NATIONAL WORKSHOP ON MAINSTREAMING THE VIENNA PROGRAMME OF ACTION
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, April 27 and 28, 2016
The National workshop on mainstreaming the Vienna Programme of Action was organized by the International Think Tank for Landlocked Developing Countries in association with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia and UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing Countries (OHRLLS) in Ulaanbaatar on 27-28 April, 2016.
The National workshop is instrumental in enhancing the capacity of key stakeholders, including Government officials, civil society and private sector, to effectively implement the Vienna Programme of Action and mainstream it at the national level.
It consisted of a number of sessions, organized as panel sessions, with presentations by a number of speakers from the Government of Mongolia and selected UN and other international organizations, followed by interactive discussions and exchange of views.
In the National workshop, the representatives of line Ministries, such as a Ministry of Finance, Industry, Agriculture, Road and Transportation, Energy, Mining, international organizations of United Nations’ Conference on Trade and Development, Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, Economic Commission for Europe, International Road Transport Union, and private sector represented by the National Chamber of Commerce and Industry with independent researchers of civil society participated actively.
The national workshop was opened by Ms. Battungalag G., Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Department of Multilateral Cooperation, followed by an opening speech by Mr. Erdenebileg S., Chief of the OHRLLS.
Apart from the panelists of the Government of Mongolia, the officials from the international organizations held presentations related to VPoA, implementation and monitoring etc.
Ms. Dagmar Hertova, Economic Affairs officer of OHRLLS, gave a presentations on understanding VPoA and its implementation and monitoring.
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Mr. Mussie Delelegn, Chief of Landlocked Developing Countries, Section of Afirca, Least Developed Countries and Special Projects of UNCTAD, presented several studies on specific situation in Mongolia compared to other Landlocked Developing Countries as well as on possible solutions to overcome the challenges related to landlockedness.
Dr. Kilaparti Ramakrishna, Director and Head of East and North-East Asia Office, UN-ESCAP, presented the Asia-Pacific Regional Economic Cooperation and Integration state of matters.
He briefed the importance of Regional cooperation and Integration in achieving the sustainable development for the Asia-Pacific region. He further highlighted the importance for the Moving forward of the formation of an integration market, The development of seamless connectivity, Enhancing financial cooperation and Increasing economic and technical cooperation.
Mr. Tarcisio Hardman, UN-ECE, presented the UN Transport conventions on border crossing facilitation and Sustainable Development Goals, he also highlighted the TIR convention and its operation in European Union.
Mr. Qu Pengcheng, Senior advisor – China and South East Asia, IRU, gave a presentation on Implementation of Key Multilateral Trade Facilitation Instruments for Development for Landlocked Countries.