Permanent Secretary (Higher Education) at the Ministry of Education Dr Haji Azman bin Ahmad as the Secretary-General of the National Commission of Brunei Darussalam for the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) attended the 43rd session of the Executive Council of ICESCO at the ICESCO headquarters in Rabat, Morocco from December 23 to 24.
Executive Council of ICESCO convenes yearly and was attended by representatives from 46 out of 55 ICESCO member states to deliberate and review policies, activities and recommendations of ICESCO in education, science and culture as well as communication and information.
The session began with addresses by Director-General of ICESCO Dr Salim M AlMalik, Egypt’s Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Dr Mohamed Ayman Ashour as President of the General Conference of ICESCO, Secretary-General of the National Commission of Palestine Dr Dawas Tayseer Dawas as Chairman of the Executive Council of ICESCO.
Dr AlMalik announced the official accession of Lebanon as the 55th member state of the organisation.
The executive council discussed 14 agendas including periodic reports and legal matters as well as presentations of ICESCO’s Young Professional Programme and its Governance System.
The executive council also saw a presentation of a new initiative where national commissions were called to take a proactive role in achieving ICESCO objectives.
Prior to attending the executive council, Dr Haji Azman also attended the First Consultative Meeting on ‘Strategic Indicators for Development in the Islamic World: The Global Knowledge Index as a Model’ from December 21 to 22.
The meeting was organised by ICESCO in partnership with Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation (MBRF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The meeting discussed innovative ideas and proposals to develop practical initiatives that will contribute to the improvement of knowledge economy and explored the Global Knowledge Index to measure the knowledge performance of the Islamic world and to deliberate on its relevant transformations and challenges.
The meeting also included a visit to the International Exhibition and Museum of the Prophet’s Seerah and Islamic Civilization.