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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Global Agricultural Value Chains [clear filter]
Wednesday, June 13


Agriculture and Trade - a winning combination? / Agriculture et commerce – La formule gagnante?
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.

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.

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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 →

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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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Elizabeth Tamale

EIF Coordinator for Uganda

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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
Thursday, June 14


Strengthening inclusive agribusiness for export growth / Développement inclusif de l'agro industrie pour la croissance des exportations
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.  

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.

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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 →

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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 →
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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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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 →
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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 →
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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