GCC - COOPERATION COUNCIL FOR THE ARAB STATES OF THE GULF
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Abdul Latif bin Rashid Al Zayani
Name : Abdul Latif bin Rashid Al Zayani
Designation: Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf
Place of Birth: Muharraq, Kingdom of Bahrain
Date of Appointment: 1st April 2011
EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS
Received his Commission as an officer within the Bahrain Defence Force in 1973, following graduation from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in UK.
Graduate of the Aeronautical Engineering program, Perth Scotland in 1978.
Master's Degree in Logistics Management from the Air Force Institute of Technology, Dayton, Ohio in 1980.
PhD in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California in 1986.
Command and General Staff course, Fort Leavenworth Kansas in 1988 and received the sword of honor along with the title of Master Logistician from the US Army.
Leaders in Development Program, Harvard University, U.S.A. , 2008.
EXPERIENCE IN BAHRAIN DEFENCE FORCE
Served in the 1st Royal Mechanized Battalion, the Royal Air Defence, and the Royal Bahraini Air Force.
Director of Planning and Organizations.
Director of Joint Operations.
Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations in charge of joint operations, plans, training, force development, and command and control.
2nd June 2004-Transferred from the Bahrain Defence Force to the Ministry of the Interior to take up the appointment of the Chief of Public Security.
EXPERIENCE IN MINISTRY OF THE INTEIOR
Appointed as The Chief of Public Security in 2004
Responsible for commanding and for modernizing the Police Force, Special Forces, the Coastguard and the Civil Defence and Fire Service.
Responsible for all aspects of security and safety within the Kingdom, including:
Counter terrorism and civil disorder.
Coordination of All aspects of Crisis, Consequence and Disaster Management.
Promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General in 2010.
EXPERIENCE IN MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Appointed Adviser of Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the rank of Minister on 10th June 2010.
Chairman of Joint Steering Committee between kingdom of Bahrain and the United Kingdom.
Chairman of Development and Regulation committee of Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
EXPERIENCE IN TEACHING
Professor in "Mathematics and Statistics" at the University of Maryland, Bahrain.
Professor in " Quantitative Methods" at the University of Bahrain
Taught statistics, quantitative methods and total quality management at the Arabian Gulf University and supervised many students there as partial fulfillment for Master's of Science in Technology Management.
Awards and Decorations
Efficiency Medal 2nd Class
Military Assessment Medal 1st Class
Bahrain Medal 3rd Grade
Shaikh Isa Medal 3rd Grade
Bahrain Medal 2nd Grade
Military Duty Medal
Hawar Medal 1st Grade
Liberation of Kuwait Medal 2nd Grade
Liberation of Kuwait Medal
Security Medal for Devotion to Duty 1st Class
Bahrain Medal 1st Grade
Sword of Honor along with the title of Master Logistician from the US Army.
International Police Leadership Award NPIA 2010 (United Kingdom)
In addition to his professional interests, other interests include traveling and sports.
The GCC Charter states that the basic objectives are :
1. To effect co-ordination, integration and inter-connection between member states in all fields in order to achieve unity between them.
2. To deepen and strengthen relations, links and areas of cooperation now prevailing between their peoples in various fields.
3. To formulate similar regulations in various fields including the following:
A. Economic and financial affairs.
B. Commerce, customs and communications.
C. Education and culture.
D. Social and health affairs.
E. Information and tourism.
F. Legislative and administrative affairs.
4.To stimulate scientific and technological progress in the fields of industry , mining, agriculture , water and animal resources: to establish scientific research : to establish joint ventures and encourage cooperation by the private sector for the good of their peoples.