On June 10, 2022, IOFS Executive Board members were assembled in the next biannual meeting to review the implementation of the IOFS strategic initiatives including the main 16 programs distinguished by 5 pillars. The IOFS secretariat provided a resourceful report on the status of each program and its impact on Member states and the public.
Following the recitation of verses from the Holy Quran, IOFS Director-General HE Yerlan A. Baidaulet presented the report of the IOFS Secretariat and incremental activities of the OIC food security agenda for the period covering the date since the 8th EB Meeting (08 December 2021) till now. In line with the provisions of the Financial Regulations, the Executive Board reviewed the Report of the Financial Control Committee (FCC) of IOFS held on 31 March 2022 and the Financial Statements of IOFS for 2021 and approved the budget quotation for 2022, 2023, and 2024 for submission to the 5th IOFS General Assembly. Furthermore, the Board was invited to consider and approve the revised Financial Regulations since these revisions aim to foster effective and prudent management that can sustain the long-term success of the organization.
Additionally, the Executive Board reviewed the outcomes of the 17th Extraordinary Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers on the Situation in Afghanistan, held on 19 December 2021 in Islamabad, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, where IOFS was assigned with a special mandate to accomplish the Afghanistan Food Security Programs (AFSP) aiming at mitigating the negative consequences of the humanitarian crisis. The Director-General delivered the main achievements and plans for further implementation.
Aside from that, the Board considered activities devoted to the “IOFS Year of Africa” 2022 program including the recent IOFS event on Capacity Building for Farmers on Water Management in Agriculture and a Workshop on the Development of Databases on Agricultural Statistics, held on 16-19 May 2022 in Niamey, Republique of Niger, in partnership with the Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) and Women Development Organization (WDO). Considering the announced “IOFS Year of Africa” initiative, the Board has discussed holding the next IOFS 5th General Assembly in one of the African states and deliberated Draft Resolutions of the 5th General Assembly.
IOFS Director-General HE Yerlan A. Baidaulet delivered appreciation for the contribution and fruitful work of the Board during the three years serving period and invited members to deliver the statements on behalf of their esteemed states. It is worth pointing out that the statements will be treated as a valuable message to the composition of the next Board as an element of sustainable development of the IOFS.