SESRIC attended the ‘Workshop on Regional Cooperation and Integration’ organised by the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Regional Hub in Turkey on 19 December 2018 in Ankara, Republic of Turkey.
The workshop discussed the IsDB Group Regional Cooperation and Integration Policy (RCI) in line with the current and emerging need of the IsDB Member Countries.
The Meeting focused on major issues to be addressed on the second-generation Member Country Partnership Strategy (MCPS) for Turkey with the objective of enhancing regional and global value chains within the proposed RCI policy.
Dr. Kenan Bağcı, Acting Director of Research Department at SESRIC, delivered the welcoming remarks on behalf of H.E. Amb. Musa Kulaklıkaya, Director General of SESRIC.
In his message, among other things, H.E. Amb. Musa Kulaklıkaya stated that the OIC countries collectively represent a great market potential with tremendous opportunities for trade and investment among the member countries. If we can help to reduce the barriers and facilitate partnership in the areas trade, finance and investment, this will be a great achievement in promoting regional cooperation. He further stressed that it is very promising to observe a constantly rising intra-OIC trade over the years, reflecting the growing economic integration and partnership among the OIC member countries. However, more could be achieved if all stakeholders cooperate and coordinate more effectively to facilitate trade and investment.
Regional Director of IsDB Group Regional Hub Turkey, Mr. Saleh Jelassi, reiterated the strong commitment of the IsDB Group to work closely with all partners in Turkey and other regional stakeholders to develop the projects, programs and interventions that would contribute to enhancement of the socio-economic well-being of all.
Senior representatives from different national and international entities in Turkey also attended the meeting, including, TIKA. TKBB, D-8 Organisation for Economic Cooperation, and Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of Turkey.