. The delegation comprised of Dr. Armando Peruga, Coordinator of the Tobacco Free Initiative of the WHO, Dr. Toker Ergüder, National Tobacco Control Programme Officer (Bloomberg Initiative) of the WHO Regional Office in Ankara, and Dr. Nazmi Bilir, Head of Department of Public Health at Hacettepe University, Turkey.

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The Consultative Meeting of the OIC Institutions on Enhancing Intra-OIC Trade
Date : 11-12 February 2009 Venue : Casablanca Morocco

Within the framework of the implementation of the OIC Ten Year Programme of Action, which has been adopted by the 3rd Extraordinary Islamic Summit in December 2005, particularly in the context of the implementation of the “Road Map for Enhancing Intra-OIC Trade”, which has been adopted by the Expert Group Meeting on “enhancing intra-OIC trade” held in Ankara in July 2008, the Islamic Centre for Development of Trade (ICDT) organised the Consultative Meeting of the OIC Institutions on Enhancing Intra-OIC Trade.

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The Meeting of the Steering Committee of the Regional Project on Sustainable Tourism Development in a Network of Cross-Border Parks and Protected Areas in West Africa
Date : 06 February 2009 Venue : Madrid - Spain

The meeting of the Steering Committee of the Regional Project on Sustainable Tourism Development in a Network of Cross-Border Parks and Protected Areas in West Africa was held on 6 February 2009 in Madrid, Spain, at the invitation of the Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The representatives of UNWTO, the research firm Secheresse Consultants, the countries included in the project and the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC), participated in the meeting. The OIC have been represented by its General Secretariat, the Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) and the Islamic Centre for Development of Trade (ICDT).

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Seminar on 'Global Financial Crisis in the Context of the OIC Member States'
Date : 29 January 2009 Venue : Ankara Turkey

The Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) organized and hosted a seminar on “Global Financial Crisis in the Context of the OIC Member States” in its headquarters in Ankara on January 29, 2009. The seminar was delivered by Dr. İbrahim Turhan, Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey.

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1st Meeting of the Steering Committee of the Islamic Conference of Health Ministers (ICHM)
Date : 19-20 January 2009 Venue : Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

Following the Kuala Lumpur Declaration 2007 of the First Islamic Conference of Health Ministers of the OIC and Resolution No.4/11-ST (IS) of the Eleventh Session of the Islamic Summit Conference, the Government of Malaysia hosted the First Meeting of the Steering Committee of the Islamic Conference of Health Ministers in Kuala Lumpur on 19-20 January 2009.

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