By Nyima Bah
The OIC Gambia secretariat has inaugurated a stakeholder committee to coordinate ground works for the successful hosting of the Islamic summit next year.
The secretariat is mandated to mobilise resources, coordinate the implementation of projects and planning of events for the summit.
The two-day national convergence presided over by the vice president Dr Isatou Touray is realised out of the recognition by the OIC secretariat to shift focus on the summit planning itself after two years of intensive resource mobilisation and project implementations.
The event was designed to brainstorm on budget framework in providing preparatory efforts, and draw out a roadmap as well as adopt a comprehensive national budget towards planning the hosting of the second largest gathering of world leaders.
Addressing stakeholders at the event, VP Touray applauded the OIC secretariat’s efforts in mobilising funds that amount to 200 million dollars from external donors to implement infrastructural projects.
“Collectively, these development projects will not only boost commercial activities but also promise to improve our urban outlook and advance the standard of living, create employment and other regional competitors,” she said.
The chairperson of the OIC local organising committee, Binta Jammeh Sidibeh, said the convergence brought together all the local organising committee members in active preparations for hosting the 15th session of the OIC summit in 2022.
She disclosed that eight sub-committees including security, accommodation, events, logistics transport, documentation and media were established to assist in the successful hosting of the event.