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 • 14:15 - 15:45
The Trade Facilitation Agreement: What does it mean for LDCs? / L'Accord sur la facilitation des échanges: qu'est ce qu'il signifie pour les PMA?

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In 2017, the global trading system achieved a major milestone when the first multilateral deal entered into force in the 21-year history of the World Trade Organization – the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). The TFA is expected to reduce the time needed to import goods and to help new firms export for the first time. According to the WTO World Trade Report 2015, LDCs are likely to see an increase of up to 35% once the TFA is implemented. So far, 21 LDCs in Africa, Asia, and the Pacific have signed the TFA and are working towards implementation.
This session will bring together LDCs and trade facilitation experts to reflect on the necessary conditions to ensure the agreement's implementation and success, including technical assistance and capacity development support.

En 2017, le système commercial mondial a franchi un cap décisif lorsqu'est entré en vigueur le premier accord multilatéral depuis la création de l'Organisation mondiale du commerce il y a 21 ans – à savoir l'Accord sur la facilitation des échanges (AFE). L'AFE devrait réduire les délais nécessaires à l'importation de marchandises et aider de nouvelles entreprises à exporter pour la première fois. Selon le Rapport sur le commerce mondial 2015 de l'OMC, les PMA devraient voir leur part atteindre jusqu'à 35% une fois l'AFE mis en œuvre. À ce jour, 21 PMA d'Afrique, d'Asie et du Pacifique ont signé l'AFE et travaillent à sa mise en œuvre.
 Cette séance réunira PMA et experts en facilitation des échanges qui réfléchiront aux conditions nécessaires à la mise en œuvre et au succès de l'Accord, y compris assistance technique et renforcement des capacités.

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Sheri Rosenow

Counsellor, World Trade Organization
Sheri Rosenow is a customs attorney and a counselor in the WTO Market Access Division. She has been involved in WTO trade facilitation since the negotiations began and is currently responsible for the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement Facility. Prior to joining the WTO Secretariat... Read More →

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Lillian Bwalya

Director of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Zambia
Mrs Lillian Saili Bwalya is the Director of Foreign Trade at the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry – Zambia.She is responsible for activities related to the WTO including the implementation of measures under the Agreement on Trade Facilitation;She also oversees negotiations... Read More →
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Yann Duval

Chief, Trade Policy and Facilitation Section, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
Yann Duval is currently Chief of Trade Policy and Facilitation at ESCAP, the regional branch of the United Nations Secretariat for Asia and the Pacific. Over the past 15 years, Dr. Duval has conducted research and delivered technical assistance and advisory services on trade policy... Read More →
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Richard Kamajugo

Senior Director Trade Environment, TradeMark East Africa
In his role as Senior Director, Trade environment at TradeMark East Africa, Richard Kamajugo's mandate focuses on improving trade systems, processes, legal and trade policy issues and reducing trade barriers in the East African Community EAC. He began his carrier at the Ministry of... Read More →
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Steven Pope

Vice President Customs and Regulatory Affairs Europe, DHL
Steven has been at DHL Express, Europe since 2011 where he is responsible for Customs regulatory Affairs, Trade Compliance and Trade Facilitation.Before joining DHL, Steven spent 26 in the Public Sector, working for HM Customs, HM Treasury and the IMF, working in areas such as, trade... Read More →

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Carlos Grau Tanner

Director General, Global Express Association
Carlos Grau Tanner is the Director General of the Global Express Association (GEA), which he joined in March 2010. GEA represents the three leading express delivery carriers (DHL Express, FedEx Express/TNT and UPS). In this capacity, he is involved in international policy issues in... Read More →

Wednesday June 13, 2018 14:15 - 15:45 CEST
Session room CR