ISLAMABAD - A two-day meeting of aviation chiefs and the expert working group of  Developing-Eight (D-8) countries began here on Monday to discuss challenges and prospects of the future cooperation. 

In his opening remarks, Adviser to Prime Minister on Aviation Sardar Mehtab Ahmad Khan said that Pakistan would extend full cooperation to the international community for safe, secure, efficient and sustainable aviation systems.

He said that enhanced connectivity and sustained growth could be achieved in D-8 countries by maintaining high standards of safety, security and efficiency.

Mehtab emphasised the need for harmonising safety regulations among member countries.

Deputy under Secretary Transport Maritime Affairs and Communications Turkey

Orhan Birdal said that the D-8 countries were geographically separated but the aviation industry removes the borders and opens wider gates of cooperation in all fields.

D-8 Secretary General Syed Ali Muhammad Mousavi said that the D-8 forum aims to assist policymakers and stakeholders in making them aware of the latest trends in the aviation and for the sustainable development of the industry.

Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority Director General Air Marshal (Retd) Asim Suleiman emphasized the need for strengthening cooperation among the member States in all spheres of civil aviation.

Later, talking to the media, Mehtab said that significant development was being made in the aviation sector in the country.

He said that the latest radar technology was being introduced in the country.