BOMNAF Conference 2017: “Sustainable Trade as an Aspect of Regional Cooperation”

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The 10th BOMNAF Conference, entitled “Sustainable Trade as an Aspect of Regional Cooperation”, has concluded successfully. The event’s primary aim is to promote sustainable trade by working with participants to understand the vital part trade plays in regional cooperation.

Over 120 delegates attended, including senior border commanders, customs personnel, government officials, international experts and speakers from Tajikistan and Afghanistan. They were joined by ambassadors and senior diplomats from Dushanbe and officials from EUD, UNDP, JICA, USAID, UNHCR, GIZ, Aga Khan Foundation, CCI, KfW, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, OSCE, DFID and UNODC.

Mr William Lawrence, Chief Technical Advisor of UNDP’s EU-BOMNAF and JICA- BMP Projects says “We have learned that regional issues need a regional approach; political will and inter-governmental communication is critical. Progress in economic integration and regional connectivity will encourage investment and do much to reduce poverty by providing increased economic opportunities for vulnerable borderlands populations. This Conference has offered key stakeholders the opportunity to share their experiences, discuss trade models and identify challenges.”

Watch media coverage (starts at 12:27) in Russian on BOMNAF's conference: https://youtu.be/25MlfjiYwcE?t=12m27s