‘Dhaka ready to host D8 summit in 2020’

Women BD Desk:

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has hinted Dhaka’s readiness to host the next summit of the eight-nation D 8 or Developing-8 as the forum’s secretary-general Ambassador Jaafar Ku Shaari called on her.

“The Prime Minister hinted that Dhaka would host the next D8 summit in the third week of April 2020,” premier’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim told a media briefing after the meeting at the PMO on Thursday (Oct 31).

During the talks, she proposed the sharing of experiences among the eight nations for their further development.

“Bangladesh is expected to take over as the next chair of the D8 through the Dhaka summit which will coincide with Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s birth centenary,” Karim said.

The D8 secretary-general expected the upcoming summit, the 10th of the grouping, to generate new initiatives and ideas to be aligned with its 2030 agenda.

D8 groups Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey.

Shaari appreciated the Bangladesh premier’s proposal for experience sharing for common benefits which he said could be ensured through strengthened cooperation among the member states.

He highly praised Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her able leadership in booming the economy of Bangladesh.

“Bangladesh would be a model (for development) to be followed by the other countries,” he said.

Shaari simultaneously proposed an allocation of a special economic zone in Bangladesh exclusively for D8 member countries.

While the premier responded positively, saying “We are currently setting up 100 special economic zones (and) land can be provided from the zones for the D8 member countries”.

Sheikh Hasina thanked the D8 secretary-general for his dynamic leadership and introducing innovative ideas, making tireless efforts to make the organization visible and building partnership among the member countries.

Both of them put emphasized on enhancing connectivity among the D8 member countries.

PM’s Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman was present on the occasion, among others.

Daily Women Bangladesh/SS