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2013-09-01

Workshop on 'Increasing FDI Flows to OIC Member Countries'

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The 28th Session of the Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (COMCEC), which was held in Istanbul in October 2012, decided on “Increasing Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Flows to OIC Member Countries” as the theme for the Exchange of Views at its 29th Session, which will be held in November 2013, and requested SESRIC, in collaboration with IDB and COMCEC Coordination Office (CCO), to organize a workshop on this theme and submit its report to the next COMCEC session.
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2013-08-26

Africa: Chinese Dream Resonates African Dream - Former UN Official

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A former senior UN official said recently that the "Chinese dream" proposed by President Xi Jinping resonates with the dream of Africa as China and Africa can achieve common development through common efforts. Asha-Rose Migiro, a Former UN Deputy Secretary General, made the remarks in her keynote speech at a conference held at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania.
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2013-08-26

Southern Africa: Mozambique President Assures Conditions to Increase Trade Rate Among Countries

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Lilongwe — The Mozambican Head of State, Armando Guebuza, Saturday in Lilongwe, Malawi, said there are significant improvements in the conditions for increasing the levels of trade among the countries of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), as a result of the significant progress recorded in the removal of tariff and nontariff barriers.
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2013-08-26

Grading the economies of the Middle East

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This year's Arab World Competitiveness Report, released in May by the World Economic Forum in partnership with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, comes at a pivotal time for the MENA region, as some countries grapple with the impact of the Arab Spring and the often chaotic struggle for democracy, while others, namely in the Persian Gulf, maintained or improved on their status as some of the world's most competitive nations. The report builds on data from the WEF's 2012-13 Global Competitiveness Report and Global Competitiveness Index, released last September.
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2013-08-25

ICRIC Halal Seminar

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ICRIC Halal Seminar was held on 21st of August 2013 by the Islamic Chamber Research and Information Center (ICRIC) and the Association for Development, Promotion, Production and Trade of Halal Products, at the Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines, and Agriculture. The emphasis of this Seminar was put on the importance of policy making, planning, regulating and management for expansion and promotion of Halal Trade. Government Officials, Trade and Financial Associations, and a number of commercial Counselors and Ambassadors in Iran participated in the event.
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2013-08-20

Muslim researchers and inventors are cordially invited to take part in “27th Khwarizmi International Award”

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Islamic Chamber Research and Information Center (ICRIC) affiliated to the Islamic Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (ICCIA) supports research projects in the field of Islamic economy. It is clear that technological innovations are essential for the economic development of a country. In this respect, an emphasis may be put on the ideas, research and inventions which duly address the needs of industrial and agricultural sectors of Islamic countries and an important role may be defined for the transfer of technology in aforementioned sectors.
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2013-08-19

WTO, World Bank to develop services trade database

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The WTO and the World Bank have agreed to jointly develop and maintain a database on trade in services, an area that is becoming increasingly important and yet for which little information is publicly available. The joint database covers various sectors in more than 100 countries, such as financial, transportation, tourism, retail, telecommunications, and business services, including law and accounting.
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2013-08-19

Uganda: FAO mapping technologies help fill gaps in forest data

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FAO recently introduced new mapping technologies in Uganda that will help the country generate better, more useful forestry statistics and land cover maps. Forests and forest products are important to the livelihoods of many communities in Uganda. The new tools and information will help the government monitor national forest resources and make informed decisions regarding long-term forestry and investment policies, as well as avoid unintended forest conversion and the degradation of the productive and protective functions of forests.
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2013-08-19

Indonesia paves the way for ATA System implementation

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As part of Indonesia’s move towards globalization, Indonesian Customs, jointly with ICC Indonesia and the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is preparing the implementation of the ATA System in Indonesia. They aim to announce Indonesia’s ratification of the Convention on the temporary admission of goods (the so-called Istanbul Convention) at the World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference, being held in Bali in December, as well as to implement the ATA Carnet System for the temporary duty and tax-free import and export of goods in Indonesia in early 2014.
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2013-08-19

Tobacco Questions for Surveys (TQS) Conference

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The TQS Conference “A subset of Key Questions from the Global Adult Tobacco Survey” will be organized under the auspices of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Geneva, Switzerland on 12-13 August 2013. TQS was developed to harmonize and standardize the monitoring of key tobacco control indicators outlined in WHO MPOWER.
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