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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Fatoumata Jallow-Tambajang

The Gambia
Vice President
Her Excellency, Fatoumatta Jallow Tambajang is the Vice President and Minister of Women’s Affairs of The Gambia and a pro-active national women leader, pioneer and chair of the Coalition 2016 which democratically defeated a 22 year dictator,   pro-democracy and human rights activist, political coalition builder, former passionate UN international development management practitioner, resource mobilizer and partnership builder with wealth of experience in corporate governance and UN system policy and technical operations, trainer in policy formulation and development  management, conflict  prevention and management, gender mainstreaming, women’s transformative political leadership and social entrepreneurship. She has a wealth of experience in governance and policy issues, having served as Adviser on Women and Children Affairs, and as Health Minister. She has also one time served as Chief Technical Adviser on Gender at UNDP in Liberia from 2000 to 2002. She holds a BA in French Language from the University of Nice, France