ISLAMABAD: Pakistan, in its capacity as the chairman of the Developing-8 Organisation for Economic Development, will host a two-day meeting of D-8 Commission this week. The 36th session of the commission will take place on Thursday and Friday, according to a statement issued by the Foreign Office.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Syed Tariq Fatemi will inaugurate the meeting where attendees include commissioners of D-8 member states and D-8 Secretary-General Seyed Ali Muhammad Mousavi.
“This meeting is being organised during the extended term of Pakistan’s chairmanship of the organisation. Previously, Pakistan has organised four meetings of the D-8 Commission during 2012-14 in addition to two ministerial and one summit meeting,” the handout stated.
The D-8 commissioners from member countries – Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey – will take stock of progress made in five priority areas namely trade, industry, agriculture, transportation and energy.
The meeting will also consider recommendations made by the D-8 Eminent Persons Group for making the organisation more effective.
The meeting has also on its agenda a number of issues, including the next meeting of D-8 leaders and Foreign Ministers in addition to D-8 external relations with the UN agencies following the grant of observer status to the Organisation at the United Nations.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 3rd, 2015.
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