D-8 body to meet in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD – The 35th session of the D-8 Commission will begin in Islamabad on Tuesday

The meeting to be inaugurated by Prime Minister’s Special Assistant Tariq Fatemi will be attended by commissioners of D-8 member states and D-8 Secretary-General Seyed Ali Mohammad Mousavi. This meeting is the last of the series of D-8 summit, council and commission meetings organized and hosted by Pakistan.

The D-8 commissioners from member countries Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Turkey and Pakistan will take stock of progress made in various priority areas and cooperation including proposals to implement D-8 agreements i.e. the preferential trade agreement and the visa agreement for facilitation of businessmen.

The meeting has also on its agenda issues including observer status for the D-8 at the United Nations General Assembly and its interaction with other international and regional organizations. The decisions and proposals of the Commissioners will be adopted by the D-8 Council of Ministers in Ankara in December 2014.

Established in 1997, the D-8 is a multilateral grouping of eight emerging economies of the Muslim world that represent different regions. The organization works towards enhancing economic and trade cooperation between the member countries.

The organisation reflects combined population of over one billion and a market of about one trillion dollars. The member countries envisage increasing intra D-8 trade to over US $ 500 billion in next four years.

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