Following the message of H.E. Recep Tayyip ERDOĞAN, H.E. Lütfi
ELVAN, the Minister of Development of the Republic of Turkey, addressed
H.E. ELVAN stated that the target of reaching 20 percent intra-OIC trade
in 2015 as set by the previous OIC Ten-Year Plan of Action was achieved and
even surpassed in 2015. However, the fluctuations in oil prices also had a role
in this achievement.
On the other hand, H.E. ELVAN stated that the share of the OIC Member
Countries in the world trade showed recently a serious decline. OIC Member
Countries had approximately 12 percent share in the world trade in 2012 but
this has dropped to 9.5 percent in 2015. H.E. ELVAN underlined that this
decrease should be considered as an important forewarning for the Member
H.E. ELVAN underlined that the decline in oil prices necessitates the
economic reforms towards reducing the dependence on the exports of limited
number of commodities in the OIC Member Countries. In this regard, the
Member Countries should continue their endeavours towards producing and
exporting manufactured products and high-tech products in the long run.
H.E. ELVAN highlighted the organization of Working Group Meetings
and implementation of projects within the framework of COMCEC Strategy.
He stressed that the Working Group Meetings in six cooperation areas are
suitable platforms for the experts to conduct high level technical debates and to
produce crucial documents like the COMCEC Muslim Friendly Tourism
(MFT) Guideline. He emphasized the importance of these Meetings for sharing
experiences and best practices and approximating policies among the Member
Countries in the long term. He also appreciated the successful implementation
of the 31 projects by the member countries and the OIC institutions since 2013.
He added that 15 more projects are being implemented with more than 45
beneficiary member countries in 2017.
H.E. ELVAN emphasized the importance of well-running transport
corridors as they increase mobility, interconnectivity and bring new investment
opportunities. Accordingly, transport corridors enhance access to goods,
services and facilitate employment. He expressed that designation of
“Improving Transnational Transport Corridors among the OIC Member
Countries” as the theme of exchange of views session of the next COMCEC
Ministerial Meeting is highly pertinent.