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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. 
Thursday, June 14 • 12:30 - 13:30
Reception: Strategic partnership for trade development – EIF and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat

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Speakers
avatar for Ratnakar Adhikari

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 →
avatar for Mere Falemaka

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 →
avatar for Eloi Laourou

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 →


Thursday June 14, 2018 12:30 - 13:30
Atrium

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