Achievements

Achievements of ICCIA (From 2005 to 2013)

Preamble:

Under the leadership of H.E. Shaikh Saleh Kamel, President of Islamic Chamber of ‎Commerce, Industry & Agriculture, the Islamic Chamber, has held the following Private Sector Meetings and ‎Businesswomen Forum from May 2005 till date:

Private Sector Meetings:

The Islamic Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Agriculture (ICCIA) being the major Institution representing the Private Sector within ‎the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), was given the ‎mandate by the 9th Session of Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation ‎of OIC Countries (COMCEC) held in September 1993 in Istanbul – Turkey, to organize Private Sector ‎Meetings, with the objective of bringing the private sector in the forefront of economic ‎development. ‎

14th Private Sector Meeting:

The 14th Private Sector Meeting for the Promotion of Trade and Joint Venture Investment among Islamic Countries was held in Sharjah on 24-26 April 2011and in collaboration with the Federation of UAE Chambers of Commerce & Industry, the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry and International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC) of the IDB Group. It was attended by 450 delegates, representing 30 OIC Member States.‎ The meeting was held concurrently with the 13th Islamic Trade Fair, in implementation of the COMCEC resolution that called upon ICCIA to hold Private Sector Meetings alongwith the Islamic Trade Fairs whenever possible. The Forum issued several significant recommendations including the emphasis on providing incubation services for SMEs and to provide them with the necessary information and support, so as to contribute in enhancing the exports and imports amongst the Member States.

13th Private Sector Meeting:

The 13th Private Sector Meeting for the Promotion of Trade and Joint Venture Investments among Islamic Countries and 2nd OIC Business Forum was held in Dushanbe-Republic of Tajikistan on ‎14th May 2010 on the sidelines of the 37th Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) of the OIC. The Forum was jointly organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Tajikistan, the State Committee of Investments & State Property Management of the Republic Tajikistan and Chamber of Commerce & Industry of the Republic of Tajikistan, the General Secretariat of OIC, the Islamic Development Bank Group and the Islamic Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture under the theme of “Role of Intra-Islamic Trade & Investment in strengthening Economic Growth: Tajikistan the Promising Country”.

It was attended by 300 delegates, representing 22 OIC Member States, and some non-OIC Countries, as well as the representatives from General Secretariat of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD), International Islamic Trade and Finance Corporation (ITFC).

12th Private Sector Meeting:

The 12th Private Sector Meeting for the Promotion of Trade and Joint Venture Investment among Islamic Countries and the First OIC Business Forum, was held on the margin of 35th Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) in Kampala, Uganda, on June 16-18, 2008 under the theme of “Discover the Resources & High Potential of the African Market”. The main objective of the meeting was to provide an opportunity for the private sector to have the deliberations at a time when representatives of the public sector were having their meeting, thereby implementing public-private sector partnership. It was the first time that such opportunity was provided to private sector. The Meeting was held under the kind patronage of H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda, who also graced the inauguration. It was attended by more than 600 delegates, representing 26 OIC Member States, 5 non-OIC Countries, in addition to the General Secretariat of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation, the Islamic Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Agriculture, the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD), Islamic Corporation for the Insurance of Investment and Export Credit (ICIEC), Islamic Center for Development of Trade (ICDT), International Islamic Trade Corporation (ITFC), World Islamic Economic Forum Foundation, UNIDO and financial institutions operating in some Islamic Countries, in addition to Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Investments of Republic of Uganda.

Outcome of the Meeting:

These meetings succeeded in gathering huge number of businessmen, entrepreneurs, traders, and industrialists from Islamic Countries in one platform to discuss on bilateral and multilateral basis on various economic and commercial issues and to close deals and conduct transaction. These meetings are usually attended by representatives of distinguished international financial institutions including the IDB, during which the participating business owners are enlightened about the financial services of these institutions and how to obtain them.

The meetings provided opportunities to the participating institutions to discuss with their counterparts on various areas and cooperation with the private sector in fields of common interest, such as finding new markets for their products and services, obtaining financing for new projects, entering into joint venture investment and to submit applications for trade finance. Through this meetings, the business community of the OIC Member States has been introduced to numerous opportunities and areas of cooperation in industrial projects and to contributed immensely in expanding the size of commercial exchanges of OIC Member States.

Some of the major achievements of the last three Private Sector Meetings:

The 14th Forum of Sharjah, called upon the need of the OIC Member States to encourage their private sector to utilize the OIC Preferential Tariff Scheme for TPS-OIC covering tariff and para-tariff preference, which would facilitate access to wider range of products and an expanded OIC market.

The 14th Forum, appreciated the initiative launched by Sharjah, through Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry, regarding the setting up of a permanent Islamic Trade and Exhibition Center, in the Emirate of Sharjah, for promoting and marketing products and services of member countries. The Sharjah Chamber commenced implementation of this recommendation with some of the joint Islamic work Institutions.

The 13th Private Sector of Dushanbe provided a common platform for the private sector of the Islamic countries to meet and to explore opportunities that are available in Tajikistan markets and at the same time Tajikistan managed to present about its investment climate and trade opportunities. In general, recommendations of the Forum called upon the financial institutions and the private sector to give necessary attention to the Central Asian Republics that are bestowed with huge potentialities that deserve to be utilized and tapped.

During the 12th Private Sector Meeting of Kampala, report of the Business Forum was presented by its Chairman in front of the opening session of the 35th Council of Foreign Ministers, as a result the Council of Foreign Ministers, welcomed the outcome of the Forum and encouraged the General Secretariat of OIC and the ICCIA to organize similar activities concurrently with the future meetings of the Council of Foreign Ministers.

The 12th Private Sector Meeting of Kampala witnessed signing of a number of MOUs between Ugandan enterprises and their counterparts in OIC Countries, such as Mirza Associates Engineering Services Pvt. Ltd. Of Pakistan has established a Joint Firm in Uganda. The said Firm will provide services in the field of infrastructure development, housing, telecom and power sector developments, Fazila Corporation of Bangladesh and B. One (U) Ltd of Uganda, wherein the Bangladeshi party has agreed to provide the expertise in electrical manufacturing and assembling and the Ugandan party would provide all the necessary infrastructural facilities in Uganda for the implementation of the said project in Uganda, Star Food Products, a company from Pakistan has signed two MOUs: (1) for the export of rice from Pakistan to Uganda and (2) export of value added food products from Pakistan to Benin.

Businesswomen Forum in Islamic Countries

Realizing the economic potential among the businesswomen and also to endorse the Millennium Development Goals on gender issues the Islamic Chamber has initiated a comprehensive program in 2005 for the economic empowerment of businesswomen of the Islamic Countries. This has been done by holding Businesswomen Forums in Islamic Countries on annual basis. Till to date six Businesswomen Forums were held. These Forums were financially supported by the IDB, Perez-Guerrero Trust Fund ‎‎/ United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Industrial Development ‎Organization.

Sixth Forum for Businesswomen:

The Sixth Forum for Businesswomen in Islamic Countries was held ‎in Manama – Kingdom of Bahrain on 12-14 December 2012 in collaboration with the Islamic Development Bank Group (IDB), Perez-Guerrero Trust Fund ‎‎/ United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Industrial Development ‎Organization, Investment & Technology Promotion Office (ITPO), Bahrain, Bahrain ‎Businesswomen’s Society (BBS) Bahrain, Bahrain Supreme Council for Women, Bahrain ‎Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BCCI) and Bahrain Development Bank (BDB).‎ The Forum was held under the kind patronage of HRH Princess Sabika Bint Ebrahim Al Khalifa, Wife of His Majesty the King and President of the Supreme Council for Women and was attended by around 150 participants from 36 Member Countries, representatives of Islamic Development Bank Group (IDB) and International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank Group and some other local and international institutions.

Fifth Forum for Businesswomen:

The Fifth Forum for Businesswomen in Islamic Countries was held in Cairo – Arab Republic of Egypt on 22-24 April 2010, under the theme of “Empowerment of Business Women to Meet the MDGs”. It was held in collaboration with the Egyptian Businesswomen Association under the kind Patronage of the First Lady. It was supported by the Perez-Guerrero Trust Fund / United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Islamic Development Bank Group (IDB). The Forum was attended by 150 foreign participants from 38 OIC member countries, 4 non OIC countries.

Fourth Forum for Businesswomen:

The Fourth Forum for ‎Businesswomen in Islamic Countries was held in Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic on November 2-4, 2008 under the kind patronage of First Lady, under the theme of “Role of Culture, Media and Tourism in developing sustainable economic prosperity”. This Forum was organized with the collaboration of Islamic Development Bank (IDB) and the Special Unit for South-South Cooperation, United Nations Development Programme, (SU/SSC-UNDP). It was attended by over 300 delegates representing 40 OIC Member Countries and ‎International Organizations.

Third Forum for Businesswomen:

The Third Forum for Businesswomen in Islamic countries was held in Doha, State of Qatar on 13-15 January 2008. It was organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Economy of Commerce, State of Qatar, Qatari Businessmen Association and Qatari Businesswomen Forum, under the kind patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned wife of HH the Emir of the State of Qatar under the theme of “Micro-Credit Financing…the way forward for economic prosperity”. It was organized with the collaboration of Islamic Development Bank (IDB) and the Special Unit for South-South Cooperation, United Nations Development Programme, (SU/SSC-UNDP). The Forum’s. The Forum was attended by over 350 delegates representing 45 OIC Member Countries and International Organizations.

Second Businesswomen Forum:

The Second Businesswomen Forum in Islamic Countries was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 8-10 December 2006, under the theme of “Creating Opportunities through Networking”. It was organized in collaboration with the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) and the Special Unit for South-South Cooperation, United Nations Development Programme, (SU/SSC-UNDP). The Forum was attended by over 200 delegates representing 40 OIC Member Countries and International Organizations, including the Islamic Development Bank (IDB); the Special Unit for South-South Cooperation, United Nations Development programme (UNDP); United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM); International Fund For Agricultural Development (IFAD); International Organization for Sustainable Development (IOSD); Femmes Africa Solidarite (FAS); and the West African Women Association (WAWA).

Outcome of the Forums:

These Forums provided opportunities to the businesswomen to meet interact and discuss new areas for cooperation and commercial exchanges. These Forums issued several recommendations that identified the needs of businesswomen sector and what difficulties the face and how to enable them to join the mainstream of economic cooperation. It also covers the areas of extending support in finance, marketing, administration and provision of information.

The successes of the previous Forums and the recommendations adopted therein were duly followed and implemented which led to the establishment of:

Businesswomen Information Network (www.oic-bin.net): During the Second Forum for Businesswomen in Islamic Countries held in Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia on 8-10 December, 2006, it was recommended that a web portal and a database for businesswomen needs to be established. Hence, the General Secretariat of the Islamic Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI) developed a web portal “OIC Businesswomen Information Network” (www.oic-bin.net) in November 2007 which was officially launched on the occasion of Third Forum for Businesswomen in Islamic Countries held in State of Qatar in 2008. This project provides a single platform to all the women entrepreneurs in OIC countries, to interact with one another and to exchange business information among themselves. This initiative has been also welcomed by the UNDP’s Special Unit for South-South Cooperation. ICCI has been selected as one of the satellites for One Million Businesswomen Online (OMBOL) for covering 57 OIC Countries, which will be a part of the UNDP’s larger project of OMBOL. The project of ICCI will be considered to be used as a prototype for the other participating satellites. UNDP will provide technical assistance for the said project at the initial financial stage.

Family Bank in Sudan with a paid-up capital of US$50 million: The Family Bank has been establishment in July 2008 and gradually expanded by opening 13 branches in the capital as well as other Sudanese provinces. The main objective is to provide financial services to the potentially active segments of the poor, fresh graduates, small producers of farmers and grazers and craftsmen to enable them run economic activities that suit their circumstances. The Bank, by the end of 2009 extended services to 10,175 beneficiaries. It adopts Islamic modes of finance, such as Mudaraba, Murabaha, Musharka etc., in a simplified manner that gives access to its services for the targeted poor segment of the society.

Incubation Center and Buying House in Pakistan: The said Buying House has been setup in the Northern part of the Pakistan (Multan) by the Women Chamber of Commerce of the said Region. This House serves as a hub for the women working from their homes or cottage industries to bring their merchandise for sale. The House also provides marketing services by way of enabling the exporters to come and place their orders for export, which enhances the products’ quality and quantity. In addition, keeping in view the enthusiasm of the women entrepreneurs, it is expected that the future Businesswomen Forums would have greater success and would achieve more positive outcomes.

OIC Task Force Meeting on SMEs:

  • The Islamic Commission for Economic, Cultural and Social Affairs at its 23rd Session held in January 2000 in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, endorsed the proposal of Islamic Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) for the establishment of a Task Force on Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). The proposal was approved by the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) at its 27th Session held in Kuala-Lumpur, Malaysia in July 2000 and subsequently, by the Islamic Summit Conference at its 9th Session held in Doha, State of Qatar in November 2000. Accordingly, the Task Force was established by the Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation and ICCIA was given the mandate to organize OIC Task Force Meetings on SMEs in a selected OIC Country on an annual basis.
  • Accordingly, ICCIA with the cooperation and kind support of IDB, Member Chambers and SMEs Authorities, have organized six Meetings; first in Bangladesh in 2002, second in Mozambique in 2003, third in Pakistan in 2004, fourth in Thailand in 2005 and fifth in Turkey in 2006 and last in Thailand in 2008. In these meetings, the Task Force has examined problems / constraints, faced by SMEs of OIC Countries and has identified practical means of improving the performance of SMEs through the recommendations of these meetings.
  • Through its discussions and deliberations in these six meetings, the Task Force identified several constraints, affecting SMEs including limited access to and cost of capital, low level of technology, limited access to markets and market information, absence of business development services, weak infrastructure for technology business incubation and cluster development center, regulatory and administrative constraints as well as inadequate institutional support. These has been summarized in a form Strategic Plan for the Promotion and Development of SMEs Sector in OIC Member States, which is submitted to 24th Session of the COMCEC, held in October 2008 in Istanbul. The COMCEC appreciated the accomplishment of the task assigned to ICCIA and took note of all recommendations and details of the Strategic Plan and called upon all the executing agencies to study and give due consideration for realization of the desirable objectives.

    Tourism Forums:

    Tourism is now playing an important role in the economic environment of the member countries. Ministerial meetings on Tourism are being held and efforts are being deployed to promote tourism among the OIC countries. The Islamic Chamber, as representative of private sector, was mandated to organize Tourism Forums for the private sector.

    These Forums were aimed to identify common strategies at the private sector level, and to plan for projecting and promoting trade, investment, and tourism potentials, and investment opportunities, in OIC Countries; also to explore the scope, the obstacles and the solutions in this direction; and to develop and formulate joint strategies for enhancing trade, investment and tourism in, and among the Islamic Countries.

    Second Forum of Tourism in Islamic Countries:

    The Second Forum of Tourism in Islamic Countries was held in Tehran from 28-30 April, 2009, in cooperation with Islamic Development Bank (IDB), Ministry of Tourism, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iranian Privatization Organization and Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries & Mines (ICCIM). As the positive outcome of the First Forum a Tourism Promotion Company has been declared with a capital of US$100 million and was duly launched during the Second Forum.

    First Forum of Tourism in Islamic Countries:

    Islamic Chamber in cooperation with the Supreme Commission for Tourism of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Council of Saudi Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture, organized the First Forum of Tourism in Islamic Countries, in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on 30-31 October 2007.

    International Investment Conferences:

    With the objective of enhancing intra-investment level, and to encourage private sector participation in the privatization process, Islamic Chamber is organizing these Conferences on regular basis on the invitation of the OIC Member Countries.

    Investment Conference for Islamic Countries:

    The Investment Conference for Islamic Countries, organized by the Islamic Chamber, in Amman, Kingdom of Jordan, on 21st May 2011, in collaboration with Jordan Chamber of Commerce.

    1st West Africa Islamic Investment Forum:

    The 1st West Africa Islamic Investment Forum, organized by the Islamic Chamber, in Kano State, Federal Republic of Nigeria from 28th February – 1st March, 2011, in collaboration with Ghana Islamic Chamber, Tamale, Halal Chamber of Kano.

    International Conference on Investment and Privatization:

    The International Conference on Investment and Privatization in Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran on April 28-30, 2009, organized by Islamic Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture, , in cooperation with Islamic Development Bank (IDB), Ministry of Tourism, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iranian Privatization Organization and Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines & Agriculture.

    International Islamic Economic, Cultural & Tourism Conference:

    The International Islamic Economic, Cultural & Tourism Conference in Bangkok – Kingdom of Thailand on 7-9 September 2007, was jointly organized by the Islamic Chamber, Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), Government of Kingdom of Thailand and Thai Islamic Trade & Industrial Association (TITIA – an observer member of ICCIA). The Conference was attended by over 300 foreign and local delegates representing 23 OIC Member Countries.

    TRAINING PROGAM AND WORKSHOPS ORGANIZED BY ICCIA UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF ITS PRESIDENT H.E. SHEIKH SALEH KAMEL

    Training Program on Entrepreneurship Development for OIC Countries:

    The Islamic Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Agriculture (ICCIA) organized the Training Program on Entrepreneurship Development for OIC Countries in Sharjah – United Arab Emirates, from 18-20 March 2013. This Training Program was organized in collaboration with the Perez-Guerrero Trust Fund (PGTF)/United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry. The program was attended by 24 participants from 16 Member Countries. The Program provided an opportunities for trainees to sharpen their skills and develop their capabilities and provided suitable platform for them to enhance their knowledge on how to establish projects and expand their existing once, so that they may contribute in building their communities, and developing capacities and thus combating poverty. Here are some important recommendations:

    • To call upon the Chambers of Commerce to set-up Incubation Centers to encompass pre-incubation, incubation and post-incubation services, so as to facilitate new businesses.
    • To organize specialized forums, conferences, workshops and training program for sharing best practices and facilitating linkages between local, regional and international organizations.
    • To establish Entrepreneurship Network of OIC Countries through a BLOG. This will give them ample opportunities to stay in touch with each other and also to exchange experiences across cultures. This BLOG can be used as a platform to invite entrepreneurs for exchange of not only business ideas but also the venture capital.

    Entrepreneurship Development for Youth and Women:

    Islamic Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Agriculture (ICCIA) jointly with KASHF Foundation successfully organized a two day workshop on Entrepreneurship Development for Youth and Women at the ICCIA’s Headquarter, Karachi – Pakistan on 12-13 March 2013, for people from the grass root level. For most of the participants it was the first time that they had seen the inside of an office and had been taught about spending and saving and how best to use their resources and limited capital.

    International Entrepreneurship Congress:

    As part of the cooperation with the said Business School and to promote entrepreneurship, ICCIA organized, the First ENTRECON on 14-15 July 2012 in Karachi with the theme: “Entrepreneurship – Key to Self-Reliance and Prosperity”. The aim was to uplift the spirit of change and leadership and to encourage the youth to find imaginative and innovative ways to seek solutions to many problems being faced by the OIC Countries and to put forward solutions how entrepreneurship can be a tool to bring about prosperity and development.

    Chamber Academy Programme:

    ICCIA in collaboration with the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) and International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC) initiated a program for enhancing the capabilities of Chamber of the OIC Member Countries. This networking and capacity development program was designed exclusively for the senior and top level management of the Chambers of OIC Member States with a view to support their institutional development as well as enhancing cooperation and collaboration among them. This intensive training program not only helps the participants update and improve their knowledge on core businesses of the chambers but also provides them the information on the innovative products and services developed by the successful chambers around the world. The first program was held on 20-24 June 2011 and the second Program was held on 9-12 October 2012, in Ankara- Turkey.

    2nd Training Program on Microfinance Sector Development for OIC Member Countries:

    The Islamic Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Agriculture (ICCIA) organized the 2nd Training Program on Microfinance Sector Development for OIC Member Countries in Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain from 25th to 27th June 2012. This Training Program was organized in collaboration with the Perez-Guerrero Trust Fund (PGTF)/United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Bahrain Chamber of Commerce & Industry. It was attended by 31 participants from 14 member countries.

    Workshop on Food Security and Agribusiness for OIC Countries:

    The Islamic Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture and the Islamic Development Bank, in collaboration with the Government of Uganda and the Uganda Chamber of Commerce and in tandem with the OIC Forum on Agro-Food Industries in OIC Member countries, organized a three-day Workshop on Food Security and Agribusiness for OIC Countries in Kampala, Uganda, from 10-12 October, 2011. The workshop was attended by 14 foreign participants and 9 local participants.

    Training of Incubator Managers of the OIC Countries:

    The Training of Incubator Managers of the OIC Countries in Ankara, Republic of Turkey on 30th September 1st October 2010, was organized jointly by Islamic Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI) and the Small & Medium Enterprises Development Organization (KOSGEB). The Training Programme was attended by around 22 participants from 8 OIC Member countries.

    “Chamber Management” Training Program for the Staff of Member Chambers of Arab Countries:

    In collaboration with Kuwait Chamber of Commerce & industry and International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC) / Islamic Development Bank Group, The Islamic Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture, organized the “Chamber Management” Training Program for the Staff of Member Chambers of Arab Countries in State of Kuwait on 19-22 September 2010. The Training Program was attended by 14 participants from 10 Member Countries.

    Training Regional Training Program on “Chamber Management” for the Staff of African Member Chambers:

    The Islamic Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture organized the regional Training Program on “Chamber Management” for the Staff of African Member Chambers in Kampala, Uganda from 9-12 October 2009 in collaboration with Uganda National Chamber of Commerce & Industry (UNCCI) and International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC) / Islamic Development Bank’s (IDB). The Training Program was attended by 27 trainees from National and Regional Chambers of the Republic of Uganda, in addition to five trainees from African Chambers of the OIC Member Countries.

    Workshop on Coffee Processing:

    The General Secretariat of the Islamic Chamber organized a “4-Day Workshop on Coffee Processing” in Kampala, Republic of Uganda on 5-8 October 2009, in collaboration Islamic Development Bank (IDB) and Uganda National Chamber of Commerce & Industry (UNCCI). The Workshop was attended by 57 trainees from Republic of Uganda, in addition to four OIC Member Countries.

    Training Program on Microfinance Sector Development for OIC Member Countries:

    In collaboration with the Islamic Research & Training Institute (IRTI) of Islamic Development Bank (IDB), the Perez-Guerrero Trust Fund (PGTF)/United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Central Bank of Sudan and the Sudanese Businessmen & Employers Federation, the Islamic Chamber organized the Training Program on Microfinance Sector Development for OIC Member Countries in Khartoum, the Republic of Sudan, July 18-21, 2009. The Training Programme was attended by 61 trainees from Member Chambers and by the senior level representatives of several Microfinance, Commercial & Agriculture Banks, Central Banks and financial institutions from 17 OIC Countries.

    Training Workshop on SME Cluster Development for OIC Member Countries:

    As an implementation of the recommendations of the OIC Task Force Meetings, the Islamic Chamber of Commerce and Industry organized the Training Workshop on “SME Cluster Development for OIC Member Countries” in Lagos, Nigeria on March 24 to 27, 2009, in collaboration with the Nigerian Association of Small Scale Industrialists and Islamic Development Bank (IDB). The workshop was attended by the representatives of Benin, Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan, Sudan, and Turkey. In addition, the representatives of Federal and Provincial governments, financial sector, chambers of commerce, associations and private sector also attended this training workshop.

    Workshop on “Promotion of Export Processing of Value-Added Fishery Products”:

    The Islamic Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Agriculture organized a Workshop on “Promotion of Export Processing of Value-Added Fishery Products” in Cotonou, Republic of Benin from 21 to 22 March 2009 with the support of Benin Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Islamic Development Bank (IDB). The workshop was attended by over 50 delegates from 3 OIC Member countries.

    Regional Training Program for the Staff of Member Chamber:

    On the invitation of International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC) of IDB, Islamic Chamber in collaboration with Kazakhstan Chamber of Commerce organized a 5-Day Regional Training Program for the Staff of Member Chambers in Almaty – Kazakhstan, on 15-19 October, 2008, for strengthening the private sectors by providing training to the Staff of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry to upgrade their existing mechanism, so as to expand their activities to promote trade and investment promotion. The Training Program was attended by 17 participants representing National and local chambers, from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan.

    Workshop on “Processing, Packaging & Marketing of Agro-Products – The Case of Cassava Processing and Packaging for Export”:

    On the invitation of Nigerian Association of Small Scale Industrialists (NASSI), the General Secretariat of the Islamic Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture organized a Workshop on “Processing, Packaging & Marketing of Agro-Products: The Case of Cassava Processing and Packaging for Export” in Lagos, Nigeria from 6 to 10 October 2008, with the kind cooperation and financial support of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB). The workshop was attended by 77 participants from three (3) OIC Member countries.

    Training Programme on Devising National SME Development Programmes for OIC Member Countries:

    The Islamic Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (ICCIA), in collaboration with the Islamic Research & Training Institute (IRTI) of Islamic Development Bank (IDB), the Perez-Guerrero Trust Fund (PGTF), and the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FBCCI) organized a 4-day Training Programme on Devising National SME Development Programmes for OIC Member Countries in Dhaka, Bangladesh on December 10-13, 2007. The Training Programme was attended by 44 trainees from Member Chambers and by the representatives of SME Authorities, SME Banks, SME Associations, SMEs owners and other officials from 13 OIC Countries.

    Workshop on “Marketing and Packaging of Agro-Products”:

    The Islamic Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture organized a 5-day workshop on “Marketing and Packaging of Agro-Products” in Khartoum – Republic of Sudan on August 25-29, 2007, with the kind support and collaboration of Islamic Development Bank and Special Unit for South-South Cooperation in UNDP. The workshop was attended by more than 75 participants from OIC Member countries.

    Training Programme for the Staff of Middle Eastern Countries Member Chambers:

    The Islamic Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (ICCIA) in cooperation with Islamic Research & Training Institute (IRTI) of Islamic Development Bank Group, the Perez-Guerrero Trust Fund (PGTF) / United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Qatar Chamber of Commerce & Industry (QCCI) organized a Training Programme for the Staff of Middle Eastern Countries Member Chambers in Doha, State of Qatar on June 25-28, 2006. The Training Programme was attended by 22 delegates, representing 13 OIC Middle Eastern Member Countries.

    Workshop on “Development of Women Entrepreneurship in OIC Member Countries”:

    The Islamic Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture organized a four-day workshop on “Development of Women Entrepreneurship in OIC Member Countries” in Karachi – Pakistan on 18-21 March 2006 in collaboration with the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), Small and Medium Enterprise Development Authority (SMEDA), and Ecommerce Gateway Pakistan (Pte.) Limited. The workshop was attended by 30 participants from 11 OIC Member countries.

    Workshop on Marketing in the face of Emerging Challenges of Globalization and the Revolution of Information, Communication and Technology:

    The Islamic Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture jointly with Islamic Development Bank (IDB), Department of International Economic Affairs of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamic Republic of Iran, ICRIC and Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines & Agriculture, organized a Workshop on Marketing in the face of Emerging Challenges of Globalization and the Revolution of Information, Communication and Technology in Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran on November 14-15, 2005. The Workshop was attended by the representatives of 10 Member States, in addition to the Islamic Development Bank, International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and 300 local participants.

    Training Programme for the Staff of African Countries Member Chambers:

    The Islamic Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (ICCIA) in cooperation with the Egyptian Fund for Technical Cooperation with Africa (EFTCA), the Perez-Guerrero Trust Fund (PGTF) / United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and the Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce (FEDCOC) organized a Training Programme for the Staff of African Countries Member Chambers in Cairo, Arab Republic of Egypt on May 14-17, 2005. The Training Programme was attended by 22 delegates, representing 12 OIC African Member Countries.

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