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Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf
Image:Int-GCC-flag.gif
GCC flag
Image:GCC.PNG
GCC member states
Image:Flag of Bahrain.svg
Bahrain
Image:Flag of Kuwait.svg
Kuwait
Image:Flag of Oman.svg
Oman
Image:Flag of Qatar.svg
Qatar
Image:Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg
Saudi Arabia
Image:Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg
United Arab Emirates
Official languages Arabic
Population 35,869,438
Formation of GCC May 25, 1981
Other information
Currencies1

Bahraini Dinar (BHD)
Kuwaiti Dinar (KWD)
Omani rial (OMR)
Qatari Riyal (QAR)
Saudi Riyal (SAR)
Emirati Dirham (AED)

GDP $536,223
Official Website http://www.gcc-sg.org/
Note 1: Currency to be unified in 2010

The Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (Arabic: مجلس التعاون لدول الخليج), formerly named and still commonly called Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) (مجلس التعاون الخليجي) is a regional organization involving the six Persian Gulf Arab States with many economic and social objectives in mind. Created May 25, 1981, the Council is comprised of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

It should be noted that not all of the countries neighboring the Persian Gulf are members of the council. Specifically, Iran and Iraq are not members.

Yemen is currently (as of 2006) in negotiations for GCC membership, and hopes to join by 2016. [1]

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
  • Establishing a common currency by 2010

Contents

[edit] Secretaries-general of GCC

  • Abdullah Bishara (Kuwait) : 26 May 1981 - Apr 1993 .
  • Fahim bin Sultan AlQasimi (United Arab Emirates) :Apr 1993 - Apr 1996.
  • Jamil ibn Ibrahim AlHujailan (Saudi Arabia) : Apr 1996 - 31 Mar 2002.
  • Abdul Rahman ibn Hamad AlAttiyah (Qatar) : 1 Apr 2002 - current.

[edit] Comparison with other Regional blocs

Most active regional blocs
Regional
bloc 1
Area (km²) Population GDP (PPP) ($US) Member
states 1
in millions per capita
EU* 3,977,487 460,124,266 11,723,816 25,480 25
CARICOM 462,344 14,565,083 64,219 4,409 14+1 3
ECOWAS 5,112,903 251,646,263 342,519 1,361 15
CEMAC 3,020,142 34,970,529 85,136 2,435 6
EAC 1,763,777 97,865,428 104,239 1,065 3
CSN 17,339,153 370,158,470 2,868,430 7,749 10
GCC 2,285,844 35,869,438 536,223 14,949 6
SACU 2,693,418 51,055,878 541,433 10,605 5
COMESA 3,779,427 118,950,321 141,962 1,193 5
NAFTA 21,588,638 430,495,039 12,889,900 29,942 3
ASEAN 4,400,000 553,900,000 2,172,000 4,044 10
SAARC 5,136,740 1,467,255,669 4,074,031 2,777 8
Agadir 1,703,910 126,066,286 513,674 4,075 4
EurAsEC 20,789,100 208,067,618 1,689,137 8,118 6
CACM 422,614 37,816,598 159,536 4,219 5
PARTA 528,151 7,810,905 23,074 2,954 12+2 3
Reference
blocs and
countries 2
Area (km²) Population GDP (PPP) ($US) Political
divisions
in millions per capita
UN 133,178,011 6,411,682,270 55,167,630 8,604 192
Canada 9,984,670 32,507,874 1,077,000 34,273 13
China (PRC) 4 9,596,960 1,306,847,624 8,182,000 6,300 33
India 3,287,590 1,102,600,000 3,433,000 3,100 35
Japan 377,835 127,333,002 3,910,728 30,615 47
Russia 17,075,200 143,782,338 1,589,000 8,900 89
USA 9,631,418 296,900,571 11,190,000 39,100 50
1 Including data only for full and most active members

2 The first two states in the World by area, population and GDP (PPP)
3 Including non-sovereign autonomous entities of other states
4 Data for the People's Republic of China does not include Hong Kong, Macau and
regions administered by the Republic of China (Taiwan).

* Although the European Union is not a federation in the strict sense, it is far more
than a free-trade association or an ordinary regional bloc, and it has many of the
attributes associated with independent nations: its own flag, anthem, central bank,
currency, elected parliament, supreme court and common foreign and security policy.
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During 2004. Source: CIA World Factbook 2005, IMF WEO Database
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[edit] See also

[edit] References

[edit] External links

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