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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. 
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Lillian Bwalya

Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Zambia
Director of Commerce, Trade and Industry
Lusaka, Zambia
Mrs Lillian Saili Bwalya is the Director of Foreign Trade at the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry – Zambia.
  • She is responsible for activities related to the WTO including the implementation of measures under the Agreement on Trade Facilitation;
  • She also oversees negotiations within SADC, COMESA, the SADC-EAC- COMESA Tripartite initiative and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) as well as engagement at bilateral engagement;
  • She coordinates Zambia’s engagement within the framework of the African Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP) – European Union Cooperation under the Cotonou Agreement, the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and other preferential trade arrangements;
  • She is a focal point for Trade Capacity building projects within the Ministry, including the Enhanced Integrated Framework.
Prior to her current position, Mrs Bwalya served as First Secretary at the Zambian Mission in Geneva where she was responsible for World Trade Organisation, WIPO and UNCTAD related assignments, among others;
Mrs Bwalya also served as chairperson from the WTO Committee on Safeguard and the Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary measures.