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International Think Tank for LLDC’s Third Meeting of Trade Ministers of LLDCs Ezulwini , Kingdom of Swaziland 21-22 October 2009 . Gunaajav Batjargal Director Department of Strategic Planning, Analysis and Evaluation
International Think Tank for LLDC’s Third Meeting of Trade Ministers of LLDCs Ezulwini, Kingdom of Swaziland 21-22 October 2009
Department of Strategic Planning, Analysis and Evaluation
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mongolia
“If we want to maximize the efficiency of our coordinated efforts we should have an excellent analytical capacity. This we believe could be reached through establishing an international think-tank in one of our capitals. Putting such a ‘brain’ in place we could build optimal strategies on any matter of our interest and avoid duplication of our actions and endeavors.”
Communique of the Seventh Annual Ministerial Meeting of Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs), New York, 28 September 2007
LLDCs Ministerial Communique, Accra, 22 April 2008 (on the sideline of UNCTAD XII)
In addition, Mongolia promoted the idea through a number of multilateral meetings, including the UNCTAD, the UNESCAP and OSCE-Mongolia ConferenceSome important documents supporting the establishment of LLDCs Think Tank
Mongolia as the initiator took several important steps to mobilize a broad support from the international community. These include:
“It [Think Tank] will contribute to further strengthening the analytical capacities of landlocked developing countries…help them better articulate their positions throughout the world.”
Think Tank in its full capacity will conduct research on the following priority areas as identified in the Almaty Program of Action:
“Using top-quality research and advocacy the Institute endeavors to improve the ability of landlocked developing countries to benefit from international trade, with the ultimate aim of raising human development and reducing poverty.”
Key activities should include:
Research papers and briefings on trade-related issues of LLDCs
Domestic and international advocacy on LLDCs
Promoting trade-related interests of LLDCs in international forums including the WTO and UN
*PROPOSAL TO LAUNCH THINK TANK ON TRADE AND LANDLOCKED DEVELOPING COUNTRIES (LLDCs) IN ULAANBAATAR, UNDP Mongolia; Daniel Gay & HaliunDalantai
Establish and maintain relations with a Group of LLDCsat the UN Headquarters in New York, and with informal group of such countries at the WTO in Geneva
Establish and develop a network with other institutions, universitiesand consultants working in related areas
Achieve formal consultative status at the UN Economic and Social Council
Can include the following:
Above-mentioned Feasibility study suggests that the Think Tank should initially consist of three staff:
director, one analyst and an operations/administrative officer. Consultants should be recruited. Board of governors, and an advisory council may be set up.
At the beginning stage, the Think Tank is currently operating with interim director and one analyst, who are fixed term staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
What status would the Think Tank have?
There could be two options:
a/ determine its mandate and status through establishment of intergovernmental agreement between LLDCs orUNGA resolution
In this case, South Centre seems to be a well-functioning example. Collective effort and active support of LLDCs is essential.
Mongolia desires an intergovernmental status to the extent possible.
b/ Think Tank could be a research centre with public and academic involvement.
Interim Director of International Think Tank for LLDCs
Department of International Organizations
Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade
Tel: 976-51 262657