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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Thursday, June 14 • 10:45 - 12:15
Acting strategically to scale up LDC trade integration in the Asia-Pacific / Agir stratégiquement pour intensifier l'intégration commerciale des PMA dans la région Asie Pacifique

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Trade and investment has helped many countries in the Asia-Pacific region boost economic growth and lift millions out of poverty. Regional integration is growing at a quick pace, with regional value chains and production networks supported by regional trade agreements and economic partnerships.
This session will explore how to strengthen the presence of LDCs in regional trade using existing frameworks such as the Asia Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA), the South Asia Free Trade Area (SAFTA), the South Pacific Regional Trade and Economic Cooperation Agreement (SPARTECA), and the Pacific Islands Countries Trade Agreement (PICTA). Panellists will discuss what is needed from LDCs and trading partners in the region to enhance the role of LDCs in regional trade networks.

Commerce et investissement ont aidé de nombreux pays de la région Asie‑Pacifique à amplifier la croissance économique et à sortir des millions de personnes de la pauvreté. L'intégration régionale progresse rapidement, les chaînes de valeur et les réseaux de production régionaux étant soutenus par des accords commerciaux et des partenariats économiques régionaux.
Lors de cette séance, on réfléchira à la manière de renforcer la présence des PMA dans le commerce régional en utilisant les cadres existants tels que l'Accord commercial Asie‑Pacifique (APTA), la Zone de libre‑échange d'Asie du Sud (SAFTA), l'Accord de coopération commerciale et économique pour la région du Pacifique Sud (SPARTECA) et l'Accord commercial entre les pays insulaires du Pacifique (PICTA). Les intervenants débattront de ce que doivent faire les PMA et les partenaires commerciaux dans la région pour renforcer le rôle des PMA dans les réseaux commerciaux régionaux.

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Ratnakar Adhikari

Executive Director, Executive Secretariat for the EIF, EIF
Mr Ratnakar Adhikari has been the Executive Director of the Enhanced Integrated Framework at the World Trade Organization since October 2013.Prior to this assignment, Mr Adhikari was the Chief Executive Director of South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE), a Kathmandu-based... Read More →

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Mere Falemaka

Ambassador, Permanent Delegation of The Pacific Islands Forum to the WTO
Currently, Ambassador, Delegation of The Pacific Islands Forum to the WTO, and Deputy Representative of Vanuatu to the WTO in Geneva since September 2013.   Formerly, Director of Trade and Investment/Economic Development at the Melanesian Spearhead Group Secretariat in Vanuatu (2009... Read More →
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Long Kemvichet

Director, Department of International Cooperation, Ministry of Commerce, Cambodia
Mr. LONG Kemvichet is currently serving as the Director of the Department of International Cooperation, which is a department dedicated to cooperating with development partners to support trade development in Cambodia. He has extensive experience with the EIF since the implementation... Read More →
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Pranav Kumar

Director and Head International trade policy, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)
Pranav Kumar holds an M.Phil degree in Economics from IIT Bombay. He has over 22 years of professional experience in teaching, research, project management and policy advocacy with primary expertise on trade and development and regional economic integration. Since February 2012, he... Read More →
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Mia Mikic

Director, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Master in International Business from St. Mary’s College of California and Ph.D. in Economics from University of Zagreb.Coordinator of the Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT), an open network of research and academic institutions and think-tanks in the Asia-Pacific... Read More →
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Tan Yee Woan

Ambassador, Singapore
Ms Tan Yee Woan is Singapore’s Permanent Representative to the WorldTrade Organisation and World Intellectual Property Organisation in Geneva, since August2014.Ms Tan graduated with a Bachelor of Social Science (Honours II Upper), fromthe National University of Singapore in 1986... Read More →

Thursday June 14, 2018 10:45 - 12:15 CEST
Session room S3