The ESCAP Trade and Investment Division, which functions as the Secretariat to the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA
), is organizing the 39th session of the APTA Standing Committee
from 10 to 11 April at the United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC), Bangkok. Representatives from focal point ministries of APTA participating states (Bangladesh, China, India, Lao PDR, Republic of Korea and Sri Lanka) are expected to attend the session which will explore additional areas of cooperation, including a speedy conclusion of the fourth round of tariff concessions, mechanisms to address non-tariff measures, sectoral agreement of APTA Rules of Origin (ROO), ratification of Framework Agreements on trade facilitation, trade in services and investment, and promoting awareness of APTA in the region, including the business sector under APTA. Participating states will also hold bilateral meetings with Mongolia in preparation for its accession to APTA in the near future.