Nigeria has called for the abolition of visa requirement among members of the Eight Developing Countries (D-8) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation to ensure free movement of people and trade.
Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s minister of information, culture and tourism, made the call when meeting with Seyed Ali-Mohammed, the D-8 secretary-general, in Abuja on Wednesday.
Noting that free movement of people would guarantee free movement of trade, Mohammed urged D-8 members to make sure “there is no barrier in terms of visa” among them.
The minister commended the D-8’s focus on tourism development of which he said provision of infrastructure is critical.
For his part, Ali-Mohammed reiterated his organisation’s determination to help member-states to develop tourism and promote co-operation among them.
The D-8 countries are Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey.
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