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 • 16:00 - 16:30
Closing ceremony: Continuing the conversation / Cérémonie de clôture: Poursuivre le débat

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The closing ceremony will echo the call to action launched at the Forum, taking inclusive trade for LDCs to the next level. Brief remarks by EIF leaders will summarize the major outcomes of the Forum and recap the plan for action.

La cérémonie de clôture fera écho à l'appel à l'action lancé au Forum, à savoir faire franchir un nouveau cap au commerce inclusif pour les PMA. De brèves interventions de dirigeants du CIR résumeront les principaux résultats du Forum et récapituleront le plan d'action.

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Daniel Blockert

Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Sweden to WTO, Chair of EIF Steering Committee
He has a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Political Science, and a Master degree in International Relations, all from the University of Stockholm. Parallel with his studies, Mr Blockert worked in the record business in Stockholm. After finishing his studies in 1999, he obtained a... Read More →

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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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Fanta Cissé

Secretary General, Ministry of Trade of Guinea
Née le 21 Septembre 1971 à Kankan (Guinée), Madame Fanta Cissé, actuelle Secrétaire Générale (Vice-Ministre) du Ministère du Commerce et Coordinatrice Générale du Programme d’appui à l’intégration socioéconomique des jeunes-INTEGRA pour le Fonds Fiduciaire d’Urgence del’Union européenne en Guinée, a... Read More →
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Eloi Laourou

Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Benin in Geneva, Chair of the EIF Board
H.E. Mr Eloi Laourou is the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Benin to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations Based in Geneva and Vienna. A diplomat by career, he has more than 30 years of professional experience in the diplomatic... Read More →

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Ann Linde

Minister for EU Affairs and Trade, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Sweden

Thursday June 14, 2018 16:00 - 16:30 CEST
Session room CR