The Second Meeting of the Development Cooperation Institutions (DCIs) of the OIC Member Countries was organised jointly by SESRIC, the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) and the OIC General Secretariat and held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on 3-4 May 2010. The Meeting was attended by 22 representatives of DCIs of 9 OIC Member Countries; namely Egypt, Jordan, Indonesia, Iran, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. It was also attended by representatives of the OIC General Secretariat, IDB, Arab Monetary Fund and SESRIC.
After the opening session of the meeting the working sessions started with one on the activities of the various DCIs of the OIC member countries. In this session the representatives of the following DCIs made presentations on the missions, activities and various programmes of their institutions: Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), the Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA), the Organisation for Investment, Economic and Technical Assistance of Iran (OIETAI), the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) of Indonesia and the Arab Monetary Fund (AMF).
The meeting proceeded with a session on the potential areas and project proposals for cooperation and coordination among the DCIs of the OIC member countries. In this session, SESRIC made a presentation on the initiative of the OIC Vocational Educational and Training Programme (OIC-VET) in which some project proposals in different areas and fields have been presented with a view to implement them in partnership with some DCIs within the framework of the OIC-VET Programme. The representative of the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) of Indonesia presented the Indonesian National Programme for Community Empowerment (PNPM Mandiri), which aims at eradicating poverty within the Indonesian national development framework. The representative of the Export Development Bank of Iran also made a presentation on the various activities and programmes of this institution.
The meeting also included a session on the cooperation and dialogue with the existing development coordination groups and international organisations. In this session the representative of the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) made a presentation on the activities of the Arab Coordination Group (Arab National & Regional Development Institutions or Arab Aid), which includes in its membership 8 institutions, 5 of which are multilateral aid institutions as follows: the Islamic Development Bank(IDB), the OPEC Fund for International Development, the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD), the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (ABEDA), the Arab Gulf Programme for United Nations Development Organizations (AGFUND), and 3 bilateral aid institutions as follows: Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD), and Kuwait Fund for Arab Development (KFD).
During the session on the theme “Enhancing the visibility of the Development Assistance of the DCIs of the OIC Member Countries”, SESRIC made a presentation titled “Statistics for Visibility”. The presentation highlighted the issue of misreporting of the Official Development Assistance (ODA) activities and other types of aid and assistance in the OIC Member Countries. In this presentation, a proposal of a questionnaire has been introduced by SESRIC to be used in collecting the ODA and other aid data of the OIC Member Countries according to the international definitions and classifications.
Another two sessions have been devoted to discuss and consider the “Draft Operational Framework for the OIC Development Assistance Committee (OIC-DAC)” prepared by the Experts Group Meeting, which was organised by SESRIC and held in Ankara in December 2009 pursuant to the recommendation contained in the Istanbul Declaration, which was adopted at the First Meeting of the DCIs of the OIC Member Countries held in Istanbul in May 2009.
The participants extensively discussed and deliberated on the various contents of the “Draft Operational Framework for the OIC-DAC”, including the objectives, the membership, the structure and rules of procedures, the meetings, the Chairmanship, the Secretariat and the working groups of the Committee.
During the discussion, the participants agreed on various concepts and issues related to the operational framework of the proposed OIC-DAC and at the end of the discussion they agreed on the following issues:
- The proposed Committee shall be named OIC Development Cooperation Forum (OIC-DCF) instead of OIC Development Assistance Committee (OIC-DAC).
- The OIC-DCF shall be a voluntary, informal and technical forum, open for all DCIs of the OIC Member Countries for dialogue, consultations, cooperation and coordination.
- The OIC-DCF shall convene regularly, preferably on annual basis, and chaired by the OIC-DCI which is hosting the annual Meeting.
- Any participating OIC-DCI, willing to host the annual Meeting, may coordinate with the Focal Institution.
- The Focal Institution (i.e. SESRIC) will facilitate the future meetings and disseminate data on development assistance in consultation with DCIs and the Secretariat of the Arab Coordination Group.
- The role of the Focal Institution will be performed by SESRIC during the initial period: until further decision is taken.
Following a general debate, the participants finally approved the “Operational Framework for OIC Development Cooperation Forum (OIC-DCF)”.
Draft Agenda & Work Programme
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