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UNITED
NATIONS
TD

        United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
Distr.
GENERAL
TD/B/C.I/25
19 September 2012

Original: English

Trade and Development Board
Trade and Development Commission
Fourth Session
Geneva, 12–16 November 2012
Item 4 of the provisional agenda
Promoting and strengthening synergies among the three pillars



Progress report on the implementation of the provisions of the Accra Accord
related to transport and trade facilitation

Note by the UNCTAD secretariat


Executive summary
This report has been prepared by the Trade Logistics Branch of UNCTAD Division on Technology and Logistics to provide a succinct narrative of activities implemented in relation to transport and trade facilitation matters in compliance with relevant paragraphs from the Accra Accord. The report highlights the work carried out during the period between the third and fourth sessions of the Trade and Development Commission, in 2011 and the first half of 2012, on the three main pillars of UNCTAD: (a) technical assistance and capacity-building activities; (b) research and analysis on transport and trade facilitation; and (c) intergovernmental and consensus-building activities.
Introduction

1. The work undertaken by UNCTAD in the field of transport and trade facilitation since the third session of the Commission reflects the mandate on transport and trade facilitation, as set out in the Accra Accord. The activities reported below are presented to correspond to the order of the Accra Accord paragraphs, factually reflecting the work carried out by the Trade Logistics Branch of the Division on Technology and Logistics during the period between the third and fourth sessions of the Trade and Development Commission, in 2011 and the first half of 2012.

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10. In 2011, UNCTAD initiated a three-year project to strengthen the Palestinian Shippers’ Council which was launched in May 2011 by UNCTAD and the Council. The project, funded by the Canadian International Development Agency, aims to strengthen the capacity of the Palestinian Shippers’ Council to serve as focal point for the promotion of shippers’ interests and facilitation of their trade-related activities. One output of the project is a client-orientated service portfolio for the Palestinian Shippers’ Council, developed with input from the shipping community. Interviews, workshops and questionnaire-based needs assessments have been carried out by the project team to identify the most critical services required by Palestinian shippers. These include research, policy advocacy, training, networking and strategic partnerships, as well as legal advice.

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