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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Betty Chinyamunyamu

Betty Chinyamunyamu is an accomplished Development Economist with a proven track record of devising and implementing development programmes that expand opportunities for people to lift themselves out of poverty. She specializes in strategic planning, agribusiness development, policy and advocacy, farmer organization development and management, food security, gender empowerment, and monitoring and evaluation. Her career began in the late 90s when she worked as Policy and Advocacy officer for ACDI/VOCA on an agribusiness project in Malawi. She later joined the National Smallholder Farmers’ Association of Malawi (NASFAM) where she has held various positions. Currently she is the Chief Executive Officer.
Dr. Chinyamunyamu is a Board member of several institutions including the Southern Africa research coordination body, CCARDESA.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics (distinction) from the University of Malawi; an MPhil (distinction) from the University of Cambridge (UK) and a PhD from the University of Leeds (UK).