Sunday, June 8, 2014

Mongolia hosts workshop for landlocked developing countries

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia, in cooperation with the Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS), hosted a high-level international workshop on “WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation: Implications for LLDCs” in Ulaanbaatar, on June 2 and 3.

According to the Foreign Affairs Ministry of Mongolia, the meeting reviewed the progress made in improving trade facilitation and capacity-building in the fields of trade facilitation and trade negotiations in LLDCs, examined the major achievements and constraints experienced, and identified the opportunities presented, with a view to further advance the goal of fully integrating LLDCs into the multilateral trading system.

The main objective of the meeting, attended by over 100 delegates representing the Government of Mongolia, landlocked developing countries, partners, transit countries and international organizations, was to provide LLDCs with a better understanding of the provisions in the Trade Facilitation Agreement and its consequences for LLDCs, and to equip them with the necessary knowledge for designing LLDC country or group positions on trade facilitation and action plans for implementation; implementing the commitments resulting from the trade facilitation agreement, including financing, capacity-building and technical assistance provisions and how to effectively take advantage of the trade facilitation provisions available to them.

The event was also important for introducing the International Think Tank for LLDCs, the first international organization to be set up in Mongolia, and its research papers and compiled background documents for future research on identifying the challenges and barriers LLDCs face and listening to their positions.

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