HE Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry Sultan bin Rashid Al Khater
The State of Qatar stressed the importance of focusing on sustainable structural transformation to support the growth of the green economy, especially in light of the increasing repercussions of climate change in various parts of the world, and its impact on the least developed countries (LDCs).
This came in a statement by HE Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry Sultan bin Rashid Al Khater when he co-chaired with HE Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Peoples Republic of Bangladesh Dr. Abul Kalam Abdul Momen the proceedings of the fifth session of the High-Level Meeting on Asia-Pacific Regional Review on Implementation of Istanbul Program of Action, which will conclude four days of discussions on Thursday.
HE the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry called for a discussion on the various prospects for enhancing sustainable development and structural transformation in LDCs, in light of technological development and green growth initiatives aimed at Rebuilding Better post-COVID-19 pandemic. Moreover, HE Al Khater stressed the need to ensure that strategies aimed at increasing trade exchange and developing productive capacities were oriented towards addressing the context-specific realities of LDCs.
For his part, HE the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh called on the sessions speakers to highlight the issue of structural transformation as a key priority in the zero draft outcome document, which is currently under negotiation, and entails a range of important sub-topics, such as production capacities, private sector development, maintenance and development of infrastructure, and integration into global and regional value chains.
The Asia-Pacific Regional Review Meeting on the Implementation of the Istanbul Program in LDCs comes in preparation for the fifth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries, which will be hosted by Qatar in January 2022.
This meeting aims to make a comprehensive assessment of the implementation of the Istanbul Program in the Asia-Pacific LDCs, as well as to share best practices and lessons learned. This meeting also seeks to identify effective international and local policies in light of the outcome of the appraisal, in addition to discussing new and emerging challenges and opportunities and the means to address them.
The interventions in the discussion session, titled "Structural transformation and resilient infrastructure for sustained economic growth, poverty alleviation, and decent work for all", touched on three themes, including mechanisms to enable LDCs in the Asia Pacific region to fully capitalize on technological progress and regulatory best practices for improving infrastructure (physical transport and broadband) to meet the development challenges facing these countries.
Under the second theme, the role of Microsoft as a private company was highlighted in terms of promoting entrepreneurship, innovation, value addition, and bridging the digital divide in LDCs in the Asia-Pacific. The third theme addressed the national and international policies that should be adopted by LDCs to develop the agricultural sector, and to ensure that the said sector was a driver of growth and structural economic transformation. (QNA)
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