Ankara, May 10, IRNA – Iranian diplomat Morteza Damanpak Jami has been nominated as the Islamic Republic’s Eminent Person to the D-8 Eminent Person Group (EPG), it was reported on Saturday.
The EPG members of the D-8 Organization of Economic Cooperation will meet for two days in Istanbul, Turkey on May 15 to 16, to examine prospects, challenges and opportunities ahead.
The think-tank’s reports and recommendations will be presented to the D-8 Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs meeting in September as well as to the D-8 Summit scheduled for December 2014 in Turkey.
The Developing Eight are a group of developing countries with large Muslim populations that have formed an economic development alliance.
The economic bloc consists of Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Turkey.
The D-8 countries comprise around one billion people, or around 17% of the world’s population, with a dynamic labor force.
The Muslim-majority nations have rich mineral, energy and agricultural resources, and a promising tourism prospect, competitive operational costs and above all, diversity.
The D-8 countries, when calculated together, consist of 55 % of the total GDP of the Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC).
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