Jeddah: The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Dr. Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen stated that “the General Secretariat has harnessed it available capabilities to overcome the current obstacles caused by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), while observing the principle of social distancing”.
The Secretary General said that the OIC continues to work remotely following the outbreak of the pandemic, taking advantage of the preparedness of infrastructure and electronic facilities. The officials and staff members of the General Secretariat are now connected with each other through links between the headquarters and their homes on the one hand, and with the OIC Offices in New York, Geneva and Brussels and other offices on the other.
The Secretary General confirmed that the OIC would hold a virtual meeting for the OIC Steering Committee on Health, to be chaired by the United Arab Emirates, Chair of the Seventh Session of the Islamic Conference of Health Ministers, on Thursday, April 9, 2020.
Furthermore, the Secretary General added that the upcoming meeting would provide an opportunity to consult and exchange experiences and information, and to enhance the capabilities of Member States in dealing with this novel pandemic
Al-Othaimeen indicated that this meeting would demonstrate the readiness of the OIC to resume its meetings and work online, in order to coordinate efforts of Member States to confront COVID-19.