Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Mr Hissein Brahim Taha, on Wednesday 28 September 2022 at the OIC General Secretariat in Jeddah, witnessed the signing ceremony of practical arrangements by the OIC General Secretariat and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China to provide support as a way of enhancing the health systems of least developed African OIC Member States.
The arrangements were signed on behalf of the OIC General Secretariat by Ambassador Askar Mussinov, Assistant Secretary General for Science and Technology and by the Chinese Ambassador to Riyadh, H.E. Mr Chen Weiqing, on behalf of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In his remarks at the ceremony, Ambassador Mussinov praised the generous grant offered by the Government of the People’s Republic of China, pointing out that it was a clear testimony to the excellent level of China-OIC relations.
Ambassador Mussinov went further to explain that the grant comes in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic after the OIC had striven to assist some of its Member States to enhance how they coped with the pandemic in cooperation with the OIC Member States and institutions and their international partners. The aim, he said, was to come up with interventions to improve and strengthen the health systems of those countries. Ambassador Mussinov disclosed that it was in response to the appeal made by the Secretary General that the Government of the People’s Republic of China has come forward with financial assistance to help in meeting that objective.—PR