ORGANISATION OF ISLAMIC COOPERATION
The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC, until 2011 - Organisation of the Islamic Conference) was established in 1969.
The headquarters of the OIC General Secretariat is in Jeddah (the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia).
Currently, the OIC membership includes 56 member states (excluding Syria, membership was suspended in August 2012).
The working languages of the OIC are English, Arabic and French.
The main documents of the Organisation are the OIC Charter and the 10-year strategic document titled OIC-2025: Programme of Action adopted in April 2016.
Kazakhstan is a member of the OIC since 1995. The Permanent Mission of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the OIC has been operating in Jeddah since March 2010. The Permanent Representative of the Republic of Kazakhstan at the OIC is Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Saudi Arabia Bakhyt Batyrshayev.
The chairmanship of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the 38th session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers, held on June 28-30, 2011 in Astana, was one of the notable events. One of the main outcomes of this event was the decision to rename the Organization to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
Within the 38th session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan N. Nazarbayev announced the initiative to create the Islamic Organization for Food Security (IOFS). The main goal of this initiative is to consolidate the capabilities of the OIC member states in the field of food security.
To date, 32 OIC member states signed the Charter, 12 of which have already ratified it. In March 2018 the IOFS Charter entered into legal force. The Organization's headquarters is based in Astana and is actively operating.
On April 14-15, 2016 President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev took part in the 13th OIC Summit held in Istanbul. Within the Summit, the Head of the State, in collaboration with President of Turkey R. Erdogan, launched an initiative to start the process of Islamic Rapprochement. Currently, this Islamic Rapprochement initiative is included in the OIC agenda and is in the focus of the member states within the context of the conflict resolution in the OIC space.
In addition, within the Summit President of Kazakhstan N. Nazarbayev put forward an initiative on the need to develop a program document called “Islamic Infrastructure Initiative” (Triple I). The main goal of the Triple I initiative is to maximize the possible integration of transport and logistics systems operating in the OIC space by linking three special development programs of the Islamic Development Bank on Central Asia, Africa, the Middle East and North Africa. Nowadays, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan is promoting this initiative both within the cooperation with the Islamic Development Bank and the main economic platform of the OIC countries – COMCEC (OIC Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation), headquarter of which is in Ankara (Turkey).
These initiatives were supported by the participants of the OIC Istanbul Summit and reflected in its Final Communiqué.
The first OIC Summit on Science and Technology titled “Science, Technology, Innovation and Modernization of the Islamic World”, held on the initiative of President of the Republic of Kazakhstan N. Nazarbayev in Astana on September 10-11, 2017, was a major event for the cooperation of Kazakhstan and the OIC. The main outcome of the Summit was the adoption of the Astana Declaration and the OIC Science, Technology and Innovations Agenda 2026.
In this regard, the Republic of Kazakhstan put forward the candidacy of Ambassador A. Mussinov for the post of the OIC Assistant Secretary General for Science and Technology, the elections were held during the 45th session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers on May 5-6, 2018 in Dhaka (Bangladesh). Ambassador A. Mussinov won the elections and is to take the office on July 1, 2019.
Nowadays, the current agenda of cooperation between Kazakhstan and the OIC includes the initiatives of President of the Republic of Kazakhstan N. Nazarbayev for the Islamic world:
- Capacity building of the Islamic Organization for Food Security (IOFS);
- Promotion of the Islamic Rapprochement;
- Promotion of the Islamic Infrastructure Integration (Triple I).
In addition, integration in the abovementioned Agenda of a new initiative of Kazakhstan aimed at creating an OIC-15 platform in the field of science and technology is under process.