Baku, 28 June 2022 (TDI): Pakistan Embassy in Azerbaijan tweeted that the Federal Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination (IPC) of Pakistan, Ehsan Ur Rehman Mazari participated in the 11th Islamic Conference of Tourism Ministers (ICTM).

The 11th Session of the ICTM is being held in Baku from 28-29 June 2022. The Republic of Azerbaijan is hosting the 11th session of the ICTM in Baku under the umbrella of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) having the theme “Role of Local Communities in Tourism Development’’.

Further, 160 Representatives from 39 countries, including the Secretary-General OIC, Hissein Brahim Taha, participated in the conference.

In addition to this, the session will focus on advancing the “Roadmap for the Development of Tourism in the OIC Member States.”

Islamic Conference of Tourism Ministers

Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has also emphasized the role of the private sector in the development of tourism in the OIC Member States.

They stated that they need to open the doors to the private sector to promote tourism in the OIC Member States.

Every year, one Islamic country holds the ICTM, where Ministers from the respective country talk about promoting Islamic tourism in the OIC region.

The first ICTM session was held in the Islamic Republic of Iran in Oct 2001. Then in Malaysia, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the Republic of Senegal.

As well as, Azerbaijan, Syrian Arab Republic, Iran, Gambia, Indonesia, Republic of Niger, and 10th in Bangladesh, subsequently.

Also, the goal of this conference is to find new ways on promoting Islamic tourism and highlight the restrictions.

Additionally, the recent surveys show that, compared to 2019, the OIC countries hosted 73% fewer international tourists. The earnings were 64% less in 2020.

Organization of Islamic Cooperation

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is an alliance of currently 56 countries in which Islam plays a significant role.

The Observer States include a few countries with sizable Muslim populations, such as Russia and Thailand. In conclusion, Pakistan joined the OIC in 1969 and Azerbaijan in 1992. Pakistan has a total of 98.4 % Muslim population and Azerbaijan 96.9 %.