Opening of the branch of the International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea in Africa
On October 4, 2016, in Johannesburg city of the Republic of South Africa there was held opening ceremony of the branch of the International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea (International Foundation) in Africa.
The event was attended by prominent public figures of the South Africa, members of the Board of Directors, the Secretary General and the staff of the Central Office of the International Fund.
The head of the branch of the International Fund in Johannesburg, Mr. Zolani Mkiva, spoke at the event and thanked all members of the Board of Directors for their support to his initiative on opening of the branch for the African region. He expressed confidence that activities of the branch would contribute to implementation of the goals of International Fund in Africa, i.e. strengthening of dialogue, promotion of mutual understanding, cooperation among peoples, peace, security, sustainable development and stability.
Financial support from the Istanbul Branch of the International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and Caspian Sea in Turkey
On behalf of the International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and Caspian Sea, through the Istanbul branch office – International Centre for Support and Coordination of the Economic Cooperation – financial support was provided to the injured people and families of the innocent people who lost their life as a result of the coup attempt in Turkey on July 15, 2016.
Statement of the International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea regarding the events in Turkey
The International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea (International Fund) with serious concern and anxiety followed the news of the military coup attempt of the Turkish government legitimately elected by the Turkish people in a democratic way.
International Fund supports people and the elected government of Turkey in restoring social peace and stability based on respect for democratic values and the Turkish legislation.
International Fund expresses its sincere condolences to the families and friends of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured.
The 15th Board of Directors and General Assembly Meeting of the International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and Caspian Sea
On June 17, 2016 in Bucharest, Romania was held the 15th meeting of the Board of Directors and General Assembly of the International Foundation for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea (International Fund). Romania, representatives of which are among the founders of the International Fund and in the capital of which the organization was established seven years ago, extended its hospitality for members and guests of the organization.
Senior officials from Romania, honorable guests from the countries in the International Fund, representatives of influential international organizations, ambassadors and representatives of diplomatic corps accredited in Romania, non-governmental organizations and the media attended the event.
Meetings of the Board of Directors and the General Assembly were chaired by the President of the International Fund and the outstanding writer Chingiz Abdullayev, who made a presentation on the activities of the International Fund for the past period and shared his vision on the future development of the organization.
At the meeting individuals and legal entities from different countries were admitted as new full members of the International Fund.
Participants of the event stressed a steady growth of the international authority of the organization, which demonstrates importance and effectiveness of the work of the International Fund.
At the meetings along with the topical issues related to development of the International Fund there were also discussions on the currently implemented and proposed research projects aimed at promoting peace, security and economic cooperation in the regions of the Black Sea and Caspian Sea.
The Board of Directors and the General Assembly reaffirmed that the International Fund in its activities, as it noted in its Charter, is guided by the norms and principles of international law, primarily those related to the respect of sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability of state borders. These principles constitute the values adherence to which is a foundation of lasting peace, security and stability in the regions of the Black Sea and Caspian Sea and beyond its borders.
During the discussion of processes in the regions of the Black Sea and Caspian Sea a particular interest sparked the presentation by Ismail Safi, a member of the Board of Director on “The efforts aimed at development of relations between Turkey and Russia”.
Mikhail Zernov, a Director of the Branch of the International Fund in the Russian Federation shared with the participants of the event the information on the first Forum “Russian world and the Turkic world in the context of the geopolitical challenges of the XXI century”.
All members of the General Assembly expressed support for the efforts of restoration and development of relations between Russia and Turkey.
Particular attention in the course of the meeting was paid to issues of economic cooperation between the countries of the Black and Caspian Seas. Notably, there was a presentation of the project entitled “Tourism as a factor of cooperation and rapprochement”.
It was also presented an international youth project «Global Emerging Leaders Community» which supposes engagement of the International Fund.
Eldar Hasanov, Secretary General of the International Fund, made a review of the important developments that take place in the regions of the Black and Caspian Seas including terrorism, migration, multiculturalism, silk road and, in this context, presented strategic research projects which are proposed for implementation by the International Fund. All members of the General Assembly expressed support for the proposed projects.
At the meeting it was also positively assessed the proposal to hold the next, 16th meeting of the Board of Directors in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea is an international non-governmental organization, founded on March 4, 2009 upon the initiative of outstanding scientific and public figures, well-known intellectuals, influential non-governmental organizations from 8 countries: Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine. In 2011-2015 representatives of other countries joined the Fund: Russia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Belarus, Croatia, Iran, Albania, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg, South Africa, the Republic of San Sao Tome and Principe, China, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Estonia, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Greece, Hungary. In 2016, representatives from France and Italy joined the International Fund. The Central Office of the International Foundation is located in Bucharest. Its six branches actively work in Istanbul, Moscow, Belgrade, Varna, Minsk and Johannesburg.
In August 2013, the International Fund was awarded special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC). The International Fund has also established cooperation with international organizations such as the OSCE, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the European Union institutions, the European Centre for Policy.
17 June 2016
The 15th meeting of the Board of Directors and General Assembly of the International Fund for the cooperation and partnership of the Black sea and Caspian sea is scheduled to take place in Bucharest, the headquarters of the BSCSIF, on June 16-18, 2016 where (June 16- arrival, June 17- meeting, June 18-departure of participants).
At the meeting, in a traditionally friendly atmosphere characteristic to our organization, current and strategic objectives related to the development of BSCSIF will be discussed.