PARIS (May. 18)
Officials at the multilateral talks on economic development in the Middle East agreed during meetings here last week to establish a group that would coordinate transportation issues affecting the region.
Participants at the multilateral talks outlined the significant role played by transportation in the economic development of the Middle East.
They also emphasized the need to provide training and technical assistance on transportation issues to the newly emerging Palestinian entity in the Gaza Strip and West Bank town of Jericho.
During the talks, the participants identified existing barriers to the movement of goods and people in the Middle East, and decided that a new group had to be established to oversee the removal of those barriers.
At the talks, workshops were held on issues relating to rail transport, road infrastructure, road transport, civil aviation and on formulating a general approach to regional transportation.