Western and Central Africa
Eastern and Southern Africa
Eastern Europe and Central Asia
Tuesday, 4 November, 8:15-9:45, Vienna International Centre, Room M6
In the framework of the Second UN Conference on Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs), ITC and the Fondation pour les Études et Recherches sur le Développement International (Ferdi) are hosting a side event on 'Aid for Trade and Regional Integration as Means for Accelerating Development of LLDCs'. At the conference, participants from governments of LLDCs, transit developing countries and donor countries, UN and other international organizations and the private sector will come together to shape the new development agenda for the landlocked developing countries for the next decade.LLDCs face many obstacles delaying the expansion of their trade. While efforts have been made to help them integrate into the world economy, much still remains to be done, in particular to achieve a greater connectivity with local and global value chains and a more effective application of the principles of results-based management.In the ITC/Ferdi side event the benefits that can be expected from such improvements will be discussed. The panelists will explore the returns of successful regional integration and improved business support services to facilitate trade for least developed countries, taking into consideration the differences between resource-rich and resource-poor, landlocked and coastal, large and small countries. Among them, LLDCs are faced with the highest trade costs.The session also aims to show how Aid-for-Trade-funded Diagnostic Trade Integration Studies (DTISs) designed at the regional level will help build the needed coordination across countries and related capacities.
Introductory remarks: The economic vulnerability and the need for regional integration in LLDCsMr. Patrick Guillaumont, President, Ferdi
Keynote remarks on Aid for Trade, a crucial tool for LLDCsProf. Jaime de Melo, Emeritus Professor, University of Geneva, and Scientific Director, Ferdi
Views from a LLDCs governmentH.E. Mr. Mamadou Hachim Koumaré, Minister of Equipment and Transport, Mali
Keynote remarksMr. Gyan Acharya, UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, United Nations
Views from International Organizations:
Exchanges with the floorConcluding remarksSimultaneous translation into English and French will be provided.
05 November 2014 – CNBC AfricaImproving trade for landlocked developing countries