EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: The Ministry of Transport, Works and Infrastructure has announced on Friday that the International Conference Centre (ICC) in Bijilo, which was under construction is now completed and will be inaugurated by the President Adama Barrow this Saturday.
Construction of ICC is in preparation of Gambia’s hosting of the 2022 Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) head of state summit which the country failed to host last year. The OIC Gambia Secretariat is the body set up under the office of the President to provide the coordination role in preparation of the hosting of the 2022 OIC Heads of States summit.
It is constructed through a $50 million grant by the People’s Republic of China. It is a state-of-the-art facility consisting of a plenary hall with seating capacity of 1,031, four adjoining conference halls, VIP rooms, bilateral rooms, press room, meeting rooms, offices, banquet halls and entertainment spaces with beautiful fauna and sea view.
The ICC is a symbol of the friendship and cooperation between The Gambia and The People’s Republic of China.
The Ministry said the Conference center will be named as ‘Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara International Conference Centre,’ named after Gambia’s former president.
The OIC is the second largest inter – governmental organization after the United Nations, with a membership of 57 states spread over four continents.
The OIC Gambia Secretariat was established as a charitable organization under the Companies Act of The Gambia 2013. It is under the president’s office to coordinate preparations for Gambia’s hosting of the 2019 OIC summit this November, which failed.
The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is the second largest inter-governmental organization after the United Nations with a membership of 57 states spread over four continents. The Organization is the collective voice of the Muslim world. It endeavors to safeguard and protect the interests of the Muslim world in the spirit of promoting international peace and harmony among various people of the world.
It was established upon a decision of the historical Summit which took place in Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco on 12th Rajab 1389 Hijra (25 September 1969) following the criminal arson of Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem.
In 1970 the first-ever meeting of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Minister (ICFM) was held in Jeddah which decided to establish a permanent secretariat in Jeddah headed by the organization’s secretary-general. Dr. Yousef Ahmed Al-Othaimeen is the 11th Secretary-General who assumed the office on November 2016.
The first OIC Charter was adopted by the 3rd ICFM Session held in 1972. The Charter laid down the objectives and principles of the organization and fundamental purposes to strengthen the solidarity and cooperation among the Member States. Over the last 40 years, the membership has grown from its founding members of 30 to 57 states. The Charter was amended to keep pace with the developments that have unraveled across the world. The present Charter of the OIC was adopted by the Eleventh Islamic Summit held in Dakar on 13-14 March 2008 to become the pillar of the OIC future Islamic action in line with the requirements of the 21st century.
About 2022 Summit
The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is the second largest inter-governmental organization with a membership of 57 states spread over four continents. The OIC organizes the Islamic summit, which is the largest meeting, attended by the Rulers and the Heads of State and Government of its member states.
The Islamic Summit takes policy decisions and provides guidance on all issues pertaining to the realization of its objectives as provided for the OIC Charter and consider other issues of concern to the Member States and the Ummah. This meeting is held once every three (3) years.