GCC Ministerial Committee for Planning, Development Meets

Muscat, The Sultanate hosted the 27th meeting

of the Ministerial Committee for Planning and Development in the GCC

countries at the headquarters of the Advisory Board of the Supreme

Council of the Gulf Cooperation Council in Muscat today.

The meeting was chaired by Dr. Ali bin Mas’oud al-Sunaidy,

Minister of Commerce and Industry, Deputy Chairman of the Supreme

Planning Council (SCP). The meeting discussed a number of topics

related to planning and development, such as the developed

comprehensive development strategy and the demographic reality

report.

In his opening speech, Dr. al-Sunaidy said, “Planning and

development is a continuous process across generations. It is a

product of the interaction of human resources with the available

resources, the conditions and the prevailing data leading to the

continuous improvement of the society and raising its efficiency in the

use of material and technical resources. This requires maximizing the

maximum use of technical capabilities and adapting their use to further

economic and social growth and upgrading productive and human

capacities”.

He also added “It is proved in fact the ability of our countries to

achieve the leading rates in a number of economic and social

indicators, such as the international competitiveness indicators and

indicators of improving the business environment. They became among

the countries that have achieved positive growth rates despite the

challenges they have faced over the past years. This is a clear

indication of the depth of the strategic and development planning taken

by our countries to confront the various economic crisis and in line with

the construction and development process of the leaders of the GCC

countries”.

The meeting dealt with the subject of knowledge-based

economy, competitiveness indicators in international reports, indicators

of the sustainable development goals of the GCC countries and

continuous implementation of the general framework of the population

strategy.

The Ministerial Committee also reviewed the progress of the

preparatory procedures in the implementation of the unified registration

census of the GCC countries, to be implemented in 2020.

Source: Oman News Agency