PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia’s proposal to form Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF) in Palestine has been agreed by member countries of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) at the 5th Islamic Conference of Youth and Sports Ministers (ICYSM) held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Saturday.
Minister of Youth and Sports, Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Datuk Azumu said, the formation of ICYF in Palestine is aimed at focusing on development, sharing ideas and economy empowerment involving the national youth.
Ahmad Faizal added, the establishment of ICYF is also to ensure more programmes and youth activities will be organised for the youth in Palestine and subsequently build the confidence and endurance of the people in facing any kind of challenges today and in future.
“Member countries of OIC have also accepted Malaysia’s experiences shared in the efforts to develop the youth and sports through the implementation of Development of Youth Model 2030. The model sees the youth situation is different in post COVID-19 pandemic where desire and needs are concerned.
“Malaysia remains strong and will cooperate with the youth at national, regional and international level. To achieve the aspiration, innovation and digitalisation, good governance and research should be empowered continuously,” he said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Malaysia has also urged member countries of OIC that have expertise in sports should share their experiences and expertise to increase the quality of sports among them.
“This will not only help increase the number of world class athletes among member countries of OIC but more importantly to build a more competitive business cycle to lead the growth of sports industry at a higher level,” he added.
The Minister also stressed that focus should not only be given to high performance sports but also on traditional sports that is directed towards strengthening relationship among member countries of OIC.
“Malaysia believes sports activities could become important enabler to encourage development and peacefulness and subsequently narrow the gap between countries,” Ahmad Faizal said. – Malaysia World News