The State of Qatar participated in the second extraordinary meeting of their Excellencies the Ministers of Commerce of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which was held via video conferencing technology to follow up the developments of the current situation in light of the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and ways to coordinate efforts to reduce the economic repercussions caused by the virus.
Their Excellencies the Ministers reviewed the results and recommendations of the second meeting of the undersecretaries of the GCC ministries of commerce, which was recently held via video conferencing technology, especially studying a unified food security law, as well as discussing the recommendations of the technical council of the GCC Standardization Organization and joint coordination to address the crisis and its effects.
Also, the Ministers discussed the GCC countries' efforts to address the repercussions of the epidemic and ward off its effects at all levels. They underlined the importance of food security as being a major priority, and the need to ensure the continuity of food supply chains and the provision of medical supplies for all GCC countries in light of the partial and total ban measures that have been adopted unevenly in various countries of the world.
The meeting reviewed the working paper submitted by the State of Kuwait on the importance of establishing a Gulf system for food security and providing an adequate stock of medical supplies in various conditions and crises.
Their Excellencies stressed the importance of restricting the laws in force in the GCC countries concerning food security, to set a unified Gulf law for food security and secure strategic stocks.
They agreed to form a working group consisting of liaison officers from the GCC ministries of commerce to follow up on developments, exchange information, and coordination among the GCC countries to overcome all challenges that would affect ensuring the flow of goods between the GCC countries and suggest appropriate solutions to solve them.
The meeting shed light on the exceptional circumstances witnessed by all countries of the world, their impact on the economic and commercial sectors, and ways to restore the balance of the global economy and international and regional trade.
At the end of the meeting, Their Excellencies the GCC Ministers of Commerce expressed their satisfaction for the results and recommendations reached to support efforts to combat this pandemic, looking forward to overcoming the crisis and the recovery of the regional and global economy.
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