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GCC Secretariat issues report on achievements

posted on 15/12/2005: 752 views

Riyadh - The 26th Summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council's leaders, scheduled to be held here on 18-19 December, will tackle a host of issues of interest to their citizens, particularly in the field of economy, according to a senior GCC official.

"Among the issues to be discussed are the possibility of extending the transitional period of the Customs Union to two extra years expiring in 2007 and to an additional year for the exemption period of cement imported from outside the GCC," Abdul Rahman Al Attiya, GCC Secretary General, was quoted by a report as saying.

Attiyah added that gravels and reinforced steel would also be exempted from customs duty for another year starting from the date of a resolution to this effect to be issued by the Supreme Council in its forthcoming summit. The GCC Secretariat General Wednesday issued a 76-page report on the eve of the summit.

The GCC official said the Abu Dhabi meeting would further look into progress reports on issues such as the water linkage, demographic structure, issuance of a single smart card for GCC citizens and construction of a railway system.

The report reviewed the major achievements the Council had accomplished over a quarter of a century in political, security, military and economic fields.

"Abu Dhabi will play host to the 26th Summit of the GCC Supreme Council that will seek to carry on the development in progress for over quarter of a century," noted the report. The publication went on to say that the member states were all set to mark the Silver Jubilee of the Gulf Cooperation Council, which falls on 25 May 2006. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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