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›Negotiations with Arab Countries Negotiations with Arab CountriesCurrently selectedNegotiations with the EUThe Peoples Republic of China (PRC) The Islamic Republic of PakistanThe Republic of IndiaRepublic of TurkeyMERCOSUR CountriesEFTA CountriesJapanRelations with the Republic of KoreaSingaporeAustraliaNew ZealandASEANRelations with MalaysiaWith the European Free Trade Association countries, "noting" After the GCC States have agreed to implement a Common External Tariff (CET), set a deadline for the launch of the Customs Union and affirmed the desire to behave as a single group with a view to fostering cooperation ties with other Arab countries, which represent the strategic depth of the GCC States vis-à-vis the international blocs, the Ministerial Council (78th session, March 2001), based on the recommendation of the Financial and Economic Cooperation Committee, agreed, in principle, on concluding direct negotiations between the GCC States and the major Arab trading partners leading to reciprocal tariff exemption of all goods and elimination of tariff and non-tariff barriers and other taxes of similar effect.In implementation of the above, all GCC States signed Greater Arab Free Trade Area agreement (GAFTA), which entered into force in 2005. In addition, another agreement was signed in 2004 establishing a free trade area between the GCC and the Republic of Lebanon; another similar agreement was also signed in initials with the Republic of Syria which has not been signed till now. In addition, contacts are currently underway between the GCC and a number of other Arab countries for developing an appropriate mechanism for enhancing and developing economic cooperation.