Abidjan (IINA) � Director General of the International Islamic News Agency (IINA) Issa Khaireh Robleh is taking part in the 44th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which began Monday in Abidjan, CAte d'Ivoire.
During his stay in Abidjan, Robleh will hold a number of meetings with the Ivorian political and religious authorities and directors of official media institutions in the West Africa nation.
IINA, an OIC specialized media organ, is based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It was established pursuant to the resolution of the 3rd OIC Conference of Foreign Ministers held in Jeddah in March 1972, in implementation of the resolution of the 2nd Conference of OIC Foreign Ministers held in Karachi, Pakistan, in 1970.
IINA aims to strengthen relations among OIC member states, enhance professional ties and technical cooperation between news agencies in the Islamic countries. It also works for the greater understanding of political, economic and social issues by Muslim peoples and the unity of Islamic world's goals, as well as promoting and defending the Islamic issues.
The Agency further seeks to familiarize people with the activities of the OIC and its subsidiary organs.
IINA is implementing a restructuring study conducted by the leading consultancy firm Waterhouse Coopers in 2008, with funding from the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Group. The restructuring process was endorsed by the 8th Islamic Conference of Information Ministers held in Rabat, Morocco, in January 2009.
The Agency is currently undertaking extensive reforms, including the renovation of its headquarters and the establishment of a media training center.
Since its inception in 1972, IINA has been led by five directors general, namely: Issa Khaireh Robleh of Djibouti, the current director general; Ali Ahmed Al-Ghamdi of Saudi Arabia, who was appointed acting director general replacing Ali Erdem Kok of Turkey; Abdul Wahab Mohammed Kashif of Saudi Arabia; and Safdar Ali Qureshi of Pakistan.
Source: International Islamic News Agency