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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Alberta Vitale

Associate Director Alberta Vitale oversees all of Women in Business Development Inc’s operations, which includes the organic programme, finance, marketing and communications, donor projects and human resources. She is a member of the National Organic Advisory Steering Committee, National Codex Committee, Trade Commerce and Manufacturing Sector Steering Committee, Samoa Koko Industry Association and a working group member for the Australian funded Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access (PHAMA) Project. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration with a major in marketing and management from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Mrs. Vitale is an elected Board Member of the Pacific Organic and Ethical Trade Community (POETCom) following its General Assembly in October 2017.

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