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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Shishir Priyadarshi

Director, Development Division
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 part of Mr. Priyadarshi's responsibilities extends to taking care of all the work relating to the LDC group of countries, especially in monitoring the implementation of various measures that are taken by Members to help them integrate in to the multilateral trading system. He also oversees the work on special and differential treatment, which is another important pillar of the LDCs work in the WTO.  He is also responsible for the Aid for Trade work in the WTO, which presently has a lot of focus on helping LDCs and countries in Africa.
Mr Priyadarshi has over 35 years of national and international experience.  He has worked closely in formulating and implementing developmental programmes all over the world and has been instrumental in helping some of the weaker and more vulnerable countries enhance their gains from the multilateral trading system.
He has written a large number of papers, primarily analysing, assessing and detailing the concerns of developing countries in the context of global trade, especially South-South trade.  He is a visiting faculty in a number of universities and business colleges.