We think Bangladesh will strengthen its position in multilateral diplomacy, seeking more investment and trade from the member states by hosting the 10th Developing-8 (D-8) summit.
We also believe the D-8 summit would create an opportunity for Dhaka for extending multilateral diplomacy and bring especial significance as currently Bangladesh is celebrating the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and golden jubilee of its independence.
After the summit, Bangladesh will chair the D-8 for the next two years that would create an opportunity to project Bangladesh’s tremendous economic and development success before the world community.
The member states will take a collective policy stand on the issues related to international economic and trade as well as inter-D8 cooperation on six fields – trade, agriculture and food security, industry and small and medium enterprises, transportation, energy and mineral resource and tourism.
With the objective of improving member
states’ position in the global economy,
the D-8 has been working since 1997.
The summit was scheduled to take place in Dhaka at the end of May last year. But in the wake of the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, the summit had been delayed. Earlier in 1999, Bangladesh hosted the 2nd D8 Summit during the rule of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina led Awami League government.
The D-8 consists of 8 developing Muslims countries– Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey was established in 1997 for economic cooperation among the member countries.
It is expected that trade, investment, mineral resources, tourism, ICT, climate and Rohingya issues will be discussed during the upcoming summit.
Besides, it would also be a good opportunity for us to show the rest of the world the close unity among the member states of the D-8.a
With all the challenges we face in our respective countries, we believe the D-8 member states will be going ahead in coming days by making the summit a success.