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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
 

10:30

Short break
Cofee break

Wednesday June 13, 2018 10:30 - 10:45
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

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

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
 

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

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

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