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.
Outcomes of the Task Force on Food Industries of the 5th Ministerial Meeting on Industrial Cooperation 09-10 May 2016, Cairo, Egypt are as follows:
-Providing the website of D8 (www.d8coop.com) with a specialized information on food industry by each member country. It is proposed to present Member States’ abilities, potentials, innovation & achievements, trade & production information.
-Promoting Halal products by participating in Halal Exhibitions and organizing trade missions in addition to exchanging information between the member countries.
-Encourage signing MOU between D8 countries in Halal Certificates and regulations.
-Encourage companies to get Halal Certificates from official bodies & promote Halal products between all D8 countries.
-Propose that the governments of D8 countries encouraging Halal trade between the member countries.