NIGERIA-THE ORGANISATION OF ISLAMIC COUNTRIES (OIC) RELATIONS

Nigeria continued to be an active member of the OIC. The country supported the organisations' mediation role in the recent crises in Somalia, Sudan (Darfur), Guinea Bissau and Mali, among others. The HMOSI participated in the Annual Coordinating Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of member States in New York on 23rd September, 2011 at which issues of international peace and security, disarmament and combating international terrorism, the role of OIC in mediation and conflict resolutions as well as humanitarian matters were discussed. In addition, the HMOS I led a Nigerian delegation to the 27th Ministerial  Session of the Standing Committee of the Economic and Commercial Cooperation (COMCEC) of the organisation, which took place in Istanbul, Turkey from 17 - 20th October 2011.

        At the extra-African level, Nigeria has sought to re-focusthe OIC towards conflict resolution and prevention in countries such as Afghanistan, Arab I Israel, Armenia/ Azerbaijan, Northern Cyprus, Pakistani India, among others.This re-focusing has also manifested itself in the economic institutions of the OIC such as the Islamic Development Bank (IDB). Nigeria's subscribed share in the Bank has reached 7.7%, thereby making it the largest African shareholder after Libya and Egypt. This has provided needed leadership for African members, while' energizing Nigeria's diplomacy among non-African Member States of the Organisation. At the same time, the IDB has shown significant interest in supporting President Goodluck Jonathan's Transformation Agenda. This is evident from the outcome of the lDB Business Forum held in Abuja, Nigeria on 15 March 2012 and the commitment of $98million for the modernization of the Almajiri and Tsangaya Schools through the IDB Bilingual Education Programme (BEP), as well as participation in the construction of Zungeru Dam and other infrastructure projects in the transport and telecoms sectors.

Vice President Namadi Sambo, was Guest of Honour at the'last lDB Annual Board of Governors Meeting held in Khartoum, Sudan from 3 - 4 April 2012. He delivered a Keynote Address during the review of the implementation of the Special Programme for Development of Africa in the wake of the on-going preparations for the elaboration of the second phase of the Programme, which runs its full course at the end of 2012.

The OIC has also designated Nigeria as one of its centers of excellence under its Cotonou Action Plan for such activities as farm inputs, micro-finance and agro-food processing. The IDB is also financing the Trans-Saharan Road project connecting Tunis to Lagos.

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