MECCA: Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has outlined nine steps the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) must take to be relevant in its pursuit to uplift the Muslim community.
Among them are combating corruption, promoting good governance, and increasing transparency and accountability.
“Malaysia is making preparations to organise a forum on anti-corruption and enhancing integrity for OIC countries next year.
“I take this opportunity to invite OIC members to participate in that forum,” the Prime Minister said at the opening of the OIC's Third Extraordinary Summit here.
The two-day summit was opened by Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Abdulaziz.
Abdullah, who is OIC chairman, said a mechanism to enable OIC countries to respond quickly with financial and other assistance during natural disasters must be established urgently.
“Towards this end, Malaysia is prepared to host a meeting of interested OIC members to discuss the matter,” he said.
“Members must also undertake capacity building measures to enable all our peoples, particularly women, to realise their full potential, and seriously strengthen trade and economic linkages among ourselves to benefit more from the globalisation process and move into the mainstream of the global economy,” he said.
Abdullah said Malaysia had launched the capacity building programme for member countries.
“The main objective is to assist the less-developed OIC countries to eradicate poverty by enhancing their management capabilities, expertise and other necessary skills to achieve economic development,” he said.
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