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Standing Committee on Information and Cultural Affairs (COMIAC)
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.
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 Islamic Conference resolutions on the Arab-Israeli conflict in view of the fundamental connection between the Al-Quds question and the conflict.
Standing Committee on Economic and Commercial Cooperation (COMCEC)
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.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.
Islamic Committee for Economic, Cultural and Social Affairs
This committee was established in January 1977 pursuant to resolution 6/7 (IS) adopted by 7th Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers held in Istanbul, Turkey, in May 1976. This committee performs the function of a unified general assembly of the OIC subsidiary bodies. It studies the work programmes in the economic, cultural and social spheres of the General Secretariat and its subsidiary bodies. It also prepares the recommendations and proposals which it presents to the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers; studies and ensures the follow up the implementation of resolutions adopted by the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers on cultural, economic and social fields. It also prepares, executes and follows-up economic, cultural and social cooperation programmes among Member States; and analyses economic, cultural and social issues intended for presentation by Member States to the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers.
Permanent Finance Committee
This Committee was established pursuant to article 7, paragraph 3 of the Charter of the Organization of the Islamic Conference. Members of the Committee are representatives of all Member States in the organization of the Islamic Conference. This Committee assists the Secretary-General to prepare and control budgets in accordance with the rules adopted by the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers.
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