ISTANBUL, 18 October 2017: The Prime Minister is leaving tomorrow for Turkey to lead Pakistan's delegation for the D-8 Summit being held on 20 October 2017. Foreign Minister, Mr. Khawaja Muhammad Asif is attending the 17th Council of Ministers meeting that will precede the Summit.
This is the 9th Summit of eight Developing Countries i.e. Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey.
Pakistan is the current Chair of the D-8. It assumed Chair at the 8th Summit of D-8, held in Islamabad in November 2012. Pakistan continued to hold the Chair beyond the normal period of two years. During Islamabad Summit in November 2012 two landmark documents were signed: (i) the D-8 Charter and (ii) Global Vision.
The Prime Minister will hand over the chairmanship of the D-8 Summit to Turkey. The Istanbul Summit is expected to adopt a Declaration and a Plan of Action.
Major areas of cooperation in D-8 Charter are; (i) Industry (ii) Agriculture and Food Security (iii) Energy (iv) Trade (v) Transportation (vi) Tourism.
The Istanbul Summit will, inter-alia, be an occasion to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Organization.
The Prime Minister is expected to interact with the leaders of D-8 Member States on the sidelines of the Summit.