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International community called upon to ssupport landlocked developing countries, diplomat.

Summary: The international community is called upon to strengthen its support to landlocked developing countries and transit countries regarding access to markets, Cooperation Director of Multilateral Cooperation at the Foreign Ministry, Raja Ghannam said on Thursday.

The international community is called upon to strengthen its support to landlocked developing countries and transit countries regarding access to markets, Cooperation Director of Multilateral Cooperation at the Foreign Ministry, Raja Ghannam said on Thursday. Adressing a meeting on the review of the Almaty Programme of Action (APA), Ghannam called for making available additional financial resources to help the relevant countries reach the Almaty aims, noting that the north African country "is willing to share its expertise and know-how as regards establishing the essential infrastructure to accelerate the implementation the APA."a <p>aaa "As a major partner in activities promoting South-South cooperation, Morocco called on all to come together to achieve the aims, including donor countries, the international financial institutions and the private sector," she added.

aaa Set in 2003, the Atmaty programme of action aims to overcome, within 10 years, the trade-hobbling isolation of landlockled developing countries. It also outlines a set of priorities for action in transit policy issues, infrastructure development and maintenance, international trade and trade facilitation, and international support measures.

aaa In his opening remarks, Thursday, before UNGA's High-level Midterm Review of the 2003 Almaty Programme of Action the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, sounded "alarm bells" that time was running out to help the world's landlocked developing countries.

aaa The single biggest obstacle is the "very high" cost of transport, which, in some countries, exceeded 70 per cent of the export value, he asserted.

aaa Ban ki-moon, along president of the 63rd UNGA (Nicaragua), Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann, also called for more "vigorous" cooperation in favor of landlocked countries, and for the full implementation of Almaty recommendations.

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