111. The Conference welcomed the Kingdom of Bahrain’s hosting, in November 2015, of a workshop on charitable donations and combating the financing of terrorism and violent extremism, as well as the findings included in the Joint Declaration on the need to undertake an objective and thorough assessment in the sector of non-profit organizations, to identify danger points such as to pre-empt any risks involving those organizations being used for terrorist goals, and to try and entice them towards the official financial sector in order to guard against the danger of being pushed to resorting to other non-official financial channels.
112. The Conference appreciated the efforts of the Global Counter Terrorism Forum (GCTF) under the co-chairmanship of the K?ngdom of Morocco and the K?ngdom of Netherlands in bringing ?n effective and coordinated responses to the threat of terrorism on the basis of the rule of law and human rights and ?n accordance w?th the United Nations legal framework. The Conference called on the Member States to participate in the work of the GCTF.
113. The Conference welcomed the Initiative to launch a process of Islamic rapprochement by the joint declaration of the President of Turkey, H.E. Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, the President of Kazakhstan, H.E. Mr. Nursultan Nazarbayev, dated 13 April 2016. The Conference decided to launch the process of Islamic rapprochement as a new paradigm of relations in the Muslim world through demonstration of goodwill and constructive approach for peaceful resolution of disputes, for respect of territorial integrity and sovereignty and the principle of non-interference in internal affairs of each other and friendly relations between the Member States of the OIC, and for strengthening unity of the Islamic Ummah. The Conference requested the Secretary General to present, in consultation with Member States, and if needed, by establishing a working group, a comprehensive plan of action on the process of Islamic rapprochement to the next session of the Council of Foreign Ministers for its consideration.
114. The Conference noted with satisfaction the successful conclusion of the Ten year Program of Action (2005-2015) which provided the Islamic Ummah with a forward looking blueprint with a view to enhancing Joint Islamic Action in various domains and reiterated its commitment to working together for a better tomorrow and enhancing the well-being of our peoples. It also affirmed commitment to addressthe shortcomings in the previous decade and to introduce the necessary improvements for the effective implementation of the new OIC Program of Action: 2016-2025.
115. The Conference adopted the OIC-2025: Program of Action for the next decade and called upon the Member States, the OIC organs and institutions, international partners as well as other stakeholders to undertake all necessary measures for its effective implementation.
116. The Conference welcomed the adoption of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda with 17 goals and 169 targets. It committed to their successful implementation within the stipulated time frame, taking into consideration the role of national authorities and significance of international cooperation.
117. The Conference commended the progressive increase in intra-OIC trade from 18.64% in 2013 to 19.33% in 2014 occasioned by the implementation of trade financing and trade promotion initiatives. While taking note of the entry into force of the OIC Framework Agreement on Trade Preferential System (TPS-OIC), its Protocol and Rules of Origin, it underscored the need for earlier completion of necessary formalities for the activation of the trade facilitation mechanism. It also called for increased actions in the manufacturing and services sectors. In this regard, the Conference welcomed the establishment of OIC City of Tourism Award and recognized its relevance to promote intra-OIC cooperation in tourism services’ sector.
118. The Conference welcomed the establishment of Islamic Organization for Food Security (IOFS) in Astana, Republic of Kazakhstan, as a new specialized institution of the Organization, and looked forward to its active role in increasing intra-OIC cooperation in this important sector. In this regard, the Conference noted with satisfaction the implementation of the OIC Framework for Cooperation on Labour, Employment and Social Protection, notably its relevant joint actions in the domain of occupational safety and health; legal protection for employees; and social security protection for workers. For the purposes of food self-sufficiency and security of the Muslim world, the Conference supported the need for possible joint venture agro-projects, under commercial as well as Government arrangements within OIC mechanism, for production of cereal grains and development offood reserves and food banks in order to cater for the vulnerable segments of the population of the Muslim world, with related distribution arrangements. These arrangements could serve the purposes of humanitarian assistance to famine-stricken communities, displaced people and refugees in dire need of relief as well as for Member States sufferingserious and chronic food deficit.
119. Considering the strategic importance of this initiative, the Conference called on OIC Member States to accede to the IOFS statute, including its early ratification to ensure the operationalization of the Organization. It also called on OIC Member States to actively participate, at a high-level, in the inaugural session of IOFS General Assembly, which will be held in Astana on 28 April 2016.
120. The Conference welcomed the results of the 3rdIslamic Conference of Labor Ministers held in Jakarta, Indonesia, on 28 – 30 October 2015 which highlighted OIC collaboration in reducing unemployment among OIC Member States through increasing capacity building, skill recognition and transparency in labor market and labor capacity information, as well as the need to further strengthen the implementation of occupational safety and health of the workers and to promote fair, safe and orderly labor migration through relevant national laws and regulations.
121. The Conference affirmed its support for the State of Qatar in countering the political and media campaigns it is facing with regard to workers’ rights and took note of the efforts of the State of Qatar on the improvement of workers conditions and the paramount importance it attaches to them, ensuring their rights in full, consistent with its national laws.
122. The Conference condemned the malicious campaigns to which several of the OIC Member States are subjected and reaffirmed its solidarity with these States and its rejection of the continuation of the campaigns.
123. The Conference commended the actions by Member States leading to the progressive increase in the Authorized Capital of IDB which currently stands at 100 billion Islamic Dinars, the full payment of its Subscribe Capital of 50 billion Islamic Dinars, and the innovative resource mobilization mechanism introduced by the IDB Group.
124. The Conference expressed its appreciation for the numerous contributions by Member States to the Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development (ISFD) and commended the various interventions under the Fund, which have reached US$ 562 million cumulatively. However, in order to increase the impact of ISFD interventions on scaling-up micro-finance support, vocational training and food security; improving social and economic services to vulnerable segments in Member States; as well as attaining its target capital of US$ 10 billion, the Conference called on Member States to redeem their pledges and announce new commitments, including allocation of Waqf(endowment project) in favor of ISFD. The Conference also called for the participation of private sector foundations and high net-worth individuals in OIC Member States in the Fund. Accordingly, itrenewed its commitment to mobilize intra-OIC investment through support for Islamic financial products and Islamic social finance.
125. The Conference expressed satisfaction with the implementation of the Special Programme for Development of Africa (SPDA), which has effectively contributed to social and physical infrastructure development in 22 countries, while supporting ongoing initiative to elaborate a successor programmewith emphasis on cross-border and regional projects. Similarly, the Conference welcomed the implementation of OIC Plan of Action for Cooperation with Central Asia (OIC-PACCA), which has demonstrated its potentials in fostering active cooperation with OIC Member States in Central Asia. In this regard, the Conference commended the elaboration of Special Program for Central Asia (SPCA) by IDB Group and called for its timely implementation. Accordingly, the Conferencereiterated the need for the implementation of these regional programmes within a comprehensive OIC infrastructure development policy in order to realize the vision of an integrated OIC economic community.
126. The Conference welcomed the remarkable proposal of H.E. Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, regarding the announcement of the “Islamic Infrastructural Integration” Initiative, aimed at the advancement of sustainable and inclusive economic growth, regional integration, connectivity and cooperation among the OIC Member States, and called on the Member States, the Islamic Development Bank Group and OIC organs and institutions to demonstrate solidarity, provide committed support and develop a comprehensive Strategic Program/ Road Map for the next decade on the practical implementation and resource mobilization for the above Initiative.
127. The Conference underscored the role of private sector in implementing the OIC General Agreement for Economic, Technical and Commercial Cooperation, particularly in the domain of trade and investment, infrastructure development, public-private partnership and social entrepreneurship, and urged Member States to encourage their private sector establishments to collaborate more effectively with the relevant OIC institutions. It welcomed the signing of this agreement by the Republic of Kazakhstan in November 2015 in Istanbul, Republic of Turkey.
128. The Conference accordingly emphasized the significance of SME promotion policies in attaining sustainable economic growth as well as fighting unemployment and poverty.
129. The Conference attached great importance to multi-modal connectivity to further advance economic cooperation among OIC Member States. In this regard, it noted the recent developments on execution of the OIC Dakar-Port Sudan Railway project and encouraged OIC project owners and stakeholders to continue their efforts towards mobilizing technical and funding support for the successful implementation of this integrative project.
130. The Conference commended the role of the Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation (COMCEC) under the chairmanship of the President of the Republic of Turkey in contributing to the realization of OIC objectives in the economic domain.
131. The Conference expressed its profound appreciation for the successful implementation of the COMCEC revised statute and strategy adopted at the 4th Extraordinary Summit. It called on Member States to enhance the implementation of the revised COMCEC statute and strategy, in close coordination and cooperation with the General Secretariat and in accordance with the OIC Charter, and requested Member States to continue to actively participate in the work of the COMCEC under the chairmanship of H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, President of the Republic of Turkey.
132. The Conference stressed that the media, including the social media, is the most effective tool for spreading information and shaping public opinion. The Conference recognized the decisive role it can assume in projecting the bright image of Islam and Member States to the outside world and achieving the objectives of Islamic solidarity; and emphasized the centrality of these media in the just and objective issues concerning the Muslim world.
133. The Conference called for investment in the development of media infrastructure, improving the professional capacities of media workers, facilitating easy access by the public to information, enhancing OIC media institutions and deepening coordination among them to advance Joint Islamic Action in all fields. It emphasized strengthening the public diplomacy of the OIC through the mass media.
134. The Conference expressed appreciation for the national actions and strategies, bilateral and multilateral cooperation among Member States, ongoing OIC programs and activities and concerted efforts by the General Secretariat, COMSTECH, STIO, IDB, ISESCO, ICCI, SESRIC and IAS and called upon all the stakeholders to continue their efforts to bring scientific perspectives to bear on national and international issues.
135. The Conference emphasized the need for the Member States and the relevant OIC institutions to redouble their efforts to pursue the objectives and targets of the Vision 1441 H for Science and Technology and to work towards reducing the glaring scientific knowledge gap between OIC Member States and the developed world. In this regard, the Conference stressed the need for continuing activities and programs for strengthening of R&D as part of institutional framework for Science, Technology and Innovation, national strategies for science and technology, conducting STI Foresight studies, encouraging private sector participation in R&D, promoting emerging technologies; such as nanotechnology and biotechnology, and the enhancement of quality education.
136. The Conference acknowledged the need for developing knowledge-based society and therefore, support research and technology for development in the Member States. For that purpose, it encouraged expansion and intensification of R&D activities in the institutions and centers of excellence including in the OIC subsidiary and affiliated ones in the Member States. It also encouraged the OIC institutions to facilitate and support R&D in focused areas and support business incubation based on innovation and R&D successes; and underscored the need for initiatives under OIC to preserve, compile and foster traditional knowledge of the member states and their diverse communities.