The Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC), was founded as a subsidiary organ of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in pursuance of Resolution No. 2/8-E adopted by the Eighth Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers (ICFM), held in Tripoli in May 1977. The Centre started its activities in Ankara on 1 June 1978.

The basic mandate drawn up for SESRIC is threefold:

To collate, process and disseminate socio-economic statistics and information on and for the utilisation of the member countries,
To study and evaluate the economic and social developments in the member countries to help generate proposals that will initiate and enhance co-operation among them, and
To organise training programmes in selected fields geared to the needs of the member countries as well as to the general objectives of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.

In the area of statistics, SESRIC serves as the main socio-economic information bank on and for the OIC countries, and hosts the most comprehensive statistical database on OIC countries. The Centre collects and disseminates the statistical data and background information that would make the OIC countries better informed of each other’s potentials and needs. In addition, SESRIC, in its capacity as the Secretariat of the OIC Statistical Commission, plays an important role in enhancing the statistical capacities of the official statistics producing institutions of the OIC countries. In this connection, the Centre carries out statistical projects based on both South-South and Triangular Cooperation approaches to improve the National Statistical Systems of OIC countries for the development of better national strategies and policies.

In its capacity as the main socio-economic research organ of the OIC, SESRIC assumes the role of being a major knowledge-hub for the OIC Member States in supporting socio-economic development at country level, sub-regional and regional level. The Centre prepares reports and studies on a wide range of issues pertaining to the socio-economic development in the Member States, and generates policy recommendations to initiate and enhance cooperation amongst them. Moreover, by preparing or significantly contributing to the preparation of major strategic documents in various fields, the SESRIC plays a vital role in supporting policy design and implementation, addressing developmental challenges, and promoting partnership and cooperation among national development actors within the OIC region.

In the area of Training and Technical Cooperation, SESRIC plays a significant role in enhancing the technical cooperation within the OIC community in areas which fall within its mandate. The Centre contributes to technical cooperation among the member countries through different modalities of training and technical capacity building such as human and institutional capacity-building, technical assistance, exchange of best practices, skill development and networking on a wide-range of socio-economic issues.

At the threshold of its 42. year of existence and active involvement, within the framework of its field of specialisation, in the common effort towards the realisation of the noble objectives of the OIC, the Ankara Centre is increasingly solicited to put its accumulated experience and acquired know-how at the service of the Organisation and its member countries as reflected in the ever-expanding scope of activities it carries out.

More details of our overall activities, including the final output of our work in the fields of socio-economic research, statistics, training and publications, together with a great deal of OIC-related information, are given in the relevant sections of this site.

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