PM to lead delegation at D-8 summit

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan will lead a delegation to 10th D-8 summit being hosted by People’s Republic of Bangladesh in virtual format on April 8.

The theme of the summit is ‘Partnership for a Transformative World: Harnessing Power of Youth and Technology and will be attended by heads of states/governments of eight D-8 member states including Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Turkey and Pakistan, Foreign office spokesperson said in a press release on Tuesday.

The 10th D-8 Summit is expected to adopt a declaration and the decennial roadmap 2020-2030.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey will hand over the chairmanship of the D-8 Summit to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi will also attend the 19th Council of Ministers meeting that will precede the Summit.

The D-8 was established in 1997 to promote economic and development cooperation among eight member states. The D-8 Secretariat is located in Istanbul.

The D-8 objectives, inter alia, include improving developing countries’ position in the world economy, diversifying new opportunities in trade relations, and enhancing participation in decision-making at the international level. Priority areas of cooperation in the D-8 include: (i) trade; (ii) industry; (iii) agriculture and food security; (iv) energy (v) transportation and (vi) tourism.

“Pakistan has actively contributed towards promotion and realization of objectives and goals of D-8. Pakistan hosted the Eighth D-8 Summit in Islamabad in 2012 and remained the Chair of the Organization from 2012 to 2017. The Islamabad Summit was a resounding success with adoption of two landmark documents – the D-8 Charter, and the D-8 Global Vision, along with the Islamabad Declaration, ” the spokesperson said.

Pakistan had hosted two meetings of council of ministers, several commission meetings, and regular sectoral meetings.

Pakistan has been actively taking part in various D-8 initiatives and projects and hosted four sectoral meetings in the last four months relating to research and innovation, technology transfer and exchange, agriculture, and visa facilitation, it was further added.