The Regional Co-operation for Development (R.C.D.) is an agreement between fran, Pakistan and Turkey for closer economic, technical and cultural collaboration.
The three contiguous countries with over 140 million people have deep-rooted historical ties and cultural affinity. One could very well say that they are linked both by history and geography. Ever since its creation 14 years ago, RCD has been called upon to play a comprehensive and expanding role in promoting closer co-operation amongst the people of the region. Over the years it has been able to stimulate action in the field of industry and trade, insurance and banking, transport and communications, technical and cultural co-operation, tourism and postal services.
Annual Philatelic Exhibitions are also being held in the three member countries by rotation. The first such Exhibition was held in Karachi from July 21-25, 1976; the second Exhibition was held in Istanbul from July 21-31, 1977 and the third will be held in Tehran from October 4-13, 1978.
On the anniversary of the RCD which falls on the 21st July, each of the three countries issues a set of three stamps on a common subject one design being chosen from each country. The subject chosen this year is “Rose”. One specimen each of the common garden rose grown in Turkey, Iran and Pakistan is depicted in each set.