November 22, 2011

Constituent congress of ‘Organization of Islamic Cooperation Countries – Network of Young Businesspersons’ starts in Baku

Constituent congress of ‘Organization of Islamic Cooperation Countries – Network of Young Businesspersons’ organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, Islamic Conference Youth Forum for Dialogue and Cooperation (ICYF-DC) and the Azerbaijani Government started in Baku, November 22.

Held at the International Mugham Center, the event brings together nearly 150 delegates from unions of young businesspersons from OIC member countries, including young innovators living in non-member states.

Opening the congress, ICYF-DC Secretary General Elshad Isgandarov congratulated participants. Noting the importance of the event, he appreciated the establishment of the Network of Young Businesspersons. Functioning as a platform for joint activity for young businesspersons in OIC countries, the Network will contribute to the exchange of information in the field of business, stimulating the business activities backing the economic development, also exchange of innovative ideas and experiences on the global level.

Leyla Aliyeva delivered a speech at the event.

ICYF-DC Secretary General Elshad Isgandarov expressed thanks to Heydar Aliyev Foundation for the support to holding the congress. He mentioned involving the youth in the international networking process, changing the gifted youth into promoters of national culture in a wider geography is a priority to the government of Azerbaijan.

A congratulatory letter of OIC Secretary General Ekmaladdin Ihsanoglu was read out at the event.

UN Resident-Coordinator in Azerbaijan Fikret Akchura, President of the Ibrahim Associates Company Ibrahim Azeem and Qatar’s Ambassador to Azerbaijan Sheikh Mubarak Bin Fahd Jasim Al-Thani highly valued Azerbaijan’s initiatives for cooperation and joint activity with international organizations and Muslim countries on the basis of the democratic principles.

Congratulations from Muslim young businesspersons working in big cities of Europe were delivered via video connection.

Speakers informed of the congress agenda, key topics, participation of youth in panels and economic diversification.

Award ‘10 Young Muslims Able To Change The World’ initiated by Mrs Leyla Aliyeva to encourage young and creative businesspersons in OIC member countries was presented to a group of youth having achieved significant successes in the sphere of business, art, sports and environmental protection.

Symbolic signing ceremony was held in the event in connection with the establishment of ‘Organization of Islamic Cooperation Countries – Network of Young Businesspersons’.

The event went on in sectional sittings.

The congress will be closed November 23.