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UN reps urge access for landlocked states

HANOI (Vietnam News) -- Landlocked developing countries in Euro-Asia on Thursday called for greater partnerships and collaboration to develop key infrastructure, facilitate trade and promote regional cooperation.

Landlocked developing countries in Euro-Asia on Thursday called for greater partnerships and collaboration to develop key infrastructure, facilitate trade and promote regional co-operation.

The three-day UN high-level meeting for the Euro-Asia Region in Hanoiprovided an arena for member states, international organisations and think tanks to share their experiences on how to improve trade facilitation for landlocked developing countries (LLDCs).

Without territorial access to the sea, the 32 LLDCs in the world face an enormous trade disadvantage as they are geographically isolated from the global market. The LLDCs have to count on neighbours with major seaports for merchandise transit services.

Further cooperation between the LLDCs and transit countries was emphasised as a critical component to facilitate free and quicker movement of goods from the LLDCs to ports.

“This meeting provides a unique op portunity to enhance dialogue and cooperation on issues of transit, trade facilitation and regional cooperation that are very important to the overall sustainable development of landlocked developing countries and their transit ne ighbours within the framework of the (United Nations) 2030 Agenda,” said Gyan Chandra Acharya, Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States.

“Our collective action and the global partnership can transform landlocked countries into land-linked countries.”


  (Latest Update March 11, 2017)

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