Vientiane Consensus renews commitment to integrating landlocked developing countries with region's growth momentum

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Landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) have asserted that they are land-linked, land-rich countries that can emerge as key hubs in regional cooperation and integration. This, as they wrapped up the Final Review of the Almaty Programme of Action (APoA) Conference in Vientiane, Laos, on Thursday.

The Vientiane Outcome Document reflects LLDCs renewed commitment in addressing development gaps and integrating their countries more closely with the region's growth momentum.

The Outcome Document cited trade facilitation, highlighting the need for the World Trade Organization -WTO accession of LLDCs on easy and expedited terms, transit and transport facilitation by the neighboring countries, enhanced and better quality flows of Overseas Development Assistance, ODA, aid-for-trade and Foreign Direct Investment, FDI, and capacity building support for productive and trade capacity development and climate change mitigation.

Under-Secretary-General and ESCAP Executive Secretary Dr. Noeleen Heyzer said: "It is her conviction that with the support and cooperation of transit countries and international community at large, LLDCs of the region not only can realize their full development potential, but can also play an important role as landbridges and hubs connecting different countries in the region through land transport corridors."

In his concluding statement, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, LLDCs and Small Island Developing States, Mr. Gyan Chandra Acharya stated: "We now have a solid basis from this region for drafting the Second UN Conference on LLDCs."

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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