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STANDING COMMITTEES

Posted by Human Rights in Islamic Countries on July 21, 2011


STANDING COMMITTEES 

   In order to advance issues of critical importance to the Organization and its Member States, the Organization has formed the following Standing Committees:

1. Al Quds Committee

– Bayt Mal Al Quds Agency

2. Standing Committee for Information and Cultural Affairs (COMIAC)

3. Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation (COMCEC)

 4. Standing Committee for Scientific and Technological Cooperation (COMSTECH)

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1. ALQUDS COMMITTEE
 
Establishment:
The Committee was established pursuant to resolution 1/6-P adopted by 6th Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers, held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia from 12-15 July 1975.
Objectives:
(a) To follow-up the implementation of resolutions adopted by the Islamic Conference and by other international organizations that support or are in line with the Conference position; to liaise with other bodies, and to offer to Member States proposals it deems appropriate on implementation of resolutions, achieving their objectives, and on taking steps on developments that may arise within these terms of reference.   
(b)   To implement all the resolutions on the Arab-Israeli conflict in view of the fundamental connection between the Al-Quds question and the conflict.
Membership:
The Islamic Conference of Information Ministers elects members of the Committee for three renewable years. Members of the Committee are the following:
1.      Kingdom of Morocco
2.      Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
3.      Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
4.      Republic of Iraq
5.      Syrian Arab Republic
6.      State of Palestine
7.      Republic of Lebanon
8.      Islamic Republic of Mauritania
9.      Arab Republic of Egypt
10.   People’s Republic of Bangladesh
11.   Islamic Republic of Pakistan
12.   Islamic Republic of Iran
13.   Republic of Indonesia
14.   Republic of Senegal
15.   Republic of Niger
16.   Republic of Guinea
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Meetings:
The Committee convenes its meetings upon invitation of its chairman or the majority of its members. The meeting is considered a regular meeting when attended by the majority. The General Secretariat provides all facilities necessary to carry out its work.
Chairmanship:
The Committee is chaired by His Majesty King of Morocco.
Headquarters:
Rabat- Kingdom of Morocco
Correspondence Address:
General Secretariat of the
Organization of the Islamic Conference
P.O. Box 178
Jeddah 21411
Saudi Arabia
An agency known as Bayt Mal al-Quds agency has been created as an affiliate of the Al-Quds Committee.
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BAYT MAL AL QUDS AGENCY
 
Establishment:
The creation of BAYT MAL AL QUDS AGENCY was the initiative of His Majesty the late King Hassan II, King of Morocco (May Allah grant him mercy), who presented the idea to the Al-Quds Committee during its 15th session in Ifrane, Kingdom of Morocco in 1995. The idea was presented to the 23rd Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers held in Conakry, Republic of Guinea from 9-13 December 1995, where it was decided that the BAYT MAL AL QUDS AGENCY be created. The Agency was granted its statute, and later received its final legal status when its first director was appointed and allowed the official commencement of its activities on 30 July 1998.
The agency held its first meeting on 14 February 2000 under the high auspices of His Majesty King Muhammad VI, the King of Morocco, chairman of the Al-Quds Committee and in the presence of the Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference.
Objectives: 
           
–         To salvage the city of Al Quds Al Sharif (Jerusalem);
–         To extend assistance to the Palestinian population and Palestinian institutions in the holy capital;
–         To safeguard and restore the Al Aqsa Mosque and other holy sites in the city as well the city’s cultural, religious, cultural and architectural heritage.
 
Management:
The agency is managed by three bodies as follows:
–         An administrative board composed of the Finance Ministers of Member States in the Al Quds Committee.
–         Trusteeship Committee composed of Foreign Affairs Ministers of five Member States in the Al Quds Committee, two of whom are permanent members: the Foreign Ministers of the Kingdom of Morocco and the State of Palestine.
–         Director General of the agency.
Resources:
          The agency’s revenue are derived from the following sources:
–         Voluntary contributions from the OIC Member States.
–         Gifts and donations from public and private bodies, such as charitable societies, Arab, Islamic and friendly communities, companies and individuals.
–         Returns from the agency’s assets, properties, projects, shares and products.
Address:
63, Av. Moulay Youssef
Immeubel ADRIANA, 8em etage
20000-Casablanca
P.O.B: 16014.
Morocco
Phone: (212 2) 49.04.06 / 82
Fax:     (212 2) 49.05.16
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2.STANDING COMMITTEE FOR INFORMATION AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS (COMIAC) 

Establishment:
This ministerial committee was established pursuant to resolution 13/3 – P (IS) adopted by the Third Islamic Summit Conference, held in Makkah Al Mukaramah and Taif Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in January 1981. This followed the desire of the Conference to give information and culture in the Islamic Ummah a fresh beginning so as to acquaint international public opinion with the noble causes of the Islamic Ummah, in particular with the question of Palestine and AL Quds Al Sharif. It is also intended to confront unfair campaigns against Islam and Muslims. The duties of the Standing Committee for Information and Cultural Affairs include following up the implementation of resolutions adopted by the Islamic Conference within its term of reference; searching for ways to promote  cooperation between Member States in the areas of information and communication; and preparing programmes and proposals that could enhance the capabilities of states in these areas.
The committee has met five times as of December 1999 under the chairmanship of the Senegalese president Abdou Diof. During the sessions it has demonstrated the will power of Islamic States and their joint determination to mobilize all resources and energy in order to safeguard the unity of the Islamic Ummah and its cultural specificity.
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Chairmanship:
The committee is chaired by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Senegal.
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Headquarters:
Dakar, Republic of Senegal
Membership:
Member States of the Organization of the Islamic Conference
 
Address:
              General Secretariat
              Organization of the Islamic Conference
              P.O. Box 178
              Jeddah 21411
              Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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3. STANDING COMMITTEE FOR ECONOMIC AND COMMERCIAL COOPERATION (COMCEC)
 
Establishment:
This ministerial committee was established pursuant to resolution 13/3-P (IS) adopted by the 3rd Islamic Summit Conference held in Makkah al Mukarammah and Taif in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in January 1981.
Function:
The committee follows up the implementation of resolutions in the economic and trade fields, explores possible means of strengthening cooperation among the Member States, and prepares programmes and proposals capable of improving capacities in these areas.
Chairmanship:
The committee is chaired by H.E. the president of the Republic of Turkey
Headquarters:
Ankara, Turkey
Membership:
Member States of the Organization of the Islamic Conference
ADDRESS:
COMCEC Coordination office,
NECATIBEY CAD. 108,
ANKARA, Turkey
Phone: 90-312-294 55 10
Fax:     90-312-294 55 77
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4. STANDING COMMITTEE FOR SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL COOPERATION (COMSTECH)

Establishment:
This ministerial committee was established in January 1981 pursuant to resolution 13/3 –P (IS) adopted by the 3rd Islamic Summit Conference held in Makkah al Mukarammah and Taif in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
 
Function:
The Committee follows up the resolutions in the fields of science and technology. It also studies possible means of strengthening cooperation among the OIC Member States, as well as prepares programmes and proposals capable of improving Member States’ capacities in these areas.
Chairmanship:
This Committee is chaired by H.E. the President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
Headquarters:
Islamabad, Islamic Republic of Pakistan
 
Membership:
Member States of the Organization of the Islamic Conference
Address:
COMSTECH SECRETARIAT, 3
Constitution Avenue, Sector G-5/2
Islamabad 44000
Pakistan
Tel: 220681-3
Fax: 92-51-220265
Telex: 54349 COMST Pak
Telegram: COMSTECH

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