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Inaugural Meeting of the International Think Tank for LLDCs

11 June 2018 - 12 June 2018

This historic meeting will be the inaugural meeting of the ITT for LLDCs, organized for member states, observers, and supporters. It will be a symbolic event, providing a platform for thematic multilateral discussion of LLDCs’ special needs, challenges, and international development issues. 

The main goal of this meeting is to provide all LLDCs with the possibility to attend the inaugural meeting of the ITT for LLDCs, and to open up an opportunity to express areas of interest for future collaboration with the ITT for LLDCs. This meeting will also bring together all current and potential members of the ITT for LLDCs and other development partners and stakeholders.

This meeting will not only mark the historic inauguration of the ITT for LLDCs but will also, through its interactive discussions and thematic sessions, facilitate the exchange of information and experiences among LLDC government officials, donor countries, and international experts. 

Important Documents
Meeting Agenda
Concept Note
Information Note
Background Note
Think Tank Website
Press Release 
OUTCOME DOCUMENT: Ulaanbaatar Declaration

Day 1

Opening Session:                                                                                                           

Mr. Enkhtuvshin U., Deputy Prime Minister of Mongolia
Mr. Raul Silvero, Ambassador of Paraguay to Mongolia, Global Chair of the Group of LLDCs 
Ms.  Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu, Under-Secretary General and High Representative, UN-OHRLLS
Message of the United Nations Secretary General

Session 1: Introduction of the International Think Tank for LLDCs                        

Mr. Odbayar E., Executive Director, ITT for LLDCs                                                 
H.E. Ms. Battsetseg B.

Session 2: Future collaboration within the framework of the ITT for LLDCs     
H.E. Mr. Azer Huseyn, Ambassador at Large of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of
the Republic of Azerbaijan
H.E. Ms. Beate Trankmann, Resident Coordinator, UNDP
Mr. Sandagdorj Erdenebileg. Chief. Policy Coordination, Development, Monitoring and Reporting Service, UN-OHRLLS
H.E. Ambassador Gebeyehu Ganga Gayito, Deputy Permanent Representative of Ethiopia to the United Nations at the Inaugural Intergovernmental Meeting of the International Think Tank for Landlocked Developing Countries.
Hon. Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Nepal
H.E. Mr. Yerzhan Ashikbayev, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan at the Inaugural Conference of the International Think Tank for Landlocked Developing Countries
Nepal’s intervention in Session 2: Future Collaboration within the framework of the ITT for LLDCS
Lyonpo Damcho Dorji, Honorable Minister of Foreign Affairs, Royal Government of Bhutan

Thematic Panel/Session 1: Foreign Direct Investment and Economic diversification of

 The importance of FDI and trends in LLDCs – (Gladys Mutangadura, Senior Programme Officer, UN-OHRLLS)
The impact of foreign direct investment on economic diversification in the region and LLDCs in particular – UN-ESCAP (Hamza Malik, Director, Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division) 
FDI, Economic Diversification, and Regional Trade Network Connectivity: The Case of Laos – ITTLLDC (Sandra Seno-Alday, Lecturer, University of Sydney)
The Role of Intellectual Property and Innovation for Development and Economic Diversification and WIPO’s development cooperation activities – World Intellectual Property Organization (Mr. V. Purevdorj, Senior Counsellor)
Economic Diversification of LLDCs: Case Mongolia – Economic policy and Competitiveness Research Center (B. Lakshmi, Director General)
Hon. Brian C. Mushimba MP, Minister of Transport, Zambia

Thematic Panel/Session 2: ICT-Connectivity and LLDCs
The Process of Technology Leapfrogging: Insights from the National ICT Infrastructure Development Journey of Azerbaijan – ITTLLDC (Evelyn Ng, Lecturer, University of Sydney)
Bridging the digital divide through regional cooperation – UNESCAP (Siope Vakataki’Ofa, ICT and Development Section)
E-commerce and GS1 barcode system –GS1 Mongolia (Tsevelsaikhan Sh., CEO)
Information, communication technology and business development –Xac Bank (Arvind Joshi, Chief Information Officer, Head of Digital Banking)

Thematic panel/session 3: Infrastructure Development, Transit Transport Corridors and trade facilitation: Challenges and opportunities of LLDCs

Infrastructure Development and Trade Facilitation: Introduction of Key Issues -UN-OHRLLS (Gladys Mutangadura, Senior Programme Officer)
Modeling the Potential for Aviation Liberalization in Central Asia – ITTLLDC (Xiaowen Fu, Lecturer, University of Sydney)
Experiences of a Transit Corridor Organization from Africa – Northern Corridor Transit and Transport Coordination Authority (Mr. Elias Leonardo, Director, Monitoring and Evaluation)
Transport and Trade Facilitation for Development – UNCTAD (Mussie Delelegn Chief, Landlocked Developing Countries’ Section Division for Africa, LDCs and Special Programmes) 
Special needs in effective transport and transit system – National Road Transport Association of Mongolia (J.Ayush, Executive Director)

Closing Session

Mr. Raul Silvero, Ambassador of Paraguay to Mongolia, Global Chair of the Group of LLDCs
H.E. Mr. D. Tsogtbaatar, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Mongolia


11 June 2018
12 June 2018


Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia