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The Interregional Transport Linkages between ESCWA, ECE and ESCAP Under the United Nations Development Account Project on Capacity Building Through Cooperation in Developing and Land-Sea Interregional Transport Linkages (2002-2006)


This Expert Group Meeting was aimed at discussing the proposed transport linkages between the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) and two other regional commissions, namely, the Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) and the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). Additionally, the Meeting addressed the topic of current border crossing formalities and explored ways to improve them; and investigated the proposed methodologies for conducting economic feasibility studies in order to determine the most viable routes that will be part of the final, adopted linkages. Specifically, discussions focused on the following: (a) national reports by concerned countries of the three regions, which presented concepts of the transport routes that will form part of the connecting linkages; (b) a description of the current border crossing formalities; (c) the proposed methodology for economic feasibility studies; and (d) the steps that will be taken in due course within within the framework of the United Nations Development Account Project and in line with its requirements. Agreements were reached with regard to land and land-sea linkages; and a list of steps to be undertaken by the three regional commissions was approved.