Following the Istanbul Summit in July, 1964, there came into existence an historic tripartite arrangement among Iran, Pakistan and Turkey, known as Regional Cooperation for Development (RCD) aiming at closer economic bonds and the welfare of peoples of this region. To mark the 8th Anniversary of the establishment of the R.C.D., falling on the 21st July, 1972, Pakistan along with the other two member countries, is issuing a set of three Commemorative Postage Stamps. The subjects chosen therefor are the paintings of the famous national artists of the three countries. Following is the brief description of the subjects chosen for the purpose
This painting “WILL AND POWER” by the famous Pakistani Artist, Mr. Abdur Rehman Chughtai is the portrait of a youth belonging to the generation of Mujahids whose spiritual strength, indomitable will and power is etched out as if with the bold strokes of a sword. It has an opulent harmony representing the dignity and the strength of heroic mankind.
This painting “THE COMPLEXION OF AN IRANIAN WOMAN” is the work of one of the most distinguished miniaturists of Iran, Hussein Behzad (1894-1968). In design and colouring Behzad has few equals among contemporary miniaturists.
TURKEY: This painting “THE FISHING MAN” is the work of Mr. Cevat Dereli, a famous contemporary Turkish painter and is exhibited in State painting and Sculpture Museum. Mr. Cevat Dereli was born in Rize, in 1900. His compositions reflect local life and there is a marked effect of cubism in his multi-figured works. In the process of fulfilling the objectives of social and economic cooperation, RCD has given new vitality to the historic friendship among the nations of Iran, Pakistan and Turkey and it has added entirely new dimensions to their cooperation in economic and cultural spheres. The building of a common infra-structure is far advanced both physically and institutionally. Roads and rail links will soon connect the three countries. A direct microwave link already exists between the three countries and their postal and telegraph rates are at par with internal rates.
RCD Shipping Services has continued to play an effective role in RCD Cooperation. The South Shipping Lines of Iran have commenced operations from the North Atlantic and Gulf Coast Ports in the USA to the ports in the Persian Gulf including the Iranian ports during the fourth week of March, 1971. The National airlines of the three countries are already working in close cooperation with each other. In the field of institutional collaboration, a joint development bank is now under consideration. A joint re-insurance pool has already been formed which has saved the RCD countries millions of dollars in foreign exchange.
The RCD has approved many large industries as joint ventures and such projects as Bank Note and Ball Bearing projects in Pakistan and Aluminum Company in Iran have already gone into production stage. Feasibility studies on many other projects are under completion. These projects when implemented will save millions of dollars in foreign exchange for the member countries.
Technical cooperation and management assistance is also proceeding smoothly with great benefit for each of the three RCD members. So far thousands of trainees and hundreds of experts have been exchanged while the 1972 programme envisages exchange of many more. Over 40 seminars have been held on various subjects and many joint courses on Management and Public Administration have been held in Iran and Pakistan. Increased people-to-people contacts at different levels are taking place.
The RCD Cultural Institute has published over 30 books and work on another 10 is being continued. Exchange of films, news reels, radio tapes, news-papers and periodicals is increasingly taking place and shooting of a joint RCD documentary film will start soon. RCD has so far installed its own stand in three international Exhibitions including Osaka Exposition, 1970.