The Fourth Islamic Summit Conference held in Casablanca, Kingdom of Morocco, in 1984 elected the President of the Republic of Turkey as the Permanent Chairman of the COMCEC. Since then, COMCEC convenes annually at the ministerial level in İstanbul, Turkey under the Chairmanship of the President of the Republic of Turkey. The Chairman of the COMCEC directs the General Assembly of the COMCEC and gives guidance to the cooperation efforts under the COMCEC with a view to ensure effective functioning of the COMCEC.

H.E. Recep Tayyip ERDOĞAN is the President of the Republic of Turkey and the Chairman of the COMCEC.

According to Article 9 of the Statute and the Rules of the Procedures of the COMCEC, the roles and responsibilities given to the Chairman of the COMCEC are as follows:

  • The Chairman shall oversee the proper functioning of the COMCEC and takes necessary legal, institutional and organizational actions to enhance its effectiveness.
  • The Chairman shall submit regular progress reports to the Islamic Summit.
  • The Chairman shall call for convening of Special Session of the COMCEC or COMCEC Summit where he deems necessary.
  • The Chairman may request the CCO to draft framework documents and programs for cooperation under the COMCEC.