More than 160 COMCEC Working Group Focal Points and National Focal Points from 37 member countries participated in the COMCEC Focal Points Meeting held online on September 19-20.

During the Meeting, the latest developments regarding the COMCEC Working Groups and COMCEC Project Support Programs have been shared with the focal points and the activities carried out under the COMCEC umbrella have been discussed with the focal points. Moreover, the COMCEC working group focal points convened on the basis of different sectors such as Trade, Financial Cooperation, Agriculture, Transport and Communication, Tourism, Poverty Alleviation and discussed the work to be carried out in the upcoming period and the working group themes and research topics for the period 2024-2026.

The significance of efficient coordination at the national level by the focal points of COMCEC related activities and the related country experiences and good practices were among the issues emphasized during the meeting. Furthermore, the meeting also reviewed the progress of the COMCEC Flagship Projects such as TPS-OIC, the OIC Arbitration Center and the OIC/COMCEC International Investment Fund, and emphasized the need for more contribution and participation of the countries represented by the focal points in these projects.

Lastly, a training session was conducted towards the focal points on the basic principles, procedures and methods regarding the preparation and submission of project proposals within the framework of the COMCEC Project Support Programs and the experiences of the project host countries in previous years were briefed to the participants by the relevant focal points.