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GCC planning ministers meet in Abu Dhabi

Minister of Planning Khalid Bin Muhammad Al-Gosaibi led the Saudi delegation to the eighth conference of ministers responsible for planning and development from the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which ended its deliberations in Abu Dhabi today.  The ministers were then received by President of the United Arab Emirates Shaikh Zaid Bin Sultan Al-Nahayan, who, speaking on the occasion, declared that the joint activities of the GCC are established on a solid base for realizing the ambitions and aspirations of the region's citizens.

The conference adopted a number of resolutions, including endorsement of the operational priorities of the GCC's planning and development committee, and the mechanism for implementation of its plans during the upcoming stage, targeting the years 2000 to 2025.  The focus was on upgrading the economic potential of all GCC states to conform to the requirements of the World Trade Organization (WTO); dealing with the new social and economic advances in the regional and international arenas; and encouraging national manpower to participate in the development process.