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Fifth Session of the Committee on Trade

18 - 19 June 2012

Room XI, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

Fifth Session of the Committee on Trade

Committee on Trade/International Trade Centre jointly organizes a high-level segment on how to increase the participation of transition economies in international trade?

Many countries that transitioned from planned to open economies have succeeded in achieving economic growth. Very few, however, have been able to take full advantage of the opportunities for economic development offered by trade. Even fewer have succeeded in diversifying their economies in order to better ensure long-term, sustainable growth.

This high-level segment aimed to support an interactive dialogue between stakeholders from the public and the private sectors on how to enable these countries create the required institutional set-up and conditions for stimulating trade-led development. The results of this dialogue provided an input and guidance to the work of the Committee on Trade during the coming year, including future trade needs assessments and related follow-up activities.

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Item 1: Adoption of the Agenda
ECE/TRADE/C/2012/1Annotated provisional agendaPDFPDFPDF
Item 2: Keynote speech
Item 3: Export and import challenges in countries with economies in transition
ECE/TRADE/C/2012/2Export and import challenges in countries with economies in transitiondocument will not be issued
Item 4: Focus on Kazakhstan
ECE/TRADE/C/2012/3UNECE/ITC joint trade needs assessment study on Kazakhstan: Summary of major findings
ECE/TRADE/NONE/2012/1UNECE/ITC joint trade needs assessment study on KazakhstanPDF--
Item 5: Trade-needs-assessment studies on economies in transition: follow-up and policy implications
ECE/TRADE/C/2012/4

UNECE trade-needs assessment study on Belarus: follow-up and policy implications
(document issued as ECE/TRADE/NONE/2012/3)

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ECE/TRADE/NONE/2012/3UNECE trade-needs assessment study on Belarus: follow-up and policy implicationsPDF-PDF
ECE/TRADE/403Regulatory and Procedural Barriers to Trade in Belarus Needs Assessment PDF-PDF
Item 6: The Committee on Trade strategy for the next biennium and beyond
ECE/TRADE/C/2012/5Committee on Trade strategy for the next biennium and beyondPDFPDFPDF
ECE/TRADE/C/2012/6Input to EXCOM 2011-2012 ECE reviewPDF
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ECE/TRADE/NONE/2012/4Information requested by EXCOM for the ECE reviewPDF--
Item 7: UNECE review and matters arising
ECE/TRADE/NONE/2012/2Draft Strategic Framework 2014 - 2015: Subprogramme 6: TradePDF--
Item 8: Aid-for-Trade in SPECA and other countries with economies in transition
ECE/TRADE/C/2012/7Report on the Aid-for-Trade Roadmap for SPECA and the Regional AfT Implementation and Monitoring CouncilPDFPDFPDF
ECE/TRADE/C/2012/8Draft Aid-for-Trade Roadmap for SPECA matrices: Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan
(document issued as ECE/TRADE/NONE/2012/5)
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ECE/TRADE/NONE/2012/5Draft Aid-for-Trade Roadmap for SPECA matrices: Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and KyrgyzstanPDF--
ECE/TRADE/C/2012/9Draft Aid-for-Trade Roadmap for SPECA matrices: Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Regional workPDFPDFPDF
Item 9: Trade development in countries with economies in transition: recent initiatives and impact
ECE/TRADE/C/2012/10Supporting green growth in countries with economies in transition: recent initiatives and lessons learnedPDF--
Item 10: Traceability in support of efficient, safe and secure global supply chains
ECE/TRADE/C/2012/11Traceability in support of efficient, safe and secure global supply chains
(document issued as ECE/TRADE/NONE/2012/8)
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ECE/TRADE/NONE/2012/8Traceability in support of efficient, safe and secure global supply chainsPDF--
Item 11: Capacity-building activities
ECE/TRADE/C/2012/12Report on capacity-building activitiesPDFPDFPDF
ECE/TRADE/C/2012/13Cooperation with other organizationsPDFPDFPDF
Item 12: Joint UNECE/ITC trade-needs-assessment study on Kazakhstan: issues arising from the joint high-level segment discussions
Item 13: Programme of work of the Committee on Trade and reports of its subsidiary bodies
ECE/TRADE/C/2012/14Biennial evaluation plan for the Trade Subprogramme for the biennium 2012-2013PDFPDFPDF
ECE/TRADE/C/2012/15Biennial evaluation report for the biennium 2010-2011PDFPDFPDF
ECE/TRADE/C/WP.6/2011/15Report of the Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies on its twenty-first sessionPDFPDFPDF
ECE/TRADE/C/WP.7/2011/2Report of the Working Party on Agricultural Quality Standards on its sixty-seventh sessionPDFPDFPDF
ECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2012/12 Report of the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business on its eighteenth sessionPDFPDFPDF
Item 14: Other business
Item 15: Adoption of decisions
Monday, 18 June 2012: Committee on Trade/International Trade Centre
Joint high-level segment on How to increase the participation of transition economies in international trade
Item 1. Adoption of the agenda
10.00-10.10   Andrei SAVINYKH, Belarus, Chair of the Committee
Item 2. Keynote speech
10.10-10.30 Welcome and introduction Zhanar AITZHANOVA, Minister for Economic Integration of the Republic of Kazakhstan and Special Representative of the Republic of Kazakhstan at the WTO Accession Negotiations Jean-Marie PAUGAM, Deputy Executive Director of the International Trade Centre Andrey VASILYEV,
Deputy Executive Secretary, UNECE
10.30-10.50 Keynote speech Prof. Lauri OJALA, Turku School of Economics, Finland
Item 3. Export and import challenges in countries with economies in transition
10.50-11.10 Opening remarks Ambassador Stephan NELLEN, Embassy of Switzerland to Kazakhstan and Tajikistan (Chair)
11.10-11.30   Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation Natalia YACHEISTOVA, Deputy Director of the Department of Trade Policy, Eurasian Economic Commission
11.30-11.50   Donor perspective   Jeremy STRAUSS, Senior Economic Policy Specialist USAID/Central Asia
11.50-12.10 Private sector perspective Alexander ELINSON, General Director, NIPK Electron Co., Saint-Petersburg, Russian Federation
12.10-12.30 United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Aid-for-Trade Wider Europe Initiative Joern RIEKEN, Team Leader, Aid-for-Trade
UNDP Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States
12.30-13.00 Questions and answers  
13.00-14.45

Lunch at the invitation of the Permanent Mission of Kazakhstan, Restaurant des Délégués, 8th floor, Palais des Nations

Item 4. Joint ITC-UNECE trade-needs-assessment study on Kazakhstan: major findings and key recommendations

15.00-15.10 Introductory remarks Gaukhar Balykbayeva, Chair Center for Trade Policy Development, Ministry of Economic Integration, Kazakhstan
15.10-15.30 Priority needs intrade facilitation, regulatory cooperation and agricultural development Oleg SAMUKHIN, UNECE lead consultant
AfT needs assessment-- Kazakhstan
15.30-16.00 Questions and answers  
16.00-16.30 Regulatory and procedural barriers to trade Olga SKOROBOGATOVA, ITC
16.30-17.00 Questions and answers  
Item 5. Trade-needs-assessment studies on economies in transition: follow-up and policy implications
17.00-17.15 Follow-up on recommendations from UNECE needs assessment study on Belarus Andrei SAVINYKH, Director, Information Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Belarus
17.15-17.30 Update from the UNECE secretariat Mika VEPSÄLÄINEN, Chief, UNECE Trade Policy and Government Cooperation Section
17.30-18.00 Questions and answers  
Tuesday, 19 June 2012: Committee on Trade, Fifth Session
Item 6. The Committee on Trade strategy  for  the next biennium and beyond
10.00-10.30 The Committee on Trade strategy  for  the next biennium and beyond Andrei  SAVINYKH, Chair, Committee on Trade
10.30-11.00 Questions and answers  
Item 7. UNECE review and matters arising
11.00-11.15 Progress in the implementation of the Executive Committee Recommendations adopted at the December 2009 meeting Virginia CRAM-MARTOS, Director, UNECE Trade and Sustainable Land Management Division
11.15-11.30 Questions and answers  
Item 8. Aid-for-Trade in SPECA and other countries with economies in transition
11.30-12.00 Aid for Trade Roadmap for SPECA and the regional AfT Implementation and Monitoring Council Ismayil ALAKBAROV, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the United Nations in Geneva
Item 9. Trade development in countries with economies in transition: recent initiatives and impact
12.00-12.20 Supporting green growth in countries with economies in transition Haruka MIKI, CHAdeMO Association in Europe
12.20-12.40 Reflections on green growth and trade Giles CHAPPELL, United Nations Environment Programme
12.40-13.00 Questions and answers  
13.00-15.00 Lunch
Item 10. Traceability in support of efficient, safe and secure global supply chains
15.00-15.20 Ethical traceability Prof. Dr. M. KORTHALS, Professor Applied Philosophy Wageningen University, Netherlands (Chair)
15.20-15.40 Traceability from the point of view of standardizers and regulators  Victor DRAVITSA, Director, Centre for Systems Identification, Belarus
15.40-16.00 Harnessing standardization for improved traceability Harm-Jan van BURG, Netherlands Tax and Customs Administration, Vice Chair of UN/CEFACT
16.00-16.30 Questions and answers  
Item 11. Capacity-building activities
16.30-16.45 Update by the secretariat Tom BUTTERLY, Deputy Director, Trade and Sustainable Land Management Division
Item 12. Joint UNECE/ITC trade-needs-assessment study on Kazakhstan:  issues arising from the high-level segment discussions
16.45-17.00 Remarks by the secretariat Virginia CRAM-MARTOS , Director, UNECE Trade and Sustainable Land Management  Division
Item 13. Programme of work of the  Committee on Trade and reports of its subsidiary bodies
17.00-17.30 Updates from the Committee on Trade subsidiary bodies UNECE secretariat
UN/CEFACT and WP.6
Item 14. Other business
17.30-17.45 Next session of the Committee on Trade UNECE secretariat
Item 15. Adoption of decisions
17.45-18.00 Review and adoption of decisions  
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Report of the Session
ECE/TRADE/C/2012/16Report of the sessionPDFPDFPDF
List of participants PDF--