Turkey is set to host the ninth summit of the Developing 8 (D-8) on Friday. The international summit, with the theme Expanding Opportunities through Cooperation, will be attended by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and Azerbaijani leader Ilham Aliyev.
Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Iran’s first vice president Eshaq Jahangiri and the vice president of Indonesia Jusuf Kalla will also participate in the summit which marks the 20th anniversary of the organization.
On June 15, 1997, the D-8 was launched after Turkish Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan proposed the creation of an economic group consisting of eight emerging economies from the Muslim world.
Alongside Turkey, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Egypt, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria and Pakistan created an organization based in Istanbul.
Speaking to Indonesia’s ambassador to Turkey, Pak Wardana, said the role of the D-8 was “to play in the global economy, particularly in providing better prosperity for its peoples”.
“The D8 was established 20 years ago to address and formulate economic cooperation for the betterment and prosperity of its member states and beyond,” Wardana added.
Wardana also underlined the need for collaborative work “to address current global economic challenges”, and said government-level cooperation may not be enough to address these needs.
Syrus Sajjad Qazi, Pakistan’s ambassador to Ankara, pointed to the organization’s economic agenda and said a 10-year roadmap would be developed to achieve these objectives.—Agencies