ANKARA - Turkey's largest city, will host the 2nd Industry Ministers' Summit of D-8 (Developing Eight) countries on Oct. 4-6, the semi-official Anatolia news agency said on Saturday.
Participants will discuss topics including joint research and development projects on automobile and electricity, sharing experiences and policies in environment issue, energy supply, food certification, and projects on petrochemical area.
Turkish Science, Industry and Technology Minister Nihat Ergun was quoted that the first summit took place in Iran two years ago, adding that the second meeting, which would take place in Halic Congress Center in Istanbul, would be more comprehensive than the first one.
Ergun said that the population of D-8 countries was nearly one billion, but they could not set up a sound cooperation since D-8 had been founded despite owing such a large market.
"We target to increase the trade volume among D-8 countries to 100 billion U.S. dollars within the next five years," said Ergun.
D-8, established in 1997, groups Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Indonesia, Egypt and Nigeria, all of them members of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation. (Xinhua)