On the occasion of hosting The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) 9th Meeting of the Heads of Islamic Cultural Centers and Associations in Latin America and the Caribbean, Guyana joined ISESCO, further consolidating its ties with the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) which it joined in 1998.
 
 
President Donald Ramotar, First Lady Deolatchmee Ramotar, ISESCO Director General Dr. Abdulaziz Otheman Althwaijri and CIOG President Fazeel Ferouz in discussion at the 9th Meeting of the Heads of Islamic Cultural Centres and Associations in Latin America and the Caribbean
On Monday, Dr. Abdulaziz Altwaijri, the Director General of ISESCO, held talks with President Donald Ramotar and members of his cabinet, including Foreign Minister Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett and Dr. Frank Anthony, Minister of Culture and Sports.  During that meeting Guyana joined ISESCO becoming the 52nd member of that group which is an organ of the OIC.
 
Neighouring Suriname, a member of the OIC is also a member of ISESCO and the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB). Last week the IsDB approved a loan of US 60 Million for its health sector of Suriname.
 
Guyana is also keen to join the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and is interested in Islamic banking and finance.  A meeting between Mr. Abdelrahman Elzahi, an expert in Islamic banking and finance from the IsDB and Guyana’s Ministry of Finance, the Bank of Guyana, and banks in the private sector will also take place during the 3-day conference.
 
During the opening session of the ISESCO meeting on Sunday, Donald Ramotar urged the organisation to deepen fraternal ties amongst members and engage in culturally sensitive dialogue given in Latin America and the Caribbean. “It cannot be an abstract or merely philosophical exchange.” He added that he had great confidence of dialogue’s ability to “bridge differences, dismantle barriers and discard stereotypes”.

President Ramotar urged religious leaders not to be oblivious to the issues affecting their societies. Ramotar a strong advocate of a free Palestinian homeland alluded to the Palestinian struggle for an independent homeland since 1948. President Ramotar also described various religious conflicts around the world as being rooted in economics, and urged the gathering to raise their voices in solidarity with those fighting for their dignity according to the Guyana News Agency (GINA).
 
As well on Monday, Dr. Altwaijri and President Ramotar discussed plans to boost the fields of educations, science, communication and culture with assistance from (ISESCO), at the Presidential Complex.
 
According Dr. Altwaijri, ISESCO is considering a proposal for the establishment of an Islamic educational centre in Georgetown for the training of teachers, vocational training, and curriculum developers that will assist the government of Guyana in the education sector.
 
He said support will be extended to scientific research and high performing students, from both sexes who will benefit from scholarships. “This is a responsibility that ISESCO will carry from its side,” he said.