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Seminars on ‘Microcredit Repayment Performance in A Metropolitan Area’ and ‘Dynamic Analysis of Default in Joint Liability Group Lending’
Date : 27 December 2011 Venue : Ankara Turkey

The Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) organized and hosted seminars on "Microcredit Repayment Performance in A Metropolitan Area" and "Dynamic Analysis of Default in Joint Liability Group Lending" in its headquarters in Ankara on December 27, 2011. The seminars have been delivered by Dr. Selay Sahan.

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Seminar on ‘The Impact of Deposit Dollarization on Financial Deepening’
Date : 26 December 2011 Venue : Ankara Turkey

The Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) organized and hosted a seminar on “The Impact of Deposit Dollarization on Financial Deepening" in its headquarters in Ankara on December 26, 2011. The seminar has been delivered by Dr. Emre Ozsoz.

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Training Course on 'Basic Data Analysis for Price and Foreign Trade Data' in Saudi Arabia
Date : 24-26 December 2011 Venue : Riyadh Saudi Arabia

The Centre organised a training course on “Basic Data Analysis for Price and Foreign Trade Data” at the Central Department of Statistics and Information (CDSI), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on 24-26 December 2011. The course was provided by an expert at the SESRIC.

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Seminar on World Energy Outlook 2012
Date : 21 December 2011 Venue : Ankara Turkey

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey held a seminar on December 21, 2011, on World Energy Outlook (WEO) 2012, presented by Dr. Fatih Birol, Chief Economist and Head of the Economic Analysis Division of the Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA) and Director of the World Energy Outlook series, a flagship publication of the International Energy Agency. All Embassies in Ankara, the Office of the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations and the Representation of the European Commission to Turkey were invited to this seminar. Dr. Jian Mardukhi attended this meeting on behalf of the SESRIC.

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SESRIC has been elected to host the 9th International Conference on Islamic Economics and Finance
Date : 19-21 December 2011 Venue : Doha Qatar

At the closing ceremony of the 8th International Conference on Islamic Economics and Finance, which was held in Doha, Qatar on 19-21 December 2011, the Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) has been elected to host the 9th edition of this prestigious research conference in the field of Islamic Economics and Finance.

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Eighth International Conference on Islamic Economics and Finance - Sustainable Growth and Inclusive Economic Development from an Islamic Perspective
Date : 19-21 December 2011 Venue : Doha Qatar

The global economy continues to face the perennial problems of poverty, persistent youth unemployment, excessive inequalities of income and wealth, high levels of inflation, large macroeconomic and budgetary imbalances, exorbitant debt-servicing burdens, inadequate and aging public utilities and infrastructure, skyrocketing energy prices, and growing food insecurity. The reoccurring regional and global financial crises further intensify and magnify these problems particularly for the underprivileged segments of the world population. As a result, many countries are at the risk of failing to achieve the Millennium Development Goals set by the United Nations. However, some countries also present optimistic experiences to share, and from which useful lessons can be drawn for shaping the future economic scene in other countries.

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Workshop on Innovative Social Assistance Strategies in Poverty Alleviation
Date : 12-14 December 2011 Venue : Ankara Turkey

SESRIC organized a workshop on ‘Innovative Social Assistance Strategies in Poverty Alleviation’ in collaboration with the Islamic Research and Training Institute (IRTI) of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) and the Ministry of Family and Social Policy of the Republic of Turkey on 12-14 December 2011 in Ankara, Turkey. The workshop was attended by delegations of OIC Member Countries, namely Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Comoros, Egypt, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Iraq, Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, Senegal, Sudan, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey and Yemen. Besides, Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (COMCEC), Saudi Fund for Development, UNDP-Turkey, The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK), The Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA), The Foundations for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (IHH) and Ankara Development Agency (ANKARAKA) participated in the Workshop as observers.

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2nd Global Entrepreneurship Summit
Date : 03-06 December 2011 Venue : Istanbul Turkey

The 2nd Global Entrepreneurship Summit took place at Istanbul Harbiye Convention Center during December 3-6 under the theme of "Entrepreneurship, Values and Development: A Global Agenda". The Summit was hosted by H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey, and it is the follow-up of the "Entrepreneurship Summit" hosted by U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington on April 26-27, 2010. The summit brought together more than 1,000 successful entrepreneurs from Turkey and throughout the world. SESRIC was represented thereat by Mr. Nadi Serhan Aydin, researcher at the Centre.

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The International Workshop on 'Competency Based Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) for the OIC Member States'
Date : 27-30 November 2011 Venue : Dhaka Bangladesh

The international workshop on “Competency Based Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) for the OIC Member States" is going to be organized by the department of Instructor Training and General Studies (ITS), Islamic University of Technology (IUT) on 27-30 November 2011 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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Training Course on 'Water Resources Management' in Sudan
Date : 23-24 November 2011 Venue : Khartoum Sudan

Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) organized training on “Water Resources Management” at the Higher Council for Environment and Natural Resources of the Republic of Sudan, on 23-24 November 2011. The Course was provided by Mr. Burhan Fuat Çankaya, an expert from the Directorate of Water Management of Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, and was attended by staff members of the Higher Council for Environment and Natural Resources of the Republic of Sudan.

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Training Course on 'Agriculture Statistics' in Malaysia
Date : 21-22 November 2011 Venue : Putrajaya Malaysia

The Centre organised a training course on “Agriculture Statistics” at the Department of Statistics Malaysia on 21-22 November 2011. The course was provided by Mr. Bahrawar Jan, expert at the Federal Bureau of Statistics, Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

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Launch of the Islamic Interbank Benchmark Rate (IIBR)
Date : 21-23 November 2011 Venue : Manama Bahrain

Thomson Reuters and Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI), in association with a consortium of Islamic banks, financial industry associations, including Islamic Development Bank (IDB) and SESRIC, and a group of Shariah scholars, launched the industry's first international Islamic interbank rate, the Islamic Interbank Benchmark Rate (IIBR), offering a sharia-compliant alternative to traditional interest-based benchmarks. IIBR was announced officially on 22nd November 2011 during a special session at the 18th World Islamic Banking Conference, which was held on 21-23 November 2011 in Kingdom of Bahrain. Mr. Khalid Hamad Abdul Rahman, Executive Director for Banking Supervision at the Central Bank of Bahrain, inaugurated the new benchmark. The Centre was represented at the launch session by Dr. Savaş Alpay, Director General of SESRIC and Member of the IIBR Islamic Benchmark Committee, and Mr. Nadi Serhan Aydin, Researcher.

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World Islamic Banking Conference
Date : 21-23 November 2011 Venue : Bahrain

The 18th Annual World Islamic Banking Conference (WIBC 2011) was held on 21-23 November 2011 in Kingdom of Bahrain under the patronage of HRH Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa, the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and with the official support of the Central Bank of Bahrain. More than 1300 industry leaders from over 50 countries gathered in full force at the 18th WIBC to discuss the future of the Islamic banking industry. The conference aimed to give the international Islamic finance industry a collaborative platform to highlight the key issues the industry is facing across the globe. The Centre was represented at the event by Dr. Savas Alpay, Director General, and Mr. Nadi Serhan Aydin, Researcher.

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Dr. Savaş Alpay, Director General of SESRIC, paid a visit to Department of Statistics of Malaysia
Date : 17 November 2011 Venue : Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

During his visit to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to participate in the Meeting of the Central Banks and Monetary Authorities of the OIC Member Countries, Dr. Savas Alpay, Director General of SESRIC, visited the Department of Statistics of Malaysia on 17 November 2011. Dr. Alpay has been received by H.E. Dr. Haji Abdul Rahman Bin Hasan, the Chief Statistician of Malaysia, at his office.

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Training Course on 'Breeding and Biotechnology: Hybridization' in Bangladesh
Date : 15-17 November 2011 Venue : Dhaka Bangladesh

The Centre organised a training on “Breeding and Biotechnology: Hybridization” at the Cotton Development Board of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh on 15-17 November 2011 within the framework of OIC Cotton Training Programme. The Course was provided by Dr. Şaire Ramiz Türkoğlu, an expert from the Cukurova Agricultural Research Institute of the Republic of Turkey, and was attended by 13 staff members of the Cotton Development Board of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.

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Training Course on 'Plant Protection: Insects' in Senegal
Date : 15-17 November 2011 Venue : Kolda Senegal

The Centre organised a training on “Plant Protection: Insects” at the premises of Senegal Ministry of Agriculture in Kolda, 700 km from Dakar, on 22-24 November 2011 in collaboration with Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA) within the framework of OIC Cotton Training Programme.

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Regional Agro-Industries Forum for the Middle East and North Africa
Date : 15-18 November 2011 Venue : Beirut Lebanon

The Regional Forum on Agro-Industries for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has been held in Beirut, Lebanon during the period 15-18 November 2011. The Forum is organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations – Regional Office for the Near East (FAO), in collaboration with UNIDO and other partner organizations.

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Dr. Savaş Alpay, Director General of SESRIC, delivered a seminar at the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) on “Challenges and Prospects for the Socio-economic Development in the Islamic World'
Date : 14 November 2011 Venue : Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

During his visit to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to participate in the Meeting of the Central Banks and Monetary Authorities of the OIC Member Countries, Dr. Savas Alpay, Director General of SESRIC, delivered a seminar on “Challenges and Prospects for the Socio-economic Development in the Islamic World” at the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) on 14th November 2011. The seminar held at Kulliyah of Economics and Management Sciences of IIUM and attended by more than a hundred of both undergraduate and postgraduate students from different faculties in the university as well as professors and other staff members in the Kulliyah of Economics and Management Sciences of IIUM.

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The Meeting of the Central Banks and Monetary Authorities of the OIC Member Countries 2011
Date : 14-16 November 2011 Venue : Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

The Meeting of the Central Banks and Monetary Authorities of the OIC Member Countries- 2011 has been organized by SESRIC, in collaboration with the Central Bank of Malaysia (Bank Negara Malaysia) and held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 16th November 2011 under the theme “Central Banking and Financial Sector Development”.

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Training Course on 'Quarterly National Accounts' in Kazakhstan
Date : 31 October - 02 November 2011 Venue : Astana Kazakhstan

The Centre organised a training course on “Quarterly National Accounts” at Agency of Statistics of the Republic of Kazakhstan on 31 October-2 November 2011. The course was provided by Mr. Buyung Airlangga, an expert at the Badan Pusat Statistik (BPS), Republic of Indonesia.

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Master Trainers from Azerbaijan Awarded with İMTP Certificate
Date : 24-28 October 2011 Venue : Istanbul Turkey

A group of seven master trainers from different vocational schools of the Republic of Azerbaijan was awarded with İSMEK Master Trainer Programme (İMTP) Certificate on 28 October 2011 after successful completion of the training course during the period 24 – 28 October 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey.

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Training Course on 'Quarterly National Accounts' in Azerbaijan
Date : 19-21 October 2011 Venue : Baku Azerbaijan

The Centre organised a training course on “Quarterly National Accounts” at the State Statistical Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan on 19-21 October 2011. The Course was provided by Ms. Dilek Ozsoy, Head of National Accounts Group at TürkStat and was attended by 7 staff members of the State Statistical Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

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Conference on Poverty Alleviation on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
Date : 17 October 2011 Venue : Ankara Turkey

The Ministry of Family and Social Policies of the Republic of Turkey organized a conference on “Poverty Alleviation” in the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, on 17 October 2011, in Ankara, Republic of Turkey.

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The 27th Session of the OIC Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation (COMCEC)
Date : 17-20 October 2011 Venue : Istanbul Turkey

The 27th Session of the COMCEC convened in Istanbul on 17-20 October 2011 with the participation of delegates from 48 OIC member countries. Bosnia-Herzegovina, Russian Federation, Kingdom of Thailand and Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus participated in the Session as observers. The OIC General Secretariat, subsidiary, specialized and affiliated organs of the OIC also participated in the Session. A number of international and regional organizations, including GCC, ECO, ECOBANK, UNIDO, FAO, ITC, WAEMU, and D-8, attended the Session. The SESRIC was represented thereat by Dr. Savaş Alpay, Director General; Mr. Nabil Dabour, Director of Economic and Social Research Department; and Dr. Kenan Bagci, Researcher.

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Seminar on ‘Annual Economic Report on the OIC Countries – 2011’
Date : 14 October 2011 Venue : Ankara Turkey

The Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) organized and hosted a seminar on “Annual Economic Report on the OIC Countries - 2011" in its headquarters in Ankara on October 14, 2011. The seminar has been delivered by Dr. Kenan Bagci and Mr. Nadi Serhan Aydin, Researchers at the Centre.

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Dr. Savaş Alpay, Director General of SESRIC, delivered a special address during the 'Fourth WIEF-UiTM Global Discourse on Nanotechnology'
Date : 14 October 2011 Venue : Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

The “Fourth WIEF-UiTM Global Discourse on Nanotechnology” was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 14th October 2011. Dr. Savaş Alpay, Director General of SESRIC participated in the event and delivered a special address on the "Current Stance of Science and Technology in OIC Countries".

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First International HALAL Congress: IHCO 2011
Date : 14 October 2011 Venue : Ankara Turkey

The First International Halal Congress is organized by Islamic Chamber and Information Center, in partnership with the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), Islamic Development Bank (IDB), Islamic Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ICCI), Statistical Economic and Social Research and Training Center (SESRIC), Iran Chamber of Commerce Industry and Mines and Muslim Excellence and Competitiveness Corporations Award on 14-15 October 2011, in Ankara, Turkey.

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Forum on Development of Agro-Food Industries in OIC Member States
Date : 11-12 October 2011 Venue : Kampala Uganda

The Forum on Development of Agro-Food Industries in OIC Member States was held in Kampala, Republic of Uganda, on 11-12 October 2011. A total of 250 participants attended the Forum, comprising delegates from 22 OIC member countries, 4 OIC institutions as well as FAO and representatives of private sector, civil societies and community-based establishments. The forum was chaired by H.E. Mr. Tress Buchanayandi, Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries of the Republic of Uganda. Dr. Kenan Bagci, researcher at SESRIC, represented the Centre at the Forum and made a presentation on “The State of Agro-food Industries in the OIC Countries: Prospects and Challenges”.

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Training Course on 'Tourism Satellite Accounts' in Senegal
Date : 10-12 October 2011 Venue : Dakar Senegal

The Centre organised a training course on “Tourism Satellite Accounts” at National Agency of Statistics and Demography of Senegal on 10-12 October 2011. The course was provided by Ms. Nezha Elmrabet, an expert at the Direction de la Statistique, Morocco.

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Training Course on 'Transport and Communication Statistics' in Egypt
Date : 09-11 October 2011 Venue : Cairo Egypt

The Centre organised a training course on “Transport and Communication Statistics” at Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) of Egypt on 9-11 October 2011. The course was provided by Mr. Bouazza BOUCHKHAR, an expert at the Direction de la Statistique- Morocco.

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Extraordinary Session of the Islamic Conference of Ministers of Higher Education and Scientific Research
Date : 04-05 October 2011 Venue : Riyadh Saudi Arabia

The Islamic Conference of Ministers of Higher Education and Scientific Research held its Extraordinary Session, under the patronage of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, in Riyadh-Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on 4-5 October 2011 with the participation of OIC Ministers of Higher Education, observer states, OIC institutions, and higher education specialists from the OIC Member States. Mr. Huseyin Hakan Eryetli, Director of Publications and IT Department, represented the Centre thereat.

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Eng. Hüseyin Hakan Eryetli, Director of IT and Publications, visited the e-Government Program (YESSER) of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Date : 03 October 2011 Venue : Riyadh Saudi Arabia

Eng. Hüseyin Hakan Eryetli, Director of IT and Publications of SESRIC visited the e-Government Program (YESSER) of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and had a meeting with Mr. Ali S. AlSoma, Director General of the e-Government Program (YESSER) on 3 October 2011 in Riyadh, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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Sixth OIC Ministerial Conference on Food Security and Agricultural Development
Date : 03-06 October 2011 Venue : Istanbul Turkey

The 6th OIC Ministerial Conference on Food Security and Agricultural Development was held in Istanbul, Republic of Turkey on 03–06 October 2011, on the theme “Agricultural Development and Access to Food and Nutrition in OIC Countries”. The Conference was hosted by the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock of the Republic of Turkey. The objectives of the Conference included, among others, the evaluation of the outcomes of a number of recent actions, programmes and activities undertaken by the OIC and some Member Countries with a view to assisting the Member Countries in their efforts to alleviate hunger and foster agricultural development and food security.

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Expert Mission to the Central Department of Statistics and Information of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Date : 01-05 October 2011 Venue : Riyadh Saudi Arabia

Upon the request of H.E. Mohanna A. Al Mohanna, Director General of the Central Department of Statistics and Information (CDSI) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, SESRIC conducted an expert mission for the period of 1 – 5 October 2011 in Riyadh. Eng. Huseyin Hakan Eryetli, Director of IT and Publication, has been sent to this mission by the Centre.

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Dr. Savas Alpay, Director General of SESRIC, participated in three Panels during the 3rd Islamic Conference of Ministers of Health
Date : 29 September - 01 October 2011 Venue : Astana Kazakhstan

The Director General of the Centre, Dr. Savas Alpay, participated in a Brainstorming Session and two Panel Discussions on various health-related issues of concern to the OIC Member States during the 3rd Islamic Conference of Health Ministers (ICHM), which was held in Astana, Republic of Kazakhstan, during the period 29 September – 1 October 2011.

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Third Islamic Conference of Ministers of Health: Health, Wellbeing and Equality
Date : 29 September - 01 October 2011 Venue : Astana Kazakhstan

The Third Islamic Conference of Health Ministers (ICHM) was held in Astana, Republic of Kazakhstan on 29 September - 1 October 2011, on the theme of “Health, Wellbeing and Equality”. Delegates from 36 OIC Member States and various regional and international organizations participated in the Conference.

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Fourth Meeting of the Steering Committee of the Islamic Conference of Health Ministers
Date : 28 September - 01 October 2011 Venue : Astana Kazakhstan

Fourth Meeting of the Steering Committee of the Islamic Conference of Health Ministers was convened in two parts, Part 1 on 28 September 2011 and Part 2 on 01 October 2011 in Astana, Republic of Kazakhstan. The objective of Part 1 of the Fourth Meeting of Steering Committee was to review the preparation of the Third Islamic Conference of Health Ministers held in in Astana, Republic of Kazakhstan on 29 September - 01 October 2011. The objective of the Part 2 of the Fourth Meeting of the Steering Committee were to review the implementation of the decisions of the Third Meeting of the Steering Committee and discuss the follow up actions to implement the decisiosns and resolutions adopted by the Third Islamic Conference of Health Ministers.

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Business Seminar on Islamic Finance
Date : 28-29 September 2011 Venue : Istanbul Turkey

Bank Negara Malaysia, in support of the Malaysia International Islamic Financial Centre (MIFC) initiative, organized a Seminar on Islamic Finance on 28-29 September 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey. The Seminar was well attended by over 180 delegates, comprising senior business and financial leaders from Turkey and Malaysia. Interests were also shown from financial and business delegates from the Asian, European and Middle East regions. The Centre was represented by Mr. Nadi Serhan Aydın, Researcher at the Centre.

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Training Course on 'Quality Improvement: Seed Quality and Preparation' in Kazakhstan
Date : 28-30 September 2011 Venue : Atakent Kazakhstan

The Centre organised a training course on “Quality Improvement: Seed Quality and Preparation” at the Kazakh Research Institute for Cotton Growing on 28-30 September 2011. The Course was provided by Mr. Koray Şimşek, an expert from the Nazilli Cotton Research Institute of Turkey, and was attended by 15 staff members of the Kazakh Research Institute for Cotton Growing.

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5th Meeting of the OIC Member States' Stock Exchanges Forum
Date : 17-18 September 2011 Venue : Istanbul Turkey

5th Meeting of the OIC Member States' Stock Exchanges Forum was held on 17-18 September 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey. The meeting was hosted by the Istanbul Stock Exchange. Representatives from 23 stock exchanges and 6 central depositories, registry and clearing institutions of the OIC member states, and 14 related organizations, including SESRIC and IDB, attended the meeting. The Centre was represented at the Forum by Mr. Nadi Serhan Aydın, Researcher at the Centre.

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Dr. Savaş Alpay, Director General of SESRIC, visited Ministry of National Education of Indonesia
Date : 16 September 2011 Venue : Jakarta Indonesia

Dr. Savaş Alpay, Director General of SESRIC, and Mr. Atilla Karaman, Researcher, visited the General Directorate of Secondary Education at the Ministry of National Education (MoNE) of the Republic of Indonesia in Jakarta on 16 September 2011. Mr. Mustaghfirin Amin, Secretary at the Directorate General for Secondary Education, and Mr. Yoni Utomo, Senior Staff at the Directorate of Technical and Vocational Education received the SESRIC delegation at the MoNE Headquarters.

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COMCEC Capital Markets Regulatory Authorities Conference and Roundtable
Date : 16 September 2011 Venue : Istanbul Turkey

COMCEC Capital Markets Regulatory Authorities Conference and Roundtable was held on 16 September 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey. The meeting was hosted jointly by the Capital Markets Board of Turkey (CMBT) and the Istanbul Stock Exchange (ISE). Representatives from 13 regulatory authorities of the OIC member states and 4 related institutions, including SESRIC, attended the meeting. The Centre was represented at the Conference and Roundtable by Mr. Nadi Serhan Aydın, Researcher at the Centre.

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Dr. Savaş Alpay, Director General of SESRIC, visited BPS District and Provincial Offices in Bandung
Date : 15 September 2011 Venue : Bandung Indonesia

Dr. Savaş Alpay, Director General of SESRIC, and Mr. Atilla Karaman, Researcher, visited the BPS-Statistics Indonesia’s Cimahi District and West Java Provincial Offices in Bandung on 15 September 2011.

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Dr. Savaş Alpay, Director General of SESRIC, visited STIS
Date : 14 September 2011 Venue : Jakarta Indonesia

Dr. Savaş Alpay, Director General of SESRIC, and Mr. Atilla Karaman, Researcher, visited Mr. Muchlis Husin, Acting Director of the Institute of Statistics (STIS), in Jakarta, Indonesia on 14 September 2011. Ms. Dewita Nasution, Vice Director for Student Affairs; Dr. Dedi Walujadi, Vice Director for Administration Affairs; Mr. Rifa Rufiadi, Head of General Administration Division; Mr. Sairi Hasbullah, Director of Public Relations and Legal Affairs Department at the BPS-Statistics Indonesia; Ms. Tias Tanjung Wilis, International Relations and Cooperation Division at the BPS-Statistics Indonesia were also present during the meeting.

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OIC-OSHNET Follow-up Meeting on the Sidelines of the XIX World Congress on Safety and Heatlh at Work
Date : 14 September 2011 Venue : Istanbul Turkey

SESRIC will organize the OIC-OSHNET Follow-up Meeting on the sidelines of the XIX World Congress on Safety and Health at Work. The objectives of the meeting is to evaluate the progress from the OIC-OSHNET Kick-off Meeting to the World Congress, to discuss the implementation mechanism of the Network and to explore further ways and means of collaboration among OIC Member Countries in the field of occupational safety and health. Furthermore, the Terms of Reference (ToR) of the OIC-OSHNET will be discussed and approved during the meeting. Participants are expected to review “The Draft Terms of Reference” on the website before the meeting in order to be able to have a fruitful discussion.

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Preparatory Meeting for the OIC-StatCom Strategic Vision
Date : 13 September 2011 Venue : Jakarta Indonesia

BPS-Statistics Indonesia hosted a preparatory meeting to exchange views on the development of a draft outline for the Strategic Vision of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Statistical Commission (OIC-StatCom). The participants of BPS-Statistics Indonesia were Mr. Arizal Ahnaf, Principal Inspector; Mr. Sairi Hasbullah, Director of Public Relations and Legal Affairs Department; Dr. Kecuk Suhariyanto, Director of Statistical Analysis and Development Department; Ms. Katiti Wulansari, Director of International Relations and Cooperation Division; and Ms. Tias Tanjung Wilis, International Relations and Cooperation Division. Dr. Savas Alpay, Director General, and Mr. Atilla Karaman, Researcher, represented the Centre thereat.

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Symposium on 'International Partnership in OSH Training' at XIX World Congress on Safety and Health at Work
Date : 13 September 2011 Venue : Istanbul Turkey

SRIC organized a symposium on “International Partnership in OSH Training” in collaboration with the Turkish Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (ISGUM) during the XIX World Congress on Safety and Health at Work.

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IMF Outreach Seminar on the Fund’s Data Standards Initiatives and Proposals
Date : 12-14 September 2011 Venue : Jakarta Indonesia

The IMF Outreach Seminar on the Fund’s Data Standards Initiatives and Proposals was co-hosted by the BPS-Statistics Indonesia, Bank Indonesia, Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Indonesia and the International Monetary Fund Statistics Department on 12-14 September 2011 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Delegates from three OIC Member Countries including Indonesia, Kazakhstan, and Malaysia, together with China, Hong Kong SAR, India, Japan, Korea, Philippines, South Africa, and Thailand participated in the seminar. Dr. Savas Alpay, Director General, and Mr. Atilla Karaman, Researcher, represented the Centre thereat.

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XIX World Congress on Safety and Health at Work
Date : 11-15 September 2011 Venue : Istanbul Turkey

The XIX World Congress on Safety and Health at Work, jointly organized by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security of Turkey, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Social Security Association (ISSA), was hold from 11-15 September 2011 in Istanbul, Republic of Turkey.

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First OIC Labour Ministers Meeting
Date : 10 September 2011 Venue : Istanbul Turkey

First OIC Labour Ministers Meeting was held on 10 September 2011, on the sidelines of the XIX World Congress on Safety and Health at Work, which took place in Istanbul, Turkey, on 11-15 September 2011.

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Training Course on 'Statistical Data Analysis' in Burkina Faso
Date : 01-03 August 2011 Venue : Ouagadougou Burkina Faso

The Centre organised a training course on “Statistical Data Analysis” at the National Institute of Statistics and Demography Burkina Faso on 01-03 August 2011. The Course was provided by Mr. Guindo Sidiki, an expert at the Senegal National Agency of Statistics and Demography.

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Training Course on 'MDGs Related Statistics' in Sierra Leone
Date : 27-30 July 2011 Venue : Freetown Sierra Leone

The Centre organised a training course on “MDGs Related Statistics” at Statistics Sierra Leone on 27-30 July 2011. The Course was provided by Ms. Lydia Tuhaise, a Senior Statician at the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS), and was attended by 28 staff members of the Statistics Sierra Leone.

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Training Course on 'Statistical Data Analysis' in Kazakhstan
Date : 18-21 July 2011 Venue : Astana Kazakhstan

The Centre organised a training course on “Statistical Data Analysis” at the Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Statistics on 18-21 July 2011. The Course was provided by Ms. Afsaneh Yazdani, Director General of Office of Statistical Methodology & Sample Surveys at the Statistical Centre of Iran, and was attended by 14 staff members of the Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Statistics.

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Memorandum of Understanding Between SESRIC and CITC
Date : 18 July 2011 Venue : Tehran Iran

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between the Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) and Center for Innovation and Technology Cooperation of the I.R. Iran Presidency (CITC) on 18 July 2011 in Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran.

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Memorandum of Understanding Between SESRIC and ICRIC
Date : 16 July 2011 Venue : Tehran Iran

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between the Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) and Islamic Chamber Research and Information Centre (ICRIC) on 16 July 2011 in Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran.

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Third Monitoring and Advisory Committee Meeting of the OIC-VET Programme
Date : 16-20 July 2011 Venue : Tehran Iran

The Third Meeting of the Monitoring and Advisory Committee (MAC) of the Vocational Education and Training Programme for OIC Member Countries (OIC-VET) was held in Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran. The meeting hosted by Iran Technical and Vocational Training Organization (TVTO) and was attended by the delegations of the National Focal Points (NFPs) of the OIC Member States, namely Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Iran, Iraq, Maldives, Pakistan, Senegal, Togo, Tunisia and Turkey. The Representatives of the concerned OIC institutions, namely COMCEC, IDB, IUT and SESRIC, were also present in the meeting.

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First Meeting of the OIC E-Government Working Group
Date : 05-06 July 2011 Venue : Ankara Turkey

The First Meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation E-Government Working Group (OIC eGovWG) - organised by the Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) - was held on 5–6 July 2011 in Ankara, Republic of Turkey. Delegates from six OIC Member Countries including Iran, Lebanon, Malaysia, Syria, Turkey and Uzbekistan and observers from academia and public sector participated in the Meeting. Eng. Hüseyin Hakan Eryetli, Director of IT and Publications Department; Mr. Atilla Karaman, Researcher; Ms. Hatice İlbay Söylemez, Researcher; Ms. Hatice Melek Ateş Taşcı, Researcher; and Mr. Abu Naser Huda, IT Expert, represented the Centre thereat.

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The Fifth Forum on Statistical Capacity Building for Arab Countries
Date : 04-05 July 2011 Venue : Amman Jordan

Under the patronage of H.E. Dr. Marouf Suleiman al-Bakhit, Prime Minister of Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Fifth Forum on Statistical Capacity Building for Arab Countries with the theme “Statistics, Media and Policy Making” was held on 4-5 July 2011 in Amman, Jordan. The delegates of National Statistical Offices (NSO) from 13 Arab Countries including Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Somalia, Sudan and Tunisia, and the representatives of the Arab Institute for Training and Research in Statistics (AITRS), Arab League, EUROSTAT, European Central Bank, International Cooperation Agency for the French Ministries of Economy and Finance (ADETEF), PARIS21, Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC), Statistics Netherlands, Statistics Norway, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UNESCWA), and World Bank participated in the Forum. Ms. Münevver Nilgün Egemen, Senior Researcher at the Statistics and Information Department, represented the Centre thereat.

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Training Course on 'Price Statistics' in Jordan
Date : 03-05 July 2011 Venue : Amman Jordan

The Centre organised a training Course on “Price Statistics” at Jordan Department of Statistics on 3-5 July 2011. The Course was provided by Mr. Ashraf Samarah, an expert from the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, and was attended by 14 staff members from Department of Statistics in Jordan.

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A Declaration of Intention for Cooperation between the SESRIC and the Ministry of Employment and Vocational Training of Morocco
Date : 28 June 2011 Venue : Rabat Morocco

A Declaration of Intention for cooperation between the SESRIC and the Ministry of Employment and Vocational Training (MEVT) of the Kingdom of Morocco has been signed during the closing ceremony of Vocational Training Meda2 Project and launching of the study on elaboration on the National Strategy for the Development of Vocational Training by 2020, which has been held on 28th June 2011 in Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco.

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The 38th Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers
Date : 28-30 June 2011 Venue : Astana Kazakhstan

At the kind invitation of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the 38th Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers (Session of Peace, Cooperation and Development), was held in Astana, Republic of Kazakhstan, on 28-30 June 2011.

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Training Course on 'Breeding and Biotechnology: Pedigree Selection' in Azerbaijan
Date : 22-24 June 2011 Venue : Gence Azerbaijan

The Centre organised a training on “Breeding and Biotechnology: Pedigree Selection” at the Cotton Research Institute of the Republic of Azerbaijan on 22-24 June 2011. The Course was provided by Mr. Ramazan Şadet Güvercin, an expert from the Kahramanmaraş Agricultural Research Institute of Turkey, and was attended by 15 staff members of the Cotton Research Institute of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

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Expert Group Meeting: Opportunities and Advantages of Enhanced Collaboration on Statistical Information Management in Asia and the Pacific
Date : 20-22 June 2011 Venue : Bangkok - Thailand

The Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on “Opportunities and Advantages of Enhanced Collaboration on Statistical Information Management” organised by United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (UNESCAP) Secretariat was held on 20–22 June 2011 in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Training Course on 'Plant Protection and Disease' in Uganda
Date : 20-22 June 2011 Venue : Kampala Uganda

The Centre organised a training on “Plant Protection and Disease” at the Cotton Development Organization of the Republic of Uganda on 20-22 June 2011. The Course was provided by Dr. Oktay Erdoğan, an expert from the Nazilli Cotton Research Institute of Turkey, and was attended by 18 staff members of the Cotton Development Organization of the Republic of Uganda.

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Dr. Savaş Alpay, Director General of SESRIC, addressed the conference on “Economic Development through Science and Technology”
Date : 16-17 June 2011 Venue : Rabat Morocco

Dr. Savaş Alpay, Director General of SESRIC, attended the “Economic Development through Science and Technology” conference organized by Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) initiative and participated the Panel Discussion "Creating a Favorable Innovation Environment" as a panelist, on 16-17th June 2011, in Rabat, the Kingdom of Morocco.

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Dr. Savaş Alpay, Director General of SESRIC, visited ISESCO
Date : 15 June 2011 Venue : Rabat Morocco

Dr. Savaş Alpay, Director General of SESRIC, and Mr. Hüseyin Hakan Eryetli, Director of IT and Publications, visited Dr. Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, the Director General of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), at the ISESCO headquarters, in Rabat, Morocco on 15 June 2011.

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Eng. Hüseyin Hakan Eryetli, Director of IT and Publications, visited the Digital Economy Department of the Ministry of Industry and Trade and New Technologies of the Kingdom of Morocco
Date : 14 June 2011 Venue : Rabat Morocco

Eng. Hüseyin Hakan Eryetli, Director of IT and Publications of SESRIC visited the Digital Economy Department of the Ministry of Industry and Trade and New Technologies of the Kingdom of Morocco and had a meeting with Mr. Boubka Siddik Bader, Director of the Digital Economy of the Ministry of Industry and Trade and New Technologies on 14 June 2011, in Rabat, the Kingdom of Morocco.

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Dr. Savaş Alpay, Director General of SESRIC, Visited the High Planning Commission and National Statistics Office of Morocco
Date : 14 June 2011 Venue : Rabat Morocco

Dr. Savaş Alpay, Director General of SESRIC, and Mr. Hüseyin Hakan Eryetli, Director of IT and Publications, visited Dr. Jamal Bourchachen, Secretary General of the High Planning Commission (HPC), and Dr. Mohamed Taamouti, Director General of Statistics, of the Kingdom of Morocco on 14 June 2011, at the High Planning Commission (HPC) headquarters in Rabat, Morocco.

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Third Meeting of the Joint Management Team of the Atlas Project
Date : 11-12 June 2011 Venue : Istanbul Turkey

The Third Meeting of the Joint Management Team (JMT) of the Atlas of Islamic World Science and Innovation Project was held during the period 11-12 June 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey under the Chairmanship of the General Secretariat of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC). The meeting was attended by the representatives of project partners, namely OIC, Royal Society, SESRIC, Qatar Foundation, British Council, OIC Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation (COMSTECH), Nature and the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO).

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Workshop on “Impact of Transportation Networks on Trade and Tourism” and Expert Group Meeting on “Transport Cooperation in the OIC Member Countries”
Date : 07-09 June 2011 Venue : Izmir Turkey

The COMCEC Economic Summit, which was held in Istanbul in November 2009 on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the COMCEC emphasized the importance of cooperation in the area of transportation to increase intra-OIC trade and requested COMCEC to work on the revitalization of cooperation in this important sector. Accordingly, the Republic of Turkey offered to organize an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on the subject with a view to exploring the possible modalities for cooperation in this important area.

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Training Course on 'National Accounts: Supply and Use Tables' in Egypt
Date : 06-08 June 2011 Venue : Cairo Egypt

The Centre organised training on “National Accounts: Supply and Use Tables” at the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) of the Arab Republic of Egypt, on 6-8 June 2011. The Course was provided by Mr. Mehmet Kula, an expert from the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat), and was attended by 22 staff members of the CAPMAS.

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Training Course on 'Geographic Information Systems (GIS)' in Kuwait
Date : 05-07 June 2011 Venue : Kuwait City Kuwait

The Centre organised training on “Geographic Information Systems (GIS)” at the Central Statistical Bureau of State of Kuwait, on 5-7 June 2011. The Course was provided by Mr. Mohamed Montaser Mohsen Hussin Mohamed, an expert from the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS), and was attended by five staff members of the Central Statistical Bureau of State of Kuwait.

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Seminar on ‘Risk Aversion, Volatility Risk Premium, and the Cross-Section of Stock Returns'
Date : 31 May 2011 Venue : Ankara Turkey

The Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) organized and hosted a seminar on “Risk Aversion, Volatility Risk Premium, and the Cross-Section of Stock Returns" in its headquarters in Ankara on May 31, 2011. The seminar has been delivered by Mr. Alper Corlu.

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OIC Network for Occupational Safety and Health (OIC-OSHNET): Kick-off Meeting
Date : 16-17 May 2011 Venue : Ankara Turkey

Kick-off Meeting of OIC Occupational Safety and Health Network (OIC-OSHNET) has successfully been organized by SESRIC, in collaboration with the Turkish Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (ISGUM), on 16-17 May 2011, in Ankara, Turkey.

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SESRIC participated in Meeting on 'Addressing Unemployment in the IDB Member Countries in the Post-Crisis World'
Date : 09-10 May 2011 Venue : Jeddah Saudi Arabia

The IDB Group organised the Meeting on “Addressing Unemployment in the IDB Member Countries in the Post-Crisis World”, which has been held at the IDB Headquarters in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on 9-10 May 2011. The Meeting was attended by experts from relevant institutions and organisations from the IDB Member Countries as well as from international organisations and institutions such as the ILO, IMF, OECD, World Bank and UN ESCWA.

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Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (UNLDC-IV)
Date : 09-13 May 2011 Venue : Istanbul Turkey

The Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (UNLDC-IV) taking place in Istanbul on 9-13 May 2011 commenced under the theme of “Partnership against Poverty”. The LDC-IV will assess the implementation of the Brussels Programme of Action (BPoA), reaffirm the global commitment for LDCs and consequently adopt the next development action for the LDCs. The conference is expected to bring together nearly 50 Heads of State and Government, 10 vice-presidents, 94 ministers and chairmen of 47 international organizations in Istanbul.

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The Atlas of Islamic-World Science and Innovation Meeting: 'A Medium for Open Discussion'
Date : 09-10 May 2011 Venue : Alexandria Egypt

The Center for Special Studies and Programs (CSSP)  organized a meeting entitled "The Atlas of Islamic-World Science and Innovation Meeting-A Medium for Open Discussion", 9-10 May 2011, at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

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Seminar on ‘Loopholes in USA Markets and Financial Regulation’
Date : 05 May 2011 Venue : Ankara Turkey

The Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) organized and hosted a seminar on “Loopholes in USA Markets and Financial Regulation" in its headquarters in Ankara on May 5, 2011. The seminar has been delivered by Mr. Mustafa Sahin, Senior Analyst at Maple Securities USA, Inc.

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Training Course on 'Occupational Health and Safety' in Pakistan
Date : 26-28 April 2011 Venue : Islamabad Pakistan

The Centre organised training on “Occupational Health and Safety” at the Ministry of Labour and Manpower of Pakistan, on 26-28 April 2011. The Course was provided by Dr. Sirajuddin bin Hashim, an expert from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) of Ministry of Health in Malaysia, and was attended by staff members of the Ministry of Labour and Manpower of Pakistan.

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Training Course on 'Occupational Hygiene: Chemical Factors and Chemical Exposure' in Oman
Date : 25-27 April 2011 Venue : Muscat Oman

The Centre organised training on “Occupational Hygiene: Chemical Factors and Chemical Exposure” at the Environmental and Occupational Health Department of Ministry of Health in the Sultanate of Oman, on 25-27 April 2011. The Course was provided by Mr. Nihat Eğri, an expert from the Centre for Occupational Health and Safety of the Republic of Turkey, and was attended by staff members of the Environmental and Occupational Health Department of Ministry of Health in the Sultanate of Oman.

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8th ECO NFPM Meeting
Date : 21-22 April 2011 Venue : Baku Azerbaijan

The 8th National Focal Points on Economic Research and Statistics Meeting (NFPM) of the Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO) was held on 21-22 April 2011 in Baku, Azerbaijan. The Meeting was participated by high ranking officials of research institutions and statistical offices of the ECO Member Countries, as well as the representatives of regional and international organisations. SESRIC was represented by Mr. Mehmet Fatih Serenli, Director of Training and Technical Cooperation Department thereat.

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Seminar on ‘Effects of Infrastructure Investment on Economic Performance: A Meta-Analysis’
Date : 21 April 2011 Venue : Ankara Turkey

The Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) organized and hosted a seminar on “Effects of Infrastructure Investment on Economic Performance: A Meta-Analysis " in its headquarters in Ankara on April 21, 2011. The seminar has been delivered by Dr. Abderrahman El Makhloufi, VU University Amsterdam.

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Training Course on 'Occupational Health and Safety' in Brunei
Date : 19-21 April 2011 Venue : Bandar Seri Bagawan Brunei

The Centre organised a training Course on “Occupational Health and Safety” at Occupational Health Division of Ministry of Health in Brunei on 19-21 April 2011. The Course was provided by Dr. Priya Ragunath, an expert from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) of Ministry of Health in Malaysia, and was attended by staff members of Occupational Health Division at Ministry of Health in Brunei.

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Annual Meeting of the Directors of the NSIs of the Mediterranean ENP Countries
Date : 13 April 2011 Venue : Istanbul Turkey

The 2011 joint Eurostat-Medstat Meeting of the Directors of the National Statistical Institutes (NSIs) of the Mediterranean European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) Countries was held on 13 April 2011 in Istanbul,Turkey following the First Session of the OIC-Statistical Commission. This meeting was organised by Eurostat within the Medstat III Programme a regional statistical cooperation programme of the Mediterranean Countries and the European Union. Mediterranean partners of the Programme are: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Syria and Tunisia. All partners of the Programme except Lebanon were represented in the Meeting. The EuropeAid, UN-ESCWA, the World Bank, the Arab Institute for Training and Research in Statistics (AITRS) and the Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) were also participated in the meeting. SESRIC was represented at the meeting by Ms.Münevver Nilgün Egemen, Senior Researcher at the Centre. Main objectives of the meeting were to discuss the work programme prepared at the latest Task Force Meeting and to develop regional strategy for statistical cooperation post-Medstat III.

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First Session of the OIC Statistical Commission (OIC-StatCom)
Date : 11-12 April 2011 Venue : Istanbul Turkey

The First Session of the OIC Statistical Commission (OIC-StatCom), organized jointly by Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) and the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), was held in Istanbul, Turkey on 11-12 April 2011.

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Seminar on 'The General Equilibrium Wage Impact of Trade-Induced Shifts in Industrial Compositions of Employment in Brazilian Cities, 1991-2000'
Date : 08 April 2011 Venue : Ankara Turkey

The Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) organized and hosted a seminar on “The General Equilibrium Wage Impact of Trade-Induced Shifts in Industrial Compositions of Employment in Brazilian Cities, 1991-2000" in its headquarters in Ankara on April 8, 2011. The seminar has been delivered by Mr. Jian Mardukhi, University of British Columbia.

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Director General of SESRIC visited RISTEK
Date : 06 April 2011 Venue : Jakarta Indonesia

Dr. Savaş Alpay, Director General of SESRIC, and Mr. Mehmet Fatih Serenli, Director of Training and Technical Cooperation Department, visited State Ministry of Research and Technology (RISTEK) of the Republic of Indonesia on 6 April 2011 to discuss issues of mutual interest of cooperation between the two institutions.

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Seminar on Managing Liquidity in the Islamic Financial Services Industry
Date : 06-07 April 2011 Venue : Istanbul Turkey

The Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB) organised a seminar on Managing Liquidity in the Islamic Financial Services Industry. It was held on 6-7 April 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey. The Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey (CBRT) hosted the event. The Centre was represented at the seminar by Mr. Nadi Serhan Aydin, Researcher at the Centre.

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SESRIC, ISMEK of Turkey and MONE of Indonesia sign MoU
Date : 05 April 2011 Venue : Jakarta Indonesia

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between the Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC), Centre for Vocational and Art Courses of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (ISMEK) and Ministry of National Education (MONE) of the Republic of Indonesia on 5 April 2011 during the official visit of H.E. Abdullah Gül, President of Turkey and Chairman of Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (COMCEC).

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Master Trainers from Pakistan Awarded with İMTP Certificate
Date : 21 March - 01 April 2011 Venue : Istanbul Turkey

A group of ten master trainers from different provinces of the Republic of Pakistan was awarded with İSMEK Master Trainer Programme (İMTP) Certificate on 1 April 2011 after successful completion of the training course during the period 21 March – 1 April 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey.

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Training Course on 'Technology and Innovation Policy'
Date : 14-19 March 2011 Venue : Islamabad Pakistan

SESRIC partnered with the Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Policy Research and Training, affiliated to COMSTECH, in the organization of the training course on “Technology and Innovation Policy” on 14- 19 March, in Islamabad, Pakistan..

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3rd Meeting with the Delegates from the National Statistical Offices (NSOs) of the OIC Member Countries during the 42nd Session of the UN Statistical Commission
Date : 24 February 2011 Venue : New York - USA

SESRIC organised the 3rd Meeting of the NSOs of the OIC Member Countries on 24 February 2011 as a side event during the 42nd Session of the United Nations Statistical Commission held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA. Dr. Savaş Alpay, Director General of SESRIC, and Ms. Münevver Nilgün Egemen, Senior Researcher represented the Centre thereat.

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Training Course on 'Payment Systems' in Kyrgyz Republic
Date : 25-27 January 2011 Venue : Bishkek Kyrgyzstan

The Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) organised a training Course on “Payment Systems” at the National Bank of the Kyrgyz Republic on 25-27 January 2011. The Course was provided by Ms. Sinem Kamiloğlu, an expert from the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey, and was attended by 15 specialists of the National Bank of the Kyrgyz Republic.

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Third Meeting of the Steering Committee of the Islamic Conference of Health Ministers
Date : 22-23 January 2011 Venue : Jeddah Saudi Arabia

Third Meeting of the Steering Committee of the Islamic Conference of Health Ministers was held at the OIC Headquarters in Jeddah on 22-23 January 2011. The purpose of the Steering Committee Meeting was to review the actions taken on the resolutions adopted by the First and Second Islamic Conferences of Health Ministers (ICHM), and the preparation for the Third Islamic Conference of Health Ministers to be hosted by Kazakhstan in 2011. The meeting was attended by the members of the Steering Committee and SESRIC was represented by Dr. Savaş Alpay, Director General, and Mr. Mehmet F. Serenli, Director of Training and Technical Cooperation Department thereat.

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Training Course on 'Education & Training Statistics' in Niger
Date : 12-15 January 2011 Venue : Niamey Niger

The Centre organised a training Course on “Education & Training Statistics” at the National Statistical Institute - Niger on 12-15 January 2010. The Course was provided by Dr. Bruno Magloire KAMGHO TEZANOU, an expert from the National Statistical Institute of Cameroon, and was attended by 20 staff members of the National Statistical Institute in Niger.

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Director General of SESRIC addressed the Fourteenth Session of the COMSTECH
Date : 11-13 January 2011 Venue : Islamabad Pakistan

Dr. Savaş Alpay, Director General of SESRIC, addressed to the Fourteenth Session of the Fourteenth Session of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation (COMSTECH), which was held at Islamabad on 11-13 January 2011, under the Chairmanship of H.E. Mr. Yousaf Raza Gillani, Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and Co-Chairman COMSTECH. Nearly three hundred delegates from twenty-nine member states and twenty-four international and regional organizations attended the meeting.

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Policy Dialogue Workshop on Islamic Monetary Policy
Date : 08-09 January 2011 Venue : Tehran Iran

A Policy Dialogue Workshop on “Islamic Monetary Policy” was held in Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran on 8-9 January 2011. The workshop was jointly organized by Islamic Research and Training Institute (IRTI), which is a member of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Group, and the Monetary and Banking Academy (MBRA) of the Central Bank of Islamic Republic of Iran. The workshop brought together officials from the Central Banks of some OIC member countries, academicians, researchers, and other experts from the OIC member countries. SESRIC was represented at the workshop by Mr. Murat Atlamaz, Senior Researcher at the Centre. Islamic finance and its implications for the monetary policies of some OIC member countries were the main theme of the workshop.

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