‘Large-scale transport projects implemented with initiative of Azerbaijan will contribute to raising transport capacity of landlocked countries’

Azerbaijans Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov had a meeting with Gyan Chandra Acharya, Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States on the sidelines of 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly.

FM Elmar Mammadyarov informing about the successful implementation of Millenium Development Goals in Azerbaijan noted that the consistent measures are undertaken by the Government towards the development of Sustainable Development Agenda of UN, and building of more diversified, competitive, resilient, as well as innovative, technology-rich and knowledge-based economy.

In this context, he said that Azerbaijan attaches high importance to the implementation of the Vienna Programme of Action for LLDCs. Adding that the development of East-West and North-South transport corridors with the closer involvement and support of Azerbaijan will serve for the promotion of regional prosperity and connectivity.

Gyan Acharya emphasized that large-scale transport projects implemented with the initiative and support of Azerbaijan will specially contribute to raising the transport capacity of landlocked countries of the region and realization of Sustainable Development Goals. Given the experience of Azerbaijan in this field, he has invited Azerbaijan to take part at the High-Level Meeting on Sustainable Transport of Landlocked Developing Countries to be held in Bolivia in cooperation with the relevant structures of UN on October 13-14, 2016.

FM Mammadyarov reaffirmed Azerbaijan’s readiness to share its relevant experience, especially on public administration, single window in customs and tax system, socio-economic reforms, with other LLDCs through the United Nations. He added that Azerbaijan’s election to the membership of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for the period of 2017-2019 with majority votes indicates the international reputation of the country and appreciation of international community for the achievements of Azerbaijan in social-economic sphere especially in last decade.

Minister Mammadyarov speaking about the aggression of Armenia against Azerbaijan and barbaric actions perpetrated in the occupied lands, especially destruction of the transport infrastructure noted that destructive and annexationist policy pursued by Armenia seriously hampers full-fledged development of regional cooperation and connectivity and implementation of sustainable development agenda in the region.