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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Carlos Grau Tanner

Carlos Grau Tanner is the Director General of the Global Express Association (GEA), which he joined in March 2010. GEA represents the three leading express delivery carriers (DHL Express, FedEx Express/TNT and UPS). In this capacity, he is involved in international policy issues in the areas of trade, trade facilitation, customs, post, and civil aviation, including air cargo security.
Mr Grau holds a Law Degree from the University of Barcelona, Spain, and a Master of Arts Degree in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School at Tufts University in Boston, USA. He was sponsored by Spain's top fellowship programme ('La Caixa').
Before joining GEA Mr Grau was Director, Government and Industry Affairs at the International Air Transport Association (IATA).  Mr Grau was the architect of the 'Agenda for Freedom', an industry-­‐ led international policy initiative to further liberalise air transport and in particular foreign ownership and control of airlines, which a number of countries and the European Commission endorsed.
Between 1998 and 2002 he was General Manager, Gov’t and Industry Affairs at Swissair, based in Zurich. Switzerland was in the midst of negotiations with the European Union on a number of market access issues, including air traffic rights, and Swissair embarked on an ambitious expansion policy.
He started his career as an international civil servant at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France, where he worked from 1993 to 1998 -­‐ at a time when the Council was integrating new democracies from Eastern and Central Europe.
He is a dual Swiss and Spanish citizen, is married and has three children.

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