The conference was organized jointly by the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM), the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), the Islamic Chamber Research and Information Center (ICRIC) and the Tehran Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Mines.
The meeting took place against the background of the accession process of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the WTO. The goal was, amongst others, to provide information on the state of play and the implications of the WTO accession to representatives of organizations in charge of trade policy, the private sector manufacturers, exporters and importers of different goods and services.
UNCTAD provided a valuable contribution thanks to its long experience of technical assistance targeting Muslim countries, in particular in the fields of services and accession-related issues. UNCTAD was therefore able to link the theoretical issues examined to its concrete experience. Through this exercise, UNCTAD also contributed to the local ownership of the accession process by Muslim acceding countries.