Dr Madeeha bint Ahmed al Shaibaniyah, Minister of Education, opened the 36th meeting of the GCC ministers of youth and sports committee, in Muscat on Thursday.
The meeting was organised by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth with the participation of ministers of youth and sports in the GCC countries, and in presence of Jassim bin Mohammed al Budaiwi, Secretary-General of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the GCC.
The meeting started with the chief guest’s speech on behalf of HH Sayyid Theyazin bin Haitham al Said, Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth.
"We seek to continue the efforts exerted in implementing joint plans and programmes in a way that enhances the achievements of Gulf youth, by implementation of the Royal directives of the rulers of the GCC countries aimed at empowering youth in all sectors."
"We pursue comprehensive work in the joint youth field by activating joint programmes and youth activities that work to strengthen interdependence and integration between the GCC countries. In addition to the international strategic dialogues with regional and international organisations in the youth field, benefiting from distinguished expertise and experience, we will work to achieve their aspirations and hopes by providing a motivational environment,” Dr Madeeha said.
The meeting included presentations of GCC ministries of youth and sports on enhancing joint GCC action in the youth field.
The ministers underscored the importance of initiating initiatives and proposals to enhance joint cooperation. Moreover, the meeting reviewed a spectrum of topics and approved several updated regulations for technical committees.
During the meeting, a number of issues of common interest in the field of youth in the GCC countries were discussed, foremost the decision issued by the Supreme Council at its 43rd edition in Riyadh in 2022, regarding the advisory body’s views on enhancing joint action towards digital transformation and modern technologies.
The meeting also reviewed the updated regulations of the technical committees, which would develop and strengthen joint Gulf action, and the general framework for the Gulf Youth Day for the year 2023, which is scheduled to be organised on June 6 every year.
The ministers also welcomed the readiness of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth in the Sultanate of Oman to organise a joint Gulf programme in the field of humanitarian volunteer work. Also on agenda was the third Gulf Youth Forum and the readiness of the UAE to organise a forum devoted to sports issues during 2023.