Ministerial Meeting of Foreign Ministers of Landlocked Developing Countries takes place in Astana
Today, Astana has hosted the Ministerial Conference of Foreign Ministers of Landlocked Developing Countries, focusing on issues of trade and transport under the theme: The impact of transport links and trade facilitation on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
The event was attended by Transport and Trade Ministers from 32 landlocked developing countries. Representatives of UN agencies, other international, regional and subregional organizations and financial institutions, representatives of the private sector, non-governmental organizations, academia and other concerned parties were also invited for high-level participation.
The meeting covered challenges, opportunities and best practices in improving transport links for landlocked developing countries, including both hard and soft infrastructure, following the adoption of the Vienna Programme of Action.
Minister of Investments and Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan Zhenis Kassymbek in his welcoming speech noted that there are 48 countries in the world that do not have access to the sea. They are cut off from the opportunities of sea trade, which accounts for the lion’s share of world trade turnover – about 90%.
At the same time, Kazakhstan demonstrates growth of foreign trade, which is a direct indicator of the formation of modern transport infrastructure.
Thanks to the efforts and resources applied in the development of the transport complex, today cargoes from China via Kazakhstan are delivered to Europe within 15 days, when delivery by the South Sea Route takes about two months.
According to the Minister, the work carried out by Kazakhstan fully complies with the requirements of the Agenda for 2030, as the goals of sustainable development directly affect the progress and future of developing countries.
We understand that sustainable transportation is a key factor and, therefore, it is necessary to take into account the important recommendations received during the high-level meetings of landlocked developing countries on transport and trade over the past two years, � the Minister said.
The conference participants also discussed the implementation of the WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation.
During the Ministerial Conference, the Declaration was signed, which envisages achievements in the field of transit transport infrastructure development, improvement of physical infrastructure in road, rail, ports, inland waterways, pipelines, air transport.
Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan