ICCIA Past Events
Workshop on ‘Development of a Mechanism for Joint Ventures and partnerships among Women-led Enterprises through South-South Cooperation’ in Kampala, Uganda on 28-29 October 2015
The ICCIA, in collaboration with Perez-Guerrero Trust Fund (PGTF)/United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) and Uganda National Chamber of Commerce & Industry (UNCCI), has organized the Workshop company there on ‘Development of a Mechanism for Joint Ventures and partnerships among Women-led Enterprises through South-South Cooperation’ in Kampala, Uganda on 28-29 October 2015. It was attended by 44 participants from 11 Countries. The objective of the Workshop was to setup Business Development Centres within Universities, Chambers and other similar entities and to promote mechanism for partnership among enterprises in OIC Countries, to mobilize resources with similar entities to strengthen economic cooperation, transfer of technology, technical know-how, expertise and best practices.
The Workshop was very beneficial for the women-led enterprises, women organizations working for the economic and social empowerment of the women.
16th Private Sector Meeting for OIC Member Countries, Sharjah – U.A.E., 19-20 March 2014
The 16th Private Sector Meeting for OIC Member Countries was held in collaboration with the Sharjah Chambers of Commerce & Industry in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates from 19th to 20th March 2014. The meeting was held under the kind patronage of His Highness Shaikh Doctor Sultan Bin Mohamed Al-Qasimi, Member of the Ruling Council of the UAE and Ruler of Sharjah Emirates, so as to mark the celebration of the occasion of Sharjah, being the Islamic Cultural Capital and the International Trade Week.
The Theme of the 16th Private Sector Meeting was “Benefits of Trade Preferential System TPS-OIC for the Promotion of Intra-Islamic Trade”. The Meeting discussed and highlighted the benefits of Trade Preferential System TPS-OIC for the promotion of Intra-Islamic trade. Two Sessions had been dedicated in this respect; namely; “Introduction of the TPS-OIC, Outcome of the 1st and 2nd Round Trade Negotiations” and “Impact of the TPS-OIC on the Economies of the OIC Member States and the Legal Implications of the TPS-OIC”.
The Meeting was held under the kind patronage of His Highness Shaikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi, Member of the Supreme Council & Ruler of Sharjah and was personally inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qassimi, the Crown Prince & Deputy Ruler of Sharjah. The Meeting was attended by the representatives of the Private Sector from 21 Countries, Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC), COMCEC Coordination Office, Islamic Corporation for the Insurance of Investment & Export Credit (ICIEC), International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC) of the Islamic Development Bank Group, Islamic Centre for Development of Trade (ICDT), International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank Group, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Federation of GCC Chambers and the Ministry of Trade of the Republic of Senegal.
Food Trade Exchange Forum Between Saudi Arabia & other Islamic Countries, 5-6 November 2014, Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
In pursuance of the ICCIA’s Plan of Action for 2014, the First Food Trade Exchange Meeting between Saudi Arabia and other Islamic Countries was held on 5-6 November 2014, Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as the largest importer for food items.
The meeting was held in the premises of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the city of Jeddah. This event could be viewed as a model for cooperation and coordination between the Islamic Chamber and the Saudi Chamber.
The meeting was an excellent opportunity for making agreements and closing direct transactions between the traders (importers and exporters) through the B2B sessions.
The event was attended by the delegates from six (6) OIC Member Countries (namely Algeria, Egypt, Sudan, Uganda, Niger and Kuwait). It was attended by more than 150 Saudi Companies that specialize in importing food material. These Saudi Companies had fruitful discussions and expanded their business ties with the companies from the other Islamic Countries, particularly Algeria, which was represented by six companies.
The event aimed at bringing about actual increase in the commercial exchange amongst the Islamic countries and to transform the ICCIA events into practical activities that result in tangible benefits and concrete outcomes.
Based on the successful outcome of the Jeddah Meeting, the ICCIA is making a roadmap, to hold similar B2B Meetings in other Member Countries as well.
Seminar on Introduction of Islamic Banking and Finance, Kampala-Uganda, 28th April 2014
As part of its efforts to provide the private sector, facilities that would enable them to expand their trade linkages and also broaden their investment base, the ICCIA in collaboration with Uganda National Chamber of Commerce & Industry (UNCCI) and of Islamic Research & Training Institute (IRTI) of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Group had organized a Seminar on Introduction of Islamic Banking and Finance in Kampala, Uganda on 28th April 2014.
The purpose of the said seminar was to introduce the concept of Islamic Banking and Finance to the business community in Uganda and to cooperate with the legislative and executive authorities in the country so as to pave the path for allowing operation of the Islamic Banking and Finance in Uganda. As a result of these efforts, the Financial Institutions Amendment Bill 2014 has been endorsed by the Ugandan Cabinet and forwarded to the First Parliamentary Counsel for drafting and it is on the order paper for presentation (first reading) by the Hon. MFPED scheduled in early October 2014. Thereafter the Speaker of Parliament would refer it to the Standing Committee of Finance & National Economy for scrutiny. Then the second reading will be done in Parliament by the Chairperson of the Committee for debate to ensure its realization. Depending on the appreciation of MPs, it could be easily passed if there is support or delayed if many issues are raised.
In the context of the follow-up of the seminar held on 28th April 2014, the ICCIA is collaborating with the Uganda National Chamber and IRTI in organizing the “Training and Capacity Building for High Level Practioners in Uganda” in the last quarter of 2014, in order for the trainees to have access to all areas of Islamic banking and finance industry.
Workshop on Business Planning and Marketing at Islamic Chamber Headquarters – Karachi, Pakistan, 8th April 2014
A Workshop on Business Planning and Marketing was organized by the Islamic Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Agriculture (ICCIA) in its Headquarters – Karachi on 8th April 2014. The objective of the Workshop was to target the SMEs with a focus on local cottage industries run by women entrepreneurs, so as to provide them basic knowledge of business planning and marketing their products and services. The women entrepreneurs from the various local cottage industries belonging to garments, handicrafts, clothing, Vocational Institute participated in this Workshop. The workshop was conducted by expert consultants.
The Workshop was very interactive and the participants actively contributed in the group activities arranged by the expert speakers.