Pakistan to host D-8 Countries summit on Nov. 22

2012-11-14 14:04:12 GMT2012-11-14 22:04:12(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

ISLAMABAD, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) -- Leaders of the Developing Eight (D-8) countries will meet in Islamabad on Nov. 22 for the Eighth Summit Meeting at the invitation of the president of Pakistan, the Foreign Ministry said Wednesday.

The President of Egypt Mohamed Morsi, President of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of Nigeria Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, and Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan will attend the Summit, a Foreign Ministry statement said. Malaysia is likely to be represented by deputy prime minister. Confirmation of participation by the prime minister of Bangladesh is awaited.

D-8 is a multilateral group of eight emerging economies of the Muslim world that represent different regions. It reflects combined population of around one billion and a market of about one trillion U.S. dollars. The member countries envisage increasing intra D-8 trade to over 500 billion U.S. dollars by 2018.

Pakistan will take over the chairmanship of the D-8 for the next two years until 2014. The event is of extraordinary significance as it is poised to adopt the Organization's Charter and its Global Vision.

In a special ceremony following the Summit meeting, the leaders will witness signing ceremony of the Charter by the foreign ministers. The leaders will also adopt Islamabad Declaration 2012 reaffirming their joint resolve to make concerted efforts to confront common challenges.

On the margins of the Summit, President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf will hold bilateral meetings with visiting leaders. The forthcoming Summit will witness visit of an Egyptian President after four decades and that of a Nigerian leader after around 28 years. The visit of D-8 leaders to Pakistan will open new vistas for expanding trade and investment relations with D-8 member countries.

Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf will inaugurate the D-8 Trade Exhibition and D-8 Business Forum on Nov. 19 and 20, respectively. Both events will be flagship events of the D-8 Summit to be attended by top corporate leaders from Pakistan and other members of the Group. Given the government's efforts to promote interaction with the private sector, these business activities will provide a solid platform at which Pakistan's public and private sector will be able to showcase wide possibilities in joint ventures and investment. The Business Forum will focus on infrastructure development, value-addition in textile sector, opportunities of joint ventures in alternate energy, engineering, and agro-based industries.

In addition to the leaders, foreign ministers, senior government officials, governors of central banks, heads of trade promotion organizations, business leaders and exhibitors will also participate in the main and sideline activities. Prior to the Summit, preparatory meetings of the D-8 Council of Ministers ( comprising the Foreign Ministers) and the D-8 Commission will also be convened on Nov. 21 and Nov. 19-20, respectively. Pakistan Foreign Minister will chair the Council meeting.

The meeting of the governors of central banks of D-8 countries will make recommendations for cooperation on financial and monetary issues. The meeting will also discuss the impact of global economic crisis, cooperation through trade and capital inflows, and development finance.

The Meeting of D-8 heads of trade promotion organizations and Trade Exhibition together with an interactive seminar will be spread over 4 days. These events will provide an occasion to Pakistan's private sector to exchange information on existing potential and learning about other markets.

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