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The VI. edition of the Young Diplomats Forum

The VI. edition of the Young Diplomats Forum was held on the 19th of May 2022, as part of the 13th International Economic Summit: Russia-Islamic World: Kazan Summit with the participation of government representatives in Kazan, Tatarstan (RF). The young diplomats were received by H.E. Rustam Minnikhanov the president of Tatarstan.

H.E. Mr. Taha Ayhan, the President of ICYF, delivered a speech at the Forum to highlight the importance of creating a multilateral platform for empowering young diplomats.

The participants of the Forum of Young Diplomats of the OIC were received by H.E. Rustam Minnikhanov, the President of the Republic of Tatarstan

H.E. Rustam Minnikhanov, the President of the Republic of Tatarstan (RF) met with the participants of the Forum of Young Diplomats of the OIC. The meeting, which was held in the House of the Government of the Republic of Tatarstan, was attended by representatives of 17 member states of the OIC.

His Excellency welcomed the participants by saying “I would like to welcome you to Kazan once again. This forum helps to strengthen our contacts with the countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation,”.

The event marked the 6th installment of the forum which covered a wide array of issues including the role of Tatarstan in developing international cooperation with the OIC countries.

VIII Kazan OIC Youth Entrepreneurship Forum was held at Kazan Summit on 19-21 May 2022

VIII Kazan OIC Youth Entrepreneurship Forum (hybrid format) was held at Kazan Summit in Kazan Tatarstan (RF) on 19-21 May 2022 which was co-organized by the Eurasian Regional Center of Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF-ERC), the Ministry of Youth Affairs of the Republic of Tatarstan, and Tatarstan Republic Youth Social Fund “Selet”.

The Kazan OIC Youth Entrepreneurship Forum is an annual youth entrepreneurship forum within the framework of the “Russia and Islamic world” that aims to support new start-up ideas of youth.

H.E. Mr. Taha Ayhan, the ICYF President, delivered a speech at the both opening and closing ceremony to emphasize the importance of  organizing forums investment summits for youth startups to overcome substantial economic problems of the youth through a multi-level strategic approaches.

Winners of the Holy Qur’an Recitation Competition

We are glad to announce the names of the winners of the Holy Qur’an Recitation Competition, which took place in Kazan under the Kazan OIC Youth Capital 2022 in partnership with the Ministry of Youth Affairs of the Republic of Tatarstan, ICYF, the Academy of Youth Diplomacy, Tatarstan Republican Youth Public Foundation “SELET” and the Muslim Board of the Republic of Tatarstan from the 17th to 20th of  May 2022 with the support of the President of the Republic of Tatarstan.

The contest brought together 50 participants from more than 20 countries in Eurasia and Africa aged 18 to 30 years.

The jury selected the three best Quran reciters from both the men’s and women’s categories.

Here are the winners: 

🥇Men’s Category:

1st place Musa Gaytiyev (Chechnya, Russia)

2nd place Mahmoud Khaled Mahmoud Sweid (Egypt)

3rd place Hamad Abdullah T.A. Aljumaily (Qatar)

🥇Women’s Category:

1st place: Dewi Yukha Nidha (Indonesia)

2nd place: Israa Mohammed Esam Salah (Palestine)

3rd place: Halima Abdinasir Ahmed (Great Britain)

The winners were awarded their prizes by the President of the Republic of Tatarstan, with the 2nd and 3rd place winners receiving digital devices.

Chafa’atou Issoufou Mahamadou from Niger scooped the special prize.

The Opening Ceremony of the Holy Qur’an Recitation Competition under the Kazan OIC Youth Capital 2022 was held successfully

The Opening Ceremony of the Holy Qur’an Recitation Competition under the Kazan OIC Youth Capital 2022 was held successfully in partnership with the Ministry of Youth Affairs of the Republic of Tatarstan, the ICYF , the Academy of Youth Diplomacy, Tatarstan Republican Youth Public Foundation “SELET” and the Muslim Board of the Republic of Tatarstan as a hybrid program on 17 May 2022 in Kazan, Tatarstan (RF).

The Ceremony started with welcoming remarks by  H.E. Mr. Timur Suleymanov, the Minister of Youth Affairs of the Republic of Tatarstan, Mufti Mr. Kamil Hazrat Samigullin, Chairman of the Muslim Board of the Republic of Tatarstan, Mr. Aidar Shagimardanov, President of Muslim Entrepreneurs of the Russian Federation and Mr. Rasul Omarov, Director-General of the ICYF, who delivered a speech on behalf of the ICYF President.

The yearlong programme of this year’s capital kicked off with the Holy Qur’an Recitation Competition for young reciters to get acquainted with the rules and essence of recitation with Tajweed of the Qur’an.

The hybrid competition brought 5 Young Females Reciters and 37 Young Male Reciters from 22 different countries from OIC Member States and Muslim Minorities together to enhance the practice and study of the Holy Qur’an among young reciters.

H.E. Rustam Minnikhanov, President of Tatarstan, hosted a reception for the Kazan OIC Youth Capital 2022

On March 16, 2022, H.E. Rustam Minnikhanov, the President of the Republic of Tatarstan hosted a reception for the Kazan OIC Youth Capital 2022 inauguration ceremony, which was attended by Mr. Mashkovcev Oleg Aleksandrovich, Deputy Plenipotentiary Representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Volga Federal District, Mrs. Fazleeva Leyla Rinatovna, Vice Prime Minister of the Republic of Tatarstan, Mr. Timur Suleymanov, the Minister of Youth Affairs of Tatarstan and consul-generals of the OIC Member States accredited in Kazan.

Mr. Rasul Omarov, the ICYF Director-General, delivered speech on behalf of the ICYF President at the reception.

Tatar Youth celebrated the Inauguration of the OIC Youth Capital International Programme in Kazan with colorful festivities.

Kazan OIC Youth Capital 2022 is ready to welcome youth from the OIC region and beyond!

“Kazan – OIC Youth Capital 2022″International Program launches in Russia

MOSCOW (AA) – The Inauguration ceremony of the “Kazan – Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Youth Capital 2022” international program was held in Moscow, capital of Russia.

The ceremony, hosted by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was attended by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, President of Tatarstan and Russian-Islamic World Strategy Vision Group President Rustam Minnikhanov, as well as Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF) Director General Mr. Rasul Omarov, and the head of the Federal Department of Youth Affairs Kseniya Razuvayeva.

Tatar Turkish folk songs were performed in front of the OIC ambassadors and heads of international organizations present during the occasion.

Participants of the event toured the exhibition dedicated to celebrating the 1100th anniversary of the adoption of the Islam by Volga Bulgarian community.

During his speech at the event, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov stated that the dialogue between his country and the OIC member states had improved. “Many Muslim countries have been Russia’s international partners for a long time. Commitment to developing cooperation between states within the framework of principles of equality, mutual consideration of interests and concerns unites us” he said.

Lavrov emphasized the importance of respecting the culture and traditions of all people by saying, “At the same time, we reject attempts to brutally export democracy, to aggressively impose ultra-liberal values and their use in the geopolitical game of relations in the fields of culture, education, and sports”

In this context, Lavrov emphasized the significance of Kazan as the OIC Youth Capital and stated that Tatarstan is a melting pot for religions, civilizations, and old traditions.

“This is the key to any country’s progress. We are glad that Tatarstan leads other Russian regions in developing democratic foreign ties” – he stated.

Minister Lavrov expressed that they are ready to support Kazan in establishing cooperation.

– Minnikhanov: “This date is of great importance for all Muslims”

Tatarstan President Rustem Minnikhanov further remarked that the state’s capital, which has observer status in the OIC, was honored for the first time with the title of Youth Capital. “This is especially significant on the 1100th anniversary of the conversion of the Volga Bulgarians to Islam. This date is significant for all Muslims” he said.

Noting that this year would be marked by a variety of events in Tatarstan, Minnikhanov presented information on the upcoming meeting of the Russia-Islamic World Strategy Vision Group.

– ICYF Director-General Omarov: “Our aim is to establish strong relations between people”

Rasul Omarov, Director-General of ICYF, remarked that Russia is home to a diverse range of people, beliefs, and languages, which is why Kazan was chosen as the OIC Youth Capital.

“Our purpose is to bring together our youth and friends from all over the world, to declare Kazan’s message of peace and friendship to the world, and to develop strong relationships between peoples” Omarov added.

Omarov expressed his optimism that young people will contribute to making the world a better place by stating that humans have passed through numerous tests in recent years.

–  OIC Youth Capital Key Handed Over to Kazan

At the ceremony, the key to the OIC Youth Capital was presented to Kazan.

At the occasion, which was followed by a concert, attendees were treated to the tastes of the Tatar cuisine.

– OIC Youth Capital Title

The OIC Youth Capital International Program was initiated by the Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF) at its 2nd General Assembly, held in October 2014. The idea of a set of events within the framework of the OIC Youth Capital was supported by delegates of ICYF member youth organizations.

In November 2021, at the Executive Board Meeting of the Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum, it was decided to award the title “OIC Youth Capital – 2022” to the city of Kazan. The status was assigned to a city of the Russian Federation with Muslim majority, an observer state in the OIC, for the first time.

Press Conference was held for the introduction of events under “Kazan OIC Youth Capital 2022”

The International Youth Esports Championship, the Festival of Modern Muslim Culture, the Scientific Congress, the Forum of Young Entrepreneurs of the countries of Organization of Islamic Cooperation — these and other mega-events will be held this year in Kazan, which has become the OIC Youth Capital,” said Mr. Timur Suleymanov, Minister of Youth Affairs of the Republic of Tatarstan at a press conference at the “Tatar-inform” news agency on February 8.

More than 12 large-scale offline and online events will cover all spheres of life and development of the youth of the Islamic world: science, culture, sports, entrepreneurship, social engineering, education and creative industries. According to the organizers, about five thousand people will actively participate in this program.

“We consider the Global Summit of Ministers for Youth Affairs to be held in Kazan in May with the participation of about 200 delegates from 56 OIC member countries and observer countries as a key event,” said Mr. Timur Suleymanov.

– As life shows, specialists working with youth in different countries face the same challenges. Therefore, it is vital to have “platforms” for joint communication, exchange of experience and innovative practices, which will be delivered within Kazan OIC Youth Capital 2022”.

“Kazan was chosen due to its diverse and rich cultural and civilizational heritage, its talented youth, its pioneering institutions working in the fields of entrepreneurship, innovation and sports, its modern, cutting-edge infrastructure and great potential to provide the best experience for young people from OIC Member States and beyond. I am sure that Kazan will become the “bridge” that will connect peoples and states in solving urgent youth problems. It is especially important that we will work together in the year of the 1100th anniversary of the adoption of Islam by the Volga Bulgaria and will be able to visit the sacred places for Muslims located in Tatarstan,” said Mr. Taha Ayhan, President of the ICYF.

The main program events under Kazan OIC Youth Capital 2022” will begin in March with a competition of reciters of the Holy Quran, aimed at developing literacy in the study of the Quran and the ability to artistically read it in public. Host responsible for this competition is the republican movement “Selet” – a member organization of the OIC Youth Forum. According to the director of the Selet Youth Center Ms. Aigul Gabdrakhmanova, young people agedfrom18 to 35 from all over the world, both amateurs and professional readers of the Quran, will fly to Kazan to take part in the competition.

Also, in March with the participation of representatives of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Federal Agency for Youth Affairs, the diplomatic corps of the OIC countries and the leaders of the Republic of Tatarstan, Moscow will host the official inauguration ceremony of Kazan as the OIC Youth Capital for 2022.

Kazan will receive a symbolic “key” of the OIC Youth Capital from the previous Youth capital, the city of Dhaka, Bangladesh. The international program “OIC Youth Capital” has been in place since 2016. Since then, the cities of Istanbul (Turkey), Shiraz (Iran), Putrajaya (Malaysia), Fez (Morocco), the Al-Quds region (Palestine), the cities of Doha (Qatar) and Dhaka (Bangladesh) have won the right to have such a status on a competitive basis. Now, for the first time, this series of events will take place in Russia, namely in the Republic of Tatarstan, city of  Kazan.

Today, on February 8, social network accounts under Kazanyouthcapital and special website http://kazan.oicyouthcapital.com/ were launched. These resources are dedicated to the program “Kazan OIC Youth Capital 2022”. This was announced at a press conference by the chairman of the Academy of Youth Diplomacy Ms. Dilbar Sadykova.

She also announced the start of a large live marathon in February, which will cover schools, colleges anduniversities:

Presentations of the program of events “Kazan – the Youth Capital of OIC-2022” will be held in educational institutions, so that as many as possible young people and potential partners will learn about them and, if desired will become the participants, volunteers, or part of a large team.

They will be able to express their ideas and wishes, which we will definitely try to reflect in the agenda of upcoming events. The youth of Tatarstan have a great interest in the countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, we felt this well during the past joint projects. In the countries of the Islamic world, the youth population is high, somewhere it reaches up to50% of the population. Such a large community, which includes the youth of Tatarstan, has common fundamental values ​​- the general humanitarian values ​​of Islam. On these principles, which are sometimes called “halal lifestyle”, we will build our work during this year, uniting on a platform of common values, mutually strengthening, but at the same time maintaining the secular nature of the events,” concluded Ms. Dilbar Sadykova.

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”

ICYF and Ministry of Youth Affairs of Tatarstan sign protocol of agreement on holding “Kazan – OIC Youth Capital 2022”

H.E. Taha Ayhan, the ICYF President and H.E. Timur Suleymanov, the Minister of Youth Affairs of the Republic of Tatarstan (Russian Federation) signed protocol of agreement on holding “Kazan OIC Youth Capital-2022” International Program on the margins of the International Forum of Civil Participation organized by the Federal Agancy for Youth Affairs of Russian Federation between 2-5 December 2021 in Moscow, Russia.