Organisation of Islamic Cooperation: Cameroon to host session of Council of Foreign Ministers June.

The announcement was made Tuesday March 26 in Yaounde by the Director of Communication, Documentation and Diplomatic Archives at the Ministry of External Relations, Jean Patrice Koe Jr, and the Minister Plenipotentiary at the External Relations Ministry, Ousmanou Koulagna.

This was during a press briefing organised as part of early preparatory activities ahead of the global gathering.

The conference is expected to bring together at least 400 delegates from the bloc’s 57 member states in Yaounde led by the foreign affairs ministers of the respective nations. 

The OIC’s Secretary General, Hissein Brahim Taha, is also expected to attend the event. The Ministry of External Relations, MINREX, led by H.E Mbella Mbella, will be in charge of the organisation of the gathering 

According to the authorities, the proposed theme of the summit drafted by Cameroon is: “Development of communication transportation infrastructure: A major tool in the fight against poverty and insecurity”. 

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation was created in 1969. The bloc describes itself as “the collective voice of the Muslim world” and works to safeguard and protect the interests of the Muslim world in the spirit of promoting international peace and harmony.

The summit of the Council of the Foreign Ministers is the second biggest gathering of the bloc after the group’s Islamic Summit attended by the Heads of States and governments of the bloc’s member states. 

The Council of Foreign Ministers is held annually with focus on examining the level of progress made on the implementation of its decisions taken within the framework of the policy defined by the Islamic Summit. 

This will be the first time Cameroon will be playing host to the Council of Foreign Ministers summit. Cameroon will also become the first country in the Centre African sub region to organise the event when it holds the forthcoming gathering in June. 



Hectic agenda

Several major activities will be held during the three-day activity billed for the Yaounde Conference Centre. 

First among them, will be the holding of an economic and investment forum designed to enable the participating delegates and countries to notably reflect on how to better handles investments among the member states. There will also be a colloquium on the development of trade among member states. 

During the gathering, another colloquium will be held on scientific cooperation among members with focus on reflecting and strategising on how the member states of the bloc can boost their collaboration at the scientific and technological levels.  

Another major activity on the agenda will be special celebration to mark 50 years since Cameroon became a member country of the bloc five decades ago. The country joined the bloc in 1973. 


Cameroon already finalising preparations 

According to authorities, Cameroon has already entered the final phase of preparations in the lead up to the holding of the conference.

The Minister Plenipotentiary and Director of Communication told reporters at the press briefing that major steps are already being taken to fully address the logistic aspects of the upcoming gathering including hostels, halls for the various meetings during the event and media facilities.

He said several visits have been made on the ground to address all the worries that might arise with full focus now directed towards cutting all the Ts and dotting the Is. 

In terms of the media, works are also underway to create a website which will be used to facilitate communication. 

They urged media practitioners to join the wagon in the lead up to the event through efficient communication with the goal to raise full awareness about the OIC and the Conference of Foreign Ministers before the three-day gathering in Yaounde.


Cameroon restating position as key player in OIC bloc 

According to authorities, the upcoming Council of Foreign Ministers session is expected to restate Cameroon’s position as a major contributor in global affairs.

The three-day session, per authorities, will be used to promote Cameroon’s image internationally and strengthen the country’s position with the Islamic community and the bloc at large. 

The gathering is also expected to further showcase Cameroon’s excellence in the organisation of major global events as it notably comes barely months after the country hosted the 44th Ministerial Conference of the La Francophonie bloc held in November last year. 



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