Beirut, 10 January 2003 (United Nations Information Service)
- The United Nations Economic and
Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) will be convening the
meeting of the fourth session of its transport committee from 14
to 16 January 2003 at the United Nations House, Riad Solh Square,
The meeting, which will be opened by Lebanese Transport and Public
Work Minister Najib Mikati at 9:30 on Tuesday 14 January 2003, is
intended to discuss the implementing steps for the establishment
of the National Trade and Transport Facilitation Committees and
the draft memorandum of understanding for regional cooperation in
maritime transport; and follow-up on the ratification of the
International Roads Agreement in the Arab Mashreq. The meeting
will also confirm the adoption of the Agreement on International
Railways in the Arab Mashreq, and prepare for its signature during
the forthcoming 22nd ministerial session of ESCWA expected to be
held in April of this year.
Participants in the meeting will be representatives of the
ministries of transport, and public work, maritime ports and
customs services in ESCWA Member States (Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq,
Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia,
Syrian Arab Republic, United Arab Emirates and Yemen) in addition
to representatives from concerned regional organizations and the
Arab Union of Chambers of Maritime Shipping.
Parallel to the fourth session of ESCWA Transport Committee, the
second meeting of the board of the Arab Union of Chambers of
Maritime Shipping will convene from 14 to 15 January 2003.
It is worth noting that the work plans of ESCWA transport section
focuses on facilitating trade and transport and their integration
in the Arab Mashreq, including the related information system and
the methodological framework for analyzing issues and policies
intended to facilitate trade and tourism among the countries of
the region and with the world.