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Note by the UNCTAD secretariat
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.
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.