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Ministerial Conference: Aid-for-Trade Roadmap for SPECA

1 - 2 December 2010

Baku, Azerbaijan

Held in Baku, Azerbaijan on 1-2 December 2010, the Ministerial Conference on the Aid-for-Trade (AfT) Road Map for SPECA, is the first high-level event for transition economies since the launching of the AfT initiative at the 2005 WTO Hong Kong Ministerial. The event brought together 122 delegates, including high level officials from SPECA countries, experts and representatives of donor agencies and other development partners from specialized international development organizations.

One of the key outcomes was the signing of a Ministerial Declaration that calls for creating dynamic synergies between national and regional trade-related development initiatives and policy measures as well as ensuring a greater contribution of trade to equitable growth among the different regions within each country. The Conference also launched the SPECA Regional Aid-for-Trade Implementation and Monitoring Council (SPECA AfT Council), to provide a follow-up mechanism for monitoring and supporting AfT initiatives in SPECA countries. The Council, together with the SPECA Project Working Group on Trade, will bring together beneficiary countries, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors and UN agencies working on trade issues.

The organization of the Conference was coordinated by the UNECE and benefited from the financial, organizational and advisory support of a number of UN agencies and specialized institutions, making it an important example of the UN “delivering as one”. The members of the “Steering Group” included: the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE); the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO); the International Trade Centre (ITC); and the International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC) which is a member of the Islamic Development Bank Group. Financing was provided by the Finnish Government (for the background assessment studies) and the ITFC (for the expert meeting and the Ministerial Conference).

For further information, please contact:

Mrs. Virginia Cram-Martos
Director, UNECE Trade and Timber Division
Tel.:  +41 22 9172745
Fax:  +41 22 9170037
e-mail: virginia.cram-martos@unece.org

Mr. Mario Apostolov
Regional Adviser, UNECE Trade and Timber Division
Tel.: +41 22 9171134
Fax:  +41 22 9170037
e-mail: mario.apostolov@unece.org

DAY I: 1 December 2010

8:00 - 8:45

Registration

8:45 - 9:30

High level delegates visit to the Alley of Martyrs and Alley of Honour

9:30 - 10:15

Session I: Welcome remarks

 

Mr. Niyasi Safarov, Vice Minister of Economic Development, Republic of Azerbaijan

 

Mr. Petri Salo, Ambassador to Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland

 

Mr. Jens Wandel, Deputy Regional Director & Regional Centre Director UNDP, Europe and the CIS Bratislava Regional Centre

 

Mr. Andrey Vasilyev, Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

 

Mr. Lalith Goonatilake, Director, Trade Capacity Building Branch, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

 

Mr. Rajesh Aggarwal, Chief Business & Trade Policy, International Trade Centre (ITC)

10:15 - 11:30

Session II: Trade and Development Challenges in SPECA countries

 

Chairperson: Ms. Virginia Cram-Martos, Director Trade and Timber Division, UNECE

 

SPECA Project Working Group on Trade and AfT Roadmap for SPECA
Mrs. Gulchehra Tursunovna Borozovaya, Chairperson, SPECA Project Working Group on Trade and Vice Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Tajikistan

 

Social and Economic Challenges in SPECA countries
Mr. Balazs Horvath, Practice Leader, UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS

 

Aid for Trade for SPECA Countries
Mr. Michael Roberts, Aid for Trade Coordinator, Development Division, World Trade Organization (WTO)

 

Aid for Trade financing issues
Mr. Jean-Jacques Hallaert, Senior Trade Policy Analyst, Trade and Agriculture Directorate, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

 

Questions and answers

11:30 - 11:50

Coffee break

11:50 - 13:30

Session III: AfT Needs Assessment in SPECA countries

 

Chairperson: Mr. David Luke, UNDP Trade and Human Development Unit, Geneva

 

AfT Needs in SPECA Countries: Findings from AfT Regional Review
Mr. Daniel Ivarsson, UNDP consultant, author of AfT Regional Review

 

Comments on AfT Regional Review:
   Mr. Rajesh Aggarwal, Chief Business & Trade Policy, ITC

   Mr. Abdulaziz Sharifov, Deputy Director, Eurasian Economic Community

   Ms. Raushan Sembaeva, Lead Author of National AfT Needs Assessment in Kazakhstan

 

Questions and answers

13:30 - 14:30

Lunch

14:30 - 16:00

Session IV: Ministerial Segment

 

Chairperson: Mr. Andrey Vasilyev, Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

 

Statements by Heads of Delegations:

  • Afghanistan
  • Azerbaijan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkmenistan
  • Uzbekistan

16:00 - 16:20

Coffee break

16:20 - 17:40

Session IV: Ministerial Segment

 

Chairperson: Mr. Andrey Vasilyev, Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

Ministerial Round Table Discussion on Future Regional Initiatives

Reading/Approval of the Ministerial Declaration

17:40 - 18:10

Press Conference

DAY II: 2 December 2010

9:00 - 10:40

Parallel Session Va (ITC)

New Market Opportunities
in a Changing Business Environment

(Annex I)

Parallel Session Vb (UNIDO & STDF)

Standards and Conformity Assessment:
Challenges and Related Capacity Building

(Annex II)

10:40 - 11:00

Coffee break

11:00 - 12:40

Session VI: Next steps on the Aid-for-Trade Roadmap

 

Chairperson: Mr. Lalith Goonatilake, Director, Trade Capacity Building Branch, UNIDO

 

A. Presentations of selected project proposals

 

Aid for Trade for Central Asia, South Caucasus and Western CIS:
Promoting Trade Development and Poverty Reduction in Partnership with Finland’s Wider Europe Initiative
Mr. Jacek Cukrowski, AfT Team Leader, UNDP Regional Centre for Europe and the CIS

 

Trade Capacity-Building of ECO Member States in Standards, Metrology, Testing and Quality Infrastructure
Mr. Ouseph Padickakudi, Programme Manager, Trade Capacity Building Branch, UNIDO

 

A Regional Aid for Trade Follow-up Mechanism
Ms. Virginia Cram-Martos, Director, Trade and Timber Division, UNECE

 

B. Views from the development partners

 

Ms. Tuula Yrjölä, Ambassador to Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland

 

Mr. Koutaro Matsuzawa, Head of Economic Affairs and Economic Cooperation Department, Embassy of Japan, Azerbaijan.

 

Mr. Souleymane Coulibaly, Senior Economist, South Caucasus and Central Asia Country Unit, World Bank

 

Questions and answers

12:40 - 13:00

Closing session

 

Report from Parallel Session Va: New Market Opportunities in a Changing Business Environment
Mr. Rajesh Aggarwal, Chief Business & Trade Policy,International Trade Centre (ITC)

Report from Parallel Session Vb: Standards and Conformity Assessment Challenges and Related Capacity Building
Mr. Michael Roberts, Aid for Trade Coordinator, WTO

Chairman’s summary

13:00 - 14:30

Lunch

14:30 - 16:00

Session VII: 5th meeting of SPECA Project Working Group on Trade
(Annex III)

16:00 - 16:15

Coffee break

16:15 - 18:00

Session VII: 5th meeting of SPECA Project Working Group on Trade
(Annex III)


 

Ministerial Declaration: English   Russian


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