Workshop on Strengthening Transport Operational Connectivity between Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Viet Nam and Thailand

25 Sep 2017 to 26 Sep 2017
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Over the past several years, Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Viet Nam and Thailand (CLMV-T) have exerted efforts to improve their transport and logistics efficiency and inter-country connectivity including by practical actions and a more intense use of intermodal transport.

However, transport facilitation among these countries still faces numerous challenges that include: limited transport and transit rights, inadequate facilities to efficiently handle cross-border traffic, less harmonized regulations and procedures, complicated documents, and other non-physical barriers.

The current challenges to the transport sector points to an opportunity for developing and operationalizing integrated intermodal transport systems that can act as key enablers of sustainable transport and hence sustainable development. The integrated intermodal transport systems can bring several benefits such as: combination of strengths of each individual mode of transport, optimal use of existing transport capacities and infrastructure; support to development of rural areas by strengthening their links with national and regional transport networks; and promotion of sustainable development by ensuring optimal balance among its economic, social and environmental dimensions.

Hence, Transport Division is organizing the Workshop on Strengthening Transport Operational Connectivity between Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Viet Nam and Thailand with the following objectives:

• Identify persisting and emerging key issues/challenges to transport facilitation among the participating countries and suggest solutions thereto;
• Share experiences among countries in planning and operationalizing integrated intermodal transport systems; and
• Discuss the feasibility of pilot projects implementing transport facilitation tools, to increase the transport operational connectivity among these countries.

Contact person:
Mr. Sandeep Raj Jain
E-mail: jain@un.org