Qatar Chamber recently participated in the coordinating meeting of Their Excellencies the heads of chambers the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, and in the first meeting between members of the Presidency Committee of the Advisory Board of the GCC Supreme Council and members of the GCC Federation of Chambers, which were held via video conferencing.
The Chamber’s delegation was led by its Chairman and Second Vice President of the GCC Federation of Chambers; HE Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim Al-Thani and included board members Eng. Ali bin Abdullatif Al-Misnad and Mohamed bin Ahmed Al-Obaidli, as well as the economic expert Dr Mohamed Ebrahim.
From the Advisory Board’s side, the meeting was attended by HE Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Al-Hakbani, Dr Ali bin Ahmed Al-Essaei and HE Saleh bin Mohamed Al-Mohannadi, while from the GCC General Secretariat’s side, the meeting was attended by the Secretary General of the GCC; HE Dr Nayef Falah M. Al-Hajraf, and the Assistant Secretary-General for Economic and Development Affairs; HE Khalifa Bin Saeed Al-Abri.
The meeting discussed the importance of expediting the completion of the procedures of the Gulf common market, stressing the important role that can be performed by GCC chambers.
It recommended the importance of supporting the Gulf private sector, and that a representative from the Advisory Board should join the joint coordinating committee from the GCC’s General Secretariat and the Federation of GCC Chambers’ General Secretariat to identify the priority issues and address obstacles that hinder the Gulf private sector and refer them to the relevant committees of the GCC for finding appropriate solutions.
It is noteworthy that the Advisory Board of the GCC Supreme Council was established by a decision of the Supreme Council at its eighteenth session in Kuwait in December 1997 to assist the Supreme Council and provide advice in everything that would support the progress of the Council and prepare it to face future challenges.