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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Sarah Beeching

Oschun Partnership
Executive Director
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 policy negotiations including delivering three replenishment campaigns for the Global Partnership for Education, leading the Malaria London Summit, G8 Nutrition for Growth Summit and the development negotiations for the G20 London Summit. She has generated strategies for many campaigns in the fields of health, education, WASH, security and trade. She has worked for DFID, UK Cabinet Office, World Bank, GPE, and host of UN agencies, foundations, CSOs and private sector organisations. Sarah has lived worked in over 50 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and CEE.