KUALA LUMPUR - The D-8 member states on Tuesday expressed their profound concern over the adverse effects of global oil and food crises while asking the international community to urgently address the important issues. Pakistan, Malaysia and other D-8 states, mostly developing Muslim nations while agreeing on an 'economic roadmap for 10 years also reaffirmed their determination to meet global challenges through innovative cooperation. They called for promoting socio-economic interaction, peace and tolerance at the global level. At the end of their 6th Summit here in the Malaysian capital, the D-8 countries comprising Pakistan, Malaysia, Iran, Turkey, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Egypt and Nigeria adopted a 'declaration' in which these nations urged the need to coordinate through negotiations to resolve various global issues. The declaration asked for early implementation of the "Agreement on Simplification of Visa Procedures for D-8 businessmen" signed by Malaysia and ratified by Bangladesh, Iran, Pakistan and Turkey. The Summit which was attended by the heads of states and governments of D-8 countries ended with the joint note of enhancing cooperation in various areas, including current global food shortage, global warming, labour migration, Islamic banking and finance and the strengthening of global Halal industry. On global economic crisis, the D-8 countries agreed to promote the interests of developing countries and redouble efforts to meet the challenges. The Prime Minister of Malaysia, Abdullah Badawi, Prime Minister of Pakistan Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani, Iranian President President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad, Bangladeshi's chief advisor to the government Fakhruddin Ahmed and other leaders of G-8 states shared the salient points of the declaration with media representatives at a joint press conference. The Malaysian Prime Minister said that the D-8 endorsed the Roadmap for Economic Cooperation in the Second Decade of Cooperation (2008-2018) as the vision to guide activities in the next ten years and directed the Commission to prioritize areas of cooperation, with particular emphasis on enhancing intra D-8 trade for promoting development. He said that the next G-8 summit would be held in Nigeria in 2010. According to the declaration, the summit also instructed the Commission to examine the initiative of Iran on the establishment of a Joint Investment Fund for supporting implementation of D-8 projects. The D-8 endorsed the Statutory Documents of the D-8 Secretariat and the Rules of Procedure to be effective from January 1, 2009 and reaffirmed commitment to continue pursuing the goals and objectives set out in the Declaration of Istanbul (1997), Dhaka (1999), Cairo (2001), Tehran (2004), and Bali (2006). The declaration stressed that the developed countries should fully take into account the conditions of developing countries in trade sector to ensure effective and beneficial integration of countries into global economy. It also called for emphasizing the importance of a meaningful and fair conclusion of negotiation of Doha Development Round as soon as possible. The D-8 countries also agreed that areas of international cooperation should be fair, transparent and non-discriminatory and reaffirmed full support for the speedy accession of Iran into the WTO. They emphasized the importance of collaborative efforts to enhance capacity building, transfer of technology, exploration of new sources of supply, development of alternative fuels, including renewable sources of energy, as well as peaceful uses of nuclear energy. Recognising the adverse impacts of global warming and climate change on development, the D-8 reaffirmed commitment to enhance cooperation in climate change negotiations following the Bali Roadmap to support the adaptation efforts of the developing countries. The declaration urged cooperation on protecting the rights of migrant workers, both within the context of D-8 and in other regional and global processes, including the Global Forum on Migration and Development. They acknowledged the efforts of the private sector to strengthen collaboration in global Halal industry, biotechnology and renewable energy and the potentials of Islamic banking and finance. They also appreciated the contribution of Malaysia in developing common standard through Halal Development Corporation (HDC) International Halal Integrity Alliance (IHI Alliance), Malaysia International Halal Showcase (MIHAS) and the offer of Malaysia Technical Cooperation Programme (MTCP) Halal training programmes. The declaration expressed satisfaction on the significant growth in intra D-8 trade from USD 14.5 billion in 1999 to USD 60.5 billion in 2007, representing an increase of more than 200 per cent over a period of 8 years, and hoped that the trade volume would further increase with the entry into force of Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA). Recognising Islamic Banking's vital role in trade and investment in D-8 countries, the declaration acknowledged Malaysia's initiatives in developing Islamic Finance and called upon member countries to foster greater cooperation in this field. The D-8 countries welcomed the outcome of First D-8 Ministerial Meeting on Tourism and endorsed the 'Tehran Declaration on Tourism Cooperation 2008' and directed the Commission to take necessary measures for its implementation.