Ministerial Meeting of LLDCs on Trade and Transport (Astana, Kazakhstan, 16-17 May 2018)









The Government of Kazakhstan and UN-OHRLLS are organizing a Ministerial Meeting on Transport and Trade for LLDCs in collaboration with partners – UN ESCAP, UNECE, World Bank, UNDESA, UNCTAD, UNDP and WTO.

The meeting will be held in the context of the Mid-term Review of the VPoA, in Astana, Kazakhstan, 16 -17 May 2018.

The key objectives of Ministerial meeting on transport include the following:

  • Review the progress made by the LLDCs on transport, trade facilitation and trade and the related SDGs and identify the challenges;
  • Share knowledge, experiences and innovative approaches of promoting national and regional connectivity including mobilization of financing for infrastructure development and maintenance;
  • Share knowledge, experiences and best practice examples of promoting international trade and trade facilitation including on the implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement;
  • Identify recommendations and opportunities for enhancing transport infrastructure development and maintenance in LLDCs, scaling up of international support on transport and how to strengthen cooperation on transport connectivity and trade for the benefit of LLDCs with a view to accelerate the achievement of the SDGs.

Further Information:



Opening Session:

Item1: Ministerial Level Exchange of Views on National Experiences on improving transport connectivity and trade facilitation for the achievement of the SDGs

Session 1: Improving Transport Connectivity for the LLDCs

Session 2: Promotion of Structural Transformation, Diversification and Value-Addition in LLDCs

Session 3: Promotion of International Trade in LLDCs and enhancing the implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement

Opening Press Release


Briefing on the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement and on developments in the trade arena after the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference

Closing Remarks:

Wrap up Press Release