The Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation (COMCEC) of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) held a technical workshop in Iran. The theme of the event was the role of community-based rehabilitation and poverty alleviation enriched with comparative studies from Iran, Indonesia and Malaysia.
The workshop was attended by Dr. Meydari, Deputy Minister for Social Welfare of the Ministry of Cooperatives, Labour and Social Welfare, Dr. Kardooni, DG of Bureau of Social Vulnerabilities and the members of COMCEC poverty alleviation taskforce.
COMCEC is a technical standing committees of the OIC established in 1981 with membership of 57 countries. The first meeting of the committee was held in Nov. 1984 in Istanbul and the President of Turkey was appointed as Chairman of the committee. In fact, COMCEC is tasked with follow-up and implementation of OIC economic approvals and setting up required mechanisms, institutions and arrangements for reinforcing economic and trade cooperation among Islamic countries.
Poverty alleviation is one of the key discussions among COMCEC agenda items, the strategies of which have been defined during six meetings. In the same context, the first COMCEC working group on poverty issues was held in the 29th COMCEC meeting and Iran was selected as the focal point.
During the 5th meeting of the working group on Feb. 26, 2015 on policies for activating the poor in the OIC Member States, the project of Iran on poverty alleviation has been agreed.
The above project entitled “Role of Community-base Rehabilitation on Poverty Alleviation” is a comparative project presented in the international workshop in Iran.