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History of TTEN

The Senior Officials Meeting of the 3rd D-8 Ministerial Meeting on Industry was held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on 9th October 2012. In the meeting the delegations of Bangladesh, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Turkey attended. The meeting adopted the outcome of the meetings of the Task Forces as agreed by the representatives of the D-8 Member Countries in each Task Force. The 12 agreed Task Forces are as follows:

  1. Automotive Industry
  2. Electronics & ICT
  3. Iron-Steel
  4. Machinery
  5. Petrochemicals
  6. Cement
  7. Energy
  8. Food Industries
  9. Standardization, Conformity, Assessment, Accreditation and Metrology
  10. Technology Cooperation
  11. SMEs
  12. Textile and Garments

Previously, Iran had proposed to develop a web portal for Technology Transfer & Exchange Network (TTEN). Therefore, one of the recommendations in the 10th Task Force which is, all the D-8 member countries utilize the developed web portal as a technology database for technology transfer and exchange network. Also this project is financed by Iran. So, Pardis Technology Park as the Iranian responsible started to develop the web portal (TTEN).

The website is promoted under the brand name of Technology Transfer & Exchange Network (TTEN), which is essentially a web-based market space for technology suppliers and seekers to exchange their technology offers and requests. The usefulness of the website can be gauged from the following:

  • The website provides easier access to information on the availability of the latest technologies, with a particular focus on the D-8 countries;
  • The website maintains a comprehensive database of technology offers and requests and technology suppliers and seekers from the D-8 countries and beyond;
  • It provides technology news and information on technology oriented events planned in several countries with the objective to facilitate cooperation among technology based enterprises.

History of D-8

D-8, also known as Developing-8, is an organization for development cooperation among the following countries: Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey.

The establishment of D-8 was announced officially through the Istanbul Declaration of Summit of Heads of State/Government on June 15, 1997.

The objectives of D-8 Organization for Economic Cooperation are to improve member states’ position in the global economy, diversify and create new opportunities in trade relations, enhance participation in decision-making at international level, and improve standards of living.

D-8 is a global arrangement rather than a regional one, as the composition of its members reflects. Organization for Economic Cooperation (D-8) is a forum with no adverse impact on bilateral and multi-lateral commitments of the member countries, emanating from their membership to other international or regional organizations.

Dr. Seyed Ali Mohammad Mousavi from Iran is currently the Secretary General of the D-8 Organization with its Secretariat based in Istanbul-Turkey.

Idea behind D-8 Establishment

The idea of cooperation among major Muslim developing countries was mooted by Dr. Necmettin Erbakan, the then Prime Minister of Turkey, during a Seminar on “Cooperation in Development” which was held in Istanbul in October 1996. The group envisioned cooperation among countries stretching from South East Asia to Africa. Representatives from Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria and Pakistan attended the Seminar. This conference was the first step towards the establishment of D-8 and it was only after a series of preparatory meetings that D-8 was set up officially and began its activities with the Istanbul Declaration issued at the end of the summit of Heads of State and Government held in Istanbul on June 15, 1997.


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