1st Meeting of the COMCEC Poverty Working Group

The First Meeting of the COMCEC Poverty Alleviation Working Group was held on June 27th, 2013 in Ankara, Turkey with the theme of “Enhancing Productive Capacity of the Poor in the COMCEC Member Countries: Improving Human Capital”.

The Meeting was attended by the representatives of 13 Member States, which have notified their focal points for the Poverty Alleviation Working Group namely, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Benin, Cameroon, Egypt, Gambia, Indonesia, Jordan, Niger, Oman, Pakistan, Suriname and Turkey. Representatives of the COMCEC Coordination Office, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Turkey, SESRIC, Islamic Development Bank (IDB), the Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (IHH) and some other guests have also attended the Meeting.

The Representatives of the Member States have shared their experiences in enhancing the productive capacity of the poor particularly through improving human capital. The Meeting has considered the Studies entitled “Enhancing Productive Capacity of the Poor in the COMCEC Member Countries: Improving Human Capital” commissioned by the COMCEC Coordination Office to the UNDP Turkey and the “COMCEC Poverty Outlook 2013” prepared by the COMCEC Coordination Office.

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