Gathering in Beirut for a two-day meeting of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), ministers from Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and the Palestinian Authority have signed an accord that eventually should result in an integrated network of roads, railways, seaports and airports.
Also expected to sign the ESCWA accord are Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Bahrain.
According to a statement released by the United Nations, the integrated transport network will "promote trade exchange and fluid traffic of goods among countries of the region as a prerequisite for achieving regional integration, as one of the main objectives behind ESCWA's establishment in 1974.
ECWA was established by a UN Economic and Social Council resolution in August 1973 as the successor to the United Nations Economic and Social Office in Beirut (UNESOB). With its headquarters still in Beirut, ESCWA is a part of the Secretariat of the United Nations and is one of the five regional commissions that report to the Economic and Social Council, the principal organ of the United Nations responsible for coordinating economic and social activities in the United Nations system. — (MENA Report)
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