本周一，经济部长Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri在第十五届海合会联合展览和商人论坛的公开讲话中提出这一号召。活动地点为沙迦国际展览中心。这是为了能让海湾地区的公司与国际性大企业竞争的一个至关重要的约定。
早些时候，沙迦副统治者Shaikh Abdullah bin Salem bin Sultan Al Qasimi和经济部长共同展开了这个活动。七年之后，这一活动被再次发起。
沙迦展览中心首席执行官Saif Mohammed Al Midfa表示更强大的经济一体化将会让海湾国家在与其他区域贸易协定谈判中占据上风。即将建设的综合性铁路网络也是促进区域一体化的一个重要的催化剂。
Gulf countries must come together now sotheir companies can compete with global conglomerates.
The rallying callwas made by Minister of Economy Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, in his openingspeech at the 15th GCC Joint Exhibition and Businessmen Forum at Expo CentreSharjah on Monday.
“This is a crucialmandate that needs urgent action for GCC companies to compete with globalconglomerates that are seeking to meet their own interests. This economic needhas made it imperative for the GCC members states to come together to win overthe obstacles [standing in the way of] cohesion,” Al Mansouri said.
Earlier, DeputyRuler of Sharjah Shaikh Abdullah bin Salembin Sultan Al Qasimi and the Minister of Economy jointly opened the event. Itis being held after a gap of seven years.
The ceremony washeld in the presence of Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Owais, Chairman, SharjahChamber of Commerce and Industry; Saif Mohammed Al Midfa, CEO, Expo CentreSharjah; officials from the ministries, chambers of commerce and industryassociations of GCC countries; and dignitaries and guests.
The five-day event, which is being held forthe first time in Sharjah in its three-decade history, is promoted jointly byall GCC member states with a view to catalysing trade within the region.
Trade between Gulfcountries recorded a growth of 5.5 per cent during 2013, climbing from $88billion to $93 billion in 2012.
The Minister said heexpected growth to keep rising, particularly after a successful financial andeconomic cooperation committee meeting for the GCC in Kuwait. Allmember states agreed to activate a GCC Customs Union.
“We reaffirm our commitment to promotingcooperation between the GCC countries to achieve the desired social andeconomic integration that supports the interests of the GCC countries and theirpeople.” The 15th GCC Joint Exhibition features more than 200 exhibitors fromacross the Gulf region, including 70 participants from the UAE. The UAEparticipation, under the umbrella of the Ministry of Economy, includes federalentities as well as leading private sector establishments.
Expo Centre Sharjahchief executive officer Saif Mohammed Al Midfa said greater economicintegration would give GCC states an upper hand in negotiating trade agreementswith other regions. The upcoming integrated railway network was also animportant catalyst to boost the region’s agenda, he said.
“With mega eventssuch as the World Expo 2020 and the FIFA World Cup 2022 lined up to be held inthe region, the importance of events like this increases manifold in view ofthe tremendous boost it can provide to trade exchange within the GCC states.
“GCC countries haveemphasised the need for achieving economic integration, with the Gulf CommonMarket and the customs union regarded as key goals in this regard. This willhelp streamline the flow of goods, labor, capital and services within theregion.”