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Second Meeting of the COMCEC Poverty Working Group
Date : 26 December 2013 Venue : Ankara Turkey

The Second Meeting of the COMCEC Poverty Alleviation Working Group was held on December 26th, 2013 in Ankara, Turkey with the theme "Targeting Mechanisms of the Social Safety Net Systems in the COMCEC Region". The Meeting was attended by the representatives of 14 OIC Member States including Azerbaijan, Benin, Cameroon, Egypt, Gambia, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Mauritania, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. The Centre was represented thereat by Mr. Atilla Karaman, Senior Researcher, and Mr. Abdulhaki Korbayram, Researcher. Representatives of the COMCEC Coordination Office, IDB, World Bank Ankara Office and Municipality of Altındağ also attended the Meeting.

Training Course on 'Transport and Communication Statistics' in United Arab Emirates
Date : 24-26 December 2013 Venue : Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates

Within its 2013 annual work plan, SESRIC organised the training course on 'Transport and Communication Statistics' at the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in Abu Dhabi, UAE on 24-26 December 2013. The course was provided by Mr. Bouazza Bouchkhar, an expert from the Direction de la Statistique, Morocco.

SESRIC Participated in the 2nd Meeting of the OIC/COMCEC Private Sector Tourism Forum
Date : 16-17 December 2013 Venue : Istanbul Turkey

The 2nd Meeting of the OIC/COMCEC Private Sector Tourism Forum was held on 16-17 December 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey under the theme "Effective Marketing Strategies for Promoting Tourism Destinations in the COMCEC Region" with the collaboration of Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey and Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial of the Organization of Islamic Countries (COMCEC). The Forum was attended by public and private sector representatives from 18 OIC Member Countries, OIC General Secretariat and relevant OIC institutions, including Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC), COMCEC Coordination Office, and Islamic Centre for Development of Trade (ICDT).

SESRIC Participated in the Workshop on 'Improving Agricultural Value Chains to Strengthen Competitiveness and Marketing'
Date : 12 December 2013 Venue : Ankara Turkey

The workshop on “Improving Agricultural Value Chains to Strengthen Competitiveness and Marketing” was held on 12 December 2013 in Ankara, Turkey. The workshop was jointly organized by the Turkish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock (MoFAL), United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO). The workshop was attended by the relevant departments of the MoFAL, private sector companies, producer organizations, civil society and international organisations. SESRIC was represented by Mr. Mazhar Hussain, Senior Researcher, Research Department and Mr. Efe Kerem Aydın, Programme Coordinator, Training and Technical Cooperation Department thereat.

Training Programme on 'Statistical Database Design and Visualization Tools Development'
Date : 11-12 December 2013 Venue : Ankara Turkey

The Third Session of the Statistical Commission of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC-StatCom), held on 10-12 April 2013 in Ankara-Turkey, has welcomed the initiative of the Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) in offering the National Statistical Offices (NSO) of OIC Member Countries its Motion Chart Module (SMC) to enable them present their data in a visual way so as to improve the analytical capabilities and effective use of data in evidence based policy making. In accordance with the relevant resolution of the OIC-StatCom, SESRIC and Islamic Development Bank (IDB) jointly organized the Training Programme on “Statistical Database Design and Visualization Tools Development” on 11-12 December 2013 at SESRIC Headquarters in Ankara, Republic of Turkey.

40th Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM)
Date : 09-11 December 2013 Venue : Conakry Guinea

The 40th Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) was held in Conakry, Republic of Guinea on 9-11 December 2013. A wide range of issues of interest to Member States were discussed by the Council leading to the adoption of resolutions on various issues, including the Cause of Palestine and the Middle East; Political Affairs; Ten-Year Programme of Action; Statutory, Organic and General Matters; Legal Affairs; Conditions of Muslim Minorities and Communities in non-OIC Member States; Information Affairs; Administrative and Financial Affairs; Humanitarian Affairs; Economic, Science and Technology, Cultural, Social, and Family Affairs.

8th Session of the Conference of Ministers of Tourism
Date : 04-06 December 2013 Venue : Banjul Gambia

The 8th Session of the Islamic Conference of Tourism Ministers (ICTM) was hosted by the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of The Gambia and held on 4-6 December 2013 in Banjul, the Gambia.

The 2013 Meeting of the Central Banks and Monetary Authorities of the OIC Member Countries
Date : 27-28 November 2013 Venue : Jeddah Saudi Arabia

Organized jointly by the SESRIC, the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) and General Secretariat of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Central Banks and Monetary Authorities of the OIC Member Countries was held on 27-28 November 2013 in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, under the hospitality of the SAMA. Delegates from OIC member countries – including governors, deputy governors and central bank experts – and representatives of international organizations such as Islamic Financial Services Board, Financial Stability Board and Basel Committee attended the Meeting. Themed “Impact of Recent International Financial Regulatory Reforms on OIC Countries”, the two-day Meeting was comprised of an Expert Group Workshop (EGW) on the first day and a Governors Meeting on the second. The Centre was represented by Prof. Savas Alpay, Director General; Mr. Nabil Dabour, Director of Economic and Social Research Department and Dr. Umut Unal, Researcher.

Training Course on 'Rural Development Projects' in Comoros
Date : 26-28 November 2013 Venue : Moroni Comoros

Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) organised, in collaboration with the Ministry of Economy and Finance of Burkina Faso, a training course on “Rural Development Projects” within the framework of the OIC Poverty Alleviation Programme (OIC-PAP) on 26-28 November 2013 in Moroni, Comoros. The course was provided by Nyamba Bertin, Director of Financial Services, and attended by several experts from the Economic Advisory Committee of Comoros.

Training Course on 'Regional Poverty Reduction Policies' in Jordan
Date : 25-27 November 2013 Venue : Amman Jordan

Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) organised, in collaboration with the Ministry of Family and Social Policies of Turkey, a training course on “Regional Poverty Reduction Policies” within the framework of the OIC Capacity Poverty Alleviation Programme (OIC-PAP) on 25-27 November 2013 in Amman, Jordan. The course was provided by Mr. Nevzat Fırat Kunduracı and Mr. Abdulbaki Çakmak, Family and Social Policies Experts, and attended by experts from the Healthy Villages, Ministry of Health, Jordan.

Training Programme on ‘Short-term Forecasting at Central Banks’ and ‘Inflation Targeting Practices’ at the Central Bank of Turkey
Date : 25-29 November 2013 Venue : Istanbul Turkey

Statistical Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) organised, in cooperation with Istanbul School of Banking, two consecutive training programmes on ‘Short-term Forecasting at Central Banks’ and ‘Inflation Targeting Practices’ in Istanbul, Turkey, on 25-29 September 2013, within the framework of OIC Central Banks Capacity Building Programme (OIC-CB-CaB). The short term forecasting course was provided by Mahmut Günay and M. Utku Özmen and the inflation targeting practices course was provided by Salih Fendoğlu, Mahmut Günay and M. Utku Özmen with the participation of relevant members of Central Banks of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Uganda and Yemen.

SESRIC Launched OIC Economic Outlook 2013
Date : 18-21 November 2013 Venue : Istanbul Turkey

The OIC Economic Outlook 2013, which has been prepared by SESRIC, was launched during the Senior Officials Meeting of the 29th Session of COMCEC, which was convened on 18-21 November 2013 in Istanbul, Republic of Turkey. Main highlights of the Report are presented by Prof. Savaş Alpay during the meeting and the presentation attracted significant attention from the representatives of the participating member countries and international institutions.

29th Session of the COMCEC
Date : 18-21 November 2013 Venue : Istanbul Turkey

The 29th Session of the COMCEC was held in Istanbul on 18-21 November 2013 with the participation of the OIC Member States and relevant OIC, regional and international institutions. The Meeting of the Senior Officials of the 29th Session of the COMCEC was held on 18-19 November, where the delegations of the Member States and the OIC institutions considered and deliberated on a number of agenda items related to various issues of enhancing economic and commercial cooperation among the Member States.

North Sumatra State Institute for Islamic Studies from Medan, Indonesia Visits SESRIC
Date : 15 November 2013 Venue : Ankara Turkey

SESRIC has received a delegation from the North Sumatra State Institute for Islamic Studies in Medan, Republic of Indonesia on 15 November 2013. The delegation was headed by Prof. Dr. Nur A. Fadhil Lubis, Rector of the North Sumatra State Institute for Islamic Studies and consisted of representatives of State Islamic Institutes of Palembang, Semarang and Mataram accompanied by representatives from the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia.

First International Exhibition on Muslim Business on 'Ethic, Quality and Security at the Service of Muslim Business'
Date : 14-16 November 2013 Venue : Dakar Senegal

The Statistical Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) has partnered in the organisation of the First International Exhibition on Muslim Business (IEMB) on “Ethic, Quality and Security at the Service of Muslim Business” was held on 14-16 November in Dakar, Senegal.

Director General of SESRIC was awarded with the title of 'Doctor Honoris Causa' by the African Institute of Management
Date : 11-15 November 2013 Venue : Dakar Senegal

Prof. Savaş Alpay, Director General of SESRIC, was awarded with the title “Doctor Honoris Causa” by the African Institute of Management (IAM) during the International Fair on Muslim Business which was held in Dakar, Senegal, during the period 11-15 November 2013.

Training Course on 'Multilateral Trading Systems and Accession to WTO'
Date : 11-14 November 2013 Venue : Baku Azerbaijan

Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) organised, in collaboration with the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Group and the Institute for Scientific Research on Economic Reforms (ISRER) under the Ministry of Economy and Industry of Azerbaijan, a training course on “Multilateral Trading Systems and Accession to the WTO” in Baku, Azerbaijan on 12-14 November 2013, within the framework of the OIC Capacity Building Programme for Multilateral Trading Systems (MTS-CaB).

Fourth Islamic Conference of Ministers in Charge of Childhood
Date : 11-12 November 2013 Venue : Baku Azerbaijan

The Fourth Session of the Islamic Conference of Ministers in Charge of Childhood was held in Baku, capital-city of the Republic of Azerbaijan, under the patronage of H.E. Mr Ilham Aliyev, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan on the theme “Children and the Challenges of Urbanization in the Islamic World” on 11-12 November 2013. The Conference was attended by Ministers of in Charge of Childhood of the OIC Member Countries, as well as the representatives of relevant regional and international institutions and organisations. SESRIC was represented by Mr. Mehmet Fatih Serenli, Director of Training and Technical Cooperation Department at the Centre.

Conference on 'Capacity Building in Statistics'
Date : 08 November 2013 Venue : Ankara Turkey

The Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) organised the Conference on “Capacity Building in Statistics” on 8 November 2013 in Ankara, Turkey under the Phase III of Upgrading the Statistical System of Turkey Programme (USST), a project financed by the European Union (EU) and the Republic of Turkey. The Conference was attended by the senior officials of the Turkish Government, EuroStat, EU Delegation to Turkey, and Project Consortium Partners. The Centre was represented thereat by Mr. Atilla Karaman, Senior Researcher.

Training Programme: ‘AIDS Recognition and Prevention’ in Nouakchott
Date : 07-08 November 2013 Venue : Nouakchott Mauritania

The Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC), in collaboration with the International Anatolian Health Federation (USAF), organised a training programme on "AIDS Recognition and Prevention" within the framework of the IbnSina Health Capacity Building Programme (IbnSina-HCaB) at the National Office of Occupational Medicine in Nouakchott, the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, on 7-8 November 2013. The Course was provided by Dr. Ali Müsevitoğlu, a medical specialist in Turkey.

Training Course on 'Transport and Communication Statistics' in Senegal
Date : 06-08 November 2013 Venue : Dakar Senegal

Within its 2013 annual work plan, SESRIC organised the training course on 'Transport and Communication Statistics' at the Agence Nationale de la Statistique et de la Démographie (ANSD) in Dakar, Senegal on 6-8 Novermber 2013. The course was provided by Mr. Bouazza Bouchkhar, an expert from the Direction de la Statistique, Morocco.

Railway Safety Management Training Programme
Date : 05-08 November 2013 Venue : Eskisehir Turkey

The Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) organised a training programme on ‘Railway Safety Management’ in collaboration with the Turkish State Railways (TCDD) and International Union of Railways (UIC), on 5-8 November 2013 in Eskişehir, Turkey with the participation of 135 participants from 11 OIC Member Countries. SESRIC was represented at the Programme by Mr. Mehmet Fatih Serenli, Director of Training and Technical Cooperation Department.

Training Course on 'Competition Law and Policy' in Cameroon
Date : 28-30 October 2013 Venue : Yaoundé Cameroon

Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) organised, in collaboration with the Egyptian Competitian Authority, a training course on “Competition Law and Policy” within the framework of the OIC Capacity Building Programme for Competition Authorities (OIC-CA-CaB) on 28-30 October 2013 in Yaoundé Cameroon. The course was provided by Ms Nora Mohamed Amin, Team Leader from Egyptian Competition and was attended by several experts from the Competition Commission of Cameroon.

4th Islamic Conference of Health Ministers (4th ICHM) adopted Resolutions on Tobacco Control
Date : 22-24 October 2013 Venue : Jakarta Indonesia

Under the Resolution No. 2/4-ICHM on Healthy Life Style and Prevention and Control of Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases, the 4th ICHM, which was held in Jakarta, Republic of Indonesia on 22-24 October 2013, adopted the following three resolutions on tobacco control in OIC Member States:

SESRIC launches the OIC Health Report 2013 in Jakarta during the 4th Islamic Conference of Health Ministers (ICHM)
Date : 22-24 October 2013 Venue : Jakarta Indonesia

The OIC Health Report 2013, which has been prepared by SESRIC, was officially launched during the 4th Session of the Islamic Conference of Health Ministers (ICHM) which was convened on 22–24 October 2013 in Jakarta, Republic of Indonesia.

OIC Strategic Health Programme of Action 2014-2023 (OIC-SHPA) has been adopted
Date : 22-24 October 2013 Venue : Jakarta Indonesia

The 4th Session of the Islamic Conference of Ministers of Health, which is held in Jakarta on 22-24 October 2013, adopted the OIC Strategic Health Programme of Action 2014-2023 (OIC-SHPA), which was prepared and submitted by SESRIC.

Fourth Islamic Conference of Health Ministers: 'Better Nutrition, Better Health, Better Ummah'
Date : 22-24 October 2013 Venue : Jakarta Indonesia

The Fourth Islamic Conference of Health Ministers with the theme of “Better Nutrition, Better Health, Better Ummah” was held in Jakarta, Republic of Indonesia on 22-24 October 2013. The Conference was attended by the Ministers of Health and high-level representatives from 36 OIC Member States, various OIC institutions and international organizations and entities. The aim of the Conference was to adopt the OIC Strategic Health Programme of Action 2014-2023 (OIC-SHPA) along with its Implementation Plan and provide an opportunity for the Ministers and Representatives of the Member States to review the status of health in OIC, examine major health-related issues and identify concrete measures for strengthening cooperation among the OIC member countries with regard to health infrastructures, education, training, capacity building, disease surveillance, prevention and control as well as self-reliance in drugs and vaccine production. Prof. Savas Alpay, Director General, and Mr. Mazhar Hussain, Senior Researcher, represented the Centre thereat.

CountrySTAT Regional Basic Administrator Training for ECO Member Countries
Date : 21-25 October 2013 Venue : Ankara Turkey

The Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC), in collaboration with Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Economic Cooperation Organization Secretariat (ECO) jointly organized CountrySTAT Regional Basic Administrator Training for ECO Member Countries on 21-25 October 2013. The event was held at SESRIC headquarters in Ankara, Turkey.

7th Meeting of the OIC Steering Committee on Health
Date : 21-24 October 2013 Venue : Jakarta Indonesia

The 7th Meeting of the OIC Steering Committee on Health was held in Jakarta on 21 and 24 October 2013 in two parts (Part 1 on 21 October 2013 and Part 2 on 24 October). Part 1 of the meeting, inter alia, reviewed the preparation for the 4th ICHM including approving the draft Implementation Plan of the OIC-SHPA, the composition of the Bureau for the Conference, draft resolutions and draft declaration and implementation plan of the vaccine manufacturers. Whereas, Part 2 was basically held for H.E. Minister of Health of Kazakhstan to hand over the chairmanship of SCH to H.E. Minister of Health of Indonesia.

Workshop on 'Increasing FDI Flows to OIC Member Countries'
Date : 30 September - 01 October 2013 Venue : Ankara Turkey

The 28th Session of the Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (COMCEC), which was held in Istanbul in October 2012, decided on “Increasing Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Flows to OIC Member Countries” as the theme for the Exchange of Views at its 29th Session, which will be held in November 2013, and requested SESRIC, IDB and COMCEC Coordination Office (CCO), to organize a workshop on this theme and submit its report to the next COMCEC session.

Doctors from Mali Received Certificates
Date : 26 September 2013 Venue : İzmir Turkey

The Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) organised, in collaboration with the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) and the Aegean International Federation of Health (ESAFED) a training course for 9 medical doctors from the USTTB – Bamako University Medical Faculty in Izmir, Republic of Turkey. The training course that was scheduled from 15 July until 27 September 2013 was provided in several training and research hospitals approved by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Turkey. The training course ended with a certificate ceremony in Izmir.

Consultative Meeting on ‘OIC Learning Cities Initiative’
Date : 26 September 2013 Venue : Ankara Turkey

Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) organised a consultative meeting on “OIC Initiative of Learning Cities”, on 26 September 2013, in Ankara, Republic of Turkey. The meeting took place in the Headquarters of SESRIC.

SESRIC Participated in the ‘ECO-RCC Inception Workshop’
Date : 23-24 September 2013 Venue : Ankara Turkey

Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) was represented in the ECO-RCC Inception workshop in Ankara, Turkey on 23-24 September 2013 by Mr. Abdulhaki Körbayram, Researcher and Mr. Efe Kerem Aydın, Programme Coordinator. The workshop was jointly organised by Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO), ECO Regional Coordination Centre for Food Security (ECO-RCC) and Food, Agriculture and Livestock Ministry of Turkey. The workshop was attended by delegations of ECO Member Countries, namely Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Turkey and also by representatives of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), The Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation (COMCEC), Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), ECO Regional Seed Association (ECOSA) and Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA).

International Conference on Official Statistics: 'Efficient Statistical Information System for the State Building'
Date : 23-25 September 2013 Venue : Ramallah Palestine

Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) will organize an international conference on official statitics titled “Efficient Statistical Information System for the State Building” on 23-25 September 2013 in Ramallah, Palestine to celebrate the 20th anniversary of PCBS and to launch the National Strategy of Development for Statistics 2014-2018.

Opening Ceremony of Turkey Country Office of the Islamic Development Bank
Date : 19 September 2013 Venue : Ankara Turkey

The official opening ceremony of the Turkey Country Office of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Group was held on 19 September 2013 in Ankara, Turkey at the SESRIC headquarters. The IDB Group decided to launch its first country gateway office ever in Turkey, following the hosting agreement signed early 2013. The ceremony has been attended by H.E. Abdullah Gül, President of Turkey, H.E. Ali Babacan, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey, H.E. Beşir Atalay, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey, Prof. Savaş Alpay, Director General of SESRIC, Dr. Ahmed Mohamad Ali, President of the IDB Group, Ambassadors of OIC Member Countries, high-level government officials, country representatives of international institutions and eminent personalities.

Training Course on 'Statistical Data Analysis' in Saudi Arabia
Date : 16-19 September 2013 Venue : Riyadh Saudi Arabia

The Centre organised a training course on 'Statistical Data Analysis' at the Central Department of Statistics and Information in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on 16-19 September 2013. The course was provided by Dr. Ali Said, an expert from the BPS-Statistics, Indonesia.

Regional Seminar on 'Developing a Programme for the Implementation of the 2008 SNA and Supporting Statistics for ECO Member Countries'
Date : 11-13 September 2013 Venue : Ankara Turkey

The Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC), in collaboration with United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) and the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) jointly organized the Regional Seminar on “Developing a Programme for the Implementation of the 2008 System of National Accounts (SNA) and Supporting Statistics for ECO Member Countries” on 11-13 September 2013. The Seminar was hosted by SESRIC at its headquarters in Ankara, Turkey. Seventy-four participants from national statistical offices (NSO), central banks (CB), and relevant government offices of Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Turkey; and from international organisations including ECO, UNSD, UNECE, and UNESCAP attended the Seminar. Additionally, representatives of Germany (Destatis and GIZ) and Norway (SSB-Statistics Norway) took part in the Seminar. The Centre was represented by Mr. Atilla Karaman, Acting Director of Statistics and Information Department; Ms. Zehra Zümrüt Selçuk, Senior Researcher; Mr. Syed Tahir Mahmud, Researcher, Mr. Abdulhamit Öztürk, Research Assistant, and Mr. Abdullah Al Mamoun, Intern.

Under the auspices of H.E. Abdullah GÜL, President of the Republic of Turkey, SESRIC organized the International Forum on Financial Systems
Date : 11-12 September 2013 Venue : Istanbul Turkey

The SESRIC, in collaboration with the Participation Banks Association of Turkey (TKBB), Borsa İstanbul, Islamic Development Bank Group (IDB), and the Independent Industrialists and Businessmen’s Association (MÜSİAD), organized the “International Forum on Financial Systems (IFFS)”, which was held on 11-12 September 2013 at WOW Convention Center in İstanbul, Turkey. The Forum brought together world-renowned intellectuals including eminent economists, statesmen and policy-makers, heads of international organisations, as well as industry practitioners to explore the potential avenues for building a more just, inclusive and stable financial system for generations to come.

Training Course on 'Metadata Preparation and Management' in United Arab Emirates
Date : 09-11 September 2013 Venue : Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates

The Centre organized a training course on “Metadata Preparation and Management” at the National Bureau of Statistics, United Arab Emirates on 9-11 September 2013. The course was provided by Ms. Nalan Eviren, an expert from the Turkish Statistical Institute with the participation of relevant staff members of National Bureau of Statistics, United Arab Emirates.

SESRIC Hosted the 9th International Conference on Islamic Economics and Finance
Date : 09-10 September 2013 Venue : Istanbul Turkey

Jointly with the Islamic Research and Training Institute (IRTI) of the Islamic Development Bank Group, Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies (QFIS) of the Qatar Foundation’s Hamad Bin Khalifa University, and the International Association of Islamic Economics (IAIE), SESRIC has organized the 9th International Conference on Islamic Economics and Finance (9ICIEF). The Conference was held in WoW Convention Centre in Istanbul, Republic of Turkey, on 9-10 September 2013 under the theme “Growth, Equity and Stability: An Islamic Perspective”.

Training Course on 'Census Survey Design and Sampling Techniques' in Yemen
Date : 04-06 September 2013 Venue : Sana’a Yemen

The Centre organised a training course on 'Census Survey Design and Sampling Techniques' at the Central Statistical Organization in Sana'a, Yemen on 4-6 September 2013. The course was provided by Mr. Arif Cheema, an expert from the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics.

Twenty Second Session of the CCSA
Date : 04-06 September 2013 Venue : Ankara Turkey

SESRIC hosted the Twenty Second Session of the Committee for the Coordination of Statistical Activities (CCSA) at its Headquarters in Ankara-Turkey on 4-6 September 2013. Representatives of 21 international organisations participated in the Twenty Second Session of CCSA. The Centre was represented by Prof. Savas Alpay, Director General; Mr. Atilla Karaman, Acting Director of Statistics and Information Department; Mr. Nabeel Dabour, Director of Economic and Social Research Department; Mr. Fatih Serenli, Director of Training and Technical Cooperation Department; Ms. Zehra Zümrüt Selçuk, Senior Researcher; Mr. Syed Tahir Mahmud, Researcher, Mr. Abdulhamit Öztürk, Research Assistant, and Mr. Abdullah Al Mamoun, Intern.

11th International Scientific Symposium on 'Environmental Protection Legislation: Towards Sustainable Development'
Date : 01-03 September 2013 Venue : Makah al-Mukarramah Saudi Arabia

The 11th International Scientific Symposium on “Environmental Protection Legislation: Towards Sustainable Development”, was held in the Holy City of Makah al-Mukarramah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during the period 1-3 September 2013 in parallel to the 13th General Conference of Organizational of Islamic Capitals and Cities (OICC) and the International Exhibition on “Environmental Protection and Achievements of Islamic Capitals and Cities Municipalities” as the accompanying events of the conference.

Training Course on ‘Quality Improvement: Seed Quality and Preparation’ in Pakistan
Date : 28-30 August 2013 Venue : Multan Pakistan

Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) organised a training course on “Quality Improvement: Seed Quality and Preparation” at the Central Cotton Research Institute, Multan, Pakistan, under OIC Cotton Training Programme (OIC-CTP) on 28-30 August 2013. The Course was provided by Dr. Feride Oncan Sümer, Researcher at Cotton Research Station, Department of Fiber and Seed Technology, Nazilli, Turkey with the participation of researchers and trainers of the Central Cotton Research Institute of Pakistan. Within the context of the training programme, Pakistani researchers also received in-the-field practical training.

Training Course on 'Transport and Communication Statistics' in Cameroon
Date : 26-28 August 2013 Venue : Yaounde Cameroon

The Centre organised a training course on 'Transport and Communication Statistics' at the Institut National de la Statistique in Yaoundé, Cameroon on 26-28 August 2013. The course was provided by Mr. Bouazza Bouchkhar, an expert from the Direction de la Statistique, Morocco.

59th World Statistics Congress
Date : 25-30 August 2013 Venue : Hong Kong - China

Co-organised by the International Statistical Institute (ISI) and Hong Kong Census and Statistics Department, the 59th World Statistics Congress (WSC) was held on 25-30 August 2013 in Hong Kong-China.

Training Program on New COMCEC Project Funding Mechanism
Date : 19-20 August 2013 Venue : Ankara Turkey

Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) was represented in the Training Program on COMCEC Project Funding Mechanism, which was held in Ankara, Republic of Turkey, during the period 19-20 August 2013.

Consultancy Meeting on 'Age Friendly Islamic Countries Strategies and Action Plan'
Date : 16 August 2013 Venue : Ankara Turkey

Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) in collaboration with World Ageing Council (DUNYAK) and Women’s Branches of AK Party Headquarters organised a consultancy meeting on “Age Friendly Islamic Countries Strategies and Action Plan”, on 16 August 2013, in Ankara, Republic of Turkey. The meeting took place in the Headquarters of SESRIC.

Medical Doctors from Cameroon Received Certificates
Date : 15 August - 15 November 2013 Venue : Antalya Turkey

The Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC), in collaboration with the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) and the Aegean International Federation of Health (ESAFED) organised a training course in Antalya, Republic of Turkey, for 2 medical doctors and 4 medical assistants from the Ngaundere State Hospital, Cameroon, within the framework of IbnSina Health Capacity Building Program of OIC. The training course took place between the period 15 August-15 November 2013 and was provided in Antalya Research and Training Hospital, approved by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Turkey.

Training Course on 'Consumer Price Index (CPI)' in Indonesia
Date : 13-15 August 2013 Venue : Jakarta Indonesia

The Centre organized a training course on “Consumer Price Index (CPI)” at the Statistics Indonesia, on 13-15 August 2013. The course was provided by Mr. Cem Baş, an expert from the Turkish Statistical Institute and was attended by 50 staff members of the Statistics Indonesia.

Tobacco Questions for Surveys (TQS) Conference
Date : 12-13 August 2013 Venue : Geneva - Switzerland

The TQS Conference “A subset of Key Questions from the Global Adult Tobacco Survey” was organised under the auspices of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Geneva, Switzerland on 12-13 August 2013.

Training Programme on 'Risk Management' at the National Bank of the Kyrgyz Republic
Date : 12-13 August 2013 Venue : Bishkek Kyrgyzstan

Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) organised a training programme on “Risk Management” at the National Bank of the Kyrgyz Republic on 12-13 August 2013, within the framework of OIC Central Banks Capacity Building Programme (OIC-CB-CaB). The Course was provided by Mr. Suat Aydın, Deputy Director, FX Risk Management Division of the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey with participation of relevant members of National Bank of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Training Course for Medical Doctors of Mali in Turkey
Date : 15 July - 27 September 2013 Venue : Izmir Turkey

The Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC), in collaboration with the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) and the Aegean International Federation of Health (ESAFED) is organizing a training course for 9 medical doctors from the USTTB – Bamako University Medical Faculty in Izmir, Republic of Turkey. The training course which is scheduled from 15 July until 27 September 2013 will be provided in several training and research hospitals approved by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Turkey.

Training Course on ‘Plant Protection: Diseases’ in Pakistan
Date : 09-11 July 2013 Venue : Faisalabad Pakistan

Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) organised a training course on “Plant Protection: Diseases” at the Cotton Research Institute, Ayub Agricultural Research Institute, Faisalabad, Pakistan, on 9-11 July 2013. The Course was provided by Dr Kamel Abd-Elsalam, a Molecular Plant Pathologist from the Plant Pathology Research Institute, Agricultural Research Centre, Egypt and were attended by 30 agricultural protectionists and scientists dealing with cotton production at the Ayub Agricultural Research Institute. Within the context of the programme, Pakistani scientists also received in-the-field practical training.

Training Course on 'Competition Law and Policy' in Republic of Sudan
Date : 03-05 July 2013 Venue : Khartoum Sudan

Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) organised a training course on “Competition Law and Policy” within the framework of the OIC Capacity Building Programme for Competition Authorities (OIC-CA-CaB) on 3-5 July 2013 in Khartoum, Sudan. The course was provided by Mr. Rostom Omar, Investigation and Legal Research Department Head in Egyptian Competition Authority and attended by several experts from the Ministry of Trade, Republic of Sudan.

Study Visit on 'Tobacco Control Policies'
Date : 02-04 July 2013 Venue : Ankara Turkey

Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC), in cooperation with the Tobacco Market Regulatory Authority of the Republic of Turkey (TAPDK) organised a study visit for the delegation from the National Tobacco Control Commission of the State of Palestine, in order to share the best? practices and exchange expertise on tobacco control issues on 02-04 July 2013 in Ankara, Republic of Turkey.

The Ministry of Human Development and Public Services of the Democratic Republic of Somalia visits SESRIC
Date : 01 July 2013 Venue : Ankara Turkey

Her Excellency Mariam Qasim Ahmed, Minister of Human Development and Public Services of the Democratic Republic of Somalia, paid a courtesy visit to SESRIC Headquarters, Ankara, Turkey, on 1 July 2013. The Minister was accompanied by Osman Omar Abdi, Regional Medical Officer of Banadir Region, and Dr. Lokman Çam, Pediatrician of the Aegean International Health Federation (ESAFED), and was received by Mr. Hüseyin Hakan Eryetli, Director of Publication and IT Department and Mr. Mehmet Fatih Serenli, Director of Training and Technical Cooperation Department at SESRIC.

36th Session of the Islamic Commission for Economic, Cultural and Social Affairs (ICECS)
Date : 30 June - 02 July 2013 Venue : Jeddah Saudi Arabia

The 36th Session of the Islamic Commission for Economic, Cultural and Social Affairs (ICECS)” has been held at the OIC Headquarters in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on 30 June – 2 July 2013. The Session has been attended by the representatives of the OIC member countries and those of the OIC and its subsidiary, specialized and affiliated institutions.

Training Course on 'Competition Law and Policy' in Bangladesh
Date : 28-30 June 2013 Venue : Dhaka Bangladesh

Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) organised, in collaboration with the Competition Authority of the Republic of Turkey, a training course on “Competition Law and Policy” within the framework of the OIC Capacity Building Programme for Competition Authorities (OIC-CA-CaB) on 28-30 June 2013 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The course was attended by the senior officials of Government of Bangladesh and representatives from private sector and the Institute for Policy, Advocacy and Governance (IPAG).

Training Course on 'Livestock Management: Breeding Cattle Raising and Improvement' in Brunei
Date : 26-27 June 2013 Venue : Bandar Seri Begawan Brunei

Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) organised a training course on “Livestock Management: Breeding Cattle Raising and Improvement” in Brunei on 26-27 June 2013, within the framework of OIC Agriculture Capacity Building Programme (OIC-AgriCaB). The Course was provided by Dr. Sema Yaman, Head of Feeds and Animal Nutrition Division, Livestock Central Research Institute, Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock of Turkey with participation of relevant scientists and agronomists of Department of Agriculture & Agrifood Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources of Brunei.

Workshop on “Innovative Solutions to Poverty Reduction and Empowerment of the Poor”
Date : 26-28 June 2013 Venue : Ankara Turkey

Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) in collaboration with Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development (ISFD) and Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) organised a workshop on “Innovative Solutions to Poverty Reduction and Empowerment of the Poor”, on 26-28 June 2013, in Ankara, Republic of Turkey. The workshop took place in the Headquarters of SESRIC.

Seminar on Delivery Mechanisms for Disaster Risk Management
Date : 25 June 2013 Venue : Ankara Turkey

Natural disasters have been historically one of the greatest challenges against development of human societies. Today, natural or human-caused disasters are still among the serious threats to societies’ socio-economic and political development around the world. Floods, storms, epidemics, earthquakes, droughts, and many more disasters frequently interrupt and distort the lives of many around the world, in many instances taking lives, ruining investments, and forcing major relocations. During 1970-2012, the number of natural disasters around the world significantly increased. However, the OIC countries experienced a steeper trend in the occurrence of natural disasters during the last four decades, increasing from around 199 incidences in the 1970s to 1,431 incidences in the 2000-2012 with a rate of increase significantly higher than that of the world. The number of natural disasters per year increased from 13 in 1970 to a record high of 135 in 2000. The cost of damages also substantially increased in the OIC countries from US$3 billion in the 1970s to a record high of US$67 billion in the 1990s, and to US$65 billion during 2000-2012.

High Level Meeting on the Implementation of the 2008 SNA and Supporting Statistics in the Arab Region
Date : 24 June 2013 Venue : Amman Jordan

The High Level Meeting on the Implementation of the 2008 SNA and Supporting Statistics in the Arab Region was held on 24 June 2013 in Amman, Jordan; jointly organized by UNESCWA, UNSD, AITRS and the Department of Statistics, Jordan. The participants of the meeting were; delegates of the National Statistical Office (NSO) from the 13 Arab Countries including Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Qatar, Palestine, Oman, Sudan, Tunisia, and the representatives of the International Monetary Fund (IMF - METAC), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Ministry of Planning Jordan and the Central Bank of Jordan. SESRIC was represented by Ms. Münevver Nilgün Egemen, Senior Researcher.

SESRIC Participated in the ‘Workshop on Job and Vocational Counselling Services’
Date : 20-21 June 2013 Venue : Ankara Turkey

Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) was represented in the workshop on “Workshop on Job and Vocational Counselling Services” in Ankara, Turkey on 20-21 June 2013 by Mr. Mansur Boydaş, Research Assistant. The workshop was jointly organised by Technical Assistance and Information Exchange (TAIEX) and Turkish Employment Organization (İŞKUR) and attended by representatives from stakeholders in the area: policy-makers, public institutions, private organizations, county municipalities, non-government organizations, and regional clusters and networks; representatives from ministries, particularly those with responsibility in related fields; training, advisory, counselling, skill-development, and employment development experts from employment agencies in European Countries namely, Germany, Denmark, Ireland and Bulgaria.

SESRIC Participated in the Islamic Finance Instruments: Prospects and Opportunities for Turkey
Date : 20 June 2013 Venue : Istanbul Turkey

The conference on “Islamic Finance Instruments: Prospects and Opportunities for Turkey” was held on 20 June 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey. The conference was hosted by Capital Markets Board of Turkey and co-organized by Islamic Development Bank. The event was attended by the Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey H.E. Mr. Ali Babacan, Undersecretary, Undersecretariat of Treasury, Turkey H.E. Mr. Ibrahim Canakci, Chairman and CEO Borsa Istanbul H.E. Mr. Ibrahim Turhan, relevant international institutions including Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC), World Bank, Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB) and International Islamic Financial Market (IIFM) as well as over 100 specialists and academicians from different countries. Dr. Umut Unal, Researcher at SESRIC, represented the Centre thereat.

Training Programme on 'Financial Stability' at the Central Bank of Republic of Azerbaijan
Date : 19-21 June 2013 Venue : Azerbaijan

Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) organised a training programme on “Financial Stability” at the Central Bank of Republic of Azerbaijan on 19-21 June 2013, within the framework of OIC Central Banks Capacity Building Programme (OIC-CB-CaB). The Course was provided by Mr. Mehmet Onay, expert of the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey with participation of relevant members of Central Bank of Republic of Azerbaijan.

Training Course on 'Competition Law and Policy' in Pakistan
Date : 18-20 June 2013 Venue : Islamabad Pakistan

Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) organised, in collaboration with the Competition Authority of the Republic of Turkey, a training course on "Competition Law and Policy" within the framework of the OIC Capacity Building Programme for Competition Authorities (OIC-CA-CaB) on 18-20 June 2013 in Islamabad, Pakistan. The course was attended by several experts from the Competition Commission of Pakistan.

Meeting on the Preparation of the Implementation Plan for the OIC-SHPA 2014-2023
Date : 18-20 June 2013 Venue : Bandung Indonesia

The Meeting on the Preparation of the Implementation Plan for the OIC-SHPA was held on 18-19 June 2013 in Bandung, Indonesia. The meeting was attended by the health experts from ministries of health of OIC member countries and various international health organizations. During the meeting, the participants reviewed the first draft of the Implementation Plan for the OIC-SHPA and discussed the methodology to categorize the proposed activities under each thematic areas of cooperation into short, medium and long term activities. After an exhaustive debate, the meeting agreed to continue the work on the Implementation Plan and asked the lead country coordinators to incorporate the comments and suggestions of the meeting into their respective implementation plans and submit the revised documents to the all participants for review and comments. After wards, the Implementation Plan will be submitted to the 7th meeting of the OIC Steering Committee on Health on 21 October 2013 for endorsement and subsequent adoption by the 4th Islamic Conference of Health Ministers (ICHM) in conjunction with adoption of the OIC-SHPA.

Workshop on 'Railway System Technologies'
Date : 17-21 June 2013 Venue : Eskisehir Turkey

Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC), in cooperation with the Middle East Regional Training Center (MERTCe) and Turkish State Railways (TCDD) organized a workshop on “Railway System Technologies” on 17-21 June 2013 in Eskisehir, Republic of Turkey.

SESRIC Participated in the ‘Private Sector’s Role in Vocational Training’ Conference
Date : 12-13 June 2013 Venue : Istanbul Turkey

Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) was represented in the conference on “Private Sector’s Role in Vocational Training-Lessons Learned from Turkey” in Istanbul, Turkey on 12-13 June 2013, which was jointly organised by UNDP Istanbul Center for Private Sector in Development (IICPSD) and the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB).

Establishment of the OIC Food Security Institution
Date : 11-13 June 2013 Venue : Astana Kazakhstan

In order to finalize the constituent instrument of the approved OIC Food Security Institution in Kazakhstan, the Intergovernmental Expert Group Meeting (EGM) has been held in Astana, Republic of Kazakhstan during 11-13 June 2013. The meeting followed the decision of the 39th Session of the OIC CFM, which was held in Djibouti on 15-17 November 2012 and the 12th Session of Islamic Summit, which took place in Cairo, Egypt on 2-7 February 2013.

Training Programme on 'Breeding and Improving Wheat Plants to Increase the Productivity' in Qatar
Date : 04-06 June 2013 Venue : Doha Qatar

Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) organised a training programme on “Breeding and Improving Wheat Plants to Increase the Productivity” in Qatar on 4-6 June 2013, within the framework of OIC Agriculture Capacity Building Programme (OIC-AgriCaB). The Course was provided by Dr. Emin Dönmez, Head Of Breeding Department, Central Research Institute for Field Crops, Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock of Turkey with participation of relevant scientists and agronomists of Ministry of Environment of Qatar.

Training Programme on 'Risk Management in Islamic Banking' at the Central Bank of Republic of Turkey
Date : 03-05 June 2013 Venue : Ankara Turkey

Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) organised a training programme on “Risk Management in Islamic Banking” at the Central Bank of Republic of Turkey on 3-5 June 2013, within the framework of OIC Central Banks Capacity Building Programme. The Course was provided by Mr. Rifki Ismal, expert of the Bank Indonesia with participation of relevant experts of Central Bank of Republic of Turkey.

Training Course on “Filograpy and Marbling/Ebru” for Cameroonian Master Trainers
Date : 03-08 June 2013 Venue : Istanbul Turkey

A group of eight master trainers from different vocational schools of the Republic of Cameroon received training at the Centre for Art and Vocational Training Courses of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (İSMEK) under SESRIC’s İSMEK Master Trainer Programme (İMTP) with the support of Islamic Development Bank (IDB) on 03-08 June 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey.

Training Programme 'Recognition and Prevention of Diabetes' in Kaduna
Date : 01-02 June 2013 Venue : Kaduna Nigeria

Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC), in collaboration with the International Anatolian Health Federation (USAF) organized a training programme on “Recognition and Prevention of Diabetes” within the framework of the IbnSina Health Capacity Building Programme (IbnSina-HCaB) at the National Board for Technical Education in Kaduna, the Federal Republic of Nigeria on 1-2 June 2013. The Course was provided by Dr. Mustafa Bilgi, internal medical specialist.

Second Interim Meeting of the Working Group on Macro-Prudential Regulations
Date : 27 May 2013 Venue : Khartoum Sudan

SESRIC and Central Bank of Sudan (UAE) organised the Second Interim Meeting of the Working Group on Macro-Prudential Regulations. The Meeting was held on 27 May 2013 in Khartoum, under the hospitality of Central Bank of Sudan. A total of 6 representatives from 5 central banks and monetary authorities of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member countries, and SESRIC, attended the Meeting. SESRIC was represented in the Meeting by Dr. Umut UNAL, Centre’s Researcher.

Launch of the 'Science, Technology and Innovation in Kazakhstan' Report
Date : 25 May 2013 Venue : Astana Kazakhstan

The Launch of the “Science, Technology and Innovation in Kazakhstan” Report, under the framework of the Atlas of Islamic-World Science and Innovation (AIWSI) Project, has been organised by the National Agency for Technological Development JSC of the Republic of Kazakhstan (NATD) in collaboration with SESRIC on 25 May 2013 in Astana, the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Prof. Savaş Alpay, Director General of SESRIC, addressed the Innovation Congress of the VIth Astana Economic Forum
Date : 22-24 May 2013 Venue : Astana Kazakhstan

The VIth Astana Economic Forum has been organized under the auspices of the Eurasian Economic Club of Scientists Association in cooperation with the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Kazakhstan and hosted by the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Astana on 22-24 May 2013. The Forum is an international platform organized and conducted with the support and active participation of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, H.E. Nursultan Nazarbayev, annually.

Training Programme for Agricultural Extension Experts in OIC Member States
Date : 21-23 May 2013 Venue : Izmir Turkey

Within the framework of the OIC-VET Programme, Statistical Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC), in cooperation with the General Secretariat of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and Islamic Development Bank (IDB), organised a ‘Training Programme for Agricultural Extension Experts in OIC Member States’ on 21-23 May 2013 in Izmir, Republic of Turkey.

SESRIC attended the 4th Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction
Date : 19-23 May 2013 Venue : Geneva - Switzerland

The 4th Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction took place in Geneva from May 19th to May 23rd on the theme: “Invest Today for a Safer Tomorrow.” The Global Platform is organized by UNISDR, the UN's office for disaster risk reduction and secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction. More than 3,000 participants have attended this event, including delegates from 165 governments, 130 academic institutions, 209 NGOs and 67 private sector companies. The Centre was represented by Dr. Kenan Bagci, Senior Researcher, at the Global Platform.

Training Course on 'Competition Law and Policy' in Albania
Date : 15-17 May 2013 Venue : Tirana Albania

Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) organised, in collaboration with the Competition Authority of the Republic of Turkey, a training course on “Competition Law and Policy” within the framework of the OIC Capacity Building Programme for Competition Authorities (OIC-CA-CaB) on 15-17 May 2013 in Tirana, Albania. The course was provided by Mr. Ümit Nevruz Özdemir, Expert on Competition, and Mr. Ali Arıöz, Chief Competition Expert, and was attended by several experts from the Albanian Competition Authority.

Training Course on 'Poverty Alleviation Strategies'
Date : 15-16 May 2013 Venue : Ankara Turkey

Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) organised, in collaboration with the National Development Planning Agency of the Republic of Indonesia (BAPPENAS), a training course on “Poverty Alleviation Strategies” within the framework of the OIC Poverty Alleviation Programme (OIC-PAP) on 15-16 May 2013 in Ankara, Turkey. The course was provided by Dr Maliki, Deputy Director of Poverty Alleviation Programme Department and was attended by several experts from the Ministry of Family and Social Policies of Republic of Turkey.

29th Meeting of the Follow-up Committee of COMCEC
Date : 14-15 May 2013 Venue : Ankara Turkey

The 29th Meeting of the Follow-up Committee of the COMCEC was held on 14-15 May 2013 in Ankara, Turkey, with the participation of the member countries of the Committee (Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Palestine, Egypt, Kuwait, Iran, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Qatar, Mali and Cameroon). Representatives of Iraq also attended the meeting as observers. The OIC General Secretariat and the following subsidiary, affiliated and specialised organs (SESRIC, ICDT, IDB, ICCIA, IUT, OISA and SMIIC) attended the Meeting.

First Meeting of the Forum of Euro-Mediterranean Statisticians
Date : 13-14 May 2013 Venue : Luxembourg - Luxembourg

The First Meeting of the Forum of Euro-Mediterranean Statisticians was organised by the Eurostat on 13-14 May 2013 in Luxembourg with the participation of 35 representatives from eight OIC Member Countries including Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, and Tunisia, and from relevant national statistical offices of European Union (EU) countries and EU institutions. Mr. Atilla Karaman, Acting Director of Statistics and Information Department, represented the Centre thereat.

SESRIC and Institute for Scientific Research on Economic Reforms (ISRER) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
Date : 09 May 2013 Venue : Baku Azerbaijan

SESRIC and Institute for Scientific Research on Economic Reforms (ISRER) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop an institutional collaboration in the area of scientific research and training on 09 May 2013 in Baku, Azerbaijan.

SESRIC participated in the 'Global Alcohol Policy Symposium'
Date : 26-27 April 2013 Venue : Istanbul Turkey

Global Alcohol Policy Symposium was held on 26-27 April 2013 in Istanbul, Republic of Turkey. The symposium was organized by the Turkish Green Crescent Society and the World Health Organization (WHO) with the aim of raising awareness about the dangers of alcohol consumption for individuals and the society. The symposium served as a platform for sharing best practices in alcohol policy. SESRIC was represented by Ms. Fatma Nur Zengin, Programme Coordinator, at the symposium.

Training Course on 'Competition Law and Policy' in Indonesia
Date : 24-26 April 2013 Venue : Jakarta Indonesia

Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) has organised, in collaboration with the Competition Authority of the Republic of Turkey, a training course on “Competition Law and Policy” within the framework of the OIC Capacity Building Programme for Competition Authorities (OIC-CA-CaB) on 24-26 April 2013 in Jakarta, Indonesia. The course was provided by Mrs Şerife Demet Kaya, Expert on Competition, and Mrs Ebru Öztürk, Chief Competition Expert, and was attended by several experts from the Indonesia Competition Commission.

Training Course on 'Hospital and Health Care Facilities Management and Administration' in Turkey
Date : 23 April - 02 May 2013 Venue : Izmir Turkey

Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) organised, in collaboration with the Aegean International Federation of Health (ESAFED), a training course on “Hospital and Health Care Facilities Management and Administration” within the framework of the OIC-IbnSina Programme for Health Capacity Building (IbnSina-HCaB) on 23 April 2013 – 02 May 2013 in Izmir, Republic of Turkey. This education programme, organised for the general managers of several hospitals in Yemen ended with a certificate ceremony with the participation of Prof. Savaş Alpay, Director General of SESRIC and Dr. Ali Iravul, Member of the Board of ESAFED and Coordinator of the Project for Yemen.

Sixth Meeting of the OIC Steering Committee on Health
Date : 23-24 April 2013 Venue : Jakarta Indonesia

The Sixth Meeting of the OIC Steering Committee on Health was hosted by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Indonesia on 23 – 24 April 2013 at Jakarta. The meeting, inter alia, discussed the implementation of the decisions and resolutions adopted by the Islamic Conferences of Health Ministers, draft OIC Strategic Health Programme of Action 2014 – 2023, preparation of implementation plan for OIC-SHPA, promoting self-reliance in production of medicine and vaccines and the preparations for the 4th Islamic Conference of Health Ministers to be hosted by the Republic of Indonesia in October 2013.

The 2nd Session of the Islamic Conference of Labour Ministers
Date : 23-26 April 2013 Venue : Baku Azerbaijan

The 2nd Session of the Islamic Conference of Labour Ministers (ICLM) was held in Baku, Republic of Azerbaijan during the period 23-26 April 2013 under the theme “Decent Work for sustainable Social Welfare”. The Senior Officials Meeting, which preceded the Ministerial Conference, was held on 23-24 April with the participation of Senior Officials from the Ministries of labour of 36 member countries. The Meeting was also attended by representatives of the OIC General Secretariat and the relevant OIC and regional and international institutions.

Egyptian Banking Institute visits SESRIC
Date : 22 April 2013 Venue : Ankara Turkey

Delegation from Egyptian Banking Institute, Central Bank of Egypt visited Mr. Hüseyin Hakan Eryetli, Director of Training & Technical Cooperation Department at SESRIC headquartes, Ankara, Turkey on 22 April 2013. The delegation from Egyptian Banking Institute, Central Bank of Egypt consisted of Dr. Mona El Baradei, Executive Director, Zeinab Abdel Razek, Head International Cooperation&Donor Projects Unit, and Hend Ebeid, Director Banking and Finance Programs Department.

First Meeting of the Heads and Seniors of National Organizations for Civil Registration (NOCR) of OIC Member States
Date : 15-17 April 2013 Venue : Tehran Iran

Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) in cooperation with the National Organisation for Civil Registration of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Islamic Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), organised the First Meeting of the Heads and Seniors of National Organisations for Civil Registration (NOCR) of OIC Member States on 15-17 April 2013 in Tehran, Iran. The meeting was attended by delegations of OIC Member Countries namely, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Mozambique, Niger, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Qatar, Turkey and United Arab Emirates. Eng. Huseyin Hakan Eryetli, Director of Training and Technical Cooperation; and Mr Efe Kerem Aydin, Programme Coordinator, represented the Centre thereat.

SESRIC Participated in the Caspian International Aqua Technologies and Exhibition and Forum
Date : 11-13 April 2013 Venue : Baku Azerbaijan

The Caspian International Aqua Technologies and Exhibition and Forum was held on 11-13 April 2013 in Baku, Azerbaijan under the hospitality of Azarsu - an organization in charge of state policy and strategy in the field of water supply, drinking water supply and sanitation services to consumers in a centralized manner. The event was attended by the President of Azerbaijan H.E. Mr. Ilham Aliyev, the Deputy Prime Minister of Azerbaijan H.E. Mr. Abid Sharifov, Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan H.E. Mr. Huseyngulu Bagirov, Minister of Forestry and Water Affairs of Turkey H.E. Prof. Veysel Eroglu and relevant international institutions, including Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and International Water Association (IWA), as well as over 200 specialists and 50 professors from different countries. Dr. Umut Unal, Researcher at SESRIC, represented the Centre thereat.

Third Session of OIC Statistical Commission (OIC-StatCom)
Date : 10-12 April 2013 Venue : Ankara Turkey

The Third Session of the Statistical Commission of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC-StatCom) was co-organised by the Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) and the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) on 10-12 April 2013 in Ankara, Turkey.

SESRIC and Southeast International Health Federation (GUSAF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
Date : 03 April 2013 Venue : Ankara Turkey

SESRIC and Southeast International Health Federation (GUSAF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop an institutional collaboration for Ibn-i Sina Health Capacity Building Programme on 3 April 2013 at the new headquarters of SESRIC.

SESRIC participated in 'The First Regional Training Workshop on Tobacco Control and Trade'
Date : 19-21 March 2013 Venue : Cairo Egypt

The First Regional Training Workshop on Tobacco Control and Trade was held at the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office on 19-21 March 2013 in Cairo, Egypt. The workshop was attended by the related coordinators both from Ministry of Health and Ministry of Trade of Tunisia, Iran, Morocco, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Egypt, Djibouti and Sudan. Eastern Mediterranean Region of the Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) , Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH), The Union Middle East Regional Center , League of Arab States and SESRIC also attended as observers at the workshop.

Training Workshop on Flood Risk Management
Date : 18-19 March 2013 Venue : Dakar Senegal

SESRIC, in collaboration with the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) and Ministry of Restructuring and Rehabilitation of Floods Zones in Senegal, organized a training workshop on Flood Risk Management in Dakar, Senegal during 18-19 March 2013. The aim of the workshop was to facilitate the transfer of knowledge, experience and best practices of some member countries and international organizations in the field of flood risk management as well as water resources management.

Master Trainers from Guinea Awarded with İMTP Certificate
Date : 10-17 March 2013 Venue : Istanbul Turkey

A group of four master trainers from different vocational schools of the Republic of GUINEA received training at the Centre for Art and Vocational Training Courses of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (İSMEK) under SESRIC’s İSMEK Master Trainer Programme (İMTP) on 10-17 March 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey.

Seminar on Population and Housing Census Practices of OIC Member Countries
Date : 06-08 March 2013 Venue : Ankara Turkey

In accordance with the Resolutions of the Second Session of the OIC-StatCom, the members of the OIC-StatCom called for an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) to define the structure of a comprehensive profile that will include all the relevant phases of censuses and to compile the different country experiences and practices from OIC Member Countries.

Training Course on 'Islamic Financial Instruments' in Sultanate of Oman
Date : 05-06 March 2013 Venue : Muscat Oman

Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) organised, in collaboration with Arab Federation of Exchanges (AFE), a training course on “Islamic Financial Instruments” within the framework of the OIC Capacity Building Programme for Stock Exchanges (OIC-SEP) on 5-6 March 2013 in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. The course was provided by Mr. Agung Bayu Purwoko, Manager in Department of Monetary Operations at Bank Indonesia, and was attended by experts from member institutions of the Arab Federation of Exchanges.

Second Meeting of OIC Occupational Safety and Health Network (OIC-OSHNET)
Date : 04-06 March 2013 Venue : Ankara Turkey

The second meeting of OIC Occupational Safety and Health Network (OIC-OSHNET) has successfully been organized by SESRIC, in collaboration with the General Directorate of Occupational Health and Safety (DGOHS) operating under the Ministry of Labour and Social Security of the Republic of Turkey (MoLSS), on 4-6 March 2013, in Ankara, Turkey.

5th Meeting of the Delegates of the National Statistical Offices of the OIC Member Countries
Date : 28 February 2013 Venue : New York - USA

SESRIC, in its capacity as the Secretariat of OIC-StatCom, organised the Fifth Meeting of the Delegates of the National Statistical Offices (NSOs) of the OIC Member Countries on 28 February 2013 in New York, United States of America as a side event in the margins of the 44th Session of the United Nations Statistical Commission (UNSC). The delegates of the NSOs of the OIC Member Countries attended the meeting that aimed to get their comments and feedback on the tentative agenda of the Third Session of the OIC Statistical Commission.

The 5th Meeting of the OIC Consultative Group on Enhancing Intra-OIC Trade
Date : 27-28 February 2013 Venue : Casablanca Morocco

In the context of the follow-up of the implementation of the “Executive Programme of the Road-Map for Achieving Intra-OIC Trade Targets” adopted by the previous 4th meeting of this Group, the Islamic Centre for Development of Trade (ICDT) and the International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC), member of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Group organised, under the auspices of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and New Technologies of the Kingdom of Morocco, the 5th Meeting of the OIC Consultative Group on Enhancing Intra-OIC Trade in Casablanca on 27-28 February 2013.

SESRIC Participated in the Promoting Self Reliance in Production of Medicines and Vaccines-Meeting of Vaccine Manufacturers from OIC Countries
Date : 27-28 February 2013 Venue : Dubai United Arab Emirates

The Promoting Self Reliance in Production of Medicines and Vaccines-Meeting of Vaccine Manufacturers was held on 27-28 February 2013 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates with the collaboration of the OIC General Secretariat and the Science, Technology and Innovation Organization (STIO). The meeting was attended by the OIC General Secretariat and relevant OIC institutions, including Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC), Islamic Development Bank (IDB), OIC Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation (COMSTECH), STIO, as well as the representatives of a select group of medicine and vaccine manufacturers from OIC Member States.

Intensive Training Course on the Multilateral Trading System and Accession to the WTO for senior officials from the Republic of Iraq
Date : 25 February - 01 March 2013 Venue : Ankara Turkey

In collaboration with UNCTAD and SESRIC, the Islamic Development Bank (Cooperation and Integration Department) co-organized an intensive training course on the Multilateral Trading System and Accession to the WTO for officials from the Republic of Iraq.

Expert Group Meeting on Innovation for Economic Development
Date : 18-19 February 2013 Venue : Jeddah Saudi Arabia

The Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on Innovation for Economic Development in IDB Member Countries was held on 18-19 February 2013 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Mr. Atilla Karaman, Senior Researcher, represented the Centre thereat.

Experts Advisory Group Meeting on the Draft OIC Strategic Health Programme of Action (OIC-SHPA) 2013-2022
Date : 18-19 February 2013 Venue : Ankara Turkey

SESRIC organized an Experts Advisory Group Meeting (EAGM) on 18-19 Febraury 2013 at its Headquarters in Ankara to review the draft OIC-SHPA 2013-2022 document. SESRIC prepared this document in accordance with the decision of the 2nd Islamic Conference of Health Ministers (Tehran, March 2009) and upon a request by the OIC Steering Committee on Health. The EAGM was attended by the delegates from 15 OIC member countries and eight OIC and international institutions.

Master Trainers from Egypt Awarded with İMTP Certificate
Date : 17-25 February 2013 Venue : Istanbul Turkey

A group of eight master trainers from different vocational schools of the Arab Republic of Egypt received training at the Centre for Art and Vocational Training Courses of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (İSMEK) under SESRIC’s İSMEK Master Trainer Programme (İMTP) on 17-25 February 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey.

Memorandum of Understanding signed with General Directorate of Turkish Post (PTT)
Date : 13 February 2013 Venue : Ankara Turkey

Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC), a subsidiary organ of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), and General Directorate of Turkish Post (PTT) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 13 February 2013 in Ankara, Republic of Turkey to boost joint cooperation and exchange of expertise in the field of postal communications and telecommunication. MoU was signed by Prof. Savas Alpay, Director General of SESRIC, and Mr. Osman Tural, Director General of Turkish Post (PTT) with the key objective of strengthening existing cooperation relations in various postal services related fields in order to develop and upgrade the quality of postal services among OIC Member Countries.

SESRIC hosted seminars titled 'Do Fixed Exchange Rates Cause More Trade?' and 'When Do Currency Unions Increase Trade?'
Date : 12 February 2013 Venue : Ankara Turkey

The Centre hosted seminars titled “Do Fixed Exchange Rates Cause More Trade?” and “When Do Currency Unions Increase Trade?” on 12 February 2013 in its headquarters. The seminar was delivered by Mr. Amr Sadek Hosny, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA.

SESRIC hosted the seminar titled 'Do Natural Resources Lower the Incentive to Invest in Human Capital? A Theoretical and Empirical Approach'
Date : 11 February 2013 Venue : Ankara Turkey

The Centre hosted a seminar titled “Do Natural Resources Lower the Incentive to Invest in Human Capital? A Theoretical and Empirical Approach” on 11 February 2013 in its headquarters. The seminar was delivered by Mr. Salim Mahmoud Araji, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA.

The 12th Session of the Islamic Summit Conference (The Muslim World: New Challenges & Expanding Opportunities)
Date : 06-07 February 2013 Venue : Cairo Egypt

The 12th Session of the Islamic Summit Conference was held in Cairo, Arab Republic of Egypt on 6-7 February 2013. Heads of States and Governments of 17 member countries attended the Summit. The other member countries were represented at the level of the Prime Ministers and/or Ministers of Foreign Affairs. The Summit aims at jointly reviewing the international situation in the political, economic and social fields and analysing the impact on the Muslim Ummah under the overall theme "The Muslim World: New Challenges & Expanding Opportunities". The Heads of Delegations of the member countries discussed and deliberated on a number of political and socio-economic issues of importance to the Muslim World. The Summit was preceded by a preparatory meeting of the Senior Officials on 2-3 February, and by a preparatory meeting of the Foreign Ministers on 4-5 February.

Training Course on ‘Minimally Invasive Surgery’ in Assiut, Egypt
Date : 06-10 February 2013 Venue : Assiut Egypt

Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) organised, in collaboration with Aegean International Federation of Health (ESAFED) and Egypt Assiut University, a training programme on “Minimally Invasive Surgery” at the Assiut University in Assiut, Arab Republic of Egypt, on 06-10 February 2013. The course was provided by Assoc. Prof. Seyda ORS KAYA, working in Dr. Suat Seren Chest Disease and Thoracic Surgery Research and Education Hospital, Op.Dr.Kenan Can Ceylan, a headmaster of Thoracic Surgery Department at Dr. Suat Seren Chest Disease and Thoracic Surgery Research and Education Hospital, and Munevver Ulutas, Thoracic Surgery Clinical Nurse and was attended by operating surgeons of the Assiut University.

Training Course on ‘Water Resources Management’ in Azerbaijan
Date : 06-07 February 2013 Venue : Baku Azerbaijan

Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) organised training on “Water Resources Management” at the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Azerbaijan, on 6-7 February 2013. The course was provided by Ms. Saliha Değirmencioğlu, an expert from Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, and was attended by approximately 25 participants from different organisations such as Azersu and Melioration and Water Economy Joint-Stock Companies (JSCs).

Training Course on ‘Land Management: Soil Analysis and Mapping’ in Lebanon
Date : 04-06 February 2013 Venue : Beirut Lebanon

Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) organised training on “Land Management: Soil Analysis and Mapping” at Lebanese Ministry of Agriculture, on 4-6 February 2013. The course was provided by Ms Fatinah Rashid Abdulteef, an expert from Ministry of Agriculture of Iraq, and was attended by Mohamad Abou Daher, Head of Agriculture Education and Training Department of Lebanese Ministry of Agriculture, scientists, agriculturists, and officers.

Current Status and Future Perspectives of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries in Somalia
Date : 02-04 February 2013 Venue : Mogadishu Somalia

SESRIC organised, in collaboration with Aegean International Federation of Health (ESAFED) and Turkish Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA), a workshop on “Current Status and Future Perspectives of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries in Somalia” on 2-4 February 2013 in Mogadishu, Federal Republic of Somalia.

Tenth Session of the ESCWA Statistical Committee
Date : 30-31 January 2013 Venue : Cairo Egypt

The Tenth Session of the United Nations Economic and Social Council for Western Asia (ESCWA) Statistical Committee was held on 30-31 January 2013 in the Headquarters of the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) in Cairo, Egypt. The delegates of National Statistical Offices (NSO) from 11 ESCWA Countries including Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Oman, Sudan Tunisia, and Yemen and the representatives of the Arab Institute for Training and Research in Statistics (AITRS), Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), League of Arab States (LAS), Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Bahrain participated in the Session.

Prof. Savaş Alpay Delivered a Keynote Speech during 2nd International Conference on Islamic Economics and Economies of the OIC Countries (ICIE2013)
Date : 29-30 January 2013 Venue : Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

Prof. Savaş Alpay, Director-General of SESRIC, delivered a keynote speech at the 2nd International Conference on Islamic Economics and Economies of the OIC Countries (ICIE2013) which was held from 29 to 30 January 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The 2nd Conference was organized jointly by the Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences at the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Ministry of Finance Malaysia, and Islamic Research and Training Institute, and held on the theme Islamic Economic Solutions for OIC Countries: Theory and Policy.

Training Course on ‘Crop Cultivation: Cultivation of Arable Crops’ in Sudan
Date : 29-31 January 2013 Venue : Khartoum Sudan

Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) organised training on “Crop Cultivation: Cultivation of Arable Crops” at the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation of Republic of the Sudan, on 29-31 January 2013. The course was provided by Dr Abbas Ajeel Mohammed, an expert from Ministry of Agriculture of Iraq, and was attended by approximately 25 scientists, farmers, and officers.

Director General of SESRIC Received the Eurostat Delegation
Date : 25 January 2013 Venue : Ankara Turkey

Dr. Savas Alpay, Director General of SESRIC, received the delegation of Eurostat comprising of Mr. Pieter Everaers, Director of the Directorate A – Cooperation in the European Statistical System, International Cooperation, Resources; and Mr. Ferenc Gálik, Statistical Officer at the Unit A6 – Statistical Cooperation on 25 January 2013 at the SESRIC Headquarters in Ankara- Turkey. The delegation was accompanied by the officials from the Delegation of the European Commission to Turkey and Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat).

OIC-StatCom Technical Committee of Experts Meeting on Gender Related Issues
Date : 21-22 January 2013 Venue : Ankara Turkey

In its capacity as the Secretariat of the Statistical Commission of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC-StatCom), the Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) organised the OIC-StatCom Technical Committee of Experts (TCE) Meeting on Gender Related Issues on 21 – 22 January 2013 at the SESRIC Headquarters in Ankara, Turkey.

Workshop on 'Enhancing the Capacity of the Member States in Wheat Production'
Date : 15-16 January 2013 Venue : İzmir Turkey

The Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock of the Republic of Turkey organised, in collaboration with COMCEC Coordination Office, a workshop on “Enhancing the Capacity of the Member States in Wheat Production” on 15-16 January 2013, in İzmir, Turkey.

Training Course on ‘Agronomy: Soil Tillage’ in Uganda
Date : 15-17 January 2013 Venue : Kampala Uganda

Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) organised training on “Agronomy: Soil Tillage” at the Cotton Development Organisation (CDO) in Kampala, Uganda, on 15-17 January 2013. The course was provided by Prof Sheikh El Din Abdel Gadir El-Awad, an expert from Agricultural Research Corporation (ARC) in Sudan, and was attended by 18 scientists dealing with cotton production of the CDO of Uganda.

Training Course on ‘Agronomy: Crop Rotation and Management’ in Mozambique
Date : 14-18 January 2013 Venue : Maputo Mozambique

Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) organised training on “Agronomy: Crop Rotation and Management” within the framework of OIC Cotton Training Programme (OIC-CTP) at the Mozambique Institute for Cotton in Maputo, Mozambique, on 14-18 January 2013. The course was provided by Dr Said Abd El-Tawab Farag Hamoda, an expert from Agricultural Research Centre in Egypt, and was attended by agronomists, researchers and technicians from public and private sector.

SESRIC and World Bank Signed Memorandum of Understanding
Date : 09-13 January 2013 Venue : Washington DC - USA

A number of talks have been held between SESRIC and the World Bank on January 9-10, 2013, at the Bank’s headquarters in Washington DC, USA, to explore the potential modalities for greater cooperation between the two institutions on various fronts. The SESRIC delegation was composed of Dr. Savas Alpay, Director-General, and Mr. Nadi Serhan Aydin, Researcher at the Department of Economic and Social Research.

Training Course on 'External Trade Statistics' in Kuwait
Date : 06-08 January 2013 Venue : Kuwait City Kuwait

The Centre organised training course on 'External Trade Statistics' at the Central Statistical Office (CSO), Kuwait on 6-8 January 2013. The course was provided by Mr. Bülent Tungul, an expert from the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat), and was attended by 15 staff members of the Central Statistical Office (CSO), Kuwait.

Emergency Medicine Training in Somalia
Date : 01 January - 24 February 2013 Venue : Mogadishu Somalia

Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) organized, in collaboration with Aegean International Federation of Health (ESAFED) and Turkish Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA), a training programme on “Emergency Medicine” on 01 January 2013-24 February 2013 in Mogadishu, Republic of Somalia.