UN meeting aims to solve some trade problems of landlocked countries

23 March 2005

Landlocked developing countries face exceptional challenges in maintaining trade and a conference of representatives from 40 multilateral and regional organizations will meet next week in Kazakhstan to propose solutions, the United Nations advocate for those countries said today.

"At our invitation over 40 global organizations are coming to Almaty next week to undertake a serious dialogue aimed at coming up with practical solutions for establishing efficient transit systems in Asia, Africa and Latin America," said the UN High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States Anwarul K. Chowdhury.

The meeting is expected to hear about strategies for implementation and priority projects in infrastructure development and trade facilitation, he said.

The organizations expected to attend included the World Bank, the World Customs Organization, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the World Trade Organization, the UN International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the International Road Transport Union.