The Roundtable on the “Regional Dimension of Transit Transport Cooperation” was organized by UN-OHRLLS as a side event of the high-level plenary meeting of the GA on the midterm review of the Almaty Programme of Action, on 3 October 2008.
The Roundtable addressed the crucial role of cooperation at the regional and subregional levels between landlocked and transit developing coutnries for the establishment of efficient transit transport systems. Transits will be easier and less costly if implemented in an integrated environment. If administrative and customs delays are minimized on both sides of the border and investment decisions taken with a common perspective, the benefits derived by LLDCs and their transit neighbours will be increased while transport costs lowered. Improvements in transport and transit facilities and an increased traffic volume will eventually benefit coastal as well as landlocked countries. This realization has led LLDCs and transit developing countries on all continents to engage in the process of building or planning transit or access corridors.
The UN regional commissions have played and continue to play a significant role in assisting LLDCs in these areas through exploring and facilitating such cooperation. Sub-regional organizations are also pivotal.
This dedicated roundtable provided a platform for sharing best practices and lessons learned and idenfying actions and initiatives to overcome obstacles encountered in the establishment of transit transport systems at the regional and subregional levels.
The Roundtable was chaired by Mr. Cheick Sidi Diarra, USG and High Representative. The opening session was addressed by Mr. Marek Belka, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Europe. A keynote speech was given by H.E. Mr. Simon Ejua, Minister of State for Works and Transport of Uganda.
Main presentations were mand:
Article on “The Regional Commissions Offer Unique Fora and Expertise in Support of the Special Needs of Landlocked Developing Countries” in the Regional Commissions Development Update, October 2008.