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  HE GCCSG: The Ministerial Committee for Standardization has Adopted Several Supportive Decisions to Enhance GCC Standardization Activities and Promote Standardization within Member Countries

General Secretariat - Doha
His Excellency Mr Jasem Mohamed Albudaiwi, Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), announced that the Ministerial Committee for Standardization of the GCC has adopted several supportive decisions to advance the GCC standardization activities within member states.

During the seventh meeting of the Ministerial Committee for Standardization held on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, in Doha, Qatar, chaired by His Excellency Shaikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al Thani, Minister of Commerce and Industry of Qatar and Chairman of the current session. 

Present in the meeting were the esteemed members of the Committee, Their Excellencies the Ministers of Commerce and Industry from the GCC countries, who are responsible for the standardization affairs in the GCC and with the participation of His Excellency the Secretary General of the GCC and Eng. Nawaf bin Ibrahim Al Mana,  President of the GCC Standardization Organization. 

His Excellency the Secretary General highlighted that the Committee approved 17 new GCC technical regulations for several goods and products in various sectors and withdrew two GCC technical regulations. He also mentioned that the committee discussed a range of topics that enhance the quality of products and services in the GCC countries and ensure the safety of products circulating in the common GCC market. He further explained that the committee has approved new GCC technical regulations and converted 39 GCC technical regulations into GCC standard specifications. Additionally, the committee has approved the final financial report of the Organisation for the fiscal year 2023.

His Excellency further stated that the Ministerial Committee for Standardization reviewed a report presented by the President of the GCC Standardization Organisation on its progress and achievements from September 2023 to March 2024. The Committee commended the tangible progress made, which contributed to enhancing cooperation and integration among GCC countries in various standardization areas.

It is worth noting that the GCC Standardization Organization operates in various standardization domains, aiming to unify different standardization activities, monitor their implementation, and ensure compliance in cooperation and coordination with standardization bodies across GCC countries. This effort promotes trade development, consumer protection, environmental preservation, public health, and encourages the GCC industries and products to support the GCC economy.