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
Strengthening inclusive agribusiness for export growth / Développement inclusif de l'agro industrie pour la croissance des exportations

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Inclusive and sustainable agribusiness value chains can provide one of the highest returns on investment in terms of growth, poverty reduction, pro-poor employment, and women's economic empowerment in LDCs. This session will explore the opportunities and challenges in supporting inclusive and sustainable agribusiness value chains. It will showcase examples of success in Africa, Asia, and the Pacific – where countries moved further up regional and global value chains by strengthening production, processing, and marketing of agricultural products.  

Les chaînes de valeur agro‑industrielles inclusives et durables ont l'un des meilleurs retours sur investissement en termes de croissance, de réduction de la pauvreté, de création d'emplois au profit des populations pauvres et d'émancipation économique des femmes dans les PMA. Durant cette séance, on examinera les possibilités et les difficultés associées à la promotion de chaînes de valeur agro‑industrielles inclusives et durables. On y présentera des exemples de réussite en Afrique, en Asie et dans le Pacifique – où des pays ont progressé dans les chaînes de valeur régionales et mondiales en développant la production, la transformation et la commercialisation des produits agricoles.

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Simon Hess

Coordinator, EIF
Simon coordinates a portfolio of 12 EIF countries and is the focal point in the EIF for thematic issues related to the 2030 Development Agenda, Agriculture and SPS/TBT issues. Bringing 15 years' experience in trade and development across Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Simon has worked... Read More →

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Steven Dimitriyev

Lead Private Sector Specialist for Tanzania, Burundi, Malawi and Somalia, World Bank
Steven Dimitriyev is the World Bank’s Lead Private Sector Specialist for Tanzania, Burundi, Malawi and Somalia, based in Dar es Salaam, from where he oversees the regional programs in trade and private sector development. In Tanzania since June 2016, after serving in Mozambique... Read More →
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Heather Ducharme

Sustainable Sourcing Manager, The body shop
Heather joined the Body Shop in 2016 as a Sustainable Sourcing Manager.Heather has been working on sustainability for almost 20 years. She began her career in ecology research, site remediation and waste management projects in North America, before joining the Canadian government... Read More →
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Matiti Trish Kabi

Alosang Enterprise, Lesotho
Matiti Trish Kabi is the Executive Director of Alosang Enterprise, a Commercial Fruit and Vegetable Farm and Agro Processing company in Lesotho. With a background in Economics & Accounting, coupled with Masters of Business Leadership; her last 25 years have been on Projects seeking... Read More →
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Saïd Abdou Salime

EIF Coordinator, National Implementation Unit, Ministry of Economy, Planning, Energy, Tourism, Private Sector of the Investments and Land Affairs
 Mr Saïd Abdou SALIME, né le 9 Janvier 1961 aux Comores, est Economiste spécialisé sur les questions de développement, de politique et intégration commerciale, de mondialisation. Il est titulaire d’une licence  en économie du développement obtenue à l’Université de... Read More →
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Robert Skidmore

Chief of Sector and Enterprise Competitiveness, ITC
Rob Skidmore is Chief of Sector and Enterprise Competitiveness Section (SEC) at the International Trade Centre (ITC) where he leads the Value added to Trade Programme. Under VA2T, ITC teams help  SMEs to build value through improving customer relationships, creating supportive eco-systems... Read More →

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