Development Account Project on Addressing the Transboundary Dimensions of the 2030 Agenda through Regional Economic Cooperation and Integration in Asia and the Pacific: Subregional Inception Meeting

2 Oct 2018 to 4 Oct 2018
Almaty, Kazakhstan

The Development Account project is a multi-disciplinary project spanning over four years, from 2018 – 2021. The objective of the project is to strengthen capacity of selected countries to develop sustainable and inclusive policies and mechanisms for trans-boundary infrastructure connectivity within the context of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The project will bring cross-sectoral aspects and build upon existing sub-regional and regional platforms to assess connectivity deficits along selected major regional connectivity corridors, with a view to enhancing inclusive and sustainable access to electricity, transport and ICT. Additionally, the project aims to integrate cross-sectoral dimensions of gender mainstreaming, disaster risk reduction and viable financing for sustainable infrastructure development.

The target countries are Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Mongolia while other participating countries include China and the Russian Federation.

The activities under this project include transboundary and national multi-sectoral assessments and gap analysis based on countries’ priorities, development of guidelines and training materials, workshops, as well as dissemination of analyses and findings to a wide audience.

As a first step in this project, a three-day inception meeting is scheduled from 2 to 4 October 2018 in Almaty, Kazakhstan, in collaboration with ESCAP’s Subregional Offices.

The objectives of the inception meeting are to:
• Introduce the project objectives and activities, implementation schedule and approach to the nominated focal points in the target and participating countries,
• Review the proposed project activities and ensure that they are in line with national priorities and needs, and
• Take stock of progress and development in the energy, ICT, and transport sectors through the sharing of knowledge and good practices among policy makers from the target and participating countries.