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ASEAN to improve cooperation with GCC

  • Linda Yulisman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, July 25 2011   /  08:00 am

ASEAN has moved forward toward enhancing regional economic cooperation with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), an official says.

Trade Ministry Director General for International Trade Cooperation Gusmardi Bustami said Sunday that both parties conducted the first meeting of ASEAN and GCC senior economic officials in Salalah, Oman, on July 11-12.

“At the meeting, we exchanged views and information about ways to improve economic cooperation, such as mechanisms of decision making in ASEAN, which involves existing councils,” he told The Jakarta Post via telephone.

Gusmardi, who led a meeting with Gasim bin Mohammed Al-Qasmi, the head of economic affairs at the United Arab Emirates’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said both parties also discussed a framework agreement for economic and investment cooperation as well as measures necessary to commence free trade negotiat...