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Last updated: 23rd February 2020

Closing Remarks of Honourable State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md. Shahriar Alam at the 2nd Brainstorming Session on OIC Reform, Dhaka; 20 February 2020

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim

 Excellency the Assistant Secretary General,

Excellencies the Co-Chairs and Distinguished Heads of Delegation,

Distinguished Guests, Participants, Brothers and Sisters,

 

We have come to the close of our 2nd brainstorming session. I must admit that it has come this far in a fairly satisfactory manner. The member states and organisations had the opportunity of presenting their thoughts, views and ideas on a comprehensive reform of the OIC. Those who did not have the opportunity during the first brainstorming session could do so in this round of deliberations. A rich array of thoughts and ideas has come out in the brainstorming process to give a strategic look at expert level for developing reform proposals.

 

Let us congratulate ourselves for this happy conclusion of this round of brainstorming.

 

From this we are entering into the phase of intense administrative work. We now need to take measures for compiling and articulating all thoughts, ideas and proposals of OIC reform in a systematic manner.

 

 

 Excellencies, Brothers and Sisters,

The work of the rapporteur and the General Secretariat would be more intensive in this phase. What we are aiming for - is convergence of thoughts and ideas to leverage each other's strong points.  We expect that the General Secretariat will share the documents such as the reports of the Brainstorming sessions, compilations of member states written proposal etc., and the relevant study materials with the designated focal points from each capital along with designated focal points of each OIC organ or sub-organs/institution.

 

 The next phase of the reform process now would be the phase of synchronizing and synthesizing the ideations come to a solid set of convergent formulations - which we can proudly declare as democratic and yet consensus-based.

 

 The aggregate reform recommendations, we believe, ought to go through segmented IGGE meetings with participation of OIC organs, sub-organs and institutions.

 

 We may also decide to deploy the wisdom of the eminent persons from the member states designated by their capitals to provide us refined and actionable recommendations for the OIC to work on. Capitals, if they like, may complete internal consultation process with Government and other stakeholders. Their expert meetings and seminar recommendations may also benefit the study and recommendations.

 

The last phase of the reform process would obviously be that of the phase of adoption of the recommendations of the reform by the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) and the direction of the OIC Summit. We hope that the next CFM will consider that and give further directions and decisions on how to go about implementing reform proposals/process.

 

 As regards implementation of the reforms agreed, the Intergovernmental Group of Experts (IGGE) and the Eminent Persons Group may be in the right position to decide whether implementation would be done item by item, in a graduated manner or as a consolidated package.

 

 Excellencies, Brothers and Sisters,

 The Year 2020 is a grand occasion for Bangladesh. We are going to celebrate the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation – Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman throughout the year and for a part of the next. Dhaka is the OIC Youth Capital for the year 2020. We have chalked out interesting programmes for the OIC and indeed, the Muslim youth from all corners of the globe to come to Dhaka and partake in this adventure of a lifetime. In fact, even this brainstorming session is deeply inspired by the ideas of the youth. The idea of innovation and entrepreneurship dominate the stories that we are weaving under the leadership of the Hon’ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.  We are eagerly waiting for participation from each of the member states in the Youth Capital events and beyond in Bangladesh throughout the year 2020.

 

  I particularly thank the Co-Chairs for their support and cooperation in conducting the brainstorming meetings. I thank the participants for their enthusiasm and spirit of understanding and accommodation they have displayed during these days of deliberations. We appreciate the delegations for their views and interest in taking forward the OIC reform process. This reflects a degree of political will and intent of the member states to see an energised and effective "OIC space" to address 21st century challenges of the Ummah. I also appreciate the participants for maintaining a friendly and constructive atmosphere in the meeting which I believe would continue throughout various phases of the reform process.

 

  I also thank Mr. Secretary General, the Assistant Secretary General and the General Secretariat for the support and clarifications and their substantive contribution to the meeting as a co-chair.

 

We also thank the interpreters and the Secretariat staff for their dedicated service necessary to conduct the meeting in a smooth manner.    We thank the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, His Majesty the King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud and his country for the continued support that the OIC and its various processes - including the reform process has always received. In this regard, we register our deep gratitude to the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

 

Wishing to see you active in the next phase of the reform process.

 

 Thank you again. Thank you all.

Joi Bangla. Joi Bangabandhu.

Long live the OIC


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