Pursuant to Commission resolution 68/4, the secretariat convened the High-level Meeting on Strengthening Inter-island Shipping and Logistics in the Pacific Island Countries. The High-level Meeting was conducted in collaboration with the International Maritime Organization, the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and was attended by 33 delegates of 18 Pacific countries and territories, 42 representatives of 19 specialized agencies and related organizations, intergovernmental organizations and other entities.
This is the programme for the Third International Seminar on Trade Facilitation in North-East Asia to be held on 18-19 November 2014 in Vladivostok, Russian Federation. ESCAP, in cooperation with the Greater Tumen Initiatives (GTI) and Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation, will organize the Seminar to provide a better understanding of trade and its linkages to regional issues.
Policy Dialogue on Strengthening Transport Connectivity in Southern Asia
Southern Asia remains the least integrated subregion in Asia as measured by intra-regional trade, investment, transport connectivity and people to people contacts. Intra-regional trade in Southern Asia is under 6% of their global trade in comparison with 39 per cent in East Asia and 25 per cent in South-East Asia. One of the main reasons for low trade is high trade costs due to poor transport connectivity within the subregion.