The need for collaborative solutions through strengthened regional and sectoral cooperation has been one of the core lessons in responding to crises in recent years, including the COVID-19 pandemic. This especially holds true in maintaining resilient supply chains and preserving seamless cross-border trade and transport connectivity. Countries put in place institutional coordination mechanisms in line with whole-of-government approach to enhance operational connectivity in trade and transport. With future challenges becoming more intertwined, going forward, there is merit to continue the momentum of cross-sectoral engagements.
Aligned with GTI’s common vision and strategic directions and ESCAP’s subregional programme priority in East and North-East Asia on sustainable connectivity, the Annual Forum on Connectivity aims to provide a regular platform for sectoral bodies to engage on issues in connectivity of common interests. The Forum is jointly organized by the country chair of the GTI Consultative Commission, GTI Secretariat and ESCAP East and North-East Asia Office and is a regular side event leading up to the annual meeting of the GTI Consultative Commission.
The 22nd Meeting of the Consultative Commission (CC) is chaired by Mongolia with the theme “Framework for Agriculture Development and Food Security in the Greater Tumen Region”.
To this end, the 1st Annual Forum on Connectivity will be utilized as a platform for sectoral dialogues in line with the theme of the 22nd CC meeting. In particular, the Forum will aim to:
- inform of the agriculture and food security landscape of GTI member countries;
- share global developments and practices in addressing food security challenges and promoting agriculture development;
- encourage knowledge sharing and regional cooperation on agriculture development, including through digital transformation and innovation; and
- highlight key cross-sectoral linkages supporting food security and agriculture development.