The 2nd Joint meeting of the GCC Ministerial Committee forThe GCC Ministerial Committee for Culture and Tourism held the 2nd joint meeting on Thursday, 10 October 2019, in Muscat, Oman. The meeting was chaired by, HE Read more 10October2019Share this news...tweetThe Meeting of the GCC Ministerial Committee for CulturThe GCC Ministerial Committee for Culture held the 23rd meeting on Thursday, 10 October 2019, in Muscat, Oman. The meeting was chaired by, HH Sayyid Haitham bin Read more 10October2019Share this news...tweetThe Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council participatesUnder the patronage HH Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, Minister of Heritage and Culture of the Sultanate of Oman and the GCC Ministers of Culture, the Secretary Read more 10October2019Share this news...tweetThe 16th Meeting of the GCC Supreme Military Committee ofThe GCC Military Committee of the Chiefs of Staff of the Armed Forces held the 16th meeting on Thursday, 10 October 2019, in Muscat, Oman; with the participation of the Read more 10October2019Share this news...tweetThe Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council launchesThe Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani launched the Spatial Platform for the GCC Sustainable Development Goals Read more 09October2019Share this news...tweet News Events No content found More Events Menu عربي ×News × Events ×Employees Mail × . . × × HomeAbout GCC Member StatesThe CharterOrganizational StructureObjectivesLogo Secretariat General Secretary GeneralAssistant SecretariesTendersJobs GCC AchievementsCurrently selected AchievementsProjects Statements Supreme CouncilMinisterial Council Data Events And Competitions EventsCompetitions Cognitive Sources Laws and RegulationsAgreementsDigital LibraryGCC Statistics Media Center GCC NewsAdvertisingMultimedia LibraryMailing ListLinks Contact US Contact USOffices Search Employees Mail Regional Cooperation and Economic Relations with other Countries and Groupings Regional Cooperation and Economic Relations with other Countries and Groupings الرئيسية›Home›GCC Achievements›Achievements›Regional Cooperation and Economic Relations with other Countries and Groupings›EFTA Countries Negotiations with Arab CountriesNegotiations with the EUThe Peoples Republic of China (PRC) The Islamic Republic of PakistanThe Republic of IndiaRepublic of TurkeyMERCOSUR CountriesEFTA CountriesCurrently selectedJapanRelations with the Republic of KoreaSingaporeAustraliaNew ZealandASEANRelations with MalaysiaWith the European Free Trade Association countries, "noting" In a meeting held between officials from the GCC Secretariat General and the EFTA Secretariat, the EFTA countries - Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein - expressed their desire to develop a declaration of principles for cooperation between the GCC and EFTA. The GCC Ministerial Council (70th session, March 1999) agreed to initiate negotiations on the aforementioned declaration of principles. The GCC Ministerial Council approved the final draft of the Declaration at its 72nd session, September 1999.On 23 May 2000, the GCC States and the EFTA countries signed the document of cooperation that provides for establishing a cooperation committee. The GCC Supreme Council approved that document at its 21st session, December 2000.The Joint Cooperation Committee held two meetings wherein it examined the areas of cooperation set out in the Declaration of Principles and the means of implementation. In February 2006, experts from both sides held a meeting at the headquarters of the GCC Secretariat General, Riyadh, and discussed the mechanism for initiating FTA negotiations. The FTA negotiations commenced with a meeting of experts from both sides that was held in Geneva in June 2006. The two sides also held other rounds and technical meetings thereafter.The two parties signed a Free Trade Agreement in in Hamar, Norway on 22nd June 2009.