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Int’l ombudsmen moot affirms commitment to good governance


ISLAMABAD: The delegates at a two-day international ombudsmen moot on Tuesday affirmed their “unreserved commitment to good governance as a pivotal factor in national development”.
The conference was organised and hosted by Federal tax Ombudsman Abdul Rauf Chaudhry, who is also the president of the Forum of Pak ombudsmen. Delegates of 25 OIC member states attended the conference. According to reports, in the first Conference on Networking of Ombudsmen in the OIC Member States, convened here on April 28-29, under the slogan “Strengthening the Institution of the Ombudsman in OIC Member States by sharing Knowledge, Experience and Ideas,” the delegates of the OIC member states issued the following declaration:
A suitable institutional arrangement be devised so that the change is brought about in an orderly manner. In order to achieve this objective, an OIC Ombudsmen Association (OICOA) be formed to augment their authority to strengthen the Ombudsmen and to undertake effective networking of their offices in OIC states and to establish an OIC ombudsmen association with its Secretariat, for the present, at Islamabad, Pakistan, till such time that a permanent venue is selected, with the following organisational details: 
Develop capacity of ombudsmen personnel in all OIC states by devising training programmes tailored to their specific needs; exchange of information relevant to all aspects of ombudsman’s operations be systematised; there shall be a general assembly consisting of all member Ombudsmen of the Association; there shall be a steering committee to draft constitution, by-laws, rules and procedure to govern the business of the Association; the steering committee shall comprise of the following members of the Association: Guinea, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Morocco, Niger, Sudan, Pakistan and Turkey; president of the Forum of Pakistan Ombudsman will chair the steering committee and take necessary measures for its functioning and of the Secretariat; the steering committee will finalise its report within one year of this conference session. It was further agreed that follow-up meetings of the member will be held periodically to review progress made towards implementation of this conference declaration and the next conference in this context will be decided in due course of time.

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