The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) should focus on efforts to establish a more business-friendly environment and lay the groundwork to boost trade among member states, the group’s secretary-general said on Wednesday.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 35th Ministerial Meeting of the OIC’s Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation (COMCEC), Yusuf el-Useymin underlined that obstacles to trade between OIC countries also hamper foreign direct investments.

“Member states should make more efforts to create a business-friendly environment where businessmen can easily engage in international trade,” Useymin said.

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