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The 4th Meeting of the Working Group on Industrial Cooperation (WGIC) of the D-8 held in Bali, Indonesia on 10-12 November 2008, agreed that the food Industries as one of the identified areas of cooperation under the industrial Cooperation of D-8. The 5th Working Group on Industrial Cooperation (WGIC) meeting held on 28 February 2010, in Tehran, adopted the  Terms of Reference of the Taks Force on food Industries as follows:

•To define the necessary organizational framework for the food industries covenants, conventions and protocols, and implementation supervision of the same 

•To facilitate the effective technology, capital and human resources, transfer, within the D-8 Member States, in order to further develop and optimize each countries competitive advantage potentials based on their respective domestic food industries strengths

•To establish a harmonized food industries link quality assurance system and also the necessary legal framework to strengthen ties among D-8 Member States research centers, universities and private sector NGOs, in order to coordinate the use of up-to dated standards for the production of healthy and hygienic food within the D-8 Member States 

•To facilitate food industries expert exchanges and the use of various periodic trade seminars and regional meetings 

•To establish effective communication and cooperation means and methods, among food industries' players from Member States, to exchange information and applied experiences in the green products production and consumption

•To establish specialized food industries financial intermediary institution, with investment from private sectors of Member States, to provide for the financial needs and to enhance investments in the food and related industries, such as agriculture, with priority towards food deficient African countries as target markets

•To accept health certification issued by the Member States' health supervisory authorities, in order to facilitate cross-D-8 trade activities in Food and non alcoholic beverage, cosmetic and toiletry products 

•To make cooperations with UNIDO and IDB in food industries for D-8 Member States
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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) 

During this meeting, the private sector of Indonesia, Turkey and Iran has signed a Minute of Meeting to facilitate cooperation through a long-term program on Automotive Industry. A joint working group will be established to develop the long-term cooperation.

2.        The Fifth Meeting of D-8 Working Group on Industrial Cooperation (WGIC) was held in Tehran, Iran, on February 28 – March 02 2010, back-to-back meeting with the First D-8 Ministerial Meeting on Industry. 

During WGIC meeting, all the delegations discussed and approved all the Terms of Reference (ToR) of 11 Task Forces as recommended on previous D-8 WGIC meeting. In addition, Plan of Action: Cooperation on Industry & Tehran Declaration on D-8 Industrial Cooperation was adopted by WGIC meeting. Meanwhile, at ministerial meeting, The Ministers adopted Tehran Declaration.

3.        As the one of coordinator Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) under 11 Task Forces of D-8 WGIC, Iran Small Industries & Industrial Parks Organization (ISIPO) hosted the First D-8 SMEs Governmental Bodies Meeting of D-8 Member Countries on 06-07 December 2010 in Tehran-Iran with the idea to examine how to implement the agreements and deepen the ties between D-8 Member Countries.  In addition, the meeting has also considered that it is also timely opportune for D-8 governmental bodies to meet and discuss common efforts in responding towards the current potential market of D-8 SMEs. 

4.        As a follow up activity of the First D-8 SMEs Governmental Bodies Meeting of D-8 Member Countries on 06-07 December 2010 in Tehran-Iran, Iranian government held the SME Cluster Development Best Practice Workshop on 8-9 February 2011 in Tehran-Iran, which intended to familiarize the related persons from Member Countries with the concept and experiences of SME Cluster Development in Iran. The workshop commenced successfully with full participation from D-8 Member Countries and ECO. 

5.        The Sixth Meeting of D-8 Working Group on Industrial Cooperation (WGIC) and Second D-8 Ministerial Meeting on Industry was held on 4-6 October 2011 in Istanbul-Turkey. Excluding Task Force on Textile and Garment, all Task Forces were discussed. Turkish delegation also proposed to add one more Task Force, namely Task Force on Machinery.

At Ministerial level meeting, the Ministers adopted Istanbul Declaration. In addition, at agenda item: exchange of views on Industry Meeting, Minister of Industry of Indonesia and Minister of Industry of Iran emphasized on the discrepancy in the level of performance of various Task Forces of the WGIC and called of an objective review and analysis, with regards to optimization of the number of TFs.

6.        The First D-8 Task Force Meeting on Textile and Garment successfully held on 27-28 October 2011 in Jakarta-Indonesia. The meeting decided that the Member Countries would submit their respective set of concrete proposals for cooperation to D-8 Secretariat within 45 days. In addition, Indonesian delegation proposed a matrix for the articulation of a plan of action for the future of the Task Force, which can also serve as a mechanism for further articulation of the activities of the Task Force.

In the 3rd D-8 Task Force Meeting on Food Industries was held in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 8th October 2012, the meeting 

Reviewed the Report of the last Task Force Meeting on New Projects and Areas of Cooperation in Food Industries

Decisions of last Task Force Meeting were reviewed by the participants of the D-8 Task Force Meeting on Food Sector.

4.The information regarding import and export regulations as well as investment legislation relating to food industries should be compiled by the D-8 Member Countries before the next meeting on industry.

It was stated by the participants that information in this respect should be prepared by the respective member countries that would be compiled by the Secretariat.
5.Efforts should be made to ensure that more private sector representatives from the D-8 countries participate in meetings in order to engage in the discussion of problems, contribute to problem solving, and increase business cooperation.

It was stated by the participants that a good number of participants are drawn from private sector in the meetings, so that all may be engaged in discussions of problems, and can contribute for solutions. 

6.To establish electronic media such as websites, blogs and databases in order to share information regarding food legislation and trade-related issues. Central Anatolian Exporter’s Unions (OAIB) of Turkey expressed readiness to take the initiative in this respect.

It was stated by the participants that in the D-8 website, the data base on industrial issues, legislation on investment, and trade regulations etc should be included in the D-8 website.  

7.Efforts should be made, with the support of the D-8 Secretariat, to encourage and facilitate the active participation of Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) in the D-8 meetings, including those representing food industries.

It was stated by the participants that in this 2nd meeting a good number of NGOs are invited to participate.  

8.Information exchange through the D-8 website should be made more effective.   

It was suggested by the participants to incorporate all the relevant data on industrial issues along with export and import data, tariff rules in the D-8 website by the D-8 Secretariat within six months. 

Agenda No.6: New projects and areas of cooperation in food industries
The D-8 website should be dedicated with information on export-import regulations and investment legislations to be provided by the member countries in a regular manner to the Secretariat.

Establish a Central Food Technological Research and Development Institute by D-8 Secretariat to act as Centre of Excellence among the D-8 countries to conduct integrated research and development activities for overall improvement of the food industrial sector.
Arrange capacity building programme in the member countries through various joint events and exchange of data, experience sharing, experts, skills, training in the areas of food processing.

Inviting food industries business community of all D-8 countries to organize a meeting during the next working group meeting to determine the areas of cooperation, discuss on export and import opportunities and FDI in each member country under the umbrella of the D-8 Secretariat.

Harmonization of food standards among the D-8 member countries and acceptance of Halal certification by the member countries. 

Outcomes of the Task Force on Food Industry of the 4th Ministerial Meeting on Industrial Cooperation 26-27 January 2015, Tehran, Iran are as follows:

-To establish the specialized food industry website to present their abilities, potentials, innovation & achievements, trade & production information, regulation and other areas of food industries .

-To facilitate Halal trade, the Member States agreed to adopt the required measures on the basis of common procedures. 

-Member States will give priorities within the D-8 for supply of new materials in food industries. 

-To establish an effective mechanism in order to follow the D-8 decisions in the area of food industries.

Food Industries
Coordinator: Malaysia

Mr. Dilip Kumar Shaha
Deputy Secretary
Info details Ministry of Industries
91, Motijheel C/A, Dhaka
Phone: +88-029551285

Mr. Raouf Hasan Farg
Head of Central Department of Investment Policies and International Agreement
Ministry of Trade & Industry
Phone: +2022 794 4984
Fax: +2022 7953466

Director of Food Industries
Jln. Jend. Gatot Subroto Kav. 52-53, 
17th floor Jakarta Selatan 12950
Phone: +62 21 5252709, 
+62 21 525 5509
Ext: 2621, 4058
Fax: +6221 5252709

Mr. Mahdi Sadegh Niaraki
Phone: 0098-21-88907226
Fax: 0098-21-81762280

Mrs. Mastura Ahmad Mustafa
Sectoral Policy Division, Ministry of Inernational Trade and Industry 
8th Floor, Block 10, Government Offices Complex 
Jalan Duta 50622 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Phone: +603 6203 4528 
Fax: +603 6201 2341 

Ms. Yasmin Masood
Joint Secretary (Dev.) 
Ministry of Food and Agriculture
Phone: 051-9203569
Fax: 051-9202369

Public Sector:
Ozcan Tutumlu – Engineer
Tel: +90 312 201 55 89
Fax: +90 312 201 55 64

Private Sector:
Nazan Maras
Tel: +90 312 284 77 78
Fax: +90 312 284 77 79

Meeting so far held:

-D-8 Task Force Meeting on Food Industry (26-28 January 2015, Tehran-Iran)