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Kazakh Chairmanship in the OIC to focus on trade

25 march 2011, 15:21
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Organisation of the Islamic Conference
Organisation of the Islamic Conference
A conference on Kazakhstan's Chairmanship in the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) was held in Almaty today, a Tengrinews.kz journalist reports.

In 2011 Kazakhstan will chair the 38th session of the foreign ministers council of the OIC member states. The Organization is currently chaired by Tajikistan.

Major attention during chairmanship will be given to trade and economic relationships between the OIC member-states.

As per Dulat Bakishev, ambassador at large of Kazakhstan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, OIC is extending an active support to Kazakhstan’s initiatives. “We are planning to improve anticipation and forecasting of conflicts worldwide and enhance humanitarian initiatives,” said Bakishev. He added that it is important not only to resolve the existing conflicts but also to anticipate and prevent the new ones from happening.

Sultan Akimbekov, Director of the Institute of World Economics and Politics, said that Kazakhstan will be chairing the organization during tough times when conflicts are raging in Egypt and Libya. “When we were chairing the OSCE, conflicts in Kyrgyzstan occurred; and now when we are in the OIC the conflicts are even more serious,” he said.

Kazakhstan chairmanship in the OIC is mutually beneficial for both parties. As per Bakishev, it will help Kazakhstan deepen its economic and political relationships with the Islamic world.

Kazakhstan is currently preparing to host the 7th World Islamic Economic Forum in Astana in June. The forum is expected to welcome more than 20 heads of the OIC member-states as well as representatives of international organizations.

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