OIC meets on youth weal


Jeddah—The foreign ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will hold a brainstorming session on the future of the youth in the Muslim world on the sidelines of the 43rd session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers taking place in Tashkent, capital of Uzbekistan on 18 and 19 October 2016.
The Director of the Department of Information at the OIC General Secretariat, Ms. Maha Mustafa Akeel, explained that OIC ministerial sessions are always include brainstorming sessions on critical issues and important sectors of the Muslim world. She added that the brainstorming session for the 43rd CFM is on youth empowerment with the theme: Widening Opportunities and Strengthening the Creative Potentials of Young People.
One-fifth of the world’s youth population live in the OIC region. By 2050 the region is expected to be home to one-third of the world’s youth population. Despite that, this region’s share of patents is not more that 1.8 percent of the world’s total.
During the brainstorming session, the OIC foreign ministers would discuss how to achieve transformation to sustainable knowledge economy and attain higher levels of development, taking into account the capabilities and potentials of the Muslim world’s youth for innovation and growth.
The ministers would also discuss how to develop innovative mechanisms for capacity building, policiesas well as general and inclusive programs to encourage the youth and promote in them entrepreneurshipin a bid to achieve technological innovation and to participate in small and medium-sized enterprises in the region’s economies.
The OIC-2025 Program adopted by the most recent Islamic Summit held in Istanbul, Turkey, focuses on the need to strengthen the capacities of the youth and to guide them to participate in the critical sectors in order to achieve economic development, peace and security and to get involved in the field of human rights and entrepreneurship.—Email