Speaking at a regional meeting of Asian states, Mr. Cheick Sidi Diarra, the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and
The Programme of Action was adopted by the international conference of Landlocked Developing Countries, transit developing countries, donor countries and international financial and development institutions in
Mr. Diarra, who is also the United Nations Special Adviser on
“Thanks to bold policy reforms and cooperative arrangements undertaken by both landlocked and transit developing countries, delays in transit traffic are being significantly reduced,” he said, noting that on average, it took Landlocked Developing Countries 49 days to export in 2007 down from 57 days in 2005. Time to import went down to 56 days from 72 in the same period. These improvements, he said, had resulted in reduced trade transaction costs for Landlocked Developing Countries.
“Landlocked and transit developing countries should vigorously continue their efforts to build this momentum,” he urged.
The UN official commended the role of the UN Economic and Social Commission for
The Asian regional meeting is one of the regional and international meetings taking place in preparation for the midterm review by the United Nations General Assembly of the implementation of the Almaty Programme of Action due in October at the United Nations headquarters in