Between 7-8 February 2018, the UN conference centre in Bangkok hosted the Regional Policy Dialogue on Strengthening Transport Connectivity in Southern and Central Asia. The event involved representatives of the SCO Secretariat.
The event was organised by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), a partner organisation of the SCO.
Apart from SCO Secretariat experts, the Regional Dialogue involved over 50 leading experts from the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, the UN Economic Commission for Europe, the World Bank, the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation, the Organisation for Cooperation of Railways, as well as representatives of state agencies, research institutes and commercial transport companies from South and Central Asian states.
Experts discussed subjects seen as topical by Asian countries and regarding more proactive international transport communications, the launching of new trans-regional transit corridors as well as the reconstruction of existing corridors. They analysed current problems and drafted recommendations for developing and expanding the transport sector.
Regional Dialogue participants attended a presentation dealing with intra-SCO international transport cooperation. The participants reviewed the development of practical mechanisms and the international-law framework regarding intra-SCO transport cooperation in great detail. They focused on the SCO's unique positive results, as well as planned measures to strengthen diverse transport cooperation between SCO countries.
The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, a partner organisation of the SCO, is a large UN regional commission. Its activities aim to resolve socioeconomic problems concerning the Asia-Pacific region.
The SCO Secretariat and the ESCAP Secretariat cooperate under a memorandum of understanding, signed in 2008.