Policy Dialogue on Strengthening Transport Connectivity among the South and South-West Asian Countries

Date: 
26 Jun 2013 to 27 Jun 2013
Location: 
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Regional economic integration is being promoted across the world as a new driver of growth, especially in the aftermath of the global financial crisis. With poor operational connectivity in surface transport, South and South-West Asia remains one of the least integrated subregion in Asia. Cumbersome border clearance procedures and inefficient arrangements for cross-border and transit transport are critical non-physical barriers for subregional connectivity. As a result, intraregional trade is not able to capitalize on the countries’ geographical proximity. Bearing this in mind, and in view of the importance of cross-border and transit transport for boosting intraregional trade, the Transport Division and the ESCAP-SSWA Office, in cooperation with the Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) are organizing the above-cited Policy Dialogue in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 26 and 27 June 2013. The main objective of the Policy Dialogue is to provide an opportunity for the participating countries to share experience on the current status and measures in enhancing transport connectivity; explore ways to apply various transport facilitation tools developed by the secretariat, to help deepen transport connectivity; and discuss and agree on concrete and actionable measures required to strengthen transport connectivity.

Contact person:
Mr. Sandeep Raj Jain
Transport Division, UNESCAP
Tel: +66 (0) 2288-1426
Fax: +66 (0) 2288-3050, 2288-1020
E-mail: jain@un.org