The Secretary-General-elect of the Organisation of Educational Cooperation (OEC), H.E. Manssour Bin Mussallam, inaugurated officially the Organisation’s provisional headquarters in Djibouti jointly with the Djiboutian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, H.E. Mahamoud Ali Youssouf, the Minister of National Education and Vocational Training, H.E. Moustapha Mohamed Mahamoud, and the Minister of Higher Education and Research, H.E. Nabil Mohamed Ahmed.
After having expressed his appreciation for the Djiboutian Government’s support towards the OEC in its preparatory phase, the Secretary-General-elect stated that the operationalisation of the OEC represents a historic opportunity for its Founding States to concretise the founding ideals and principals of the Universal Declaration of Balanced and Inclusive Education (UDBIE). The Secretary-General-elect reaffirmed OEC’s resolve to serve the collective interests of its Founding States for equitable sustainable development and to act as a catalyst for a third alternative, equitable and inclusive, way of development.
The Djiboutian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, in turn, expressed his country’s determination to complement endeavours undertaken by OEC towards its operationalisation and to support its work and programme of activities.
After having commended the achievements made towards the ratification of OEC’s Charter less than 12 months following the holding of the International Summit on Balanced and Inclusive Education, the Djiboutian Minister of National Education and Vocational Training added that the OEC and Djibouti share a joint conviction in the necessity to concretise the ideals and principals of the UDBIE and to chart a common vision for the future of education.
In conclusion, the Djiboutian Minister of Higher Education and Research stated that OEC’s operationalisation will offer a novel approach to education and that his country is proud to accompany and support OEC on this honourable occasion.
On 3 November, an agreement was signed between the OEC and the Government of Djibouti in which the latter would cede to the OEC the office space necessary for the preparatory phase of the Organisation until the holding of its General Assembly, which shall decide on the permanent location of its future Headquarters.
As a Founding State and one of the first countries to ratify OEC’s Constitutive Charter, the Djiboutian Government invited the Organisation to be based in Djibouti on a provisional basis and in order to facilitate coordination between the OEC and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in its capacity as depositary of the Charter.
The inauguration ceremony of OEC’s provisional headquarters was followed by a press conference attended by Djiboutian media representatives and high-ranking government officials.