CAIRO, Arab States have taken “strides” on path of establishing the free Arab trade zone, an Arab League official said on Wednesday marking kick-off of the 38th session of custom general directors in the organization member countries.
Common products’ rules of origin will be in effect as of October 1, capping years of deliberations on this particular issue, said Ambassador Kamal Hassan, the Arab League Assistant Secretary General for Economic Affairs, in his statement at the opening session.
Ambassador Hassan underscored necessity of coordination among the custom general directors to address requirements for setting up the joint trade zone, other related issues in addition to facilitating inter-Arab custom tasks.
Services features as a top priority in the joint Arab economic tasks, he said, noting that Ten Arab States had signed an agreement for cooperation at this level.
The Arab countries are also bonded with a “transparency treaty,” according to which the signatory states notify the Arab League about actions with respect of inter-Arab trade to avert complications in the commercial activities among them.
Meanwhile, Ahmad Al-Jamal, the session chairman and President of the Qatari General Authority of Customs, said participants in the two-day meeting would discuss matters related to the Arab Custom Union and commissions’ tasks on custom procedures, information and translation of the coordination system.
The Kuwaiti delegation partaking in the meeting is headed by Jamal Al Jalawi, Director-General the General Administration of Customs.
Source: Kuwait News Agency