Grand Closing Ceremony Marks the Successful Completion of Dhaka OIC Youth Capital 2020’s Journey

The Closing Ceremony of Dhaka OIC Youth Capital 2020 was held on Thursday 30 December 2021, at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium in Dhaka at a grand event attended by dignitaries, ministers, heads of states, and high-level delegates from the OIC region and the host country, Bangladesh.

Honorable President of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, His Excellency Md. Abdul Hamid virtually joined the Grand occasion as the Chief Guest from Bangabhaban. Chaired by the State Minister for the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Md. Zahid Ahsan Russel, the Closing Ceremony was conducted in a hybrid format. 

Honorable Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. A K Abdul Momen, Minister of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment of the Government of the Republic of Maldives, Ahmed Mahloof, Head of the Federal Agency for the Youth Affairs of the Russian Federation, Ksenia Razuvaeva, Minister of Youth Affairs of the Republic of Tatarstan of the Russian Federation, Timur Suleymanov, President of the Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF), Taha Ayhan, Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Youth and Sports, Abdullah Al Islam Jakob, Senior Secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Md. Akhter Hossain joined the occasion as Special Guests. 

Speaking as the Chief Guest, Honorable President of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh congratulated the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Bangladesh, the OIC and ICYF, and other organizing ministries, he said, “Bangladesh has been marching towards development since the last decade, the rise of the nation has been an example for others”.

The Champions from all competitions held under Dhaka OIC Youth Capital 2020 were announced at the event. The Winners from the national stage of the Sheikh Hasina Youth Volunteer Award 2020 were also announced and presented with the crests and certificates at the program. 

The Chair of the event, State Minister for the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Bangladesh, Md. Zahid Ahsan Russel thanked everyone involved, by saying “I sincerely thank the ICYF team for their great contributions and efforts” 

President of Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF), Taha Ayhan, during his speech, said, “Through Dhaka OIC Youth Capital, ICYF was able to address some of the problematic challenges facing the youth in Asia, investing in capacity building and empowerment all in line with Bangladesh‘s vision for the youth” 

ICYF presented the host country the “Most Diligent and Resilient Performance” award to Dhaka OIC Youth Capital 2020 in recognition of its efforts towards youth empowerment during the COVID-19 Pandemic. State Minister for Youth and Sports Md. Zahid Ahsan Russel received the award from ICYF President Taha Ayhan. The Minister of Youth and Sports of Bangladesh handed over the key to the next host city, Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan (RF).

ICYF President Taha Ayhan received the Key on behalf of the next Host Minister Timur Suleymanov. In his speech at the event in Dhaka, Honorable Suylemanov had the following to say “Despite the difficult epidemiological conditions, you managed to do such a bright reach and really interesting program”

Call for Applications for the Dhaka OIC Youth Capital OIC Knowledge Master Quiz Competition


The quest for knowledge is one of the most honorable journeys one can ever embark on. Dhaka OIC Youth Capital is inviting the youth to a quiz challenge geared to help young brilliant minds to showcase their talents and knowledge. Youths from the OIC Member States and representatives from Muslim communities of non-OIC Member States will put their thinking caps on and put their brains to the test in an attempt to mold smart and capable future leaders with excellent decision-making abilities, innovative ideas, necessary to construct a resilient and sustainable future for all for us all.

The OIC Knowledge Master quiz competition aims to bring the youth together to polish up their critical thinking skills and help them to develop a healthy and competitive mindset that will drive the Muslim ummah into a future full that is better for every one of us. You too can be a part of this global online, all the details, terms and conditions and more can be found at this link:  https://dhaka.oicyouthcapital.com/oic-knowledge-master/
See you at the competition.  

Call for Applications for the Dhaka OIC Youth Capital Film Contest

The Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF) is inviting applicants for the OIC Youth Capital Film Awards Festival organized under the “Dhaka OIC Youth Capital 2020” International Programme.

The contest aims to bring young filmmakers from Muslim communities from all around the world to promote parity and prosperity. For more information and application, please visit: https://dhaka.oicyouthcapital.com/p/dhaka-oic-youth-capital-film-awards/

Dhaka OIC Youth Capital 2020-21 – Bangabandhu Youth Art Competition

The Ministry of Cultural Affairs, the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, in association with the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are calling the youth to showcase their artistic talents in this installment of the ‘Dhaka OIC Youth Capital 2020-21 – Bangabandhu Youth Art Competition’. Applications run from the 1st – 31st of March 2021 and submissions can take any of the following forms:
– Contemporary Art
– Calligraphy
– Photography
– Graphic Design
For Applications, Queries, and More Information Please visit: https://dhaka.oicyouthcapital.com/bangabandhu-youth-art-competition

Call for Applications: Scout Conference for Sustainable Development

The OIC Youth Capital International Program’s aim is to provide a yearlong stage to foster cooperation among the Member States in the field of youth policy as well as enhancing Muslim youth solidarity, fostering inter-cultural diversity and the spirit of “unity” of youth from the OIC geography through different kinds of activities. In this regard , Dhaka OIC Youth Capital is calling upon the Muslim youth to showcase their skills and problem-solving abilities and the ‘Scout Conference for Sustainable Development” as they get to propose innovative solutions for the betterment of not only their countries but the OIC region as well.

For more information and application, visit: dhaka.oicyouthcapital.com/scout-conference-on-sustainable-development


Dhaka OIC Youth Capital 2020-21- Bangabandhu – Youth Art Competition

Bangladesh was announced as the “OIC Youth Capital 2020-21” marking a significant recognition for the leadership of Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her spirited Government in the youth sector. The Istanbul based Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF), an entity affiliated to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), made this declaration on 25 December 2019. The selection of Dhaka as the “OIC Youth Capital 2020-21” will play a significant role to reflect a positive brand image of Bangladesh globally specially among the youth. The convergence of the yearlong events with the grand celebration of the Birth Centenary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman has amplified its significance to a great extent.

Comprising to the youth of Bangladesh and the world, this event will showcase the spirit of Islam and youth and work to build peaceful collaboration among the youth generation. The year-long programs will contain different modes of youth and practices of living together and building the nest world together.

To celebrate the Dhaka OIC Youth Capital 2020, ten other elaborate mega events (Bangabandhu Global Youth Award, Bangabandhu Global Youth Award, OIC Knowledge Master, Bangabandhu Youth Art Competition, Bangabandhu-Dhaka International Debate Fest for the OIC Youth, Entrepreneurship, Skill & Employment Camp, Dhaka OIC Youth Capital Film Festival 2020-21, Scout Conference for Sustainable Development, Sheikh Hasina Youth Volunteer Award, The Holy Qur’an Recitation competition, Closing Ceremony) have been designed which will be implemented by various Ministries and government bodies throughout the year. It is our great pleasure to formally inform that the ‘Dhaka-OIC youth capital 202-21-Bangabandhu- Youth Art Competition’ is scheduled from 15-30 April 2021 virtually. With an objective to disseminate the related information of the exhibition through public media, the press conference has been scheduled to take place on 1 March, 2021. Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh is going to organize the Dhaka OIC Youth Capital 2020-21 Bangabandhu- Youth Art Competition in association with the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.
Interested young artists aged between 18-35 years from the OIC member states and muslim community of other country are eligible to apply to the competition. The entire participating countries are devided into six regions. The regions are Bangladesh, Middle East, Rest of Asia, Africa, North and South America, Europe and Australia.

Two juries from each region will be responsible for the selection of artists, artworks and awards from their regional countries. Three juries from Bangladesh will select Bangladeshi artworks and awards. The jury board will select top 100 artworks – from Bangladesh 20 artists, Middle East 20 artists, Rest of Asia 20 artists, Africa 15 artists, North and South America 10 artists, and from Europe and Australia 15 artists.

Under the theme of the competition ‘Parity & Prosperity’ there will be a virtual exhibition of contemporary art, calligraphy art, photography and graphic design from 15 – 30 April, 2021.
In order to represent their selective thought and imagination to participate in the competition artistsmay follow the subjects like 1) Bangabandhu and Bangladesh; 2) COVID Pandemic; 3) Humanity in Refugee Crisis; 4) Youth Spirit in Technology; 5) Islamic History; 6) Climate Change etc.

Interested participating artists are requested to fill up the registration form (available at http://dhaka.oicyouthcapital.com/program/bangabandhu-youth-art-competition).

Only selected artists will be notified for participation in the virtual exhibition. The selection result will be posted on the website. Applicants are required to attach necessary documents along with the registration form. Each participant may apply with information of their artworks for selection process in maximum three categories and only one artwork for each category. Images of the artworks should be submitted by email in JPEG format in 300 DPI resolution and RGB color mode. Each file size of the attached Image should not be more than 5 MB. All interested participating artistsare requested to submit a scanned copy of their passportornational ID, educational, professional certificate in not be more than 5 MB.

The deadline for the registration and submission of the participation documents is scheduled from 1-31 March 2021. Artworks and regional award selection will be from 1-7 April 2021 from six regions and the selected artists will be notified about their selection through email. The jury session for grand award selection will be held from 11 – 13 April, 2021. A jury panel comprising from Bangladesh and ICYF will be responsible for judging the seclected artworks. Four awards will be given in each categories.
All selected artists will be recive certificate for their participation.

All communication regarding the ecompetition must be directed to the address of the Department of Fine Arts, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, 14/3 Segunbagicha, Ramna, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh. Phone: +88029550602; Mobile: +8801713047571; +8801711183544, +8801711174918;
E-mail: shilpakala.dhaka@oicyouthcapital.com

“Dhaka OIC Youth Capital 2020” HAS OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED

Dhaka OIC Youth Capital 2020 was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina in a virtual inauguration declaration ceremony on Monday 27th July, 2020. The Inauguration program was attended by His Excellency Yousef bin Ahmad Al- Othaimeen, Secretary General, Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC); His Excellency Mr. Azad Rahimov, Hon’ble Minister of Youth and Sports of Republic of Azerbaijan; H.E. Dawda A. Jallow, Justice Minister and Attorney General of the Gambia , His Excellency Mr. Taha Ayhan, President, Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF), Dr. A. K. Abdul Momen MP, Honorable Foreign Minister of Bangladesh, Md. Zahid Ahsan Russel MP, Honorable State Minister for Youth and Sports of Bangladesh along with other global leaders and dignitaries.

The event was inaugurated at the National Sports Council.  Dr. Momen, Honorable Foreign Minister, Mr. Md. Zahid Ahsan Russel, MP, Hon’ble State Minister of the Ministry of Youth & Sports and high officials from both the Ministry attended the event in person in the venue maintaining proper health standards and social distancing. The other Ministers and Dignitaries which includes Ambassadors of Foreign Missions in Bangladesh, Ambassadors of Bangladesh from some countries, Secretaries from Different Ministries, eminent personalities and Journalists from home and abroad have joined virtually in the inauguration ceremony. More than 200 participants from 75 (seventy five) countries who have been shortlisted for “ Resilient Youth Leadership Summit” also joined this virtual inauguration program.

Hon’ble Prime Minister of Bangladesh in her statement highlighted on the strength and vitality of Youth and recalled the achievement and sacrifices of the father of the Nation Bangabandhu during his youth. She also highlighted on the plight of the persecuted Rohingya Community and asked the global community to build global consensus for their sustainable, safe and dignified repatriation. Hon’ble Prime Minister has stressed that in all the visions and plan, Bangladesh Government has put utmost importance on the youth. With the power of the youth, Bangladesh has already materialized the Vision-2021 to transform it into a “Digital Bangladesh” and the decision of organizing the whole “Dhaka, OIC Youth Capital 2020” program is a testament to the technologically empowered advanced Bangladesh

Dr. A.K. Abdul Momen, MP said, “We were expected to launch the event sequence in April 2020. But the COVID-19 pushed us back. Now – we have remodeled and relaunched ourselves on the web-platform. Additionally, we have reasons to believe that the occurrence of the COVID-19 has only accentuated the underlying rationale for the theme of this year’s edition ‘Resilience for Parity and Prosperity’. Hon’ble Foreign Minister has mentioned about the “Resilient Youth Leadership Summit” where Youth across the globe will visit the Rohingya Camp in Cox’s bazar virtually and sensitize them with the plights of these persecuted people and discuss with humanitarian experts to concoct how the accountability and justice can be ensured for them.

H.E. Dawda A. Jallow, Justice Minister and Attorney General of the Gambia highlighted his country’s principled positions on the Rohingya crisis and the principles of international law and international genocide and other humanitarian laws. He noted that the ICJ ordered provisional measures against Myanmar for stopping the onslaught of the genocide. He noted that the Rohingyas have a birthright to their homeland in the Northern Rakhine and their mandate for citizenship and legal rights remain a common commitment for the international community.

Mr. Md. Zahid Ahsan Russel, MP gave a brief on the history and background of the selection procedure of Dhaka as the OIC Youth Capital. He emphasized on the indomitable spirit and vigour of the of the youth of Bangladesh and world as well. He further mentioned about the achievement of youth in different sector of Bangladesh and welcomed everyone for joining this august event.  The Hon’ble State Minister mentioned that he inauguration declaration programme will be followed by a virtual youth summit titled “Resilient Youth Leadership Summit” on 27th and 28th July 2020, where 250 shortlisted youths out of more than 1200 applications from 75 countries will meet expert panelists in various day long activities to learn and craft the strategies to build a Resilient World, particularly, in the context of this COVID-19 pandemic situation.

Mr. Ayhan started his speech by thanking Her Excellency Sheikh Hasina, Honorable Prime Minister, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh for welcoming this year’s OIC Youth Capital Program in the magnificent city of Dhaka, a city of youth. He continued by emphasizing that “Bangladesh has become one of Asia’s most remarkable success stories in recent years, is moving quickly to a high-value, knowledge-intensive society, beyond apparel manufacturing, and will be the 26th largest economy in the world, by 2030″.   “With its asset of two-third of its population is under 25, quick learners, adaptive to technologies, and ready to engage in their communities, Bangladesh will certainly keep moving to highest levels of sustainable development” Mr. Ayhan added.

Secretary General of the  Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC),Hon’ble Minister of Youth and Sports of Republic of Azerbaijan and  Hon’ble President of Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF) in their statement praised Bangladesh for their outstanding preparation and called upon the youths of the OIC member states to build stronger fraternity among them. 

A series of events will be organized at the OIC Youth Capital Dhaka 2020 including OIC Scout Leaders E-Meet: People for better planet, Bangabandhu Youth Leadership Award, Holy Quran Recitation Competition, Film Festival: Lockdown by the Lence, OIC Knowledge Master: Quiz competition, Art Exhibition: Creativity to create better world, Debate Competition: Topics on new Free world, Youth Bootcamp – Leadership, Youth development, Entrepreneurship, Skill & Employment Camp etc. Dates of these events will be confirmed later.