Over the last four decades, SESRIC, as a subsidiary organ of the OIC, has demonstrated its ability to successfully fulfil its mandate, which was entrusted to it 40 years ago. The Centre has accumulated solid experience and successful achievements in all three areas of its mandate; i.e., statistics, research and training.
In accordance with its statutory mandate and in line with global and regional developments and challenges, the Centre has, over the last four decades, introduced various measures and methodologies and launched new approaches and programmes to strengthen its role in contributing to the efforts of the OIC and its member countries to address the challenges facing them in their development efforts.
The Centre is now considered as one of the important subsidiary organs of OIC in charge of promoting socio-economic development in the context of advancing intra-OIC cooperation in the relevant areas of its mandate.
At its 40th year of service, I believe that SESRIC must identify and address the challenges and gaps that persist while maintaining the positive momentum that has been built over the past 40 years. There is still a room for SESRIC to undertake more results-oriented activities and well-coordinated actions and interventions to meet the needs of the member countries in the areas of statistics, economic and social research and training and technical cooperation.
As the main statistical and information bank on and for the OIC member countries, we will strengthen our capacities to collect and disseminate high quality statistics on and for our member countries in order for them to be better informed on each other’s potentials and needs and, thus, facilitate their cooperation in various fields and through different modalities.
As the main socio-economic research body of the OIC, we will improve the quality of our policy-oriented research, particularly our regular background reports and studies which we submit to relevant OIC fora, especially to the various OIC sectoral ministerial conferences.
In this area, we will continue our efforts to enrich SESRIC’s contribution to the OIC policy dialogue mechanism through analysing the current situation at the OIC level and suggesting the appropriate policy actions that need to be taken in order to address the challenges and strengthen the intra-Islamic cooperation in the relevant areas.
In the meanwhile, we will strive to strengthen our role in enhancing south-south cooperation within the OIC community through increasing the quality and impact of our capacity building programs in various socio-economic areas and fields of immediate interest to our member countries.
We will diversify our modalities and approaches to facilitate the transfer and exchange of knowledge, know-how and experiences among our member countries through more effective partnership and cooperation with relevant OIC, national, and international institutions while ensuring a balanced geographical distribution of our services.
Overall, it is now the time for SESRIC to follow a more focused and results-oriented approach in the implementation of its activities and target outcomes where cooperation can generate the greatest impact. For this to happen, SESRIC would have to move from scattered to targeted interventions and from activity-based to results-oriented interventions.
In this context, I would like to assure you that SESRIC will continue to introduce and implement a wide-range of new activities and programmes in its mandate areas (statistics, economic and social research and training) with a view to strengthening its role in the joint efforts towards the realisation of the noble objectives of the OIC, particularly enhancing cooperation, unity and solidarity and ensuring sustainable development, progress and prosperity of our member countries and the Islamic Ummah at large.
We will continue to keep you informed about the new initiatives, programmes and activities of SESRIC through our website and welcome all your constructive comments and suggestions for a more user-friendly SESRIC website.