The Conference of Ministers of Transport of Landlocked countries will be held in a week, on August 15-16, in the city of Turkmenbashi, the resort area of Avaza. The main topic of the forum is "Financing to improve communication". The upcoming ministerial meeting will be a part of the preparations for the Third UN Conference on Landlocked Developing Countries, which will be held in 2024.
The Ministers and delegations will consider the crucial role of transport for recovery after COVID-19, mitigation of climate change and adaptation, share the vision, experience of their countries and innovative approaches and solutions for financing transport infrastructure, improving its maintenance, discuss the development of cooperation in the field of transport and connectivity to increase trade potential.
Sustainable transport is a lifeline for the modern economy and is at the heart of economic development. 32 landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) with a population of 533 million people have common problems due to their geographical location, which affects their economic interaction with the rest of the world. They need reliable transport infrastructure and efficient transit mechanisms to participate in world trade.
The conference will be attended by the Ministers of Transport of the LLDCs. Transit and donor countries, representatives of UN agencies, other international, regional and subregional organizations and financial institutions, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, academia and other interested parties are also invited.
Separate sessions will be devoted to issues such as accelerating digitalization to improve transit and trade facilitation, environmentally sustainable transport systems, and road safety.
The forum will be held in a hybrid format – face-to-face events will gather delegates at the Avaza Congress Center, remote access will be provided via Zoom.
The meeting will consist of an opening ceremony, interactive debates, thematic sessions and a closing ceremony. At the end of the meeting, a final document will be adopted, which will be used at the Third UN Conference on LLDCs.