UNCTAD implemented a project, entitled "Integrating Landlocked Commodity Dependent Developing Countries into Regional and Global Value Chains", with effect from March 2018 to December 2021.
This project, funded by the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Sub-Fund, was implemented by UNCTAD, in collaboration with UN-OHRLLS, 3 Regional Commissions (UNECE, UNESCAP, UNECA), UN specialized agencies and programmes (UNIDO, UNDP), and regional organizations (Shanghai Cooperation Organization).
The project's overall objective was to support integrated value chain development in four landlocked commodity dependent developing economies (Ethiopia, Laos, Mongolia, and Uzbekistan) through enhancing their capacities in development policies and strategies to promote better integration into Regional and Global Value Chains (RVCs and GVCs), and create development linkages at the national, interregional and intercontinental levels.
Its specific objectives were to:
- Improve statistical and analytical capacity of beneficiary countries in effective policy formulation to promote RVCs and GVCs integration and enhance development linkages.
- Improve capacity of the private sector in beneficiary countries to assess market prospects, identify market opportunities and overcome market barriers to better integrate into RVCs and GVCs.
Several activities carried out under the project, included conducting country-level surveys, preparing analytical reports, organizing regional and national capacity-building seminars and business forum, developing training programmes and supporting countries in designing evidence-based policies to support integrated value chain development.
The key stakeholders engaged in the project activities include government officials from relevant ministries and private sector players including commodity producers, traders and processors.
SociosUN-OHRLLS, 3 Regional Commissions (UNECE, UNESCAP, UNECA), UN specialized agencies and programmes (UNIDO, UNDP), and regional organizations
Donantes2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Sub-Fund
Ethiopia, Lao, Mongolia and Uzbekistan
(Officer-in-Charge of Commodities Branch)