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Regional Advisor - Trade

Mr. Mario Apostolov

Mr. Apostolov provides advisory support for both the Economic and Integration and Trade Divisions. He has been servicing intergovernmental bodies of experts and policy makers on trade facilitation in the framework of the UN Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business, the UN Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia (SPECA), and networks in Southeast Europe and the Eurasian Economic Union for over 17 years. His expertise includes national trade facilitation bodies, the Single Window for export, import, and transit clearance, regional trade integration, and trade facilitation reform. Mr Apostolov has a M.A. from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations and a Ph.D. from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies at the University of Geneva. He teaches a course on the Dynamics of Regional Cooperation and Diplomacy at the International University in Geneva. Some areas of his published works include trade facilitation, regional cooperation and integration, and the geopolitics of Christian-Muslim relations.

For more information, email: mario.apostolov@un.org

UNECE technical assistance in the area of trade, provided under the Regular Programme of Technical Cooperation (RPTC), concentrates on strengthening the capacity of countries with economies in transition to use international trade standards, trade liberalization and facilitation, notably the standards developed by UN/CEFACT. In particular, the RPTC-related activities are focused on: (a) assisting in the practical implementation of trade facilitation measures, procedures and standards, including best practices in the use of international trade and transport documents; (b) contributing to the integration of information flows in international trade, notably with regard to using international standards for documents and electronic exchange of data and documents; (c) supporting sub-regional integration and providing advice on free trade agreements, notably in Southeast Europe and Central Asia; (d) strengthening national capacity to develop policies aimed at promoting inter-sectoral cooperation at sub-regional level; and (e) promoting national institutions in support of sub-regional economic and trade cooperation.

The RPTC-related technical cooperation activities are carried out by the Regional Adviser on Trade in cooperation with the Trade and Timber Division. These activities are linked to UNECE's normative work, limited to those particular areas where the UNECE has recognized expertise, and aim at ensuring effective and efficient responses to the particular demands of UNECE member States. The work is focused mainly on the countries with economies in transition of Southeast and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia. Most of the activities are developed and implemented in cooperation with other international organizations.

Brief information about the objective, expected accomplishments, indicators of achievement and summary of outputs, related to ECE Regional Advisory Services on Trade in 2018-2019 can be accessed here.

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