Cairo, The 103rd session of the Arab Economic and Social Council,

chaired by the Sultanate and attended by Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Secretary-General of the

Arab League, started at the headquarters of the Arab League General Secretariat in Cairo

today.

Talal bin Sulaiman al- Rahbi, Deputy Secretary General of the Supreme Council for

Planning, head of the Sultanate’s delegation to the meeting, delivered a speech in which he

stressed the Sultanate’s keenness on the importance and necessity of enhancing Arab

cooperation in the economic and social fields to achieve the aspirations of the peoples of

the region.

He said that this year witnessed the holding of important meetings within the framework of

Arab cooperation, foremost of which was the economic summit held in Beirut last month

and the upcoming Arab summit in Tunis in March, stressing that these meetings will come

out with important decisions to support the process of integration in the Arab region.

He added that the meeting of the Economic and Social Council will discuss a number of

important economic and social issues, particularly the developments of the Arab Free

Trade Zone, facilitating trade exchange and follow-up of Arab summits with other

international bodies and many other economic and social files.

Topics on the agenda of the session include efforts to advance the economic and social

development of Arab countries. The meeting will also discuss ways to enhance Arab-

International Cooperation as one of the complementary items to enhance Arab cooperation

with all partners. It will also continue the efforts of the Greater Arab Free Trade Area, follow

up the developments of the Arab Customs Union and follow-up the implementation of the

sustainable Arab agricultural development strategy and the executive plan of the Arab

Emergency Food Security Program, along with the need to strengthen the completion of

the Arab Council for Population and Development, as one of the important Arab initiatives in

this area.

Source: Oman News Agency

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