The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) is organizing the third Geneva High-Level Seminar on regional trade, trade facilitation and sustainable development in Central Asia, Afghanistan and Azerbaijan at the WTO headquarters, rue de Lausanne 154, Geneva, on 4 July 2019, with a focus on the following themes supporting the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals 17.10 and 17.11 in the region:
- Opportunities and challenges from participation in the multilateral trading system: lessons learnt;
- Trade facilitation and sustainable development: existing projects; implementing the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement; exchange of experiences; possibilities for mutual assistance among the countries;
- Partnerships in support of trade facilitation and the Sustainable Development Goals: discussion of representatives of the countries, international organizations and development partners;
- Sustainable and inclusive trade development in the subregion: fostering dynamic economic development, while supporting sustainable and inclusive trade growth;
- Non-tariff measures, non-tariff barriers, and their correlation with sustainable development;
- Involving the private sector in supporting trade facilitation and a regional market development.
The event will review plans and strategies for trade development and facilitation, as well as strengthening cooperation among trade diplomats of the countries participating in the UN Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia.
Policy makers from the Central Asian countries, Afghanistan and Azerbaijan, representatives of other countries, international organizations and development partners.
H.E. Mr. Zavqi Zavqizoda, First Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Tajikistan, and Chair of the SPECA Working Group on Trade, will moderate the seminar. The objective is to foster exchange of experiences and mutual assistance among the SPECA countries, in order to implement trade facilitation and achieve the trade-related SDGs; review a regional trade facilitation strategy and foster a regional private sector network in support of these objectives.