Posted on April 18, 2020

Ministers of Commerce in Arab states in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) discussed at the Second Extraordinary Meeting held via video conference the action plan proposed by Kuwait on the need to establish a GCC food security system and the availability of a sufficient stock of medical supplies in times of crises.

Qatar’s Minister of Commerce and Industry HE Ali bin Ahmed al Kuwari and other participants at the meeting also agreed on the need to identify existing laws on food security across GCC member states to pave the way for the adoption of a unified draft law on food security and to secure a strategic stockpile.

The meeting highlighted the recent developments across the region and the need to coordinate efforts to contain the economic repercussions of the coronavirus outbreak. Discussions touched on the outcomes and recommendations put forward during the meeting of the Undersecretaries of the Ministries of Commerce in GCC countries, which was held on April 9, 2020 via video conference. The meeting highlighted the exceptional circumstances that countries around the world are facing and the impact on economic and trade sectors as well as efforts to restore balance to the global economy and international and regional trade. The meeting also outlined efforts across GCC countries to address the repercussions of the pandemic and to mitigate its impact at all levels.

Participants stressed the need to promote food security and ensure the continuity of food supply chains and medical supplies for residents of GCC countries, in light of the partial and complete lockdowns that have been implemented in various countries. The meeting also discussed the recommendations of the Technical Council of the GCC Standardization Organization and the General Secretariat role in following up on the implementation of council’s recommendations to guarantee the interests of all member states.

The participants stressed the importance of forming a team of liaison officers representing the ministries of commerce in GCC states to follow up on the latest developments, exchange information and coordinate in order to overcome challenges hindering the flow of goods between member countries and to propose appropriate solutions.

source: Qatar Tribune