Qatar Chamber Chairman Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim al Thani led the chamber’s delegation participating in the 32nd meeting of the board of directors of the Islamic Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (ICCIA) held from December 17-18 in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.
The delegation also included QC board members Mohamed bin Jawhar Al Mohamed and Abdulrahman bin Abduljaleel Al Abdulghani.
The meeting’s agenda covered many topics including reviewing the objectives of the ICCIA’s General Secretariat for the year 2022, and the investment forums which will be held during 2022 and 2023, as well as the schedule of meetings of the Islamic Chamber for the year 2022.
The meeting approved Qatar’s hosting of the ICCIA’s General Assembly Meeting in 2023. Sheikh Khalifa was re-elected as First Vice-President of the Islamic chamber for the period from 2021 to 2025.
On that occasion, Sheikh Khalifa asserted the ICCIA’s important role in strengthening commercial cooperation between member countries in the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, underscoring the importance of economic blocs in promoting investments and joint businesses between member countries, especially in view of recent world developments.
HE stressed the Qatar Chamber’s support for the cooperation between all the member chambers at the Islamic Chamber with the aim to facilitate the exchange of goods and services and revitalize trade exchange between member countries to reach the common Islamic market.
The meeting also included a workshop on halal businesses in the world, an exhibition of productive families and handicrafts, a presentation of investment opportunities in Indonesia, as well as bilateral meetings between business owners.
It is worth mentioning that ICCIA is an affiliated institution of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and is the sole represents the private sector of 57 Member Islamic Countries.
It aims at strengthening closer collaboration in the field of trade, commerce, information technology, insurance/reinsurance, shipping, banking, promotion of investment opportunities and joint ventures in the Member countries.
It also aims at supporting cooperation among the business sector in the countries of the organisation through diversifying commercial products among themselves in order to achieve economic integration and economic and social development therein.
ICCIA also seeks to achieve the development of industrial and agricultural products in the countries of the Islamic world and promotion of the concept of quality and competitiveness through the issuance of certificates of quality relating to the methods of enterprises management and the quality and characteristics of products in accordance with the standards and criteria adopted by the chamber in accordance with the provisions of these statutes.
It also aims to promote the identification of nutritive products that conform to Islamic Shari’ah (halal) and approving them, including the preparation of standards for guidance, standards for issuing certificates of conformity of the nutritive product with the rulings of Islamic Shari’ah (halal) and the trademark distinguishing the certification of halal issued by the ICCIA.
It also aims for accrediting the agencies that issue such certificates and licensing the use of the aforementioned trademark, and increasing the volume of inter-state trade of the products bearing the trademark distinguishing the halal certification.