OIC SUMMIT ON SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Nursultan Nazarbayev proposed to create an informal community that will unite the 15 leading OIC (Organization of Islamic Cooperation) countries. According to the President, it can work in the format of the "Big Twenty". The participating countries will be able to exchange the latest achievements in various fields. Nursultan Nazarbayev proposed such initiative in the first summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation on Science and Technology, which brought together 15 heads of state and government in Astana, as well as more than 80 foreign delegations. The main goal of the meeting is the development of cooperation between the OIC member countries in the field of innovations. At present, the organization includes 57 countries with a population of one and a half billion people.
NURSULTAN NAZARBAYEV, PRESIDENT OF KAZAKHSTAN:
- We must develop relations between Muslims and representatives of other religions, and therefore we should hold such forums regularly. Such meetings bring the Islamic world closer to the West. In my opinion, we must abandon such stereotypes that lead to misunderstanding. We are ready to share Kazakhstan's experience in preserving interethnic and interfaith harmony. As you know, there are a lot of ethnic groups in our country, and we live in peace and friendship. We hold the Congresses of leaders of world and traditional religions. Representatives of different confessions meet there.
Science can develop dynamically only in peaceful countries, experts highlighted. The OIC Secretary General noted that Kazakhstan has great authority in the Islamic world and thanks to this a truly historic summit took place.
YOUSEF BIN AHMAD AL-OTHAIMEEN, OIC SECRETARY GENERAL:
- It can be said with certainty that this is a historic event, when representatives of 57 Islamic countries come to discuss topical issues in science and technology. I hope that we will be able to discover new facets of this great religion. Unfortunately, terrorist organizations undermine the image of Islam in the world. I would like to emphasize that today's meeting in such a large representation became possible due to the authority of the President of Kazakhstan.
The establishment of a unified information base of scientists from Islamic countries was proposed at the summit in Astana. This will allow people of science to find and cooperate with colleagues who have similar ideas. The base will also warn against duplication of scientific research. The Astana Declaration, the final political document, was also adopted as part of the event. Another important document is the program for development of science, technology and innovation until 2026.