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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Daniela Zehentner-Capell

Germany's Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Head of division, trade policy Division
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). Between 2009 and 2013, she held various other positions in the Ministry. From 2005 to 2009, Daniela Zehentner-Capell was senior political advisor for economic cooperation and development for the parliamentary group at the German Bundestag. Between 2001 and 2004 she worked as policy advisor for international affairs at the federal office of the Free Democratic Party in Berlin.
She studied law with focus on International and European Law as well as International Organizations at the University of Bonn.
 Daniela Zehentner-Capell is married and has a son.

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