ISLAMABAD - President Asif Ali Zardari is scheduled to travel to Istanbul on Wednesday to participate in the 11th summit of the Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO) members, officials informed. Meanwhile, a high-ranking delegation of officials, including experts from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Commerce and Petroleum have already flown to Istanbul to attend the senior officials meeting slated for December 20 and 21. As foreign ministers of ECO member countries will hold the 19th Council of Ministers Meeting on December 22, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi is expected to leave for Istanbul on Tuesday. When contacted on Monday, Spokesperson of Foreign Office also confirmed it. Official said President would also hold meetings with Turkish officials and representatives of other ECO member countries on the sidelines of the summit. Moreover, representatives from the ECO Secretariat, ECO subsidiary organs and a number of international organisations are expected to attend the meetings. It is pertinent to mention here that 10th ECO summit was held in Tehran in March 2009. ECO is an intergovernmental organisation involving seven Asian and three Eurasian nations. It provides a platform to discuss ways to improve development and promote trade and investment opportunities among the member countries. As the common objective of ECO is to establish a single market for goods and services, much like the European Union, Pakistan is all set to get advantage of this forum by convincing the member countries to grant Pakistani goods duty free access to their markets. Pakistan, Turkey and Iran are the founding members of this forum while Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan were granted membership recently. Keeping in view the current situation in Pakistan especially in the aftermath of catastrophic floods that played havoc across the country and caused huge damage to its economy, experts believe that member countries of ECO can help support Pakistans economy by opening their markets for Pakistani goods. However, it depended upon the leadership and team of Pakistans official who, in case if they acted wisely, could easily secure duty free access for Pakistani goods to the markets of member countries of ECO, experts said on Monday.