Prime Minister Imran Khan will lead Pakistan’s delegation to the 10th Developing Eight (D-8) Summit’ being hosted by Bangladesh in virtual format on April 8 (Thursday).
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi will attend the 19th Council of Ministers meeting that will precede the summit, a statement issued by the Foreign Office said on Tuesday.
The theme of the summit is “Partnership for a Transformative World: Harnessing Power of Youth and Technology”.
The 10th D-8 Summit is expected to adopt a declaration and the decennial roadmap 2020-2030.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will hand over the chairmanship of the D-8 summit to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
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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 realisation of objectives and goals of D-8. Pakistan hosted the 8th D-8 Summit in Islamabad in 2012 and remained the chair of the organisation 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.
Pakistan has 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.
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