Developing countries which are also landlocked are looking at ways of boosting their economic and trade competitiveness.
The countries known as LLDCs are meeting in Livingstone, Zambia this week to discuss the Vienna Programme of Action.
This international agreement sets out a roadmap for the development of the LLDCs.
Daniel Dickinson has been speaking to Mwaba Kasese-Bota, the Ambassador of Zambia to the UN and chair of the Group of Landlocked Developing Countries.
He began by asking her about the common challenges the countries face.