The works of the Regional Preparatory Meeting for the 20th International Conference of Labour Statisticians were started Monday the 9th of October 2017 in Muscat, Oman. The meeting was attended by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and a number of Arab countries. The meeting, that lasted for three days, was hosted by the Statistical Center of the Gulf Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC-Stat) at its headquarters in Airport Heights. It aimed to discuss the technical issues with the countries of the region to ensure that the ILO's revised standards cover all types of work as well as the priorities of the labour force data in the region.
Wednesday the 26th of September, the GCC-Stat hosted the 30th session of the meeting for the Committee for the Coordination of Statistical Activities (CCSA) in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. The meeting was held over two days and was attended by 25 concerned international and regional organizations, including: United Nations Statistics Division, The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), and a group of United Nations international committees. This marks the first time a committee meeting has been held in the Middle East, specifically in Muscat.