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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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Wednesday, June 13
 

09:30

Opening Ceremony "Minding the trade gap: What lies ahead for LDCs / Les disparités dans les échanges commerciaux: qu'est ce que l'avenir réserve aux PMA
EN
In the last two decades, there has been a boom in world trade driven by large reductions in trade barriers and unprecedented interlinkages among countries, and South-South trade has grown. Yet the world's poorest nations, designated Least Developed Countries (LDCs), engage in less than 1% of global trade while home to 13% of the world’s population. It is clear LDCs are facing barriers that hamper their ability to trade – barriers that include entry to international markets, support to the domestic private sector, and how to best seek out new regional and global opportunities.

The opening plenary will bring together world leaders to initiate an urgent call to action to leverage trade to combat poverty and inequality, with speakers pointing to the growing trade gap with LDCs, addressing the key obstacles LDCs are facing in the world today, and paving the way forward.

FR
Au cours des 2 dernières décennies, le commerce mondial a connu un grand essor sous l'effet de réductions importantes des obstacles commerciaux et d'une interdépendance sans précédent entre pays, avec notamment la progression du commerce Sud‑Sud. Pourtant, les pays les plus pauvres du monde, rangés dans la catégorie des pays les moins avancés (PMA), représentent moins de 1% du commerce mondial alors qu'ils abritent 13% de la population mondiale. Il est clair que les PMA sont confrontés à des obstacles qui entravent leur capacité à commercer – difficultés d'accès aux marchés internationaux, soutien au secteur privé national, et recherche de nouvelles opportunités à l'échelle régionale et mondiale.
La séance plénière d'ouverture rassemblera des dirigeants du monde entier qui lanceront un appel urgent à mettre le commerce au service de la lutte contre la pauvreté et les inégalités – avec des interventions sur l'écart commercial qui se creuse avec les PMA, les moyens de faire face aux principaux obstacles rencontrés par les PMA aujourd'hui dans le monde, et la voie à suivre pour préparer l'avenir.


Moderators
avatar for Sarah Beeching

Sarah Beeching

Executive Director, Oschun Partnership
Sarah is an economist, strategist, and operational policy maker. She is passionate about tackling injustice and poverty through creating and delivering effective campaign and advocacy strategies. Sarah is the founder and Executive Director of Oshun Partnership, and has led many international... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Julian Braithwaite

Julian Braithwaite

Ambassador Permanent Representative to the WTO, UK Mission to the WTO
Julian Braithwaite is the UK’s Permanent Representative to the UN and other International Organisations in Geneva including the WTO. Mr Braithwaite joined the FCO in 1994. He spent much of his early career dealing with the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia, first in the FCO during... Read More →
avatar for Hassan Come

Hassan Come

Minister of Commerce and Industry, Central African Republic
Le Ministre COME est diplômé de I'Université de Bangui avec une Maitrise en droitpublic, option: Administration générale et un Master II en gestion et prévention desconflits. Il a également suivi une formation à l'École nationale d'administration et de lamagistrature (E.N.A.M... Read More →
avatar for Fatoumata Jallow-Tambajang

Fatoumata Jallow-Tambajang

Vice President, The Gambia
Her Excellency, Fatoumatta Jallow Tambajang is the Vice President and Minister of Women’s Affairs of The Gambia and a pro-active national women leader, pioneer and chair of the Coalition 2016 which democratically defeated a 22 year dictator,   pro-democracy and human rights activist... Read More →
avatar for Mukhisa Kituyi

Mukhisa Kituyi

Secretary-General, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
Mukhisa Kituyi, of Kenya, who became UNCTAD's seventh Secretary-General on 1 September 2013, has an extensive background as an elected official, an academic, and a holder of high government office. He also has wide-ranging experience in trade negotiations, and in African and broader... Read More →

Video Message
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Roberto Azêvedo

Director General, World Trade Organization
Roberto Azevêdo is the sixth Director-General of the WTO. He became  Director-General on 1 September 2013, serving a  four-year term. At a meeting of the General Council in February 2017, WTO  members agreed by consensus to appoint Roberto Azevêdo as Director-General for  a... Read More →


Wednesday June 13, 2018 09:30 - 10:30
Session room CR

10:30

Short break
Cofee break

Wednesday June 13, 2018 10:30 - 10:45
Session room CR

10:45

Forging new paths for LDCs in multilateral and regional trade / Ouvrir de nouvelles voies pour les PMA dans le commerce multilatéral et régional
EN
Uncertainties among major global trading partners and in the international rules-based trading system are generating a sense of growing instability in the world economy. New technologies are changing the employment landscape at a pace never seen, and we are at the beginning of historic revolutions from agriculture to digital payments, among others, with the potential for profound impacts on LDCs. With countries interconnected at multiple levels, including trade, migration and the natural resources sectors, the situation for LDCs is uncertain and challenging.
 This plenary session will gather ministerial-level officials from LDCs and high-level speakers to discuss the integration of LDCs into regional and global trading systems amid economic and political risk and uncertainty. The session will focus on past, current, and likely future opportunities and challenges for strengthening the participation and presence of LDCs in global and regional trading systems. The discussion will include the different roles of stakeholder groups and partnerships, and the alliances required for LDCs to integrate and benefit more fully from global trade.  

FR
Les incertitudes que l'on décèle chez les principaux partenaires commerciaux mondiaux et dans le système commercial international – fondé sur des règles – suscitent un sentiment d'instabilité croissante dans l'économie mondiale. Les nouvelles technologies font évoluer le marché de l'emploi à un rythme sans précédent, et nous sommes à l'aube de révolutions historiques – allant de l'agriculture aux paiements numériques – qui pourraient avoir de profondes répercussions sur les PMA. Les pays étant désormais interconnectés à de multiples niveaux (commerce, migration et ressources naturelles), la situation des PMA est incertaine et difficile.
Cette séance plénière réunira des responsables des PMA au niveau ministériel et des intervenants de haut niveau qui débattront de l'intégration des PMA dans les systèmes commerciaux régionaux et mondiaux face aux risques et aléas économiques et politiques. La séance sera axée sur les opportunités et les défis passés, actuels et potentiels associés au renforcement de la participation et de la présence des PMA dans les systèmes commerciaux mondiaux et régionaux. Les débats porteront sur les rôles différents des groupes de parties prenantes et des partenariats, et sur les alliances à nouer pour que les PMA s'intègrent au commerce mondial et en tirent mieux parti.


Moderators
avatar for Sean Doherty

Sean Doherty

Head, International Trade & Investment, World Economic Forum
Sean Doherty is head of International Trade & Investment and a member of the executive committee at the World Economic Forum. He leads the Forum’s work on digital trade, investment, global value chains, the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation and the Global Future Council on... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Arancha González

Arancha González

Executive Director, International Trade Centre
Arancha González has served as Executive Director of ITC, the joint agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organization, since September 2013. Before joining ITC, Ms. González was Chief of Staff to World Trade Organization Director-General Pascal Lamy from 2005 to 2013... Read More →
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Werikhe Michael Kafabusa

Minister of State for Trade, Uganda
Mr.Werikhe Michael Kafabusa was born in 1955 in Mbale District, Eastern Uganda. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences Degree he obtained in 1979 from Makerere University, and a Masters of Arts in Physical Planning from the University of Nottingham, UK.Between 1980 and 1982... Read More →
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The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland, QC

Secretary-General, Commonwealth
The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, who took office as Secretary-General of the Commonwealth in April 2016, serves the 53 governments and 2.4 billion people of the Commonwealth.Born in Dominica, she moved to the UK at an early age and was brought up in a large close-knit Caribbean family... Read More →
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Kamrang TEKRETH

Secretary of State, Ministry of Commerce, Cambodia
H.E. Mrs. TEKRETH Kamrang is currently serving as Secretary of State of the Ministry of Commerce, Cambodia. Her responsibilities include overseeing the work and outputs of the Department of International Cooperation and of the Administration and Finance Department. Prior to this... Read More →

Presentation
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Joost Pauwelyn

Professor of International Law, The Graduate Institute Geneva
Joost Pauwelyn is Professor of International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland and Co-Director of the Institute’s Centre for Trade and Economic Integration (CTEI). Joost specializes in international economic law, in particular... Read More →


Wednesday June 13, 2018 10:45 - 12:15
Session room CR

12:15

12:30

Reception: Strategic partnership for trade development – EIF and the Commonwealth Secretariat
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 Karl Brauner

Karl Brauner

Deputy Director-General, WTO
Karl Brauner began his first term as Deputy Director-General of the WTO on 1 October 2013. He has been reappointed for a second four-year term, starting on 1 October 2017.Prior to joining the WTO, he held the position of Director General for external economic policy in the German... Read More →
avatar for The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland, QC

The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland, QC

Secretary-General, Commonwealth
The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, who took office as Secretary-General of the Commonwealth in April 2016, serves the 53 governments and 2.4 billion people of the Commonwealth.Born in Dominica, she moved to the UK at an early age and was brought up in a large close-knit Caribbean family... Read More →


Wednesday June 13, 2018 12:30 - 12:45
Atrium

14:15

Agriculture and Trade - a winning combination? / Agriculture et commerce – La formule gagnante?
EN
Despite agriculture being the backbone of the economy for many LDCs, to date agriculture and trade-related strategies are generally framed as two separate processes. Improving the cross-sectoral linkages and the coherence of agriculture and trade-related policies, strategies, and investment plans is instrumental for the economic transformation of the sector through trade.
 This session will demonstrate how agriculture and trade can be integrated to transform economies and stimulate domestic agricultural markets to move further up regional and global value chains. With particular lessons from pilot work in Africa, the session will explore the potential for maximizing Aid for Trade investments in agriculture, which account for the largest single component of Aid for Trade invested in building productive capacity. It will also explore how different stakeholders, policy approaches, and financing streams can come together to achieve inclusive growth and reduce poverty.

FR
Bien que l'agriculture soit l'épine dorsale de l'économie de nombreux PMA, politiques agricoles et stratégies liées au commerce n'en restent pas moins considérées comme 2 processus distincts. L'amélioration des liens intersectoriels et le renforcement de la cohérence des politiques, stratégies et plans d'investissement dans le domaine de l'agriculture et du commerce contribuent à la transformation économique du secteur agricole par le commerce.
Durant cette séance, on s'efforcera de montrer comment agriculture et commerce peuvent être intégrés pour transformer l'économie des pays et stimuler les marchés agricoles nationaux afin qu'ils progressent dans les chaînes de valeur régionales et mondiales. À partir des enseignements tirés d'un travail pilote en Afrique, on réfléchira durant cette séance à la possibilité d'optimiser les investissements de l'Aide pour le commerce dans l'agriculture, qui représentent la plus grande composante de l'Aide pour le commerce consacrée au renforcement des capacités productives. On s'intéressera aussi à la manière dont les différentes parties prenantes, les approches politiques et les flux de financement peuvent être associés pour alimenter une croissance inclusive et réduire la pauvreté.


Moderators
avatar for Michael Roberts

Michael Roberts

Head, Aid for Trade, WTO
Michael Roberts is the Head of the Aid for Trade Unit in the Development Division at the World Trade Organization (WTO). The Aid for Trade Initiative seeks to assist developing countries connect to the multilateral trading system. Michael recently led preparations for the 5th Global... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Martha Byanyima

Martha Byanyima

SPS Expert, COMESA Secretariat
I am a Food Technologist, with over 25 years work experience in the field of food safety and industry development. I have worked on policy/regulatory issues as well as on food safety systems in a wide range of food sectors in East and Southern Africa; supporting government regulatory... Read More →
avatar for Eleonora Canigiani

Eleonora Canigiani

Food Systems Programme Advisor, Business Development, FAO
Eleonora Canigiani is Business Development Advisor with the Food Systems Programme of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. She has extensive experience in analyzing agriculture and trade related strategies and investment plans, and in building partnerships... Read More →
avatar for Griffin Nyirongo

Griffin Nyirongo

EIF Coordinator, National Implementation Unit, Department of Foreign Trade Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Zambia
Griffin holds a Master of Arts Degree in Economics from the University College Dublin (National University of Ireland) and a Batchelor Arts in Economics (University of Zambia), and has over 30 years’ experience of progressive growth and experience gained in working in diverse settings... Read More →
avatar for Melvin Spreij

Melvin Spreij

Head, Standards and Trade Development Facility Secretariat
Melvin heads up the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) Secretariat – a global partnership that helps developing countries to boost food safety, animal and plant health, and gain and maintain market access. He oversees STDF’s Trust Fund, totalling more than US$60 million... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth Tamale

Elizabeth Tamale

EIF Coordinator for Uganda

Video Message
avatar for José Graziano da Silva

José Graziano da Silva

Director General, FAO
José Graziano da Silva has worked on food security, rural development, and agriculture issues for over 30 years, most notably as the architect of Brazil’s Zero Hunger (Fome Zero) programme and now as the Director-General of FAO.Graziano da Silva led the team that designed the Zero... Read More →


Wednesday June 13, 2018 14:15 - 15:45
Session room W

14:15

The Trade Facilitation Agreement: What does it mean for LDCs? / L'Accord sur la facilitation des échanges: qu'est ce qu'il signifie pour les PMA?
EN
In 2017, the global trading system achieved a major milestone when the first multilateral deal entered into force in the 21-year history of the World Trade Organization – the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). The TFA is expected to reduce the time needed to import goods and to help new firms export for the first time. According to the WTO World Trade Report 2015, LDCs are likely to see an increase of up to 35% once the TFA is implemented. So far, 21 LDCs in Africa, Asia, and the Pacific have signed the TFA and are working towards implementation.
This session will bring together LDCs and trade facilitation experts to reflect on the necessary conditions to ensure the agreement's implementation and success, including technical assistance and capacity development support.

FR
En 2017, le système commercial mondial a franchi un cap décisif lorsqu'est entré en vigueur le premier accord multilatéral depuis la création de l'Organisation mondiale du commerce il y a 21 ans – à savoir l'Accord sur la facilitation des échanges (AFE). L'AFE devrait réduire les délais nécessaires à l'importation de marchandises et aider de nouvelles entreprises à exporter pour la première fois. Selon le Rapport sur le commerce mondial 2015 de l'OMC, les PMA devraient voir leur part atteindre jusqu'à 35% une fois l'AFE mis en œuvre. À ce jour, 21 PMA d'Afrique, d'Asie et du Pacifique ont signé l'AFE et travaillent à sa mise en œuvre.
 Cette séance réunira PMA et experts en facilitation des échanges qui réfléchiront aux conditions nécessaires à la mise en œuvre et au succès de l'Accord, y compris assistance technique et renforcement des capacités.

Moderators
avatar for Sheri Rosenow

Sheri Rosenow

Counsellor, World Trade Organization
Sheri Rosenow is a customs attorney and a counselor in the WTO Market Access Division. She has been involved in WTO trade facilitation since the negotiations began and is currently responsible for the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement Facility. Prior to joining the WTO Secretariat... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Lillian Bwalya

Lillian Bwalya

Director of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry, 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... Read More →
avatar for Yann Duval

Yann Duval

Chief, Trade Policy and Facilitation Section, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
Yann Duval is currently Chief of Trade Policy and Facilitation at ESCAP, the regional branch of the United Nations Secretariat for Asia and the Pacific. Over the past 15 years, Dr. Duval has conducted research and delivered technical assistance and advisory services on trade policy... Read More →
avatar for Richard Kamajugo

Richard Kamajugo

Senior Director Trade Environment, TradeMark East Africa
In his role as Senior Director, Trade environment at TradeMark East Africa, Richard Kamajugo's mandate focuses on improving trade systems, processes, legal and trade policy issues and reducing trade barriers in the East African Community EAC. He began his carrier at the Ministry of... Read More →
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Steven Pope

Vice President Customs and Regulatory Affairs Europe, DHL
Steven has been at DHL Express, Europe since 2011 where he is responsible for Customs regulatory Affairs, Trade Compliance and Trade Facilitation.Before joining DHL, Steven spent 26 in the Public Sector, working for HM Customs, HM Treasury and the IMF, working in areas such as, trade... Read More →

Presentation
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Carlos Grau Tanner

Director General, Global Express Association
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... Read More →


Wednesday June 13, 2018 14:15 - 15:45
Session room CR

15:45

Coffee and tea break
Wednesday June 13, 2018 15:45 - 16:00
Session room CR

15:45

Coffee and tea break
Wednesday June 13, 2018 15:45 - 16:00
Session room W

16:00

Talking trade strategies for small businesses, women, and youth / Débat sur les stratégies commerciales pour les petites entreprises, les femmes et les jeunes
EN
This session will gather ministers from LDCs and global leaders to discuss implementation of trade strategies and national-level plans in light of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The panel will focus on current and future opportunities and challenges to ensure regional and global trade contributes to poverty reduction and job creation, particularly for small businesses, women, and youth. Panellists will take stock of progress in LDCs to use trade to achieve the SDGs, and identify what is needed to step up efforts in support of the SDGs. The panel will pay specific attention to the role the EIF plays in supporting and coordinating Aid for Trade initiatives at the national level.

FR
Cette séance réunira ministres des PMA et dirigeants mondiaux qui débattront de la mise en œuvre des stratégies commerciales et des plans nationaux à la lumière des Objectifs de développement durable (ODD) pour 2030. Les participants se concentreront sur les opportunités à saisir et sur les défis actuels et futurs à relever pour que le commerce régional et mondial contribue à la réduction de la pauvreté et à la création d'emplois, en particulier pour les petites entreprises, les femmes et les jeunes. Les intervenants feront le point sur les progrès enregistrés dans les PMA pour se servir du commerce afin d'atteindre les ODD, et ils recenseront ce qui est nécessaire pour intensifier les efforts visant à atteindre les ODD. On accordera une attention particulière au rôle joué par le CIR dans le soutien aux initiatives d'Aide pour le commerce au niveau national, et leur coordination.


Moderators
avatar for Daniela Zehentner-Capell

Daniela Zehentner-Capell

Head of division, trade policy Division, Germany's Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Daniela Zehentner-Capell is head of the division “Trade Policy” at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Before May 2018, the division’s name was “Trade-related Development Cooperation” (since 2013; head of division: Daniela Zehentner-Capell... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Abze Djigma

Abze Djigma

Her Royal Highness Princess, Burkina Faso
H.R.H. Princess Abze Djigma is a Mossi Princess from Burkina Faso and a direct descendant of Princess Yennenga, mother of the Mossi people and a famous warrior in the 12th century.She is:Chair of the H.R.H. Princess Abze Djigma Foundation;Special Envoy of the President of Burkina... Read More →
avatar for Kule Galma

Kule Galma

Youth Representative, WTO Accessions China Programme, Somalia
Kulé is currently working for the World Trade Organization’s Accessions Division and in this capacity she is supporting the Accessions case of Somalia and other East African LDCs.Kulé is passionate about fostering greater financial inclusion and literacy in emerging markets... Read More →
avatar for Hon. Henry Amon Robin Mussa, M.P.

Hon. Henry Amon Robin Mussa, M.P.

Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Malawi
In both business and political worlds, there is a comparatively small section of leaders; individuals who seem able to build relationships, trust, and rapport with almost anyone, and then are able to broker the relationships and make connections between people, creating partnerships... Read More →
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Laila Said-Hassane

Directrice Exécutive, Mutuelle d’Epargne et de Crédit , Union des Comores
Laila Said-Hassane est née dans le Nord de la Grande Comores, la principale île de l’archipel des Comores. Diplômée de l'Institut National des Télécommunications, en France, et de l'Université Paris IX Dauphine, elle intègre en 1999 un cabinet d'audit et de Conseil appel... Read More →
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Pierre Tami

CEO, Academy of Culinary Arts Cambodia
Pierre Tami, originally from Switzerland, is a social entrepreneur with 30 years of experience in Asia. He is the founder of Shift360 Foundation which facilitates sustainable economic opportunities for Cambodian youth in the Greater Mekong Subregion. Pierre is also the founder of... Read More →

Presentation
avatar for Abze Djigma

Abze Djigma

Her Royal Highness Princess, Burkina Faso
H.R.H. Princess Abze Djigma is a Mossi Princess from Burkina Faso and a direct descendant of Princess Yennenga, mother of the Mossi people and a famous warrior in the 12th century.She is:Chair of the H.R.H. Princess Abze Djigma Foundation;Special Envoy of the President of Burkina... Read More →


Wednesday June 13, 2018 16:00 - 17:30
Session room CR

17:45

Welcome Reception: Celebrating the call to action / Réception: Célébrer l'appel à l'action
EN
The reception will mark the call to action to leverage trade to combat poverty and inequality in LDCs. It will also pay tribute to the EIF's 10th anniversary by featuring a short video celebrating results and identifying the remaining challenges after a decade of hard work.

FR
La réception célébrera l'appel à mettre le commerce au service de la lutte contre la pauvreté et les inégalités dans les PMA. En outre, on y célébrera le 10ème anniversaire du CIR en présentant une courte vidéo saluant les résultats obtenus et recensant les défis qui restent à relever après une décennie de travail acharné.


Wednesday June 13, 2018 17:45 - 19:00
Gallery
 
Thursday, June 14
 

09:30

Dragons' Den: Bright ideas for inclusive trade development in LDCs / "Dragons' Den": Bonnes idées pour le développement du commerce inclusif dans les PMA Thème: Commerce inclusif et croissance économique
EN
The Global Forum will pioneer an innovative format for launching concrete investment opportunities. A plenary session in “Dragons’ Den” style will bring together leading thinkers from donor governments, development banks, the private sector, and the trade for development community.
Representatives from LDCs will have the unique opportunity to pitch new investment opportunities that support inclusive trade to the experts, and receive immediate feedback.

FR
Cette séance réunira ministres des PMA et dirigeants mondiaux qui débattront de la mise en œuvre des stratégies commerciales et des plans nationaux à la lumière des Objectifs de développement durable (ODD) pour 2030. Les participants se concentreront sur les opportunités à saisir et sur les défis actuels et futurs à relever pour que le commerce régional et mondial contribue à la réduction de la pauvreté et à la création d'emplois, en particulier pour les petites entreprises, les femmes et les jeunes. Les intervenants feront le point sur les progrès enregistrés dans les PMA pour se servir du commerce afin d'atteindre les ODD, et ils recenseront ce qui est nécessaire pour intensifier les efforts visant à atteindre les ODD. On accordera une attention particulière au rôle joué par le CIR dans le soutien aux initiatives d'Aide pour le commerce au niveau national, et leur coordination.


Moderators
avatar for Sarah Beeching

Sarah Beeching

Executive Director, Oschun Partnership
Sarah is an economist, strategist, and operational policy maker. She is passionate about tackling injustice and poverty through creating and delivering effective campaign and advocacy strategies. Sarah is the founder and Executive Director of Oshun Partnership, and has led many international... Read More →
avatar for Annette Ssemuwemba

Annette Ssemuwemba

Deputy Executive Director, EIF
Ms Ssemuwemba joined the EIF programme as Deputy Executive Director on 1st October 2017. Prior to that, she was the Chief Strategy and Results Officer and member of the Senior Leadership team at TradeMark East Africa. In this role, she was responsible for strategy execution and results... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kerstin Jonsson Cissé

Kerstin Jonsson Cissé

Head, Global Economy Unit, Swedish International Development Agency (Sida)
Mrs Kerstin Jonsson Cissé currently heads the Unit for Globally Sustainable Economic Development at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and is responsible for the implementation of the strategy on Global Action for Sustainable Economic Development, which includes... Read More →
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Heather Ducharme

Sustainable Sourcing Manager, The body shop
Heather joined the Body Shop in 2016 as a Sustainable Sourcing Manager.Heather has been working on sustainability for almost 20 years. She began her career in ecology research, site remediation and waste management projects in North America, before joining the Canadian government... Read More →
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Axel Pougin de La Maisonneuve

Deputy Head of Unit, European Commission/DEVCO
Axel de La Maisonneuve is Deputy Head of the Trade and Private Sector unit in the Directorate General for Development and International Cooperation (DEVCO)  in the European Commission. He has worked since 1991 in the European Commission and has specialised in  the development and... Read More →
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Andrew Staines

Ambassador Deputy Permanent Representative (Economic), Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom to the United Nations Office

Presentation
avatar for Betty Chinyamunyamu

Betty Chinyamunyamu

Chief Executive Officer, National Smallholder Farmers Association (NASFAM), Malawi
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... Read More →
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Damchae Den

Bhutan Association of Women Entrepreneurs (BAOWE), Bhutan
From potato chips to steel Damchae Dem began life making and selling potato chips from home to augment her husbands income bringing up their four children. She pioneered construction steel in Bhutan selling under the brand Perfect TMX TMT . Her company Pelden Enterprise Ltd manufactures... Read More →
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Alberta Vitale

Associate Director of Samoa’s Women in Business Development Incorporated (WIBDI), Samoa
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... Read More →


Thursday June 14, 2018 09:30 - 10:30
Session room CR

10:30

Coffee and tea break
Thursday June 14, 2018 10:30 - 10:45
Session room CR

10:30

Coffee and tea break
Thursday June 14, 2018 10:30 - 10:45
Session room S3

10:45

Acting strategically to scale up LDC trade integration in the Asia-Pacific / Agir stratégiquement pour intensifier l'intégration commerciale des PMA dans la région Asie Pacifique
EN
Trade and investment has helped many countries in the Asia-Pacific region boost economic growth and lift millions out of poverty. Regional integration is growing at a quick pace, with regional value chains and production networks supported by regional trade agreements and economic partnerships.
This session will explore how to strengthen the presence of LDCs in regional trade using existing frameworks such as the Asia Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA), the South Asia Free Trade Area (SAFTA), the South Pacific Regional Trade and Economic Cooperation Agreement (SPARTECA), and the Pacific Islands Countries Trade Agreement (PICTA). Panellists will discuss what is needed from LDCs and trading partners in the region to enhance the role of LDCs in regional trade networks.

FR
Commerce et investissement ont aidé de nombreux pays de la région Asie‑Pacifique à amplifier la croissance économique et à sortir des millions de personnes de la pauvreté. L'intégration régionale progresse rapidement, les chaînes de valeur et les réseaux de production régionaux étant soutenus par des accords commerciaux et des partenariats économiques régionaux.
Lors de cette séance, on réfléchira à la manière de renforcer la présence des PMA dans le commerce régional en utilisant les cadres existants tels que l'Accord commercial Asie‑Pacifique (APTA), la Zone de libre‑échange d'Asie du Sud (SAFTA), l'Accord de coopération commerciale et économique pour la région du Pacifique Sud (SPARTECA) et l'Accord commercial entre les pays insulaires du Pacifique (PICTA). Les intervenants débattront de ce que doivent faire les PMA et les partenaires commerciaux dans la région pour renforcer le rôle des PMA dans les réseaux commerciaux régionaux.


Moderators
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 →

Speakers
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 Long Kemvichet

Long Kemvichet

Director, Department of International Cooperation, Ministry of Commerce, Cambodia
Mr. LONG Kemvichet is currently serving as the Director of the Department of International Cooperation, which is a department dedicated to cooperating with development partners to support trade development in Cambodia. He has extensive experience with the EIF since the implementation... Read More →
avatar for Pranav Kumar

Pranav Kumar

Director and Head International trade policy, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)
Pranav Kumar holds an M.Phil degree in Economics from IIT Bombay. He has over 22 years of professional experience in teaching, research, project management and policy advocacy with primary expertise on trade and development and regional economic integration. Since February 2012, he... Read More →
avatar for Mia Mikic

Mia Mikic

Director, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Master in International Business from St. Mary’s College of California and Ph.D. in Economics from University of Zagreb.Coordinator of the Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT), an open network of research and academic institutions and think-tanks in the Asia-Pacific... Read More →
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Tan Yee Woan

Ambassador, Singapore
Ms Tan Yee Woan is Singapore’s Permanent Representative to the WorldTrade Organisation and World Intellectual Property Organisation in Geneva, since August2014.Ms Tan graduated with a Bachelor of Social Science (Honours II Upper), fromthe National University of Singapore in 1986... Read More →


Thursday June 14, 2018 10:45 - 12:15
Session room S3

10:45

Free trade in Africa: How can LDCs benefit? / Libre échange en Afrique: comment les PMA peuvent ils en tirer parti?
EN
Africa currently has the lowest intra-regional trade in the world. Increasing trade between African countries offers great potential for building sustainable economic development and integration, including creating higher-wage jobs and unlocking greater business opportunities.
This session will take stock of past and current initiatives and agreements in Africa to promote regional integration and continental trade. With a particular focus on the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA), the session will explore the opportunities and challenges for LDCs to benefit from growing continental trade in the future. It will focus on the trade policies, regulations, and institutions needed at national levels for LDCs to enhance the economies of scale, structural transformation, diversification, efficiency, and productivity boosts that continental trade would require.

FR
L'Afrique est de tous les continents celui qui a le commerce intrarégional le moins développé. L'essor du commerce entre pays africains présente un fort potentiel pour l'instauration d'un développement et d'une intégration économiques durables, incluant la création d'emplois mieux rémunérés et la mise en valeur d'un fort potentiel commercial. Durant cette séance, on fera le point sur les initiatives et les accords passés et actuels en Afrique visant à promouvoir l'intégration régionale et le commerce à l'échelle du continent. En mettant l'accent plus particulièrement sur la zone de libre‑échange continentale (ZLEC), on examinera durant cette séance les possibilités qu'auront les PMA de bénéficier d'échanges continentaux croissants dans le futur, et on réfléchira aux défis à relever. On se penchera sur les politiques commerciales, les réglementations et les organismes qui sont nécessaires pour les PMA au niveau national afin d'amplifier les économies d'échelle, la transformation structurelle, la diversification, l'efficacité et la productivité qu'exige le commerce à l'échelle du continent.


Moderators
avatar for Judith Fessehaie

Judith Fessehaie

Trade and Development Manager, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development
Judith Fessehaie is a Programme Manager and leads the ICTSD’s Trade and Development programme. Before joining ICTSD, Judith worked as a senior consultant at the Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development (CCRED), Johannesburg, in the area of industrial development... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kanayo Awani

Kanayo Awani

Managing director, Intra Africa trade initiative AFREXIMBANK
avatar for Joy Kategekwa

Joy Kategekwa

Head, UNCTAD regional office for Africa
Dr. Joy Kategekwa holds a Ph.D. in international trade law from the University of Berne’s World Trade Institute.  She has 15 years’ experience in trade negotiations, policy advisory and capacity building.  As Head of the UNCTAD Regional Office for Africa, she leads trade capacity... Read More →
avatar for David Luke

David Luke

African Trade Policy Centre, UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
David Luke is Coordinator of the African Trade Policy Centre at the UN Economic Commission for Africa with the rank of a director at the Commission. He is responsible for leading ECA's research, policy advisory services, training and capacity development on inclusive trade policies... Read More →
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Michel Sebera

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Trade and Industry Rwanda
The Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Trade and Industry, Mr. Michel M. SEBERA, is married and was appointed The Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Trade and Industry of Rwanda on 30th August 2017. Mr. SEBERA has served in Public Services in the past:Ministry of Finance and Economic... Read More →


Thursday June 14, 2018 10:45 - 12:15
Session room CR

12:15

12:15

12:30

Reception: Strategic partnership for trade development – EIF and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat
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

14:15

Strengthening inclusive agribusiness for export growth / Développement inclusif de l'agro industrie pour la croissance des exportations
EN
Inclusive and sustainable agribusiness value chains can provide one of the highest returns on investment in terms of growth, poverty reduction, pro-poor employment, and women's economic empowerment in LDCs. This session will explore the opportunities and challenges in supporting inclusive and sustainable agribusiness value chains. It will showcase examples of success in Africa, Asia, and the Pacific – where countries moved further up regional and global value chains by strengthening production, processing, and marketing of agricultural products.  

FR
Les chaînes de valeur agro‑industrielles inclusives et durables ont l'un des meilleurs retours sur investissement en termes de croissance, de réduction de la pauvreté, de création d'emplois au profit des populations pauvres et d'émancipation économique des femmes dans les PMA. Durant cette séance, on examinera les possibilités et les difficultés associées à la promotion de chaînes de valeur agro‑industrielles inclusives et durables. On y présentera des exemples de réussite en Afrique, en Asie et dans le Pacifique – où des pays ont progressé dans les chaînes de valeur régionales et mondiales en développant la production, la transformation et la commercialisation des produits agricoles.


Moderators
avatar for Simon Hess

Simon Hess

Coordinator, EIF
Simon coordinates a portfolio of 12 EIF countries and is the focal point in the EIF for thematic issues related to the 2030 Development Agenda, Agriculture and SPS/TBT issues. Bringing 15 years' experience in trade and development across Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Simon has worked... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Steven Dimitriyev

Steven Dimitriyev

Lead Private Sector Specialist for Tanzania, Burundi, Malawi and Somalia, World Bank
Steven Dimitriyev is the World Bank’s Lead Private Sector Specialist for Tanzania, Burundi, Malawi and Somalia, based in Dar es Salaam, from where he oversees the regional programs in trade and private sector development. In Tanzania since June 2016, after serving in Mozambique... Read More →
avatar for Heather Ducharme

Heather Ducharme

Sustainable Sourcing Manager, The body shop
Heather joined the Body Shop in 2016 as a Sustainable Sourcing Manager.Heather has been working on sustainability for almost 20 years. She began her career in ecology research, site remediation and waste management projects in North America, before joining the Canadian government... Read More →
avatar for Matiti Trish Kabi

Matiti Trish Kabi

Alosang Enterprise, Lesotho
Matiti Trish Kabi is the Executive Director of Alosang Enterprise, a Commercial Fruit and Vegetable Farm and Agro Processing company in Lesotho. With a background in Economics & Accounting, coupled with Masters of Business Leadership; her last 25 years have been on Projects seeking... Read More →
avatar for Saïd Abdou Salime

Saïd Abdou Salime

EIF Coordinator, National Implementation Unit, Ministry of Economy, Planning, Energy, Tourism, Private Sector of the Investments and Land Affairs
 Mr Saïd Abdou SALIME, né le 9 Janvier 1961 aux Comores, est Economiste spécialisé sur les questions de développement, de politique et intégration commerciale, de mondialisation. Il est titulaire d’une licence  en économie du développement obtenue à l’Université de... Read More →
avatar for Robert Skidmore

Robert Skidmore

Chief of Sector and Enterprise Competitiveness, ITC
Rob Skidmore is Chief of Sector and Enterprise Competitiveness Section (SEC) at the International Trade Centre (ITC) where he leads the Value added to Trade Programme. Under VA2T, ITC teams help  SMEs to build value through improving customer relationships, creating supportive eco-systems... Read More →


Thursday June 14, 2018 14:15 - 15:45
Session room CR

14:15

Making the connections between inclusive trade, economic growth, and LDC graduation / Établir des liens entre commerce inclusif, croissance économique et reclassement des PMA
EN
Trade is one of the means to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. And, a number of LDCs from Africa, Asia, and the Pacific have met or are in the process of meeting the graduation criteria as indicated in the Istanbul Program of Action for the LDCs.
This session will explore the main opportunities for LDCs and the structural and external vulnerabilities that can preclude LDCs from achieving a smooth transition to graduation. The session will identify support needed in institutional, regulatory, knowledge, and skills areas to spur economic growth and inclusive trade as well as reducing the vulnerabilities to achieving sustainable graduation.

FR
Le commerce est l'un des outils qui permettent d'atteindre les Objectifs de développement durable. En outre, un certain nombre de PMA d'Afrique, d'Asie et du Pacifique satisfont aux critères de reclassement indiqués dans le Programme d'action d'Istanbul en faveur des PMA, ou sont sur le point d'y parvenir.
Durant cette séance, on étudiera les principales opportunités qui s'offrent aux PMA, et les vulnérabilités structurelles et externes qui peuvent les empêcher de sortir en douceur de leur catégorie. On identifiera le soutien nécessaire en matière institutionnelle et réglementaire, ainsi qu'en ce qui concerne le savoir et les compétences, pour stimuler la croissance économique et le commerce inclusif, et pour réduire les vulnérabilités qui freinent une sortie durable de la catégorie des PMA.


Moderators
avatar for Shishir Priyadarshi

Shishir Priyadarshi

Director, Development Division, WTO
Shishir Priyadarshi, a senior Director of the World Trade Organization, is an international expert on Trade and Development. He heads the Development Division of the WTO, whose mandate is to facilitate work on all trade related developmental issues in the organization.A significant... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Debapriya Bhattacharya

Debapriya Bhattacharya

Chair, LDC IV Monitor and Distinguished Fellow, Centre for Policy Dialogue
Debapriya Bhattacharya, PhD is a Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Dhaka, where he was its first Executive Director. Former Bangladesh Ambassador to WTO and UN Offices in Geneva and Vienna; Coordinator of LDC Group in the UN system and Special Advisor on... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Gay

Daniel Gay

Inter-regional Adviser, UNDESA
Daniel Gay is an inter-regional adviser on least developed countries (LDCs) with the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Daniel has provided trade-related technical assistance and capacity-building support to over 25 countries in Africa, the Caribbean, Central Asia, East... Read More →
avatar for Jodie Keane

Jodie Keane

Economic Advisor, Trade division, Commonwealth Secretariat
The Commonwealth Secretariat has recently undertaken a six month project on Graduation from Least Developed Country status. This process has included a specific contribution to the Gradjet platform being developed by the UN Committee for Development Policy, on trade related adjustment... Read More →
avatar for Willie Luen

Willie Luen

Head of Aid Coordination and Negotiation Unit,Prime minister's Office, Vanuatu
Willie Luen is the Head of Aid Coordination and Negotiation Unit in the Prime Minister's Office in Vanuatu. In this role he is also the EIF Focal Point for Vanuatu. Willie's previous role was as the Principal Trade Development Officer, where he was responsible for the trade mainstreaming... Read More →
avatar for Fulisia Saleuesile

Fulisia Saleuesile

Principal Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour, Samoa
Fulisia Saleuesile is the Principal Monitoring and Evaluation Officer of the Trade, Commerce and Manufacturing Sector Coordinating Unit (TCM-CU) within the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour. He is responsible for the monitoring of the Trade Sector Support Program and reporting... Read More →


Thursday June 14, 2018 14:15 - 15:45
Session room W

16:00

Closing ceremony: Continuing the conversation / Cérémonie de clôture: Poursuivre le débat
EN
The closing ceremony will echo the call to action launched at the Forum, taking inclusive trade for LDCs to the next level. Brief remarks by EIF leaders will summarize the major outcomes of the Forum and recap the plan for action.

FR
La cérémonie de clôture fera écho à l'appel à l'action lancé au Forum, à savoir faire franchir un nouveau cap au commerce inclusif pour les PMA. De brèves interventions de dirigeants du CIR résumeront les principaux résultats du Forum et récapituleront le plan d'action.


Moderators
avatar for Daniel Blockert

Daniel Blockert

Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Sweden to WTO, Chair of EIF Steering Committee
He has a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Political Science, and a Master degree in International Relations, all from the University of Stockholm. Parallel with his studies, Mr Blockert worked in the record business in Stockholm. After finishing his studies in 1999, he obtained a... Read More →

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 Fanta Cissé

Fanta Cissé

Secretary General, Ministry of Trade of Guinea
Née le 21 Septembre 1971 à Kankan (Guinée), Madame Fanta Cissé, actuelle Secrétaire Générale (Vice-Ministre) du Ministère du Commerce et Coordinatrice Générale du Programme d’appui à l’intégration socioéconomique des jeunes-INTEGRA pour le Fonds Fiduciaire d’Urgence del’Union européenne en Guinée, a... 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 →

Video Message
avatar for Ann Linde

Ann Linde

Minister for EU Affairs and Trade, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Sweden


Thursday June 14, 2018 16:00 - 16:30
Session room CR