Sustainable transport and transit solutions in countries in special situations
Sunday, 27 November 2016
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Hall 2

Parallel thematic discussions

Biographies (A-Z)
Sustainable transport is a challenge for all countries, but countries in special situations, including least developed countries, landlocked developing countries, and small island developing states, face particular obstacles. High transport cost, restricted access to the sea, limited air service for passengers and cargo, and difficulties securing investments and partnerships are among the challenges that must be addressed in order to achieve sustainable development in these countries. Evidence suggests that a significant share of the high trade transaction costs faced by many countries is attributable to transit-related challenges. Addressing these challenges, including through simplified, harmonized and standardized transport and transit procedures, intermodal connectivity, will go a long way in boosting economic development, sustainable tourism, and trade, while building regional and global value chains and promoting sustainable development.
Biographies (alphabetical order)
H.E. Mr. Brian Mushimba
Minister of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Zambia and Global Chair of the LLDC Group
H.E. Mr. Brian Mushimba

Minister of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Zambia and Global Chair of the LLDC Group

H.E. Mr. Milton Claros Hinojosa
Minister of Public Works and Housing Services, Bolivia
H.E. Mr. Milton Claros Hinojosa

Minister of Public Works and Housing Services, Bolivia

H.E. Mr. Seiuli Ueligitone
Associate Minister for the Ministry of Works, Transport and Infrastructure, Samoa
H.E. Mr. Seiuli Ueligitone

Associate Minister for the Ministry of Works, Transport and Infrastructure, Samoa

Mr. Gyan Chandra Acharya
Under Secretary-General, High Representative for the LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS
Mr. Gyan Chandra Acharya

Under Secretary-General, High Representative for the LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS

Ambassador Gyan Chandra Acharya, a national of Nepal, was appointed to the position of UN Under- Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) on 5 September 2012. Mr. Acharya has three decades of experience in the diplomatic service of Nepal, during which he was involved in the articulation and promotion of bilateral, regional and global issues. Prior to joining the UN, Mr. Acharya was Permanent Representative of Nepal to the United Nations in New York (2009-12), Foreign Secretary with the Government of Nepal (2007-2009), Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and the World Trade Organization in Geneva (2003-2007), Spokesman of the Foreign Ministry (1999-2002) and Joint Secretary (Director-General) responsible for South Asia, Europe and the Americas and Regional Organizations, Economic Relations and Coordination Divisions (1998-2003).

Mr. Mahmoud Mohieldin
World Bank Group Senior Vice President for the 2030 Development Agenda
Mr. Mahmoud Mohieldin

World Bank Group Senior Vice President for the 2030 Development Agenda

Mahmoud Mohieldin is Senior Vice President for the 2030 Development Agenda, United Nations Relations, and Partnerships. Before joining the World Bank, Mr. Mohieldin held numerous senior positions in the government of Egypt, including minister of investment from 2004 until 2010. He served on several boards of directors, including the Central Bank of Egypt and the banking and corporate sector. He was a member of the Commission on Growth and Development and selected a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. He is a professor of economics and finance at Cairo University, an honorary professor at Durham University and a member of the Advisory Board of the Durham Business School. He received his doctorate in economics from the University of Warwick, M.Sc. in economic and social policy analysis from the University of York, and B.Sc. in economics from Cairo University.