African Regional Review of the Almaty Programme of Action, 16-18 July 2013

The African Regional Review Meeting on the Almaty Programme of Action: Addressing the Special Needs of Landlocked Developing Countries within a New Global Framework for Transit Transport Cooperation for Landlocked and Transit Developing Countries is taking place from 16 to 18 July 2013 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as part of the preparatory process for the Comprehensive Ten-Year Review Conference of the Almaty Programme of Action (APoA) to be held in 2014. 
Theobjectives of the meeting are to review the implementation of the APoA in Africa including identification of the major achievements, constraints experienced, emerging challenges and the opportunities presented; examine the overall economic development of African landlocked countries; assess progress in establishing efficient transit transport systems on the continent; and formulate appropriate policy measures and action-oriented recommendations aimed at sustaining achievements in overcoming the special problems of LLDCs. Recommendations from the meeting will form substantive input that will feed into deliberations at the global review conference of the APoA.
Hosted by United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and UN-OHRLLS, in collaboration with the African Union Commission, the meeting will bring together all the relevant stakeholders in transit transport cooperation, including government ministries responsible for transport and trade from landlocked developing countries, representatives of transit developing countries and developed countries, major continental organizations, Regional Economic Communities, transport corridor organizations, UN system organizations, international financial and other relevant development institutions, the private sector; and academia.


Statements and presentations

Opening Session

  • H.E. Mothae Anthony Maruping, African Union Commission
  • Mr. Gyan Chandra Acharya, Secretary General of the Second UN Conference on LLDCs, Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS
  • H.E. Saleumxay Kommasith, Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic to the United Nations and Chairman of the Group of LLDC
  • H.E. Ahmed Shide, State Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
  • Mr. Carlos Lopes, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ECA

Implementation of Almaty Programme of Action

       Country experiences 

Infrastructure and trade facilitation initiatives

Experts Group Meeting on Assessing the Status of Implementation of Trade and Transport Facilitation Instruments in Africa, 15 July 2013

The regional review meeting was preceded by an Experts Group Meeting on assessing the status of implementation of trade and transport facilitation instruments and measures in Africa which will be held on 15 July 2013.