First Joint Committee meeting under the EFTA-GCC Free Trade Agreement

Published 21-01-2015
Delegations from the EFTA and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) States convened on 15 January 2015 in Muscat, Oman to discuss the implementation of the EFTA-GCC Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in the GCC States.

The Joint Committee discussed the necessary steps towards implementation of the FTA in the GCC States. The GCC delegation reported that the GCC States’ target was to have the FTA fully implemented by 1 July 2015 and that work was underway to achieve that goal. The two sides agreed to give full priority to finding solutions to problems that had arisen since the FTA’s entry into force on 1 July 2014. The Joint Committee further decided to schedule a meeting of the Subcommittee on Customs and Origin Matters for April this year.
Mr Erik Andreas Underland from the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries in Norway acted as the EFTA spokesperson, while Dr Hamad Bin Sulaiman Al-Bazai, General Coordinator for GCC FTA Negotiations, from Saudi Arabia, acted as the GCC spokesperson.

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