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 • 14:15 - 15:45
Making the connections between inclusive trade, economic growth, and LDC graduation / Établir des liens entre commerce inclusif, croissance économique et reclassement des PMA

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Trade is one of the means to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. And, a number of LDCs from Africa, Asia, and the Pacific have met or are in the process of meeting the graduation criteria as indicated in the Istanbul Program of Action for the LDCs.
This session will explore the main opportunities for LDCs and the structural and external vulnerabilities that can preclude LDCs from achieving a smooth transition to graduation. The session will identify support needed in institutional, regulatory, knowledge, and skills areas to spur economic growth and inclusive trade as well as reducing the vulnerabilities to achieving sustainable graduation.

Le commerce est l'un des outils qui permettent d'atteindre les Objectifs de développement durable. En outre, un certain nombre de PMA d'Afrique, d'Asie et du Pacifique satisfont aux critères de reclassement indiqués dans le Programme d'action d'Istanbul en faveur des PMA, ou sont sur le point d'y parvenir.
Durant cette séance, on étudiera les principales opportunités qui s'offrent aux PMA, et les vulnérabilités structurelles et externes qui peuvent les empêcher de sortir en douceur de leur catégorie. On identifiera le soutien nécessaire en matière institutionnelle et réglementaire, ainsi qu'en ce qui concerne le savoir et les compétences, pour stimuler la croissance économique et le commerce inclusif, et pour réduire les vulnérabilités qui freinent une sortie durable de la catégorie des PMA.

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Shishir Priyadarshi

Director, Development Division, WTO
Shishir Priyadarshi, a senior Director of the World Trade Organization, is an international expert on Trade and Development. He heads the Development Division of the WTO, whose mandate is to facilitate work on all trade related developmental issues in the organization.A significant... Read More →

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Debapriya Bhattacharya

Chair, LDC IV Monitor and Distinguished Fellow, Centre for Policy Dialogue
Debapriya Bhattacharya, PhD is a Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Dhaka, where he was its first Executive Director. Former Bangladesh Ambassador to WTO and UN Offices in Geneva and Vienna; Coordinator of LDC Group in the UN system and Special Advisor on... Read More →
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Daniel Gay

Inter-regional Adviser, UNDESA
Daniel Gay is an inter-regional adviser on least developed countries (LDCs) with the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Daniel has provided trade-related technical assistance and capacity-building support to over 25 countries in Africa, the Caribbean, Central Asia, East... Read More →
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Jodie Keane

Economic Advisor, Trade division, Commonwealth Secretariat
The Commonwealth Secretariat has recently undertaken a six month project on Graduation from Least Developed Country status. This process has included a specific contribution to the Gradjet platform being developed by the UN Committee for Development Policy, on trade related adjustment... Read More →
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Willie Luen

Head of Aid Coordination and Negotiation Unit,Prime minister's Office, Vanuatu
Willie Luen is the Head of Aid Coordination and Negotiation Unit in the Prime Minister's Office in Vanuatu. In this role he is also the EIF Focal Point for Vanuatu. Willie's previous role was as the Principal Trade Development Officer, where he was responsible for the trade mainstreaming... Read More →
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Fulisia Saleuesile

Principal Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour, Samoa
Fulisia Saleuesile is the Principal Monitoring and Evaluation Officer of the Trade, Commerce and Manufacturing Sector Coordinating Unit (TCM-CU) within the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour. He is responsible for the monitoring of the Trade Sector Support Program and reporting... Read More →

Thursday June 14, 2018 14:15 - 15:45 CEST
Session room W