EUROPE & INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
EIAC, as it is known, isn't the easiest abbreviation to get ones tongue around.
But within the MCB it is the only committee that has a specific remit to develop MCB's relations internationally!
So what is EIAC?
The European & International Affairs committee has existed since the beginning of MCB, in 1997. For the keen minded amongst you, you may have guessed from its name that the committee focuses on issues that impact international relations and on foreign policy that affect not only the Muslim community in Britain but the wider society.
Over the years, EIAC has built relationships with Muslim bodies in many countries, made links with other representative Muslim organisations across Europe and North America, held meetings with ambassadors, ministers, heads of states and other foreign dignitaries to influence policies, signed MOUs, led delegations to International events, worked with the FCO, etc.
What were the EIAC's main achievements last year?
Â• The beginnings of European participation in the MCB delegation to the World Islamic Economic Forum and the subsequent facilitation of bilateral relations between the MCB and European Muslim organisations/young professionals
Â• Establishing links with the Council of Europe and the Organisation for Security and Co-Operation in Europe
Â• Hosting foreign delegations at the MCB office and maintaining ties with international humanitarian organisations and other NGOs
Â• Participating in conferences hosted by foreign embassies and others in countries around the world
Â• Lobbying the FCO on issues of European and international interest and significance
Â• Contributing to comparative research on the British Muslim community and its European counterparts
Feel Like Getting Involved?
So, if you want to be the change you wish to see happen, then please contact Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari, the current chair of the committee and former Secretary General, at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for more information
Please visit http://www.mcb.org.uk/aim.php