1. In line with the initiation of Task Forces under WGIC, the proposal to identify the TFs was raised during the Fourth Meeting of D-8 Working Group on Industrial Cooperation (WGIC) on 10-12 November 2008, Bali-Indonesia.
After having and intensive discussion and exchange of views, the meeting agreed to strengthen future cooperation through Task Forces:
1.Automotive (Coordinator: Iran, Egypt, and Indonesia)
2.Energy, Power Sector and Conservation (Coordinator: Turkey, Nigeria)
3.Food production through Mechanization (Coordinator: Malaysia)
4.Cooperation/Transfer of Technology (Coordinator: Turkey, Iran)
5.Petrochemicals and Fertilizer (Coordinator: Indonesia, Iran)
6.Cement (Coordinator: Iran)
7.Steel (Coordinator: Iran)
8.Textile (Coordinator: Egypt, Indonesia)
9.Standardization and Intellectual Property Rights (Coordinator: Turkey, Iran)
10.SMEs (Coordinator: Turkey, Indonesia, Iran, Nigeria)
11.Electronics and IT (Coordinator: Malaysia)
The 5th Ministerial Meeting on Industry on held 09-11 May 2016 in Cairo, change the name of the Task Force of Petrochemicals to “Task Force on Chemical and Petrochemicals”.
At the second Task Force Meeting on Petrochemical and Fertilizer was held in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 8 October 2012,The meeting agreed to make the following key recommendations:
(1) Formation of a common expert committee for D-8 member countries (hereafter called D-8 Petrochemical Expert Group). The committee will decide or propose the possible ways for the collaboration among D-8 member countries for mutual interest. Specifically the committee will coordinate, communicate, monitor, administer and supervise the implementation of any decision taken. To form the committee, all members will introduce their representatives preferably from senior management to the D-8 secretariat.
The recommended expert committee should be formed within the next three months.
It is to be noted that Iran’s petrochemical industry expressed its willingness in forming D-8 petrochemical expert group in coordination with D-8 secretariat.
(2) Formation of a petrochemical institute in Bangladesh funded by D-8 member countries.
Outcomes of the Task Force on Petrochemical of the 4th Ministerial Meeting on Industrial Cooperation 26-27 January 2015, Tehran, Iran are as follows:
-The meeting decided to locate the Secretariat of the Petrochemical Association temporarily in Tehran, Iran.
-The privately-owned Association of Petrochemical Industry Cooperation (APIC) which is based in Tehran, Iran will be the focal point for further discussions and follow-up regarding the issues related to the Association.
Outcomes of the Task Force on Petrochemical of the 5th Ministerial Meeting on Industrial Cooperation 09-1 May 2016, Cairo, Egypt are as follows:
•The name of the Task Force is agreed to be “Task Force on Chemical and Petrochemicals”;
•The name of the association is agreed to be Petrochemicals and Downstream Industries Association;
•Headquarters of the petrochemical associations will be in Tehran till December 2016 and then moved to Cairo starting from January 2017 for the next two years in the Chamber of Chemical Industries of Egypt. (FEI Building);
•Each D-8 Member State is entitled to introduce only two entity to become a member of the Association and one of them from Petrochemicals Industries and second one is from Downstream Sector;
•The Association will elect two Vice Chairman one for Upstream and one for Downstream;
Meetings so far held:
- Working Group on Petrochemical Meeting (13-14 May 2013, Tehran- Iran)
-D-8 Task Force Meeting on Petrochemical (26-28 January 2015, Tehran-Iran)
-D-8 Task Force Meeting on Petrochemical (09-11 May 2016, Cairo-Egypt)