The Multi-year Expert Meeting on Transport, Trade Logistics and Trade Facilitation will address some emerging and persistent issues that developing countries are facing and which need to be dealt with as a matter of priority.
In accordance with the relevant paragraphs of the Doha Mandate, the expert meeting will address trade logistics issues in developing countries, including those with special needs, namely the least developed countries (LDCs), landlocked developing countries, small island developing States and countries with economies in transition.
Drawing from the Organization’s three pillars of work, discussions will consider all relevant aspects, namely technical assistance and capacity-building, research and analytical work, and consensus-building.
The increasing number of regional trade facilitation agreements may pose additional challenges to trade facilitation, but may also promote reform and a further global harmonization of rules.
Trade facilitation is receiving increasing attention and investment at the national, regional and multilateral levels; experts will discuss and analyse trade facilitation implementation plans, ways to mainstream trade facilitation in the development strategies of LDCs and other structurally weak, vulnerable and small economies, and its impact on the trade and balance of trade of some countries.
Contributions from Experts
Experts are encouraged to prepare brief papers on the subject under discussion. These papers will be made available at the meeting in the form and language in which they are received.