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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Wednesday, June 13 • 10:45 - 12:15
Forging new paths for LDCs in multilateral and regional trade / Ouvrir de nouvelles voies pour les PMA dans le commerce multilatéral et régional

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Uncertainties among major global trading partners and in the international rules-based trading system are generating a sense of growing instability in the world economy. New technologies are changing the employment landscape at a pace never seen, and we are at the beginning of historic revolutions from agriculture to digital payments, among others, with the potential for profound impacts on LDCs. With countries interconnected at multiple levels, including trade, migration and the natural resources sectors, the situation for LDCs is uncertain and challenging.
 This plenary session will gather ministerial-level officials from LDCs and high-level speakers to discuss the integration of LDCs into regional and global trading systems amid economic and political risk and uncertainty. The session will focus on past, current, and likely future opportunities and challenges for strengthening the participation and presence of LDCs in global and regional trading systems. The discussion will include the different roles of stakeholder groups and partnerships, and the alliances required for LDCs to integrate and benefit more fully from global trade.  

Les incertitudes que l'on décèle chez les principaux partenaires commerciaux mondiaux et dans le système commercial international – fondé sur des règles – suscitent un sentiment d'instabilité croissante dans l'économie mondiale. Les nouvelles technologies font évoluer le marché de l'emploi à un rythme sans précédent, et nous sommes à l'aube de révolutions historiques – allant de l'agriculture aux paiements numériques – qui pourraient avoir de profondes répercussions sur les PMA. Les pays étant désormais interconnectés à de multiples niveaux (commerce, migration et ressources naturelles), la situation des PMA est incertaine et difficile.
Cette séance plénière réunira des responsables des PMA au niveau ministériel et des intervenants de haut niveau qui débattront de l'intégration des PMA dans les systèmes commerciaux régionaux et mondiaux face aux risques et aléas économiques et politiques. La séance sera axée sur les opportunités et les défis passés, actuels et potentiels associés au renforcement de la participation et de la présence des PMA dans les systèmes commerciaux mondiaux et régionaux. Les débats porteront sur les rôles différents des groupes de parties prenantes et des partenariats, et sur les alliances à nouer pour que les PMA s'intègrent au commerce mondial et en tirent mieux parti.

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Sean Doherty

Head, International Trade & Investment, World Economic Forum
Sean Doherty is head of International Trade & Investment and a member of the executive committee at the World Economic Forum. He leads the Forum’s work on digital trade, investment, global value chains, the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation and the Global Future Council on... Read More →

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Arancha González

Executive Director, International Trade Centre
Arancha González has served as Executive Director of ITC, the joint agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organization, since September 2013. Before joining ITC, Ms. González was Chief of Staff to World Trade Organization Director-General Pascal Lamy from 2005 to 2013... Read More →
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Werikhe Michael Kafabusa

Minister of State for Trade, Uganda
Mr.Werikhe Michael Kafabusa was born in 1955 in Mbale District, Eastern Uganda. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences Degree he obtained in 1979 from Makerere University, and a Masters of Arts in Physical Planning from the University of Nottingham, UK.Between 1980 and 1982... Read More →
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The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland, QC

Secretary-General, Commonwealth
The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, who took office as Secretary-General of the Commonwealth in April 2016, serves the 53 governments and 2.4 billion people of the Commonwealth.Born in Dominica, she moved to the UK at an early age and was brought up in a large close-knit Caribbean family... Read More →
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Secretary of State, Ministry of Commerce, Cambodia
H.E. Mrs. TEKRETH Kamrang is currently serving as Secretary of State of the Ministry of Commerce, Cambodia. Her responsibilities include overseeing the work and outputs of the Department of International Cooperation and of the Administration and Finance Department. Prior to this... Read More →

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Joost Pauwelyn

Professor of International Law, The Graduate Institute Geneva
Joost Pauwelyn is Professor of International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland and Co-Director of the Institute’s Centre for Trade and Economic Integration (CTEI). Joost specializes in international economic law, in particular... Read More →

Wednesday June 13, 2018 10:45 - 12:15 CEST
Session room CR