Posted on October 02, 2015

The 14th meeting of Their Excellencies the Ministers Concerned with Housing Affairs of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) was held here on Thursday.

In his opening speech, HE Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, Dr. Abdullah bin Saleh Al Khulaifi, said today's meeting comes as a continuation of a series of meetings recently hosted by the State of Qatar and it is held in the context of the development of the GCC joint work aimed at achieving visions, aspirations and directives of Their Majesties and Highnesses the GCC leaders in providing all support and assistance for GCC citizens in order to build up a human being unable to cope with the modern requirements and contribute to making the GCC countries an aspiring model.

He stressed that the circumstances in the region are accurate and difficult which require a lot of effort and work, noting that the region is witnessing radical changes and economic developments imposing on the GCC economies a number of new challenges. He highlighted the important role being played by the private sector, as the economic growth engine and generator of high-added-value job opportunities through which young people would contribute effectively in building, enhancing and developing the performance of the GCC counties' economies towards a bright future.

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He explained that there are several important topics on the meeting's agenda, including housing information rules, the GCC Award in the field of housing, coordination and preparation for the meetings of housing, construction, field visits for housing projects, the GCC Building Code along with other important topics. He urged the GCC Ministers to enhance joint work in order to build up an effective cooperation towards better prospects for the future generations, renewing commitment to the approach developed by Their Majesties and Highnesses GCC leaders.

HE the Minister of Labour and Social Affairs thanked Kuwait's Minister of State for Housing Affairs, HE Yasser Hassan Abul, for his efforts during his presidency over the previous session of the Commission which made it successful by all standards.