The first of five international seminars organised by the Islamic Conference opened in Dacca, Bangladesh on Monday (20 March).
GV & CU: Parliament building and sign: International Islamic Seminar. (2 shots)
SV: President Ziaur Rahman enters.
GV INTERIOR: Delegates sitting.
SV: Cultural Affairs Secretary, Mr. A.B.S.Safdar.
SV & LV: Delegates seated.
SV: Delegates seated. (2 SHOTS)
GV & SV: President Rahman speaking and delegates listening. (4 SHOTS)
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Background: The first of five international seminars organised by the Islamic Conference opened in Dacca, Bangladesh on Monday (20 March). The aim of the three-day meeting was to examine the problems faced by individual Moslem countries in developing their human and natural resources, for the greater good of the Moslem world.
SYNOPSIS: The seminar, sponsored partly by the cultural affairs division of the Ministry of Education, was held in the Parliament building.
The President of Bangladesh Major-General Ziaur Rahman joined the delegates as guests of honour at the inaugural session. They were welcomed by Mr. A.B.S. Safdar, on behalf of the sponsors. He said the conference should work towards a spirit of co-operation.
The Islamic Conference, which called the seminar, is a permanent organisation with its headquarters in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The theme of Islamic solidarity was taken up by the President of Bangladesh, when he spoke to the delegates. In later study sessions, particular attention was given to areas of industry, transport and communication.