Almaty, Kazakhstan, 13-14 September 2012

Provisional Agenda and Annotations (English, French)

Programme of the Meeting

Chairperson: H.E. Ms. Zhanar Aitzhanova, Minister for Economic Integration of the Republic of Kazakhstan

opening ceremony

H.E. Dr. Nam Viyaketh, Minister of Industry and Commerce, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Chairman of the Group of LLDCs

H.E. Mr. Manuel Maria Caceres, Vice Minister of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Paraguay, Coordinator of the Group of LLDCs on matters related to trade and development in Geneva (Spanish only)

Mr. Gyan Chandra Acharya, Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS)

Mrs. Valentine Rugwabiza, Deputy Director-General, World Trade Organization

Mr. Martin Marmy, Secretary General, International Road Transport Union

Session 1: Implementation of the Almaty Programmme of Action priority area 3 on international trade and trade facilitation– progress and challenges


Country experience by H.E. Ms. Marlyn-Nathalie-Laelle Mouliom, Minister of Trade and Industry, Central African Republic

Country experience by Mr. Mazhit Esenbayev, Chairman of the Customs Control Committee of the Ministry of Finance, Kazakhstan

Session 2: The role of trade facilitation in integrating the LLDCs into the world market


Country experience by H.E. Ms. Jabulile Mashwama, Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Swaziland (Talking Points)

Experience in negotiating on trade facilitation for landlocked developing countries by Mrs. Patricia Frutos, Director for Multilateral Economic Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Paraguay

Session 3: Improving the trade competitiveness, productive capacities and investment climate of the LLDCs


Country experience by H.E. Mr. Robert Sichinga, Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Zambia

Session 4: Mobilisation of international support measures for fuller integration of LLDCs in the global trade including Aid for Trade, Market Access, Official Development Assistance, Foreign Direct Investment, South-South Cooperation and United Nations system and international organisations’ support


Session 5: The role of transit transport and ancillary infrastructure development for increased trade opportunities for LLDCs

  • Mr. Eduard Biriucov, Secretary General, TRACECA (>Russian only)
  • Mr. Igor Rounov, Under Secretary General, IRU
  • Mr. Zhenis Kasymbek, Executive Secretary, Ministry of Transport and Communications, Kazakhstan (Russian only)
  • Mr. Bekmagambetov, President of the Kazakh Institute of transport and communications (NIITK) (Russian only)

CLOSING and adoption of the outcome document of the meeting