Part 1 of the course will look at the demand and supply of international transport services. Access to efficient transport services, combined with conducive and transparent cross-border operations, is vital for developing countries’ export competitiveness in overseas markets. In this regard, landlocked developing countries are confronted by particular challenges. The lecture will explain determinants of international transport costs and transport connectivity and discuss the mutual relationship between trade and transport facilitation and development. Land-locked and transit developing countries need to collaborate to mutually benefit from the opportunities created by the overseas trade of LLDCs. A collaborative approach is required, where both the landlocked and the transit developing countries seek win–win solutions to benefit from the synergies and economies of scale of their combined overseas trade.
Part 2 of the lecture will present the findings of ongoing research into best practices which enhance LLDC’s access to seaports in neighbouring transit countries.
In Part 3 of the lecture, collaborative approaches for public and private stakeholders in landlocked and transit developing countries will be presented. The lecture will also provide a first overview of options for policy makers to promote public-private-partnerships (PPPs) in the area of trade and transport facilitation. The session will also provide a forum for questions and discussions about policy implications and the relationship between trade and transport facilitation and development.
Delivered by: Trade Logistics Branch, Division on Technology and Logistics