20 October 2017, Istanbul-Turkey
Statement by the Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan at the 9th D-8 Summit on 20 October 2017 in Istanbul, Turkey
Bismillah-ir-Rehman-ir-Rahim 
Excellency President Recep Tayyip Erdogan;
Honourable Heads of State and Government;
Mr. Secretary General;
Distinguished Delegates,
Excellencies,
Ladies & Gentlemen, 
Assalam-0-Alaikum
I am delighted to be with you all in the beautiful and historic city of Istanbul.
My delegation and I have been deeply touched by the warm welcome and hospitality we have
received ever since our arrival.
I must commend the Government of Turkey for the excellent arrangements made for this 
Summit.
I would also like to convey our profound appreciation to Secretary General Seyed Ali
Mohammad Mousavi for efficiently steering the agenda of the D-8 Organization For Economic
Cooperation during his tenure in office. 
Ladies and Gentlemen,
While I am certain that the Organization will continue to move steadily along the path of even 
more robust economic cooperation, it is also our sincere desire to see the D-8 enter the
project-implementation phase with clear focus on the development, progress and prosperity of
our peoples. We also aspire for it to have a stronger voice at the international level.
Ladies & Gentlemen, 
We appreciate the very apt theme for this Summit chosen by the Republic of Turkey. Expanding
Opportunities through Cooperation is in complete harmony with the post-2017 development
agenda, visualizing sustainable development as one of the core elements of people-centric 
development. Indeed, shared and joint prosperity is the only form of secure and sustainable
prosperity. Inclusion based on collaboration ensures that there are no losers in the 
development effort - all are winners. 
Excellencies,
Pakistan assumed the Chair of D-8 Organization for Economic Cooperation in November 2012 at
the eighth Summit in Islamabad. The Islamabad Summit adopted two landmark documents: the 
D-8 Charter and the Global Vision. These documents have provided the essential basis for our
joint endeavors.
As Chair, Pakistan made every effort to proactively lead the Organization towards the
realization of its objectives and vision. It was a privilege for us to host the Summit Meeting, two
sessions of the Council and four sessions of the D-8 Commission and a number of Sectoral
meetings since November 2012. 
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Another significant milestone achieved during this period was the Observer Status for D-8 at
the United Nations. This Status enables the Organization to closely interact with various UN
agencies and affiliated institutions for cooperative arrangements in priority areas for us. The
status has also given the D-8 an enhanced profile and standing at the international level. 
Ladies and Gentlemen,
As we gather here to renew our collective pledge to strengthen mutually beneficial 
cooperation, we must also take stock of the progress made so far on trade and economic
partnership goals we set for ourselves. This Summit is a good opportunity for us to identify and 
remove the impediments in the way of achieving the Organization's objectives.
Twenty years ago, a shared vision motivated the leaders of our countries to establish this
Organization to promote cooperation in the key areas of agriculture, industry, SMEs, trade, 
transportation, energy and tourism.
However, the progress achieved so far falls short of our expectations, necessitating measures to 
accelerate momentum for stronger partnership. 
Excellencies,
Intra 0-8 trade, after an initial increase, has stagnated. The apprehension is that the target of
USD 500 billion in 2018, envisaged in the 2008 Kuala Lumpur Summit Roadmap, might remain
elusive. 
It is, therefore, important for us to fully implement various instruments and agreements aimed
at facilitating trade amongst member states, especially those related to Preferential Trade, 
Small and Medium Enterprises, Customs, Simplification of Visa matters and Civil Aviation. This
would certainly pave the way for substantial increase intra D-8 trade.
Sectoral meetings at the ministerial level have already chalked out the roadmaps. Now is the
time to start implementation. There may be challenges, but there are also opportunities like 
never before.
While it is imperative for the governments of member countries to facilitate trade and
investment by adopting the necessary legal framework for investment protection and creating
an enabling environment for business in their respective countries, it is the private sector that 
can make the best use of emerging opportunities for trade and joint ventures. It is, therefore, of
utmost importance that we also actively promote entrepreneurship in our countries. 
Ladies and Gentlemen,
This year, Pakistan is celebrating seventy years of its Independence. Over the last decade, we 
were confronted with many challenges. We faced unrelenting terrorism emanating from
instability in our neighbourhood and the environment in the region and beyond. As a result of a 
comprehensive strategy and unwavering resolve, Pakistan has successfully turned the tide.
Improved security has led to economic recovery. Pakistan's economy has recorded a significant
revival in the past four years. Over this time, we have focused on upgrading our
communications and energy infrastructure, and enhancing regional connectivity.
The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will further put our economy on an upward trajectory of
robust growth. We are also working on energy connectivity projects. Pakistan's integration into 
the Eurasian Belt and Road network will provide a firm foundation for Pakistan's rapid
economic development. 
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Connectivity-led growth is a good example of South-South cooperation. We seek similar
partnerships with D-8 member states - through road and rail routes, where possible, but also 
through stronger air and sea connections.
Excellencies,
The 20th Anniversary of the D-8 is an occasion for us to renew our commitment to the 
accelerated realization ofits vision and objectives. As a group, the D-8 has vast potential and
resources. However, realising our combined potential and optimising our collective resources
requires cooperation and collaboration amongst us at every level and every field. Only then will
we be able to attain the critical synergy that will bring shared, secure and sustainable prosperity
to our nations.
Excellency President Erdogan, 
I now avail myself of the privilege and honour of handing over to you the Chair of the D-8
Organization for Economic Cooperation.
Mr. President, I congratulate you on assuming the Chair of the D-8 Summit. I am confident that
your wisdom, sagacity, dynamism and firm commitment will bring new vigour to the D-8 
Organization for Economic Cooperation.
Mr. Chairman, 
On behalf of the people and government of Pakistan, I assure you of our full support and
cooperation in our collective efforts to achieve tangible results. In Pakistan, you will always find
a willing partner and friend.
Thank you.

  
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