The 1st D-8 WGCA and Director Generals’ Meeting was held in late June 2007 (Antalya, Turkey), where the importance of cooperation in the field of Civil Aviation and its manifold benefits were underlined.
The 2nd Director Generals of Civil Aviation Meeting was held in (8- 10 September 2007, Isfahan, Iran) agreed, inter alia, on the need for private sector engagement and emphasized the critical importance of flight safety and security to D-8 countries. It also underlined the importance of D-8 cooperation, on a permanent and sustainable manner, specifically in the areas of maintenance, training, terminal and airport operations, and ground handling.
The 3rd D-8 WGCA and Director Generals’ Meeting was held in (17-18 June 2008, Bali, Indonesia) undertook to address and discuss the potentials and challenges of cooperation between and among the D-8 countries, also at the level of private sectors. Three areas of cooperation; air navigation systems; aircraft maintenance; and airport infrastructure, received particular attention at the meeting. During the meeting Indonesia informed the participants about the development of a Strategic Plan on Civil Aviation called “Roadmap to Safety”, covering the three main elements of safety, security, and services.
The 4th D-8 Working Group on Civil Aviation and Director Generals Meeting(26-27 November 2010, Antalya, Turkey) focused on the importance of the role of private sectors. The meeting was informed that as an initial step the private sectors of Indonesia and Turkey had met and agreed to initiate cooperation in the areas of airport infrastructure and operations.
The 5th D-8 Working Group on Civil Aviation and Director Generals Meeting(8-9 June 2011, Jakarta, Indonesia), with the participation of the private sector participation of some member countries, discussed the wide range of potentials areas for cooperation. The meeting also discussed the draft Terms of Reference (ToR) of the Task Force on Training and Commercial Issues; Task Force on Capacity Building; Task Force on Safety and Security; and Task Force on Air Navigation and Air Traffic Management.
The 6th D-8 Working Group on Civil Aviation And Directors General Meeting( 18th – 19th October 2012, Abuja-Nigeria) Civil aviation investment opportunities, partnerships and co-operation within D-8 countries (public & private sector)
The 7th D-8 Working Group on Civil Aviation And Director Generals Meeting (3-4 June 2013, Dhaka - Bangladesh) Overview on the Current Development and Way Forward of Civil Aviation Cooperation within D-8 Countries and Progress Reports from the Task Forces of Working Group Civil Aviation
In addition to the above meetings, the following meetings have also taken place.
The D-8 DGCA Working Group Task Force (6 March 2009, Istanbul, Turkey) discussed the draft Terms of Reference (ToR) prepared by Indonesia. Moreover, as requested by DGCA Turkey, the scope of the Task Force was expanded to include “Airport Infrastructure.” The idea of the establishment of a joint training center among the member countries was also raised and discussed at the meeting.
The D-8 Airport Management Operation and Industrial Cooperation Workshop (
4-6 April 2012, Istanbul, Turkey), which provided the opportunity for private sector meeting, deliberated on various issues, aspects and opportunities for cooperation between D-8 countries in the aviation sector. Participants also exchanged information regarding the development of airport management and operation.
Moreover, the draft of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the establishment of D-8 Member States Working Group for Co-operation in Civil Aviation, which had been prepared at the first meeting of the DGCA in June 2007, was adopted at a meeting in September the same year in Iran. By mid of 2011, all member countries have signed the MoU.