Traffic Trade Agreement

More than 70,000 records exist in the database that allow us to analyze complex trends in ivory trade and submit detailed recommendations on international ivory policy to CITES parties. The quadrilateral transit agreement (QTTA) (عاہدہِ چراطرا䍍 ٹریاگگذرگاہ) is a transit agreement between China, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan to facilitate transit traffic and trade. In February 2017, Tajikistan expressed interest in accession. [1] Uzbekistan expressed a similar wish to join the agreement in May 2020[2] The first work on this road project began in 1995. Ukraine argued that these transit measures were inconsistent with Russia`s obligations under Article V (freedom of transit), Article X (publication and management of trade rules) and related obligations in Russia`s Accession Protocol (paragraph 7.2). Russia affirmed that the measures it deemed necessary to protect its core security interests that it had taken in response to the emergency in international relations in 2014 and that constituted a threat to Russia`s core security interests. Russia therefore invoked the provisions of Article XXI(b)(iii) of the GATT 1994 and argued that it was therefore not competent to continue its work (paragraphs 7.3 to 7.4). The promotion of international cooperation, the provision of advice and recommendations as well as actions at the national level are among TRAFFIC`s main priorities to address wildlife trade issues. The strategic importance of this project was diminished when Afghanistan allowed Pakistan access to Central Asia through the transit agreement between Afghanistan and Pakistan. However, in recent years, Afghanistan has insisted that India be involved in its bilateral transit trade to allow Pakistan access to Central Asia, even threatening to interrupt the agreement if it is not replicated. Pakistan`s tensions with India have made such an agreement difficult. The LQQ offers Pakistan an alternative gateway to Central Asia by making the complete tour of Afghanistan. It would use the Karakorum Highway that connects Gilgit-Baltistan to China`s Xinjiang region, which is connected to Central Asia.

[1] The Elephant Trade Information System (ETIS) is the tool mandated by citeS, managed by TRAFFIC, which tracks the illicit trafficking of elephant elves and other elephant products. Our initial mission was to monitor international wildlife trade and present our results to support the decisions of CITES Parties. Although our work has increased significantly since then, the management of wildlife trade policy at the national and international levels remains at the heart of our work in order to bring about positive and lasting change in wildlife. 21 Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties of 23 May 1969, 1155 UNTS, 8 ILM 679, art. 26 (1969). 1 Panel Report, Russia – Transit Traffic Measures, WT/DS512/R (5 April 2019) [the Panel Report]. The road project is linked to the Pakistan China Economic Corridor, intended to allow China and Central Asia access to Pakistani ports. . . .

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