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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Mere Falemaka

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 – 2013); Commonwealth Secretariat Trade Consultant on EPA (2006 -2009); Trade Policy Adviser (WTO) at the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat in Fiji (2000 – 2006); and former Chief Economist in the Fiji Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Trade.  Has a BA in Economics & Geography, from the University for the South Pacific, Fiji (1982), and Master of Economics Studies from the University of Queensland, Australia (1996).