The 19th Meeting of the COMCEC Poverty Alleviation Working Group (PAWG) was held on October 6th, 2022, in a virtual-only format with the theme of “Effective Social Assistance Provision and Socioeconomic Empowerment in the light of COVID-19 Pandemic”.

The representatives of 14 Member States, which have notified their focal points for the Poverty Alleviation Working Group, attended the Meeting. The meeting was further attended by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), OIC Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation (COMSTECH), Islamic Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (ICCIA), Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), The Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) and COMCEC Coordination Office (CCO).

The Representatives of the Member States and International Institutions have shared their experiences, achievements, and challenges to understand how social assistance programs can function more effectively in the face of increasing poverty problems with the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants also listened to the findings of the research report prepared specifically on the theme of the Meeting.

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