Since November 2007, the Centre has been preparing short outlook reports on various socio-economic development topics related to the OIC Member States. Using the Centre’s OIC Statistics (OICStat) Database, these reports present statistical information and analytical investigations on the topics under consideration, enriched with figures and tables. The topics of these reports include, among others, demography and structure of population, size and structure of the economy, saving and investment, structure and direction of trade, labour productivity, health, tourism, gender, food security, cancer and street children.

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Trade in Services and Role of Services Sector in Economic Transformation

This report reviews the latest developments in services trade and analyses the structure of global and regional trade in services. It is found that OIC countries are not able account a good share of global trade in services as they fail to diversify their export base through creating an enabling environment. Moreover, they are losing their competitive advantages in many services sectors. Therefore, there is a need for building productive capacity and competitiveness in targeted services sectors through adequate national policies and regulations in OIC countries.

E- Government Services in OIC Countries: A Catalyst for Good Governance

The objective of this report is to shed light on e-government services in the OIC countries and highlight the important impact of e-government services on good governance in member states. The report reviews the relevant literature on e-government and e-governance services and then analyses the trends in e-government indicators for the OIC member countries. This outlook report also discusses the e-government services in the OIC member countries to widen the understanding of a new form of good governance, involving efforts to broaden and deepen participation with the support of ICTs. Lastly, the report provides a comprehensive discussion and some key policy recommendations on how to improve the effectiveness of e-government and e-governance services in the OIC countries.

People with Disabilities and Special Needs in OIC Countries

This report looks at the state of people with disabilities and special needs in OIC Countries in comparative perspective. It discusses global as well as regional trends and elaborates on the implications for OIC Countries. As a group, OIC Countries host millions of people with special needs. These people are in need of basic healthcare services, specialized rehabilitation services and other community services from transport to education. Due to underinvestment into social security systems, insufficient number of trained health professionals and rehabilitation units, many people with disabilities in OIC Countries cannot reach such services easily. Addressing diverse needs of people with disabilities require to develop a holistic approach and an action plan at the OIC level that can guide OIC Countries to deliver these services more effectively.