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Encyclopedia > Gulf states
مجلس التعاون لدول الخليج العربية
Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (CCASG)
Flag of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf Logo of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf
Logo
Map indicating CCASG members
Official languages Arabic
Type Trade bloc
Membership Arab Gulf states (6)
Leaders
 -  Secretary-General Abdul Rahman ibn Hamad al-Attiyah
Establishment
 -  As the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)
May 25, 1981 
Population
 -   estimate 35,869,438 
Currency see footnote 1
Website
http://www.gcc-sg.org/
1 Common currency planned for introduction in 2010.
Present currencies (ISO 4217 codes in brackets):
Bahraini dinar (BHD) • Kuwaiti dinar (KWD) • Omani rial (OMR) • Qatari riyal (QAR) • Saudi riyal (SAR) • UAE dirham (AED)

The Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (CCASG; Arabic: مجلس التعاون لدول الخليج), also known as the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC; مجلس التعاون الخليجي) is a trade bloc involving the six Arab Gulf states with many economic and social objectives. Image File history File links Please see the file description page for further information. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf. ... Image File history File links Please see the file description page for further information. ... The Arabian Gulf States, also called the Gulf States (which may cause a confusion with the Gulf States of the United States, which are those along the Gulf of Mexico), are the countries in Southwest Asia or the Middle East which border the Arabian Gulf. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The logo of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (the CCASG or GCC) consists of two concentric circles. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1357x628, 44 KB)GCC Countries File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... An official language is a language that is given a unique legal status in the countries, states, and other territories. ... Arabic ( or just ) is the largest living member of the Semitic language family in terms of speakers. ... A trade bloc is a large free trade area or free trade area formed by one or more tax, tariff and trade agreements. ... The Gulf states are a group of six Arab countries that border the Persian Gulf. ... May 25 is the 145th day of the year (146th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... ISO 4217 is the international standard describing three letter codes (also known as the currency code) to define the names of currencies established by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). ... ISO 4217 Code BHD User(s) Bahrain Inflation 2. ... ISO 4217 Code KWD User(s) Kuwait Inflation 3. ... ISO 4217 Code OMR User(s) Oman Inflation 1. ... ISO 4217 Code QAR User(s) Qatar Inflation 7. ... ISO 4217 Code SAR User(s) Saudi Arabia Inflation 1. ... ISO 4217 Code AED User(s) United Arab Emirates Inflation 4. ... Arabic ( or just ) is the largest living member of the Semitic language family in terms of speakers. ... A trade bloc is a large free trade area or free trade area formed by one or more tax, tariff and trade agreements. ... The Gulf states are a group of six Arab countries that border the Persian Gulf. ...

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History

Created on May 25, 1981, the Council comprises the Persian Gulf states of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The unified economic agreement between the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council was signed on 11 November 1981 in Riyadh. These countries are often referred to as Gulf Cooperative Countries.[1] May 25 is the 145th day of the year (146th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Map of the Persian Gulf. ... November 11 is the 315th day of the year (316th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 50 days remaining. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Riyadh (Arabic: ‎ ar-Riyāḍ) is the capital of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, located in Ar Riyad Province in the Najd region. ...


Not all of the countries neighbouring the Persian Gulf are members of the council. Iran is deliberately excluded,[2], and "up to 2003, Iraq acted as a security barrier for the Gulf Arab states against Iran."[3] Yemen is currently (as of 2006) in negotiations for GCC membership, and hopes to join by 2016.[4] 2006 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2016 (MMXVI) will be a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Objectives

Among the stated objectives are:

  • formulating similar regulations in various fields such as economy, finance, trade, customs, tourism, legislation, and administration;
  • fostering scientific and technical progress in industry, mining, agriculture, water and animal resources;
  • establishing scientific research centres;
  • setting up joint ventures;
  • encouraging cooperation of the private sector;
  • strengthening ties between their peoples; and
  • establishing a common currency, the Khaleeji, by 2010. (However, Oman had announced it will not be able to meet the target date. [5])

Gulf Arabic (occasionally Persian Gulf Arabic) is a variety of the Arabic language spoken around both shores of the Persian Gulf, mainly in Kuwait, eastern Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and parts of Oman. ...

Secretaries-General

  • Abdullah Bishara[6], Kuwait, 26 May 1981 — April 1993
  • Fahim bin Sultan al-Qasimi, United Arab Emirates, April 1993 — April 1996
  • Jamil ibn Ibrahim al-Hujailan, Saudi Arabia, April 1996 — 31 March 2002
  • Abdul Rahman ibn Hamad al-Attiyah, Qatar, 1 April 2002 to date

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Comparison with other regional blocs

Most active regional blocs
as of 2004
Regional bloc1 Area (km²) Population GDP (PPP) ($US) Member
states1
in millions per capita
Agadir 1,703,910 126,066,286 513,674 4,075 4
AU 29,797,500 897,548,804 1,515,000 1,896 53
ASEAN 4,400,000 553,900,000 2,172,000 4,044 10
CACM 422,614 37,816,598 159,536 4,219 5
CARICOM 462,344 14,565,083 64,219 4,409 (14+1)3
CCASG / GCC 2,285,844 35,869,438 536,223 14,949 6
CEFTA 298,148 28,929,682 222,041 7,675 (7+1)3
EU 4,325,675 496,198,605 12,025,415 24,235 27
EurAsEC 20,789,100 208,067,618 1,689,137 8,118 6
EFTA 529,600 12,233,467 471,547 38,546 4
GUAM 810,506 63,764,600 456,173 7,154 4
NAFTA 21,588,638 430,495,039 15,279,000 35,491 3
PARTA 528,151 7,810,905 23,074 2,954 (14+2)3
SAARC 5,136,740 1,467,255,669 4,074,031 2,777 8
Unasur / Unasul 17,339,153 370,158,470 2,868,430 7,749 10
UN and countries
for reference2
Area (km²) Population GDP (PPP) ($US) Units4
in millions per capita
UN 133,178,011 6,411,682,270 55,167,630 8,604 192
Brazil 8,514,877 188,078,261 1,594,482 9,108 27
Canada 9,984,670 32,507,874 1,165,000 35,200 13
India 3,287,590 1,102,600,000 4,042,000 3,700 35
Japan 377,873 128,085,000 4,220,000 33,100 47
PR China5 9,596,960 1,306,847,624 10,000,000 7,600 33
Russia 17,075,200 143,782,338 1,723,000 12,100 89
USA 9,631,418 300,000,000 12,980,000 43,500 50
Source: CIA World Factbook 2005, IMF WEO Database.
Legend
     smallest value among the blocs compared     largest value among the blocs compared

Footnotes
1 Including data only for full and most active members.
2 Including the largest five countries by area, population and GDP (PPP).
3 Including non-sovereign autonomous areas of other states.
4 Members or administrative divisions.
5 Data for the People's Republic of China does not include Hong Kong, Macau, or regions administered
   by
the Republic of China (Taiwan).
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See also

The Gulf states are a group of six Arab countries that border the Persian Gulf. ... Iranian-Arab relations have always been very mixed. ... The Euro-Mediterranean free trade area (EU-MEFTA) is based on the Barcelona Process and European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). ... The U.S. MEFTA initiative started in 2003 with the purpose of creating a U.S. Middle East Free Trade Area. ... This is a list of trade-related international organisations only. ...

References

  1. ^ Tourism Australia Strengthens Commitment In The Gulf Countries. Tourism Australia (October 6, 2005). Retrieved on 2007-04-07.
  2. ^ Simon Henderson (December 21, 2005). The Elephant in the Gulf: Arab States and Iran’s Nuclear Program. Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Retrieved on 2007-04-07.
  3. ^ Dr Mustafa Alani, Gulf Research Center (February 27, 2007). Iran, Iraq and the Gulf Region. Finnish Institute of International Affairs. Retrieved on 2007-04-07.
  4. ^ Yemen hopeful to join GCC in 2016. Yemen Times (December 19, 2006). Retrieved on 2007-04-07.
  5. ^ "Kuwait pegs dinar to basket of currencies", Forbes, 2007-05-20. Retrieved on 2007-06-06. 
  6. ^ Clip No. 426: excerpts from an interview with the former Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council Abdallah Bishara. TV Monitor Project, MEMRI (December 12, 2004). Retrieved on 2007-04-07.

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External links


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Persian Gulf States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (169 words)
The Persian Gulf States, also called the Gulf States (which may cause a confusion with the Gulf States of the United States, which are those along the Gulf of Mexico), are the countries in Southwest Asia or the Middle East which border the Persian Gulf.
Many people use the term "Persian Gulf States" or "Gulf States" to refer to the countries in the southern shores of the Persian Gulf, excluding Iran (Persia - which forms the northern part of the Persian Gulf) and Iraq (which has a short 58 km shore).
These countries form the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (previously known as Gulf Cooperation Council).
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