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Presentation on theme: "UN-OHRLLS COMPREHENSIVE TEN YEAR REVIEW OF THE ALMATY PROGRAMME OF ACTION: How we got here Sandagdorj Erdenebileg UN-OHRLLS Tel: 212 963 7703,"— Presentation transcript:


2 APoA – comprehensive development agenda yet focused on transit cooperation. Key objectives - Increase export competitiveness through reducing trade transaction costs Develop genuine partnerships at national, bilateral, sub-regional, regional and global levels -between LLDCs and transit countries with their development partners and between the private and public sectors Priority areas: i) Fundamental transit policy issues ii) Infrastructure development and maintenance iii) International trade and trade facilitation iv) International support measures Almaty Programme of Action UN-OHRLLS

3 Transit and transport related problems: –Inadequate transit infrastructure –Remoteness from major international markets –Inefficient logistics systems –Delays in transit – due to checkpoints/unscheduled roadblocks, cumbersome customs and border crossing procedures and insufficient application of ICT, excessive number of documentation Other challenges: –H eavy reliance on low-value – high-bulk commodities which make them vulnerable to commodity price volatility –Limited productive capacities –High vulnerability to the global financial and economic crisis, food security, climate change and desertification and land degradation UN-OHRLLS LLDCs continue to face problems

4 Cost of being landlocked: Results of OHRLLS study Study applied a gravity model to data from 150 including LLDCs and coastal countries over the period LLDCs trade was just 61% of the trade volume of coastal countries in In 2004 it was 57%. Transport costs for LLDCs were 45% higher than the representative coastal economy in 2010 and have increased over time. Because of landlockedness the level of development in the LLDCs is on average 20% lower than what it would be were the countries non-landlocked. ====== Improved Transport and Trade Facilitation are still key to reducing the costs for LLDCs. UN-OHRLLS

5 Since 2003 LLDCs experienced high economic growth UN-OHRLLS

6 LLDCs share of the worlds trade doubled since 2003 to 1.17% in 2012

7 Declining value addition in manufacture and agriculture LLDCs economies

8 Progress has been made on the development of the Asian Highway and Trans-Asian Railway networks. Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Program supported by six multilateral institutions mobilized almost $10bn since 2003 Africa - implementing the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA); - with support from partners (World Bank, EU, AfDB, JICA, South-South Corporation etc.) transit corridors have been developed. AfDB has financed more than 70 multinational operations totaling US $3.8 billion South America – implementing t he Strategic Action Plan for of the South American Infrastructure and Planning Council (COSIPLAN). Transport of cargo by airfreight has increased in some LLDCs. Dry ports are being established in all regions eg. Nepal, Burkina Faso, Mongolia and Ethiopia. Development of Transport Infrastructure/Corridors and maintenance UN-OHRLLS

9 LLDCs have lowest percentage of paved roads - only 9 have greater than 50%. Percentage of Paved Roads

10 $24.4 billion needed in Africa to finance road and railway transport infrastructure projects that can be implemented under Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa in $290 billion needed annually in Asia for transport infrastructure between 2010 and 2010 International financial institutions play important role in financing infrastructure development: ODA has played a major role in infrastructure development: $2 billion in ODA disbursements to LLDCs went to transport and storage sector in 2011 Enhance the role of PPP/private sector. Need innovative sources of funding. Financing for infrastructure development UN-OHRLLS

11 Facilitation measures that have been developed including: a) one-stop border posts; b) introduction of single window processing; c) harmonized road transit charges and road customs transit declaration document; d) harmonization of axle load limits; e) third party motor insurance schemes, g) Increased accession to international transport and transit conventions and regional and sub-regional transit agreements Progress on Trade/transit facilitation UN-OHRLLS

12 57 international conventions on transit, 7 are particularly important for LLDCs Asian Highway Agreement entered into force in July 2005 Trans-Asian Railway Agreement entered into force in June 2009 Asian dry ports agreement ready for signature Trans-African Highway Agreement being negotiated Increased harmonisation of transport and transit policies, procedures and practices with transit countries UN-OHRLLS ConventionNo. LLDCs that ratified/ acceded (Jan 2013) Road Traffic (1968)13 Road Signs and Signals (1968)8 TIR Convention (1975)11 Temporary Importation of Commercial Road Vehicles (1956)5 Customs Convention on Containers (1972)6 Harmonization of Frontier Controls of Goods (1982)11 Contract for International Carriage of Goods by Road (1956)10

13 LLDCs have made progress in facilitating transport and trade across borders BUT still double the time it takes transit countries to import/export Transit countries: number of days to export in 2013 = 23 number of days to import in 2013 = 27 cost to export in 2013 = $1,268 cost to import in 2013 = $1,567 UN-OHRLLS Percentage change ImportNumber of documents % Number of days % Cost per container$2,688$3, % ExportNumber of documents98- 11% Number of days % Cost per container$2,207$3, %

14 Trade Facilitation in the Doha Development Round has the potential to address many of the fundamental transit policy issues that affect LLDC exports. Negotiations aim to clarify and improve relevant aspects of Articles V, VIII and X of the GATT 1994 with a view to further expediting the movement, release and clearance of goods, including goods in transit. A WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement could bring down the global cost of moving trade today from roughly 10 per cent of trade value to 5 per cent. OECD estimates that the Agreement would bring down trade costs in LLDCs by 16.4%. Hope that the 9th WTO Ministerial in Bali in December will deliver. Trade Facilitation under the DOHA Round UN-OHRLLS

15 ODA to LLDCs at $25.7 billion in 2011, 3.3 per fall since 2010 as result of fiscal austerity Aid for Trade disbursements at $6.4 billion in 2011, a 70% increase since 2005 FDI inflows recovered and reached $34.8 billion in 2011, 24% increase since 2010 ===== But resources are highly concentrated towards only a handful of LLDCs International support to LLDCs UN-OHRLLS

16 Global awareness and recognition increasing… Global partnerships are strengthening…

17 Recognition of and interest in the special needs of LLDCs and transit issues for international trade has increased since Almaty Conference in 2003.

18 Greater recognition of LLDC issues from partner countries and international organizations

19 UN-OHRLLS … Thank You

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