OIC GA to adopt IOFS recommendations, 2016-18 budget

Astana—The preparatory senior officials meeting for the inaugural session of the General Assembly of the OIC Islamic Organization for Food Security (IOFS) started its work here on Tuesday. The meeting will submit its recommendations for adoption by the General Assembly (GA) to be held on Thursday 28 April 2016.
These recommendations include the election of the chairman and vice-chairmen of the newly-established organization based in Astana, nominations for membership of the Executive Board and candidacies for the post of Director General of the IOFS Secretariat, the budget of the IOFS Secretariat for the period 2016-2018, the examination of the Rules of Procedure and Financial and Personnel Regulations and the Five-year Action Plan.
The OIC Assistant Secretary General for Economic Affairs, Ambassador Hameed Opeloyeru, stated at the opening of the preparatory meeting that Kazakhstan has made a lot of steps leading to the adoption of the IOFS statute at the 40th Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) held in Conakry, Guinea, in 2013. He mentioned that the steps were taken in strong cooperation with Member States and the OIC organs, within the context of joint action in fields of agriculture and food security, which led to complementarity and showcased the strong points of each member state.
The inaugural General Assembly to be held on 28 April 2016 will be opened by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Karim Massimov. The OIC Secretary General, Iyad Ameen Madani, and the President of the Islamic Development Group (IDBG) Dr. Ahmad Mohammad Ali, will address the opening ceremony. The establishment of the IOS was initiated following the call of His Excellency the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, at the opening of the 38 Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) held in Astana on 28-30 June 2011 to develop a system for the exchange of food assistance within the framework of the OIC through a regional fund following the example of the United Nation Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). —Email

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