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›Japan Negotiations with Arab CountriesNegotiations with the EUThe Peoples Republic of China (PRC) The Islamic Republic of PakistanThe Republic of IndiaRepublic of TurkeyMERCOSUR CountriesEFTA CountriesJapanCurrently selectedRelations with the Republic of KoreaSingaporeAustraliaNew ZealandASEANRelations with MalaysiaWith the European Free Trade Association countries, "noting" The GCC Ministerial Council (11th session, June 1984) approved the principle of initiating direct negotiations between the GCC and other countries and international economic groupings. Japan was one of the countries with which the GCC States wanted to develop relations. Then the first round of informal talks was organized in Tokyo, 1987, to be followed by three other rounds, one of which was organized in Riyadh, January 1995. During these rounds, various areas of cooperation were discussed; these included investment, technology transfer, training, energy and standards. These topics were discussed in general without proposing specific recommendations. However, pursuant to the desire of the GCC States, the Japanese side agreed, in principle, to form a working team for trade and investment, provided that the two sides should agree later on the composition and work program of that team. However, no action has been taken regarding this team. After the economic dialogue between the two sides ceased for many years, Japan expressed its desire (February 2006) to develop its economic, trade and investment relations with the GCC States and to reach an FTA between the two sides. The two sides agreed to consider the possibility of concluding an FTA agreement, and experts held a meeting to discuss initiating the negotiations leading to such an agreement.The GCC-Japan FTA negotiations began with launching the first round in Tokyo, in September 2006, followed by technical expert meetings and then the last round was launched in Riyadh in March 2009, in which topics related to this agreement were discussed.