OREANDA-NEWS. September 21, 2012. Communications Minister Ali Abbasov of Azerbaijan has met with Deputy Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Abdul Moses Buhari.

The Ministry of Communications & IT reports that in the meeting Mr. Buhari said that he considers Azerbaijan the center of the region and voiced confidence that in the future with accession to the OIC Center of Science, Technology and Innovation (STIO) Azerbaijan will take the leading position in this organization.

He also said that students and specialists of OIC member countries are encouraged to receive education in Azerbaijan.

Minister Abbasov, in turn, said that Azerbaijan is preparing to join the STIO and after completion of all the internal procedures it will be made a final decision on the matter. He also told of relevant procedures to be launched soon to organize training opportunities in local high schools for students and specialists in the field of ICT from the OIC member countries.

Finally Mr. Buhari informed of a high-level COMSTECH meeting in Pakistan this December and offered to hold next meeting of this organization, devoted to science and technology, in Azerbaijan.