D8 Secretary General Dato’ Dato’ Jaafar Ku Shaari met State Minister for Foreign Affairs

Secretary General of the D8 Ambassador Dato’ Jaafar Ku Shaari called on the Bangladesh State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam MP at his office yesterday.

D8 Secretary General briefed the State Minister Alam about the upcoming 10th Summit to be held in Dhaka early next year. He also briefed the State Minister about the various initiatives undertaken by the D8 – particularly in the field of technology and innovation, universal health care services, in the newly established Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and establishing FIZs (D8 Free Industrial Zones). 

State Minister Alam reiterated Bangladesh commitment towards a more effective and functional D8 realising its full potential. He also emphasized on how to better collaborate between the member states by leveraging experiences and skills of one member state for others on complementarity basis, especially in the field of energy, tourism, blue economy etc.

D8 stands for Organization for Economic Cooperation, which comprises eight largest Muslim developing countries viz Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey. It was established in 1997 at the 1st Summit held in Istanbul. Bangladesh hosted the 2nd D8 Summit in 1999. 

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