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    ITC/Ferdi Side event on 'Aid for Trade and Regional Integration as Means for Accelerating Development of LLDCs'

    Tuesday, 4 November, 8:15-9:45, Vienna International Centre, Room M6

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    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 LLDCs
    Mr. Patrick Guillaumont, President, Ferdi 

    Keynote remarks on Aid for Trade, a crucial tool for LLDCs
    Prof. Jaime de Melo, Emeritus Professor, University of Geneva, and Scientific Director, Ferdi 

    Views from a LLDCs government
    H.E. Mr. Mamadou Hachim Koumaré, Minister of Equipment and Transport, Mali 

    Keynote remarks
    Mr. 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:

    • Ms. Dorothy Tembo, Deputy Executive Director, ITC
    • Mr. Bernardo Calzadilla-Sarmiento, Director Trade Capacity-Building Branch, UNIDO
    • Mr. Raúl Torres, Counsellor, Development Division, WTO
    • Mr. Steve Kayizzi-Mugerwa, Acting Chief Economist and Vice President, African Development Bank

    Exchanges with the floor
    Concluding remarks

    Simultaneous translation into English and French will be provided.

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