The Honourable Yamfwa D. Mukanga, Minister of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications of Zambia, highlighted the significance of the work of UNCTAD in support of Landlocked Developing Countries at a special event held in New York on 1 October.
The special event on ways and means of facilitating the participation of landlocked developing countries in regional and global commodity value chains, examined the challenges, opportunities and prospects to enhance the role of commodities, (including through diversification, value-addition and retention) in the development of Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs).
The event, organized by UNCTAD in collaboration with CFC and UN-OHRLLS in light of the upcoming Second UN Conference on LLDCs in Vienna, concluded that there is no "one-size-fits-all" policy prescription to address the commodity problems and challenges facing LLDCs.
Therefore, LLDCs should design their home-grown and indigenous development policies and strategies based on their specific socio-economic circumstances, institutional capacities as well as their resources base.
As LLDCs, we appreciate the role of UNCTAD in addressing trade and development challenges faced by our countries.
The LLDCs have greatly benefitted from the Advanced Cargo Information System (ACIS), Automated Customs Data Analysis System (ASYCUDA), trade facilitation and logistics, Investment Policy Reviews and Investment Guides.
My own country has benefitted a lot from UNCTAD support in the areas of trade and investment.
The Honourable Yamfwa D. Mukanga
Minister of Transport, Works, Supply
and Communications of Zambia