NUR-SULTAN, September 9, 2019 - A briefing was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the participation of representatives from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Islamic Organization for Food Security (IOFS), dedicated to the outcomes of the 2nd session of the IOFS.
During the event, Vice Minister of Agriculture, Gulmira Issayeva, stated that the procedures related to the institutionalization of the Organization have been completed. To date, 34 countries from 56 member countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation have joined the IOFS.
A further strategic vision of the Organization’s activities was developed, priorities were identified and documents related to its further institutional development were designed.
IOFS Director-General, Yerlan Baidaulet, in turn, noted that 16 resolutions were unanimously adopted, covering significant institutional issues. One of the IOFS’s proposed initiatives was the creation of a database on food security of OIC member states.
Additionally, the budget was considered and the procedural and financial rules and the principles of personnel management were approved. Furthermore, the 5-year IOFS action plan and the 3-year investment program in agriculture was adopted, as well as the new IOFS logo being approved. A scale of assessments was also adopted, calculated for 34 IOFS member countries.
At the 2nd session of the General Assembly, the IOFS’s efforts were also concentrated on commonly faced problems, given the possibility of their solution within the organization itself, due to the resources and capacity available in the IOFS member countries.
Ms Issaeyva stated that in context to the global agri-food trade, grain plays an increasingly important role in ensuring food security, especially in regions dependent on imports.
The countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation account for about 20-25% of world grain imports and 70% of flour annually. According to the expert community, the population of Islamic countries by 2050 will be about 3 billion people - about a third of the total globe’s population. Therefore, given the rapid population growth in Islamic countries, the dynamics of consumption and, accordingly, imports of grain and flour by OIC member countries, will only increase.
Based on this, the Kazakh delegation to the IOFS General Assembly initiated the process of creating the Grain Fund, which will help meet the needs of the IOFS member states to ensure a phased increase in the mutual trade in grain crops produced in the Member States.
Ambassador-at-Large of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, Kairat Lama Sharif, noted that in the final document adopted by the IOFS General Assembly, the participants praised the role of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Elbasy Nursultan Nazarbayev, in ensuring food security in the Muslim world.
Participants of the General Assembly also emphasized that the launch of the IOFS, established at the initiative of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Elbasy Nursultan Nazarbayev, whose headquarters are located in Nur-Sultan, will positively impact the development of the agricultural sector of the OIC countries and create favorable conditions for infrastructural integration and attraction of investment and food exports to Muslim countries.
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