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24 May 2022, 12:45 - 14:00 Indochina Time / Bangkok | Open meeting

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The seventy-eighth session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

The fragmented policy responses at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic showcased that existing trade and transport agreements and other cooperative mechanisms lacked the necessary provisions on crisis response and assistance during extraordinary situations which disrupt the usual operations of international supply and logistics chains. Taking stock of the current situation in Asia and the Pacific region, this side event will discuss the ways in which the existing and future trade and transport agreements can help to ensure greater resilience of supply chain connectivity during major disruptions by including and/or harmonizing model provisions on trade and transport operations during future crises. The event will also present some of the ongoing initiatives on enhancing the resilience of sustainable transport connectivity in North and Central Asia, including the proposal to establish of a Regional Centre for the Development of Transport Connectivity under the auspices of the United Nations. Co-organized with the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Uzbekistan to ESCAP.

The side event is organized by the Government of Uzbekistan in cooperation with the ESCAP Transport Division and Trade, Investment and Innovation Division and with the support of the United Nations Development Account Project “Transport and trade connectivity in the age of pandemics: Contactless, seamless and collaborative UN solutions”.

Registration

Register HERE for attending this event online.

Please also note that all participants attending side events in person are required to register at https://indico.un.org/event/1000381/. Please select ‘side event participants’ under Representation Type when you register.

Contact

Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

H.E. Mr. Collen Vixen Kelapile
H.E. Mr. Collen Vixen Kelapile
ECOSOC President
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Mr. Fakhriddin Sultanov
Mr. Fakhriddin Sultanov
Consul-General and Permanent Representative to ESCAP
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Ms. Rupa Chanda
Ms. Rupa Chanda
Director, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division, ESCAP
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Ms. Rupa Chanda is the Director of Trade, Investment and Innovation. Prior to that, she was a Professor of Economics at IIM Bangalore and the Dean of Programmes at the institute. She has worked as an Economist at the IMF and briefly served as Head, UNESCAP Subregional Office for South and South-West Asia in New Delhi. Prof. Chanda received her PhD in Economics from Columbia University and her Bachelor’s from Harvard University. She teaches Macroeconomics and International Trade and has received teaching awards. Her research interests include the WTO, trade in services, regional integration and migration. She has undertaken research and professional assignments for international and Indian organizations and has published extensively in the form of books, journal articles, book chapters, and reports. She is active professionally as a research guide, reviewer, and member of several expert committees. She was member of the WHO’s Review Committee on the functioning of the International Health Regulations (2015-16) and  the WHO’s Expert Advisory Group, International Recruitment of Health Personnel (2019-20).

Moderators

Mr. Weimin Ren
Mr. Weimin Ren
Director, Transport Division, ESCAP
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Mr. Fedor Kormilitsyn
Mr. Fedor Kormilitsyn
Economic Affairs Officer, Transport Division, ESCAP
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Panel Discussion

Mr. Abdulla Khashimov
Mr. Abdulla Khashimov
Head of Transport Corridors Development and Logistics Department, Ministry of Investments and Foreign Trade of Uzbekistan
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Mr. Abdulla Khashimov has an extensive working experience with the Ministries of Transport, Foreign Affairs, Investment and Foreign Trade of Uzbekistan, focusing on the problems of the development of the national and international transport system. He also chaired the National Committee of Uzbekistan for the development of the Trans-Caucasian Transport Corridors and the Transport sector of the SCO Secretariat (Beijing, China).

Mr. Beny Irzanto
Mr. Beny Irzanto
ASEAN Secretariat
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Mr. Beny Irzanto works as Senior Officer of Transport Division, Sectoral Development Directorate, ASEAN Economic Community Department.  He will share information on COVID-19 Response and Recovery Guidelines for Resilient and Sustainable International Road Freight Transport Connectivity in ASEAN, designed to support ASEAN Member States in establishing their regional and national transport connectivity recovery plans with a focus on resilience and sustainability.

Mr. Ali Abdollahi
Mr. Ali Abdollahi
Head of International Organizations Group, International Affairs Dept, Iranian Railways, Islamic Republic of Iran
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Iranian railways will share their experience in leveraging international transport agreements, including the Intergovernmental Agreement on the Trans-Asian Railways, and other multilateral initiatives to gain greater resilience in land transport connectivity.

Ms. Elizabeth Chelliah
Ms. Elizabeth Chelliah
Deputy Director, Principal Trade Specialist, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Singapore
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Ms. Chelliah has been a negotiator for Singapore since 2002, and was involved negotiations for Singapore FTAs with EFTA, China, Korea, EU, Chinese Taipei, Peru, Japan as well as ASEAN-China FTA and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).

Ms. Tracey Epps
Ms. Tracey Epps
Member of the Core Expert Group of the Initiative on Model Provisions for Trade in Times of Crisis and Pandemic
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Ms. Epps has more than 18 years' experience as an academic, legal advisor and negotiator; including seven years as a senior advisor in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFAT) Trade Law Unit. During this time, she acted as the lead legal counsel for New Zealand’s negotiating team in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations.

for more information, please contact

Trade, Investment and Innovation Division +66 2 288-1234 [email protected]
Transport Division +66 2288 1234 [email protected]