Bangladesh to host D-8 summit after 20 years
Visiting D-8 Secretary General Jaafar Ku Shaari briefed Foreign Minister Md Shahriar Alam on the summit to be held early next year, the Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.
D-8 stands for Economic Cooperation Organization, which includes eight largest Muslim developing countries – Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Turkey.
It was created in 1997 during the first summit held in Istanbul. Bangladesh hosted the second summit in 1999.
The Secretary General also briefed the Minister of State on the initiatives taken by the D-8 – especially in the area of technology and innovation, universal health care services, in the chamber of commerce and newly created industry, and the creation of ZFI (industrial free zones D8).
The Minister of State reiterated Bangladesh’s commitment to “a more efficient and functional D8 realizing its full potential”.
He also highlighted how to better collaborate between Member States by leveraging the experiences and skills of one Member State for others on a complementarity basis, especially in the field of energy, tourism and blue economy, the foreign ministry said.