Nigeria on Sunday took over the rotational two-year chairmanship of the group that also includes Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan and Turkey.
Besides the host country and Iran and Turkey, the other members would be represented at the summit beginning in Abuja on Thursday by either prime ministers or ministers, the ministry said.
Nigeria would push a D8 goal of boosting intra-grouping trade by 10 to 15 percent between 2008 and 2018, Nigerian foreign affairs permanent secretary Martin Uhomoibhi said at a pre-summit meeting.
“Although the roadmap may appear rather ambitious, we believe that with sufficient political will, the targets we have set for ourselves are achievable,” Uhomoibhi said.
The roadmap also aims to simplify visa procedures between partner nations.
The Istanbul-headquartered D8 was established in 1997 to promote economic cooperation and solidarity within the member states.