Nepal’s Minister for Commerce and Supplies, Shanker Koirala highlighted the structural problems faced by Landlocked Developing Countries at the ninth Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization. He focused on the problems of the LLDCs such as lack of direct territorial access to the sea, isolation from international markets and poor transport and transit infrastructure, resulting in a low share in global trade, lack of diversification of products and markets and marginalization.
Trade facilitation measures, in particular those related to transit and transport, are important for growth and expansion of external trade of the LLDCs. As a landlocked nation, Nepal must develop this aspect much more aggressively. Referring to the Comprehensive 10Year Review Conference, Koirala stated that it can be an occasion for the international community to consider all the unique challenges that the LLDCs face.