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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/2012/1

Annotated provisional agenda

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Item 2: Keynote speech

Item 3: Export and import challenges in countries with economies in transition

ECE/TRADE/C/2012/2

Export and import challenges in countries with economies in transition

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Item 4: Focus on Kazakhstan

ECE/TRADE/C/2012/3

UNECE/ITC joint trade needs assessment study on Kazakhstan: Summary of major findings

ECE/TRADE/NONE/2012/1

UNECE/ITC joint trade needs assessment study on Kazakhstan

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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/2012/3

UNECE trade-needs assessment study on Belarus: follow-up and policy implications

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ECE/TRADE/403

Regulatory and Procedural Barriers to Trade in Belarus Needs Assessment

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Item 6: The Committee on Trade strategy for the next biennium and beyond

ECE/TRADE/C/2012/5

Committee on Trade strategy for the next biennium and beyond

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ECE/TRADE/C/2012/6

Input to EXCOM 2011-2012 ECE review

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ECE/TRADE/NONE/2012/4

Information requested by EXCOM for the ECE review

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Item 7: UNECE review and matters arising

ECE/TRADE/NONE/2012/2

Draft Strategic Framework 2014 - 2015: Subprogramme 6: Trade

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Item 8: Aid-for-Trade in SPECA and other countries with economies in transition

ECE/TRADE/C/2012/7

Report on the Aid-for-Trade Roadmap for SPECA and the Regional AfT Implementation and Monitoring Council

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ECE/TRADE/C/2012/8

Draft Aid-for-Trade Roadmap for SPECA matrices: Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan
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ECE/TRADE/NONE/2012/5

Draft Aid-for-Trade Roadmap for SPECA matrices: Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan

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ECE/TRADE/C/2012/9

Draft Aid-for-Trade Roadmap for SPECA matrices: Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Regional work

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Item 9: Trade development in countries with economies in transition: recent initiatives and impact

ECE/TRADE/C/2012/10

Supporting green growth in countries with economies in transition: recent initiatives and lessons learned

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Item 10: Traceability in support of efficient, safe and secure global supply chains

ECE/TRADE/C/2012/11

Traceability 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/2012/8

Traceability in support of efficient, safe and secure global supply chains

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Item 11: Capacity-building activities

ECE/TRADE/C/2012/12

Report on capacity-building activities

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ECE/TRADE/C/2012/13

Cooperation with other organizations

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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/2012/14

Biennial evaluation plan for the Trade Subprogramme for the biennium 2012-2013

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ECE/TRADE/C/2012/15

Biennial evaluation report for the biennium 2010-2011

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ECE/TRADE/C/WP.6/2011/15

Report of the Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies on its twenty-first session

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ECE/TRADE/C/WP.7/2011/2

Report of the Working Party on Agricultural Quality Standards on its sixty-seventh session

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ECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2012/12

Report of the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business on its eighteenth session

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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

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Report of the session

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List of participants

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