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
Free trade in Africa: How can LDCs benefit? / Libre échange en Afrique: comment les PMA peuvent ils en tirer parti?

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Africa currently has the lowest intra-regional trade in the world. Increasing trade between African countries offers great potential for building sustainable economic development and integration, including creating higher-wage jobs and unlocking greater business opportunities.
This session will take stock of past and current initiatives and agreements in Africa to promote regional integration and continental trade. With a particular focus on the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA), the session will explore the opportunities and challenges for LDCs to benefit from growing continental trade in the future. It will focus on the trade policies, regulations, and institutions needed at national levels for LDCs to enhance the economies of scale, structural transformation, diversification, efficiency, and productivity boosts that continental trade would require.

L'Afrique est de tous les continents celui qui a le commerce intrarégional le moins développé. L'essor du commerce entre pays africains présente un fort potentiel pour l'instauration d'un développement et d'une intégration économiques durables, incluant la création d'emplois mieux rémunérés et la mise en valeur d'un fort potentiel commercial. Durant cette séance, on fera le point sur les initiatives et les accords passés et actuels en Afrique visant à promouvoir l'intégration régionale et le commerce à l'échelle du continent. En mettant l'accent plus particulièrement sur la zone de libre‑échange continentale (ZLEC), on examinera durant cette séance les possibilités qu'auront les PMA de bénéficier d'échanges continentaux croissants dans le futur, et on réfléchira aux défis à relever. On se penchera sur les politiques commerciales, les réglementations et les organismes qui sont nécessaires pour les PMA au niveau national afin d'amplifier les économies d'échelle, la transformation structurelle, la diversification, l'efficacité et la productivité qu'exige le commerce à l'échelle du continent.

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Judith Fessehaie

Trade and Development Manager, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development
Judith Fessehaie is a Programme Manager and leads the ICTSD’s Trade and Development programme. Before joining ICTSD, Judith worked as a senior consultant at the Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development (CCRED), Johannesburg, in the area of industrial development... Read More →

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Kanayo Awani

Managing director, Intra Africa trade initiative AFREXIMBANK
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Joy Kategekwa

Head, UNCTAD regional office for Africa
Dr. Joy Kategekwa holds a Ph.D. in international trade law from the University of Berne’s World Trade Institute.  She has 15 years’ experience in trade negotiations, policy advisory and capacity building.  As Head of the UNCTAD Regional Office for Africa, she leads trade capacity... Read More →
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David Luke

African Trade Policy Centre, UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
David Luke is Coordinator of the African Trade Policy Centre at the UN Economic Commission for Africa with the rank of a director at the Commission. He is responsible for leading ECA's research, policy advisory services, training and capacity development on inclusive trade policies... Read More →
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Michel Sebera

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Trade and Industry Rwanda
The Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Trade and Industry, Mr. Michel M. SEBERA, is married and was appointed The Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Trade and Industry of Rwanda on 30th August 2017. Mr. SEBERA has served in Public Services in the past:Ministry of Finance and Economic... Read More →

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