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Zambia attends 7th UNCTAD meeting

BUUMBA CHIMBULU writes
ZAMBIA is among the African countries attending the seventh session of United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva, Switzerland meant to enhance sustainable trade.
Ministry of commerce, trade and industry public relations officer Godfrida Chanda, said Government was being represented by the ministry’s permanent secretary, Kayula Siame.
Ms Chanda said this was the seventh session of the Multi-year Expert Meeting on Transport, Trade Logistics and Trade Facilitation which would be held from 7th to 9th May, 2019 in Switzerland.
She said this in a statement obtained by the Sun.
“This meeting will be a Follow-up on the discussions at the sixth session that focused on trade logistics and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,
“In adding, the seventh session will investigate in greater detail how trade facilitation and transit can contribute to the achievement of sustainable development,” she said.
The meeting, she said, would provide an opportunity to among other matters, discuss the development related to trade facilitation and transit issues and share experiences, including by reviewing best practices associated with new and rapidly evolving technological developments.
“Discussions will focus on general trade facilitation reforms and the implementation of the World Trade Organization Agreement on Trade Facilitation, which entered into force in February 2017,” Ms Chanda said.
More than 140 WTO members have ratified the Agreement on Trade Facilitation and are currently implementing its provisions, in many cases with the assistance of international organizations, including UNCTAD.

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