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Grand Closing Ceremony Marks the Successful Completion of Dhaka OIC Youth Capital 2020’s Journey

The Closing Ceremony of Dhaka OIC Youth Capital 2020 was held on Thursday 30 December 2021, at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium in Dhaka at a grand event attended by dignitaries, ministers, heads of states, and high-level delegates from the OIC region and the host country, Bangladesh.

Honorable President of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, His Excellency Md. Abdul Hamid virtually joined the Grand occasion as the Chief Guest from Bangabhaban. Chaired by the State Minister for the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Md. Zahid Ahsan Russel, the Closing Ceremony was conducted in a hybrid format. 

Honorable Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. A K Abdul Momen, Minister of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment of the Government of the Republic of Maldives, Ahmed Mahloof, Head of the Federal Agency for the Youth Affairs of the Russian Federation, Ksenia Razuvaeva, Minister of Youth Affairs of the Republic of Tatarstan of the Russian Federation, Timur Suleymanov, President of the Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF), Taha Ayhan, Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Youth and Sports, Abdullah Al Islam Jakob, Senior Secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Md. Akhter Hossain joined the occasion as Special Guests. 

Speaking as the Chief Guest, Honorable President of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh congratulated the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Bangladesh, the OIC and ICYF, and other organizing ministries, he said, “Bangladesh has been marching towards development since the last decade, the rise of the nation has been an example for others”.

The Champions from all competitions held under Dhaka OIC Youth Capital 2020 were announced at the event. The Winners from the national stage of the Sheikh Hasina Youth Volunteer Award 2020 were also announced and presented with the crests and certificates at the program. 

The Chair of the event, State Minister for the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Bangladesh, Md. Zahid Ahsan Russel thanked everyone involved, by saying “I sincerely thank the ICYF team for their great contributions and efforts” 

President of Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF), Taha Ayhan, during his speech, said, “Through Dhaka OIC Youth Capital, ICYF was able to address some of the problematic challenges facing the youth in Asia, investing in capacity building and empowerment all in line with Bangladesh‘s vision for the youth” 

ICYF presented the host country the “Most Diligent and Resilient Performance” award to Dhaka OIC Youth Capital 2020 in recognition of its efforts towards youth empowerment during the COVID-19 Pandemic. State Minister for Youth and Sports Md. Zahid Ahsan Russel received the award from ICYF President Taha Ayhan. The Minister of Youth and Sports of Bangladesh handed over the key to the next host city, Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan (RF).

ICYF President Taha Ayhan received the Key on behalf of the next Host Minister Timur Suleymanov. In his speech at the event in Dhaka, Honorable Suylemanov had the following to say “Despite the difficult epidemiological conditions, you managed to do such a bright reach and really interesting program”

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