A total of 10 representatives from 7 central banks and monetary authorities of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member countries, and SESRIC, attended the Meeting. SESRIC and Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) organised the First Interim Meeting of the Working Group on Liquidity Management in Islamic Finance.The Meeting was held on 20 December 2012 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, under the hospitality of BNM. Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) organised training on “Fiber Technology: Contamination” at the New Cotton Company of Togo (NSCT) in Atakpamé, Togo, on 20-22 December 2012.Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) was represented in the 2nd Railway Seminar – Closing Ceremony of the Railway Operation in ECVET (RAILVET) Project in Ankara, Turkey on 5-6 December 2012 by Mr. The Fifth ECO High Level Expert Group Meeting was held on 4-5 December 2012 in Ankara, Turkey, hosted by the Turkish Statistical Institute (Turk Stat). The Forum was held on the theme “Changing Trends, New Opportunities”.The meeting was attended by the delegates from National Statistical Offices (NSO) from 6 ECO Countries including Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Turkey and the representatives of the Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) and Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA). The Eight WIEF discussed the changing dynamics in global business today after the Arab uprisings and Eurozone crisis which left many doors open to new business opportunities elsewhere across the globe.A group of eight master trainers from different vocational schools of the Republic of Senegal received training at the Centre for Art and Vocational Training Courses of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (İSMEK) under SESRIC’s İSMEK Master Trainer Programme (İMTP) with the support of Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TİKA) on 26 November-4 December 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey.The Fourth Meeting of the Monitoring and Advisory Committee (MAC) of the Vocational Education and Training Programme for OIC Member Countries (OIC-VET) was held on 26-28 November in Yaoundé, Republic of Cameroon.
The Centre organised training course on “Income and Consumption” at the Qatar Statistics Authority (QSA), on 19-20 December 2012. Fidaa Abtli, an expert from the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) and was attended by relevant staff members of the Qatar Statistics Authority (QSA).The 34th Meeting of the Executive Committe and the 26th Meeting of the General Assembly of the Organization of the Islamic Shipowners’ Association (OISA) was held on 21 November 2012 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Under the framework of a German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) project on “Support to Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS)’ Study Visits to Strengthen the Process of Establishing a Training Centre for PBS”, a delegation of 7 participants from the Islamic Republic of Pakistan paid a study visit to SESRIC. Munir Ahmad Aslam, Director General of PBS, and accompanied by Dr. Marcus Delacor, Managing Director of euphorum Gmb H, implementing agency of the study visit.The delegates from various national shipping and transportation authorities of Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sudan and Turkey as well as the representatives of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Islamic Development Bank (IDB), Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation of Islamic Countries (COMCEC), Islamic Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (ICCIA), International Islamic Organization for Education, Science and Culture. As the Government of Pakistan decided to establish a statistical training centre to satisfy the demand for capacities in the field of statistics, the focus of the study visit was to gain a better understanding on the statistical training activities of SESRIC implemented under the Statistical Capacity Building (Stat Ca B) initiative and impact of Stat Ca B trainings at large.The meeting was hosted by Ministry of Employment and Professional and Technical Training (MINEFOP) and was attended by the delegations of the National Focal Points (NFPs) of the OIC Member States, namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Comoros, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Iran, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo and Turkey.
The representatives of the concerned OIC institutions, namely IDB, ICYEN, IUT and SESRIC, and OIC-VET partners, namely ISMEK, ISGUM, MUSIAD, TOBB and ISKUR were also present in the meeting. Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) organised a training programme on “Macroeconomic Modelling” at the National Bank of Kazakhstan on 21-22 November 2012, within the framework of OIC Central Banks Capacity Building Programme. Hüseyin Çağrı Akkoyun, expert of the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey, and attended by relevant members of the National Bank of Kazakhstan.Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) organised a training programme on “Inflation Targeting” at the Central Bank of Republic of Azerbaijan on 19-21 December 2012, within the framework of OIC Central Banks Capacity Building Programme. Neslihan Kaya, expert of the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey with participation of relevant members of Central Bank of Republic of Azerbaijan.