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The Forum will bring together leaders from governments, donors, international organizations, business and academia to foster trade action in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and inspire deeper collaborations and commitments in support of further LDC integration into global and regional trade.
2018 is a turning point for LDCs and trade, with a growing trade gap between developed nations and the world’s poorest countries and increasing instability in the world economy. The momentum we generate this year must lead to further integration of LDCs into trade at multiple scales into the future.  
At the Forum, leaders and practitioners from around the world will share what they have achieved on trade development in LDCs to date, with Aid for Trade complementing national initiatives, and will commit to doing more to ensure LDCs integrate and benefit from global trade. It will culminate in a call to action to leverage trade to combat poverty and inequality and to create a more inclusive trading system. 
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Roberto Azêvedo

World Trade Organization
Director General
Roberto Azevêdo is the sixth Director-General of the WTO. He became  Director-General on 1 September 2013, serving a  four-year term. At a meeting of the General Council in February 2017, WTO  members agreed by consensus to appoint Roberto Azevêdo as Director-General for  a second four-year term, which started  on 1 September 2017. DG Azevêdo  made a detailed presentation to the February General Council outlining  the successes that the membership achieved since 2013 and his vision for the  next four years